Rockford lights up in annual holiday ceremony

It’s time to kick off the holiday shopping season downtown Rockford, and there is no better way than to turn on the holiday lights. Rockford’s fourth annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Peppler Park. Rockford High School’s brass ensemble, along with over 235 members of the Rockford […]

Public invited to vote early, vote often for favorite doll

FAVORITE DOLLS—Courtney, 5-1/2, and Gavin, 4-1/2, Betten choose their two favorite dolls of this year’s United Bank Dress the Dolls. Courtney’s favorite was this pink-dressed cutie with her own backpack and pet. The doll was dressed by Lisa Banas. Gavin’s favorite doll was dressed by Victory Christian Fellowship Church. Vote now and vote often for your favorite.

by ANA OLVERA Courtney Betten, 5, and her brother Gavin, 4, of Rockford looked at all the dolls inside United Bank, at 155 Marcell Dr. in Rockford, with great excitement, gasping and pointing at every doll they liked. Courtney’s favorite doll was dressed by Lisa Banas. “It has a cute little doggy! I like her […]

Two killed in head-on four-car crash

Corine Dines of Cedar Springs was killed when she attempted to pass another vehicle traveling eastbound on 14 Mile Road at 11:48 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15.

Belinda Shockley, 58, of Rockford and Corine Dines, 52, of Cedar Springs were both killed on Sunday, Nov. 15 in a four-car crash near the intersection of 14 Mile Road (M-57) and Wabasis Avenue in Oakfield Township at 11:48 a.m. According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Shockley was driving eastbound in a 1997 Buick […]

Rotarians provide turkeys for holiday meals

ROTARY TURKEYS HOLD SPARTAN TURKEYS—Seriously, though, North Kent Service Center (NKSC) warehouse manager John Leale (left) and NKSC office manager Deb Slot (right) receive a generous donation of 116 D&W Fresh Market turkeys from the Rockford Rotary Club, represented by past president Dave Robach (center left) and current president Ramona Hinton (center right).

Rockford’s Rotary Club approved spending $1,500 to help families in need in Kent County this holiday season. According to Sandy Waite, director of the North Kent Service Center, which provides assistance to those in financial difficulties, the center will give out over 2,000 dinners over Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Last week Wolverine World Wide […]

Plainfield firefighters honored for service

WITH THANKS—Fire Chief David Peterson congratulates Lt. Jeff Drake as he receives honors for his years of service with the department.

Members of the Plainfield Township Fire Department were recognized for their years of service on Monday, October 5 during the township’s regular board meeting. Recognition began with firefighters with 25 years serving their community followed by 15-year awards. The board members expressed gratitude to the department and all the services provided to the public by […]