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Supporters and members of the Belding Education Association teachers union stand in attendance at Monday evening’s school board meeting as they asked for the second consecutive meeting that the school board and union reach a fair contract. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Area Schools teacher contract negotiations stagnant

As another month has come and gone, contract negotiations between the Belding school district and its teachers’ union continue to remain at a standstill.

It’s been nearly seven months since the previous contract between the Belding Area Schools district and Belding Education Association (BEA) union expired on June 30, 2014, and the frustration that has grown in that time was evident again Monday evening’s school board meeting.

Consumers Energy Public Affairs Area Manager Yolanda Lewis speaks about power plant closings during last week’s Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

7 Consumers Energy coal plants to close in Michigan by 2016

Thursday’s meeting of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) was full of energy. Quite literally.

Consumers Energy Public Affairs Area Manager Yolanda Lewis gave a presentation on her company during the COGG meeting. She spoke of many areas of the company, but her focus was the loss of several coal-fueled power plants in the state in 2016. Seven of those coal plants are Consumers Energy plants, which are referred to as the “Classic Seven.”

A man allegedly robbed the Burger King near Belding, located at 9463 Belding Road just outside of the city limits, at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon before successfully fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. — Daily News/Cory Smith

UPDATE: Belding Burger King armed robbery suspect caught

A man allegedly robbed the Burger King near Belding at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon before successfully fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The incident took place during lunch hour around 12:20 p.m., according to Ionia County Sheriff’s Sgt. William Hoskins.

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Stanton clock project draws strong community support

Funds are coming in even faster than anticipated for a planned new downtown clock. The project’s logistics also are on track and planners are confident the clock will be installed according to schedule, sometime this fall or possibly sooner.

Greenville’s Mackenzie Bell makes a pass to her left during Tuesday’s game at home against Morley Stanwood. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls hold off Morley Stanwood

The Greenville Yellow Jackets connected on seven three-pointers against Morley Stanwood. Kyleigh Platt drained two of the most important triples in a 63-56 home win over the Mohawks on Tuesday night.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Jan 20

Greenville 54, Morley Stanwood 47: The Yellow Jackets turned a two-point deficit through three quarters into a win with a 19-11 fourth quarter Tuesday night. Ethan Morris led Greenville with 10 points and 12 rebounds…

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 21, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

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JUST IN: Belding City Council votes 3-2 to fire manager

In a 3-2 vote by members of the Belding City Council tonight, City Manager Meg Mullendore has been terminated from her job, effective immediately.

Councilman Dennis Cooper motioned for Mullendore’s dismissal during the council comment portion of tonight’s Belding City Council meeting.

Montcalm Community College student Bryce Myers asks a question related to diversity Monday during a presentation by guest speaker Scott T. Ayotte of Spectrum Health.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC guest speaker delivers MLK Day tribute

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as a civil rights leader will forever stand the test of time. His messages of equality and freedom for all, delivered decades ago, continue to resonate with the young learning minds of the present.

Central Montcalm Middle School math teacher Jennifer Thrush expresses her less-than-enthusiastic attitude toward kissing a pig. The entire middle school math department puckered up to reward students for a recent big win the North American Challenge, an online mathematics contest. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm Middle School math teachers pucker up for pig

Students at Central Montcalm Middle School were squealing with delight Thursday when several of their teachers and principal swallowed their pride, held their noses and kissed a pig. The porcine canoodling was the students’ reward for rising to the top of the North American leader board on the Manga High online math website. According to teacher Shannon Powell, several math teachers promised to kiss a live pig if the students achieved this goal.