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My Town: Michigan State Police celebrate milestones in Montcalm and Ionia counties

My Town: Michigan State Police celebrate milestones in Montcalm and Ionia counties

LAKEVIEW, Mich. (Michigan State Police)--- As the New Year begins, the Michigan State Police Lakeview post would like to share some of its accomplishments and successes from 2014.  The Lakeview post serves the counties of Montcalm, Gratiot and Ionia.

In 2014, the post welcomed eight troopers, one new sergeant, one motor carrier officer, one motor carrier sergeant and one motor carrier lieutenant.

Additionally, troopers from the post handled 9,245 calls for service; of these reports, 590 were alcohol or drug related.  The post has 1,342 registered sex offenders living in the post area with a 96 percent compliance rate.  There are approximately 11,000 inmates residing in the prisons located in St. Louis, Carson City, and Ionia.  MSP handles all criminal investigations associated with these prisons.

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.

My Town Belding: New equipment approved for Department of Public Works

My Town Belding: New equipment approved for Department of Public Works

BELDING, Mich.— Belding’s Department of Public Works is getting new equipment to tend to public areas.

During their meeting last month, the city council approved purchasing a John Deere Gator HPX, John Deere 310K backhoe, an IHC 5 yard plow truck and a Ford F550 water/sewer truck for no more than $330,000.  The only dissenting vote came from council member Cooper, who said he would like to hear more from the community before moving ahead with the purchase.  Cooper also said the city should operate like a business and stagger equipment purchases.

Calls for equipment upgrades began after the city’s backhoe caught fire.  

My Town Belding: Holiday tradition returning to Jay Street

My Town Belding: Holiday tradition returning to Jay Street

BELDING, Mich.--  A Belding family is bringing back a holiday tradition this Thanksgiving.

Robert Brown recently got the green light from the Belding City Council to set up an outdoor Christmas display spanning four properties on Jay Street. With the approval of Brown’s neighbors, council members agreed to suspend the city light and noise ordinance from Nov. 27 through Jan. 1 for Brown so he can run his light display, which will be active from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Brown told the city council earlier this month that he wants to bring back the family tradition, which started in the early 70s.  He says Santa will be out front handing out candy canes, and Christmas music will be playing along with the display.

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

 

WMU-COOLEY LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR AND RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL C.H. McDANIEL

PARTICIPATES IN WEST MICHIGAN DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.

My Town: Belding Labor Day celebration to include WWI monument dedication

My Town: Belding Labor Day celebration to include WWI monument dedication

BELDING, Mich.—The City of Belding is getting ready to celebrate Labor Day all weekend long.

The Belding Labor Day Celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 when operators fire up the carnival rides.  Visitors can also enjoy live music, food and a nighttime parade down Bridge Street.

Games, contests, a car show and performances will entertain visitors Saturday.  Sunday, the community will celebrate its veterans with the dedication of the new World War I monument at Veterans Park.

The festivities run through Monday, Sept. 1. The 109th Stahlin Labor Day Parade down Bridge Street will kick off at 11 a.m. Monday.

For more information, visit the Belding Labor Day Celebration Committee’s Facebook page here.

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two men running to represent West Michigan in Congress have agreed to hold public forums.

Congressman Justin Amash and his Democratic contender, businessman Bob Goodrich met over coffee in Eastown Aug. 15.  During the brief meeting, both candidates discussed ideas on how best to keep the race for the 3rd Congressional seat civil.

Amash beat East Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis by roughly a 14-percent margin during August’s primary. Voters will decide if Amash will continue to represent them during the general election Nov. 4.  The Third Congressional District of Michigan includes the areas of  Grand Rapids, Cascade Township, Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Belding, Lowell, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Sparta.