For one resident, it was the memories she had of her father that brought her to tears when seeing the blackened, charcoaled wood resting in the Flat River. On Monday, Wendy Agostini of Lowell had to see for herself what was left of Whites Bridge after an arson left it collapsed on Sunday. “It hurts my heart,” she said, grabbing her heart while tears came to her eyes. “This hurts so bad.”
Deep in the woods at Lightning Bend Park, there is little to listen to but the quiet whispers of mother nature. Be it the wind whistling through the leaves or birds chirping high above in the trees overhead, it’s easy to be at peace when spending time in the heavily wooded city park. But now, on occasion, a new, unfamiliar, but welcome sound may be heard.
Someone set fire to one of Michigan’s oldest covered wooden bridges early Sunday, completely destroying the span that has stretched across the Flat River south of Belding since the shortly after the end of the Civil War. The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office said it was alerted about 5:10 a.m. to the fire on the Whites Bridge in Keene Township, southwest of Belding. That was about two hours after neighbor Grant Young said he awoke to an explosion and walked outside to find the span engulfed in flames.
One of the greatest unsolved murder mysteries of all time shares its roots with the southwest corner of Michigan. On Wednesday, remnants of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre were on hand in the form of the very guns that were used. Lt. Michael Kline of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office was the guest speaker at the Ionia Rotary Club meeting at Renucci’s Tavern in Ionia.
The Belding High School Pops Ensemble and Jazz Band kicked off the first “Music in the Park” event Thursday evening at East Riverside Park in Belding. Concerts will continue every thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the park throughout the summer, with the exception of July 4
This was a year of many firsts for graduating seniors at Belding High School. A new arena with an indoor track, auditorium, cafeteria and commons area, sports facilities — the list goes on and on. Through a year of constant transformation, where the very school they attended changed dramatically before their eyes, the 140 graduates experienced their final moment as members of the student body Thursday evening before walking out of the school one last time as official alumni.
The demolition of the Belding Bros. Clock Tower, constructed in 1903 and located on the property owned by Electrolux on the corner of Bridge and Main streets in Belding, began Monday with the successful removal of the steeple. Construction workers described the process as “like clockwork” with no major complications.
BELDING — It’s been a year of adjustments at Belding High School with the construction of a new gymnasium, auditorium, band room and other various additions to the school. But as of last week, the final touches of interior construction were completed with the opening of the new spacious high school cafeteria and commons area. [...]
Whether you call it a variety show, comedy show, or collection of skits performed entirely by students, there’s one thing the Belding High School Band Follies show is guaranteed to be — entertaining.
Last November, just two weeks before resigning from Belding City Council, Jon Bunce gave an emotional statement at the end of a meeting declaring, “I will fight on to have the clock tower saved.” Five months later, and the Belding clock tower is quickly becoming one of the last remaining structures to remain on the 4-acre site at the corner of Main and Bridge streets. The tower will inevitably come down, there is no stopping that, but Bunce says now that he is no longer on the city council, he will dedicate time and effort to forming an official committee with the interest of collecting money and rebuilding the clock tower at a future date.