NKSA agreement—‘We anticipate great savings’

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Townships consider cost agreements for sewer infrastructure by BETH ALTENA “What you see happening in 2012 is what we anticipated in 1997 and perhaps earlier.” During Plainfield Township’s Monday, July 2 board meeting, Plainfield Township Manager Robert Homan discussed a  proposed agreement for the North Kent Sewer Authority (NKSA) management and staff replace the Kent […]

123rd Trooper Recruit School begins

Hometown heroes prepare for state police careers  	On Sunday, June 10, 92 prospective troopers reported to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Training Academy in Lansing for the first day of the 123rd Trooper Recruit School. 	For the next 19 weeks, between wake-up at 5 a.m. and lights-out at 10 p.m., the recruits will receive training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving. 	Current MSP members and academy staff, including a school commander, assistant commander and 16 troopers from across the state assigned to the MSP Training Academy on a temporary basis will provide the instruction. Because the school is a residential program, the recruits are only allowed to leave the MSP Training Academy from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. 	Recruits who successfully complete the training will graduate on October 19, 2012. 	“Starting the first of two trooper recruit schools this year is good news,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “It is our hope these recruits will successfully meet and exceed the challenges they will face during these next few months, after which time they will join the proud men and women of the Michigan State Police who serve in communities statewide with excellence, integrity and courtesy on a daily basis.” 	Funding made available as part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s public safety plan allows the department to run two trooper recruit schools this calendar year in order to hire 180 new troopers. 	A second recruit school is set to begin in October. Recruiting is currently underway; interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information. 	The department solicited over 3,000 potential candidates for the 123rd Trooper Recruit School. Special emphasis was given to recruiting military veterans and certified police officers without employment. In order to be selected to attend the academy, all applicants had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation and hiring interview. 	As of May 26, 2012, there were 910 at-post troopers stationed at 29 posts across Michigan. This is the first class held since 35 members of the 122nd Trooper Recruit School graduated on May 13, 2011. 	The 123rd Trooper Recruit School participants include David Williams of Belmont and Jacob Sanders of Greenville.

Hometown heroes prepare for state police careers On Sunday, June 10, 92 prospective troopers reported to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Training Academy in Lansing for the first day of the 123rd Trooper Recruit School. For the next 19 weeks, between wake-up at 5 a.m. and lights-out at 10 p.m., the recruits will receive training […]

Rockford Aces finish third at World Choir Games

The Rockford Aces, who can now claim a title of national champions and world contenders, are led by Jed Scott, arranger and composer. The members include (not pictured in order) Cameron Brown, Jeremy Hagedorn, Connor Jewell, Kevin Kruizenga, Spencer Kruse, Cash Maciel, Tyler Quick, Jeff Millard, Ben Reitemeier, Michael Sunday, Matt Vermeer and Christian Wojtowicz.

by CINDY M. CRANMER A crowd started gathering Monday night, July 9 in downtown Rockford to hear an impromptu performance by the Rockford Aces. This is not unusual as the group returned from Cincinnati as the top finishing team in their category in points in the United States and third in the world. The team […]

Macgregor honored with 2011 Crime Fighter Award

State Rep. Peter MacGregor accepts his award from Kathy Pelleran, state director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan at the state Capitol.

Lawmaker honored for leadership for children, youth, families State Rep. Peter MacGregor was recently honored with the 2011 Crime Fighter Award from the Michigan chapter of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a statewide crime prevention organization led by Michigan police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and crime survivors. The organization cited […]

Fourth annual motocross fundraiser July 21

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Payton’s Race for a Cure a fun family event Saturday, July 21, visit Grattan Raceway, 7201 Lessiter Road in Belding, for a day of motocross racing (quads are allowed), kids’ activities, food concessions, raffle tent, and music with a local celebrity DJ. The event is the fourth annual Payton’s Race for a Cure to raise […]