Nation waits to see if Rockford contestant will win Biggest Loser

Rockford siblings Conda and Jeremy Britt began the contest weighing a combined total of 683 pounds.

Brother and sister are in finals on national television show by BETH ALTENA A Rockford brother and sister have made it to the end of a life-changing process that has taken place in the public on NBC’s Biggest Loser Club series. The two are back home now after the 18-week show where they accomplished more […]

Archery complex digs in, Ten Mile goes up


Roadwork expected to last through May by BETH ALTENA Fill from grade work on the future site of an Olympic style archery complex is being used to raise the grade of Ten Mile Road east of Wolven Avenue by as much as six feet. Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) Director of Engineering Wayne Harroll said […]

Bay Leaf Books home of jade plant with unexpected origins


by BETH ALTENA The beauty of a used and rare book store is the unexpected items that can be found within, changing from week to week and with each buyer and seller of the unusual treasure. At Bay Leaf Used and Rare Books in Sand Lake, shoppers can explore to find a piece of the […]

All things river – Rockford welcomes the Hex Shop

Kevin Groothuis, at a fly-tying vise, creates yet another of his signature trout flys.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Rockford native Kevin Groothuis (47) has recently opened his second Hex Shop Fly Fishing Outfitters. Both stores are named after the second largest mayfly (Hexagenia) in the United States. For the uninitiated, dramatic hatches of mayflies have become legendary over the last 30 years during the month long period from […]

Rademacher releases third collection of stories

Tom Rademacher

Nationally acclaimed West Michigan columnist Tom Rademacher has released a third collection of stories, “The Book of CAKE.” It’s a series he developed around what he describes as “invisible people who shouldn’t be.” Rademacher originally studied to be a special education teacher and was, in fact, working with special-needs children when he was offered the […]