Construction has begun on the new Leppinks Skate Park at Central Riverside Park in Belding. With more than $70,000 collected through fundraisers and donors, the first phase of the concrete skate park is expected to be completed by July 1.
Downtown Belding will never look the same again.
What was once a busy railway that brought commuter and industry traffic through the heart of downtown will now return in the form of a cycling trail. It’s been a dream that has been discussed for years, but now, construction has officially started and, come Aug. 1, the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail (FMRVRT) through Belding will be complete.
It’s a moment no firefighter wants to come across when searching through a burning home — the sound of a trapped dog barking for help or the discovery of a frightened cat hiding under a bed.
But those moments do happen, and just as firefighters would rescue an adult or child, those animals also need rescue.
According to Finance Director Adrienne Barna, the budget projection will change based on information from the state and additional reductions that may be necessary prior to the June board meeting where the 2014-2015 budget will be presented to the board for approval. In its current state, the proposed budget will operate at a deficit of $846,373.
When Alex Hirschy heard the sound of a fellow student hit the floor of their school bus, he didn’t wait for someone else to react.
Hirschy, 11, a fifth-grader at Woodview Elementary School, leapt from his seat on the bus to comfort the student several seats behind him who was suffering from a seizure as they traveled to school the morning of April 16.
The Dial-A-Ride transportation (DART) program is a valuable service for residents of Belding seeking public transport throughout town, but like all city services, it must be paid for and properly maintained.
The Belding Robotics Team set out to win its second straight home tournament in Redskin Arena at Belding High School on Saturday, but in the end, the competition proved to be just a little too tough.
Decades ago, customers of the former Village Hearth would schedule reservations days in advance to assure a seat at the popular restaurant located in the heart of downtown Belding. After going through several owners, new titles, new menus and a period of several years in which the building sat empty, the structure became an empty shell of its former self. But now, Mark Hoople is ready for a resurgence.
On Dec. 11, local shoppers were left scratching their heads as to why not a single can of corn seemed to be stocked in any local grocery store throughout the Belding community. As it turns out, it wasn’t a shipping error, but rather the result of Belding High School students who visited every store and purchased each and every can available for the school’s annual food drive that day. It was a weeklong effort that resulted in 5,895 collected items that were delivered to the Belding Food Pantry at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Belding resident and Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft smiles as he welcomes visitors to Belding Veterans Park for a Veterans Day ceremony Monday evening.