Zoo Society announces campaign for tigers, bears, more

This is similar to the type of car that will be used in John Ball Zoo’s system. Cars for John Ball Zoo are not yet designed and no conceptual drawings are available at this time.

The John Ball Zoological Society recently announced they will be bringing tigers back to Grand Rapids with the help of a generous community. The fund drive is Phase II of the Zoo Society’s “Restore the Roar” Capital Campaign. The projects include the Bill and Bea Idema Foundation Funicular and Forest Realm, the Bissell Tree House […]

Disaster training brings emergency to life

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First responders drill for worst-case scenario by BETH ALTENA No one ever hopes to use the skills they develop under federal guidelines by the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), but if the worst happens, they will be ready. Area first responders—police, fire, paramedics and more—fight explosions, toxic disasters, potentially fatal injuries and other potential catastrophes […]

McKay to head state organization

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Rockford treasurer voted to position by peers  by BETH ALTENA  When Kim McKay hired on with the City of Rockford 14 years ago this past December, she was deputy treasurer. Today she is a woman wearing many professional hats with the local government and has been voted the next president of the Michigan Municipal Treasurers […]

County cuts Rockford court to one day per month

When Rockford’s court opens for business, it will be just one day a month and only handle small claims cases, according to Rockford City Manager Michael Young. Young said the court administrator, Donna Gilson, informed Rockford’s police chief of this latest news in the five-year saga of court consolidation. Rockford and Kent County are in […]

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County kicks off with home in Sparta

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Calling all volunteers … Habitat for Humanity of Kent County has kicked off a build in North Kent County on Tuesday, March 31, and volunteers are needed. Absolutely no experience is required. Habitat has plenty of jobs at all skill levels, including framing, siding, painting, land scaping, work site assistance and clean up, meal prep, […]