Long-time police dispatcher leaves Rockford

WISHING WELL—Sam Russell is thanked for her many years of service by Rockford’s Police Chief Dave Jones.

Sam Russell will return to Greenville roots If you walked into the Rockford Police Department anytime in the last decade-and-a-half, chances are you talked to Sam Russell. Friday, Nov.13 was the last day for the “grandmother” of the department, who started her law enforcement career in Greenville, where she says everyone called her mom. She […]

Obituaries — November 18, 2009


Chase Mr. Herschel S. Chase, age 88, of Rockford passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2009. Herschel began helping farmers when he was 11 years old. On February 18, 1939, Herschel started working at Winter and Cramton Corp. as an electric platter, worked construction for a short time, worked at a plant making bomber airplanes, […]

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon

Penalty provisions in fine print E-file saves taxpayers millions The Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009, as signed into law by President Obama on November 6, among several important provisions, had a penalty provision inserted within the fine print of the law. I think there is a lot of fine print in some of […]

Holiday Enchantment — November 18, 2009

Heart of Rockford businesses kick off holidays Healthcare product drive to benefit North Kent Service Center clients Grand Rapids ranks as one of the nation’s more philanthropic communities, and Rockford is certainly well-known for its support of charity events, food drives, faith-based initiatives, and support of nonprofits near and far. This rings especially true at […]

REF concert tickets a great Christmas gift

A CAST FROM AN EARLIER SECOND CITY TIME—do you recognize anyone? Photo courtesy of DK/NY by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Rockford Education Foundation (REF) Administrator Sue Arend and the gang at REF have gone outside the box and done themselves one better. In annually producing a mid-winter fundraising show, which featured mostly musical acts, this […]