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The east facing of the new gymnasium and indoor track will feature large windows with a view of the woods behind the school.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

GALLERY: Warmer winter helps work crews at Belding High School

A mild winter with little snow has helped workers make up for lost time on construction of the new gymnasium and auditorium at Belding High School. “We’ve had the best possible winter weather you can ask for,” Superintendent Leslie Mount said. “The construction crews have been able to do a lot of work they didn’t anticipate.”


Big Bash supports Central Montcalm area foundation

An evening of fun, food and entertainment is planned for the Central Montcalm Community Foundation’s 2012 Big Bash on Jan. 28 at Clifford Lake Inn. The public is invited to take part in the mid-winter celebration from 7 p.m. to midnight for adults 21 and older. Tickets are $20 per person and the proceeds support the Central Montcalm Community Foundation (CMCF).


Belding school administrators save $129,000

Nine Belding Area Schools (BAS) administrators voluntarily opened their employee contracts for renegotiation this past fall, resulting in new contracts that will save the district approximately $129,000 over two years. Superintendent Leslie Mount said the new contracts will save about $45,000 during the 2011-2012 school year and $84,000 the following school year.


MEETING IN BRIEF: Eureka Township

Read a report from the Jan. 9, 2012, Eureka Charter Township Board meeting

Belding firefighters launch a boat to help retrieve and repair a fallen power line. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GALLERY and VIDEO: Crew pulls power line out of Flat River

More than 100 people were without power Monday afternoon in Belding after a high voltage power line fell into the Flat River. The primary line fell into the river around 3 p.m. near York and Morton streets at East Riverside Park. Consumers spokesman Terry Dedoes said 134 customers were affected.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 17, 2012

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Belding’s Mercedes Settlemyre throws a practice shot before facing Coopersville Monday.

Belding dominates Coopersville bowlers

Belding’s bowling teams continued a march toward the postseason conference tournament next month with a strong performance Monday night.
The Redskin boys knocked off Coopersville 24-6 while the girls defeated the Broncos 23-7.


SHORT TAKES: How about them Jackets?

There are plenty of games still to be played this season, but the Greenville Yellow Jackets have jumped out to a sterling 9-0 record and the league lead in the OK White conference. After a decisive win against a tough Grand Rapids Christian team, they’re back on the road this week.

After the fifth graders were done performing their mock surgeries, they gathered to get a brief study on how to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED). — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville elementary students attend medical school

Fifth graders from Baldwin Heights and Lincoln Heights elementary schools got to cut open chest cavities, remove gallbladders and give patients stitches Thursday. Greenville Public Schools and Spectrum Health United Hospital collaborated on the second mini medical school event at Baldwin Heights Elementary School. Fifth-grade students learned about professions in the health care field. “It’s important for (the hospital) to be involved with schools,” said Jennifer DenOuden, the hospital’s director of marketing and communications. “There is a value in partnering schools with hospitals.”


Funeral Notices for Jan. 16, 2012

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