Sheriff Stelma congratulates employees on promotions

Chief Deputy Michelle Lajoye-Young

Captain Michelle Young will be promoted to the rank of chief deputy. Lieutenant Kevin Kelley will be promoted to the rank of captain of the Road Patrol Division, and Lieutenant Charles Dewitt will be promoted to the rank of captain of the Technology/Communications Division.   Young began her career at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office […]

Leaders panel examines the state of the community

Dr. Carl Stites

by BETH ALTENA  The year 2011 is a milestone for the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, which will celebrate 50 years of supporting the greater Rockford business community. At the organization’s December luncheon, a panel of five community leaders shared their thoughts on the present and future of Rockford. Rockford Chamber Board President Dr. Carl Stites, […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

Congress passes late tax law Welcome to the 2011 tax season. It’s going to be a season with some challenges. First, our Congress passed a very late tax law. They waited until December 16 to pass the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010. Predominantly, the law extends the Bush Tax […]

BIRTHDAYS — January 8–14

8th Midge Eckert, Jan Havemeier, Pamela Newman  9th Evan Dubey, Ryan Eckert, Julie Mullet, Ernest Reed, John Ypma  10th Julie Kunkel, Bud Milligan, Julie Orr, Matt Trendt, Evelyn VanTimmeren, Gavin Vilchez  11th Lauren Freeland, Laurie Woods-Lyons, Darcy Olson 12th Kimber Leigh Hill, Dorine Pell, Sarah Western  13th Claire Berlin, Nell Fredrick, Lauren Huber, Caroline Molinosky, Kelly Olson,Teresa Sargent, Katie Thome, Katrina Thome  14th Jerry Ayers, Brian Hills, Florence Kramer, Susan Phillips, Hazel Stahl

‘Kids helping kids’ a hit at Valley View


So many kids are willing to help others at Valley View Elementary School that there are more volunteers than those looking for a buddy. The “Ram Buddy” is a student who has filled out an application to help another student in their daily walk at school. Some responsibilities would be encouragement, saying hello, inviting and […]