Catholic Schools Week kicks off in full force

This week marks the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States which has been producing successful graduates for more than 200 years. These graduates continue to live and share their faith with the world, excel educationally thanks to high standards that provide an opportunity for all students to reach their full potential and […]

Rockford mayor attends Gov. Snyders speech

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker (right), was joined by special guests Rockford Mayor Jerry Coon and Sandy LeBlanc (not pictured), Grandville/Jenison Chamber of Commerce executive director, for the 2015 State of the State address at the Capitol.

Last week was a “political” week for yours truly. Representative Rob VerHeulen, our representative in the Michigan House’s 74th District, invited me to spend Tuesday night in Lansing at Gov. Snyder’s State of the State speech. I accepted that invitation in my official capacity as the City of Rockford’s Mayor. Most of us have visited […]

Condominium development at Burch Body Works property approved by Planning Commission


By BETH ALTENA The Rockford Planning Commission voted 6 to 1 to recommend approval of a condominium development proposed for mostly vacant property that was formerly occupied by Burch Body Works. Commissioner Tammy Bergstrom was the lone nay vote on Thursday, January 22. Rockford City Manager Michael Young opened the evening meeting with a preliminary […]

State Police warn against IRS scams

The Michigan State Police are warning the public of a telephone scam targeting taxpayers nationwide. Scammers are using fake names and IRS badge numbers to intimidate and influence victims into wiring money to pay off IRS debts. Threats of audit, arrest, suspension of a business license or even deportation are made by the caller if […]

Letter to the Editor

For someone never at a loss for words, the complete surprise when an announcement was made at the Chamber Annual Meeting left me like a bubbling idiot.  Here’s what I wish I had said: I feel it is I who should be giving an award to the Chamber. They came to MY rescue allowing me to […]