It’s only funny until someone gets hurt. Given all parties were alert and walking around, it seems at least ironic that in a 4.8 square mile city, two city employees would crash into each other, both department of public safety members. In front of the Squire Newspaper office Wednesday, July 15, a Rockford Safety officer in one of the new Ford Explorers fired up the roof and started the siren. We heard the vehicle siren three times and then a loud bang. Turns out the Department of Public Works director, who is also a police officer and firefighter, pulled out of Fatso’s Pizza in his personal vehicle to be struck by the officer on duty. Responding to the scene was a Rockford Fire Truck and Rockford Police. The Ford Explorer was removed by flatbed truck by Rockford Towing. On the scene were several Department of Public Safety officers, including Chief Dave Jones. We are happy no one was apparently injured in the incident.
Someone missed the stop sign on the corner of Shaner Avenue and Stout Thursday, June 18 just after 5 p.m. According to Courtland Fire Chief Micky Davis, the driver of a pickup truck was ejected through the window, which he said is unusual, and was being loaded in an ambulance when he arrived on the scene. The other driver was talking to first responders as she was loaded into one of two Rockford Ambulances still on the scene a half hour after the crash. Seven emergency vehicles responded, including Kent County Sheriff deputies, Rockford Ambulance and Courtland Township Fire Department.
Letter to the Grand Rapids Press on sewer dedication Dear Mr. Lloyd, How is it the Grand Rapids Press completely missed the most important infrastructure news event of the decade? As the culmination of the area’s most political and controversial topic over the past 10 years, the dedication of the PARCC Side Clean Water Plant in Plainfield Township should have warranted Metro Section front page coverage-at least! Next time you or one of your reporters (Paul Kopenkosky, in particular) travels along Coit Avenue between Woodworth and Hunsberger, keep a sharp eye out for a “flying pig” weather vane on top of an attractive state-of-the-art farmhouse. I’ll let you determine “the rest of the story.” Respectfully, Dennis R. Cole, P.E. Reader criticizes local news coverage Dear Editor, For years I have enjoyed the local coverage Rockford receives from its two newspapers. I read them both thoroughly and feel I get pretty good reporting on local issues. Unfortunately two recent local matters have been handled poorly by everyone concerned. First, is the recent school election. We had a miserable turnout. I suppose it might be excused since there was no contested race or issue. That really misses the point. I have no other news media that is concerned about Rockford. When a school board race is uncontested it can be that the public is just that satisfied, which is very likely given the great job our school board does. But, in this case neither local paper gave any advance notice of the election that might have created interest by other candidates. You have a duty to create interest and to chastise this community when we don’t respond. You have a done neither and we are just lucky that good people continue to be willing to serve. Please reevaluate your role as a “community conscience” and help create a more dynamic atmosphere for elections. Secondly, I have been thrilled like other residents to witness the eagles. They stir us so with their majesty, but every expert has warned that too much attention will drive them away from us. Your coverage has not only increased the traffic safety risk, it has also created constant crowds. Hopefully, the eagles will ignore us, but if they don’t you must assume a […]