Manslaughter charges filed in falling rock fatality

Death of 17-year-old Algoma Township teen made national news On October 26, the Eighth Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed manslaughter charges, a class four felony, against a juvenile male in the case of Audra Brownell, who died when she was struck by a falling rock on June 17, 2010. The incident took place in the […]

‘Better than Twilight’ author says of vampire movie, e-book

Above is a poster for a new independent film which is based on work by a Rockford graduate.

Independent film to premier November 13 by BETH ALTENA They were confronted by Kent County Sheriff’s Deputies because someone thought they were grave-robbing in a local cemetery. “When you are wielding swords in a cemetery at night, nothing good is going on,” explained Kay Bouma. Bouma was describing one of the adventures that went into […]

Stephen J. May Scholarship free throw fundraiser in memory of well-loved student

Stephen J. May

‘Everybody Love Everybody’ was teen’s philosophy by BETH ALTENA Stephen May was known as a peacemaker and liked to see those around him get along. A favorite saying of his was “Everybody love everybody.” In the spirit of that philosophy, friends of the family are raising money for a self-sustaining humanitarian scholarship to be offered […]

First band car raffle puts Chevy Malibu keys in couple’s hands

Band Parents president Chris VanZee and treasurer Keri Bean celebrate with the winners, Karen and Jerry DeBlaay, as they take their car home from Kool Chevrolet.

Winning a new car for the cost of a $25 ticket, and all for a good cause is probably a great feeling. This year’s Rockford marching band program fundraiser was a raffle for a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. According to Chris Vanzee, band booster president, this is the first year the band tried to raise funds […]

Magic man helps make theater appear at Robinette’s

Magician Russ Niedzwiecki

There are plenty of magical things about to appear at Robinette’s, and one will be coming from a local magician with more than a few tricks up his sleeve. Magician Russ Niedzwiecki has launched a food-with-entertainment website called He has plans to incorporate his own sleight-of-hand performances in addition to a variety of other […]