Over 800 Confirmed Cases of Flu in Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS – The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) has received 813 reports of influenza confirmed by rapid tests by health care providers this flu season. Nearly 17% of people visiting emergency departments in Kent County last week were suffering from influenza-like illness. This is the highest percentage tracked by KCHD since the H1N1 Influenza […]

Largest winter adventure race in U.S. to take place in Rockford!


The Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition will be held February 7, 2015, at Camp Roger in Rockford. Registration is now open. Last year’s race drew 300 participants, making it the largest winter adventure race in the U.S. Two-person teams will set out at 9:30 am, running through the woods to hidden checkpoints pre-marked on a […]


Mr. Gerald Milton Cole aged 82, passed away Saturday January 3, 2015. Gerald returned to Grand Rapids just two weeks ago after fulfilling his lifelong dream of living in Sagola for the last 25 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Elizabeth Cole; brother, James Cole; sister, Helen Ferguson; and father-in-law, […]


Jim Idema, age 53, passed away Sunday evening January 5, 2015. He was a wonderful father, husband, son and brother. He loved cooking with his daughter and watching his son excel in Wrestling at Northview. He was the founder/writer/director and producer of Brandella Films, his production company which has made two shorts, Respect for the Dead […]



Mr. Raymond H. VanderMeulen of Rockford, Michigan, age 67, passed away into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. He was born on Tuesday, February 18, 1947 to Charles and Lorraine (Tamboor) VanderMeulen in Grand Rapids and had been a life-long resident of the area. Ray loved the outdoors. He […]