Beth Altena

Schools ban field trips until township sets sex offender policy

November 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

Jeff Hawkins is arraigned in Rockford’s 63rd District Court on Tuesday, November 10. The 40-year-old employee of Plainfield Township has since been fired. The arraignment was the last before the county closed the court for consolidation at a new courthouse on the East Beltline. Rockford Superintendent angry over proximity of offender, school by BETH ALTENA Rockford [...]

Divided Supreme Court rules for Servaas

August 6, 2009 // 0 Comments

A GOOD FIGHT—Rockford Judge Steve Servaas refused to sign a letter of resignation presented to him under threat of public humiliation. ‘JTC put the cart before the horse’ by BETH ALTENA “This court has no duty to accept, even in part, any Judicial Tenure Commission (JTC) “decision” because the JTC does not have the power to decide how and whether to discipline [...]

Merchant thinks time may be right for cultural/convention center

July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

TO DO LIST—A 4,000-year-old merchant’s list on baked clay bears a striking resemblance to a modern ipod. Dale Robertson of the Grand Rapids Public Museum spoke to Rockford Rotary on the value of museums to a community. He is pictured with Floyd Havemeier. by BETH ALTENA With changes guaranteed to come to downtown with the closing of the Wolverine tannery, one Rockford [...]

Sick of Gloom and Doom? Rockford Reports Positive News

February 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA We need to get over our pride and ego and get on with our lives, Frenz Coffehouse owner Rich Zeck believes. He is one of many local businesess people who haven’t bought into the news that we are going through the worst of times. “I can speak for myself because I have lost my job,” he said of a former high-paying career. Zeck opened his own [...]
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