Rockford rider turns passion into compassionate undertaking

Bikers ride length of state to help others By BETH ALTENA Most people drive their car to work, to the store, to run errands, and take the easy availability of transportation for granted. Rockford resident Todd Stelma has made it his mission to help those who, for whatever reason, do not have the convenience of […]

Drowned diver at Rockford dam a false alarm

By BETH ALTENA Rockford Police and fire, Algoma Fire and Rescue with their inflatable rescue boat, the Kent County Sheriff Dive team, the Kent County Sheriff motorized emergency rescue boat and Rockford Ambulance were all on the scene Tuesday, July 9 for a possible drowning at the Rockford dam. According to Rockford Police Chief Dave […]

Rockford resident turns unemployment into family business

By BETH ALTENA   John Caram said his background, Italian on one side of his family, Lebanese on the other, gives him a unique and delicious blend of cultural cooking. When he lost his job in the sign business four years ago, he decided to turn his unemployment into time to develop his own business. […]

Young has full city council support after excellent review

Michael Young, Rockford’s city manager for 18 years, had his employment contract extended one year after his recent annual city council evaluation. His contract is a three year agreement. Michael was given a two percent salary increase. Once again this year, the increase is in line with the City of Rockford employee groups with whom […]

Council declines proposed restaurant plan at old museum building


City Council declined to vote on a proposed use of the former Rockford Area Historical Society building after downtown property owner Tom Cronkright made an in-person proposal for the building situated on City property at the Rockford Dam. Cronkright had responded to a Request for Proposals in April this year and suggested using the building […]