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Belding City Council chickens out on fowl ordinance

After months of deliberation during several Belding Planning Commission meetings, it appears the subject on the keeping of urban chickens within city limits is over. Belding City Council members voted down an ordinance amendment Wednesday evening that would have allowed chickens in residentially zoned districts. In a 4-1 vote against the amendment, with Councilman Joe Feuerstein voting in favor, the keeping of chickens in Belding will continue to be illegal within city limits.

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Ionia County Central Services building proposed

The wheels are just beginning to turn, but events have been put into motion in the initial stages of constructing a new central services building for Ionia County. During an Ionia County Board of Commissioners meeting on Dec. 17, commissioners approved a recommendation from the facilities committee to authorize the spending of up to $10,000 for the service of a facilities planner.

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Crystal Township talks fire barn addition

The Crystal Township Board held a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss construction for a proposed addition to the fire barn. Fire Chief Lonny Fitzpatrick and Assistant Fire Chief Scott Brundage discussed the plans they had in mind for the addition.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Ice fishing on Baldwin Lake

Although the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has yet to declare the midwestern region of Michigan safe for ice fishing, it is recommended that those who do choose to venture in the sport do so on shallow areas of lakes. It is recommended that natural ice should be at least 4 inches thick before walking on it.

Michael Carigon is the volunteer of the month for December for United Way in Ionia and Montcalm counties. Carigon serves Montcalm-Ionia MRC, Ionia County CERT, the American Red Cross and more. — Courtesy photo

United Way honors first volunteer of the month

Volunteer Connections Montcalm-Ionia counties and United Way Montcalm-Ionia announces its new Volunteer of the Month program.

St. Charles Catholic Church and Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford donated groceries so every family can leave the lunch with a bag of groceries to take home. About 330 bags of groceries were donated. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Community meal is a success in Greenville

Although the Greenville community meal had fewer people than expected, the event still served its purpose of helping those who go without during the holidays. The meal began three years ago when Greenville Public Schools Director of Student Services Linda Van Houten had a family approach about getting meals for children, who – at the time – received free breakfast and lunch at school, when school was not in session.

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Funeral Notices – Jan. 4, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

Councilman Thomas Jones raises his right hand as he is sworn in to Belding City Council on Wednesday evening after council members appointed Jones to council to fill the vacancy of former councilman Jon Bunce. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Jones appointed to Belding City Council

After sharing his opinions about the city and its happenings with customers during his many years as a store manager, Thomas Jones will now put those thoughts to use as the newest member of Belding City Council. Thomas was appointed and sworn in to council Wednesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot at the beginning of the first city council meeting of this year, filling the vacancy that was created after the resignation of council member Jon Bunce.

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Mail carrier dies after tow truck runs stop sign

A mail carrier has died from his injuries after his car was struck by a tow truck. Michigan State Police Lakeview Post officers responded to the crash around noon at the intersection of Derby Road and Fleck Road in Belvidere Township.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Maple Valley Township Board

Read the Dec. 10 meeting minutes from the Maple Valley Township Board.