Special Olympics swim program started by Rockford residents

High school students donate time, training Early last December, 15 local youths took time out of their busy holiday schedule to complete training to become certified swimming coaches for a new Rockford Special Olympics swim program. The students also followed that training with an intensive Water Safety Instructor course. The students’ efforts were all for […]

Lost-and-found pole story a testament to townspeople

Bill Modders saw the expensive-looking fishing rod leaning against a light pole near the Towers at S. Squire Street in Rockford and knew a fisherman had probably accidentally left it. When, after three nights, the pole was still there, he brought it home and made a call to the local newspaper to run a lost-and-found […]

Students invent new monkey drink

Local author offers 99 cent eBooks

Local Cedar Springs author, T. K. Francisco is launching her new Christian fiction series, which was recently nominated for 2012 Book of the Year by the Christian Small Publishers Association. The young adult/adult series is a crossover family friendly action-packed adventure for all ages. It’s a combination of Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Back to the […]

Jansen’s unemployment insurance reform bills signed

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Monday, Dec. 19, to restore the long-term solvency of the state’s unemployment trust fund, reduce fraud and prevent punitive federal fees and interest from being imposed on Michigan employers, said key sponsor Sen. Mark C. Jansen. “Ten years of recession exhausted Michigan’s unemployment fund and forced the state to borrow […]