Rockford merchants ready to catch loyal customers ‘blue-handed’

Annah, right, pictured with friend, Brooke Combs, following a carwash to raise funds to help with dental expenses.

Rockford is joining a force that is quickly growing in Michigan. The “Buy Nearby” campaign, brainchild of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA), is taking wing on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 and Rockford is on board for the flight. The posters for this important new campaign are already in downtown merchants’ windows. The Buy Nearby campaign will […]

Fire training a valuable resource for Department of Public Safety officers

Photos by DAWN DAVIES Rockford’s combined law enforcement, Department of Public Services and fire protection were given a rare chance to practice their skills Saturday, July 20. During a morning practice burn, paid on call and full time safety officers from Rockford as well as firefighters from Algoma, Cedar Springs and Cannon Township were able […]

Grattan woman arrested on two larceny counts

Woman was caretaking an elderly person   Tracy Gaye Mata, a 48-year-old Grattan Township resident, has been arrested on two counts of larceny after allegedly stealing from the elderly person she was caring for. The Lowell Police Department arrested her for one count each of Larceny in a Building and Larceny from the Person. Mata […]

Rockford grads called back for The Voice second audition

Matt and Mike on most excellent adventure By BETH ALTENA The last time Matt Vermeer and Mike Sunday were in New York City, they were performing at Carnagie Hall with the World Choir competition-winning Rockford Aces men’s singing group. This time they are “poor college students,” there under their own steam, holed up in a […]

Rockford athlete claims national titles in gymnastics

Matt and Mike's view across the Hudson River from their hotel room in New Jersey.

By RANDY GREGORY Rockford has seen it’s fair share of athletes achieve national prominence over the last decade or so. Dathan Ritzenhein and Jason Hartmann in the world of long distance running and All Pro offensive lineman Joe Staley of the San Francisco 49ers are the headliners. But there is another member of the proud […]