Alcohol believed to be a factor in rollover crash

Driver transported by AeroMed after extraction By BETH ALTENA First responders at the scene said witnesses described a failed attempt to pass as the reason a pick-up truck driver lost control of his vehicle, snapping trees as he rolled the truck off M-57 (14 Mile Road) into a front yard Monday, July 22. The accident […]

Rockford family gives back in their time of loss

The Evans family of Rockford is turning their grief and loss into an opportunity to reach out to needy children all over the world.  Their precious 11-year old Lily passed away this winter after a long illness.  Lily’s family is honoring her memory by donating her stuffed animal collection to Operation Christmas Child. On Tuesday, […]

Fire practice brings down 113-year old home


by BETH ALTENA ‘It’s very dangerous, but everything is under our control,” Courtland Township Fire Chief Mickey Davis said of training practices that use old homes slated for demolition. Davis said members of his department, along with Rockford, Algoma, Cedar Springs and Cannon fire departments participated in one burn the morning of Saturday, July 20. […]

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 […]