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Archive | March, 2012

Weekly fishing report

From the DNR

 

Southwest Lower Peninsula

Inland lake fishing for bluegills and crappie is starting to pick-up. Carp have already been spotted in shallow waters.

New Buffalo:  Is producing some limit catches of coho and steelhead. Dowagiac River:  Has good steelhead fishing.

St. Joseph:  Anglers were catching steelhead and catfish from the piers.

St. Joseph River:  Steelhead fishing has been good especially near the Berrien Springs Dam. Sucker fishing was also good.

Silver Lake:  In Branch County is starting to produce a fair number of bluegill.

Union Lake:  In Branch County was giving up some 10 inch perch. Those fishing along the east end of the lake caught redears.

Kalamazoo River:  Still has good steelhead fishing however the run will be winding down soon.

Grand River at Grand Rapids:  Is producing steelhead and catfish.

Grand River at Lansing:  The occasional steelhead has been caught over at Moore’s Park Dam and at the point where the Grand meets the Red Cedar. Anglers are using spawn, spinners or crank baits. Good colors to try are chartreuse and fire-tiger. Catfish are hitting on dead minnows, stink baits, crawlers and small bluegills.

Lake Interstate: Is producing some nice bluegills in deeper water. Try a wax worm under a slip bobber. The lake is south of Lansing towards Potterville. Jackson:  Boats are taking to the inland lakes for panfish.

Lake Ovid: A few boat anglers are getting out but catch rates were still slow in part due to the cold water temperatures.

Muskegon River: Has good steelhead fishing.

 

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Eight tax-time errors to avoid

If you make a mistake on your tax return, it can take longer to process, which in turn, may delay your refund. Here are eight common errors to avoid.

1. Incorrect or missing Social Security numbers When entering SSNs for anyone listed on your tax return, be sure to enter them exactly as they appear on the Social Security cards.

2. Incorrect or misspelling of dependent’s last name When entering a dependent’s last name on your tax return, make sure to enter it exactly as it appears on their Social Security card.

3. Filing status errors Choose the correct filing status for your situation. There are five filing statuses: Single, Married Filing Jointly, Married Filing Separately, Head of Household and Qualifying Widow(er) With Dependent Child. See Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction and Filing Information, to determine the filing status that best fits your situation.

4. Math errors When preparing paper returns, review all math for accuracy. Or file electronically; the software does the math for you!

5. Computation errors Take your time. Many taxpayers make mistakes when figuring their taxable income, withholding and estimated tax payments, Earned Income Tax Credit, Standard Deduction for age 65 or over or blind, the taxable amount of Social Security benefits and the Child and Dependent Care Credit.

6. Incorrect bank account numbers for direct deposit Double check your bank routing and account numbers if you are using direct deposit for your refund.

7. Forgetting to sign and date the return An unsigned tax return is like an unsigned check—it is invalid. Also, both spouses must sign a joint return.

8. Incorrect adjusted gross income If you file electronically, you must sign the return electronically using a Personal Identification Number. To verify your identity, the software will prompt you to enter your AGI from your originally filed 2010 federal income tax return or last year’s PIN if you e-filed. Taxpayers should not use an AGI amount from an amended return, Form 1040X, or a math-error correction made by IRS.

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Tax refunds may be applied to offset certain debts

Past due financial obligations can affect your current federal tax refund. The Department of Treasury’s Financial Management Service, which issues IRS tax refunds, can use part or all of your federal tax refund to satisfy certain unpaid debts.

Here are eight important facts the IRS wants you to know about tax refund offsets:

1. If you owe federal or state income taxes, your refund will be offset to pay those taxes. If you had other debt such as child support or student loan debt that was submitted for offset, FMS will apply as much of your refund as is needed to pay off the debt and then issue any remaining refund to you.

2. You will receive a notice if an offset occurs. The notice will include the original refund amount, your offset amount, the agency receiving the payment and its contact information.

3. If you believe you do not owe the debt or you are disputing the amount taken from your refund, you should contact the agency shown on the notice, not the IRS.

4. If you filed a joint return and you’re not responsible for the debt, but you are entitled to a portion of the refund, you may request your portion of the refund by filing IRS Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation. Attach Form 8379 to your original Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040EZ or file it by itself after you are notified of an offset. Form 8379 can be downloaded from the IRS website at www.irs.gov.

5. You can file Form 8379 electronically. If you file a paper tax return you can include Form 8379 with your return, write “INJURED SPOUSE” at the top left of the Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. IRS will process your allocation request before an offset occurs.

6. If you are filing Form 8379 by itself, it must show both spouses’ Social Security numbers in the same order as they appeared on your income tax return. You, the “injured” spouse, must sign the form. Do not attach the previously filed Form 1040 to the Form 8379. Send Form 8379 to the IRS Service Center where you filed your original return.

7. The IRS will compute the injured spouse’s share of the joint return. Contact the IRS only if your original refund amount shown on the FMS offset notice differs from the refund amount shown on your tax return.

8. Follow the instructions on Form 8379 carefully and be sure to attach the required forms to avoid delays. If you don’t receive a notice, contact the Financial Management Service at 800-304-3107, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time).

 

 

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Who turned up the heat?

 

Sunshiny days and summer-like temperatures the last two weeks have marred any memory of the winter that never really arrived. With temps in the 70s and 80s, Michigan has been warmer than many of the southern and western states, including Florida, Arizona and Hawaii. WOOD-TV8 said that the 87-degree reading in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, made it the warmest day ever in March in G.R. The city is now 16.2 degrees warmer than average for March.

All the sunshine is also bringing out the flowers. Craig Owens, of Cedar Springs, and Christine Solomon, also of Cedar Springs shared some lovely flowers from their yard, and Tyler Felty, a Cedar Springs grad going to school at Ferris in Big Rapids, sent us some of the flowers he’s seeing around campus as well. Thanks so much!

 

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Man arrested in sex sting

 

Herman H. Kamphuis

A Nelson Township man was arrested by federal investigators last week after he traveled to Ohio to allegedly have sex with two pre-teen girls.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the complaint, Herman H. Kamphuis, 43, began talking to an undercover officer in a “parenting” Internet chatroom on February 2. The undercover agent was posing as the father of two girls, ages 6 and 11. The suspect allegedly turned the chat sexual, and asked about the features of the two girls. When the detective asked him what he was looking for, the suspect said he was looking to make a 25-year fantasy come true by having sex with the girls.

According to the affidavit, the suspect had several explicit follow-up chats with the detective, and arranged to travel to Columbus, Ohio on March 9 for a rendezvous with the detective and his “daughters.” The detective and the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children task force set up surveillance, and when Kamphuis arrived for the meeting, task force officers arrested him. He allegedly admitted to officers that he traveled to Columbus to have sex with the 11-year-old, and that he had brought his computer, which had over 100 files of child pornography involving children under 13.

According to United States Attorney Carter M. Stewart, of the Southern District of Ohio, Kamphuis appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Terence P. Kemp, who ordered him held without bond. He is being charged with attempted sexual exploitation of a minor for unlawful sexual activity, which is punishable by at least 10 years and up to life in prison.

 

 

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Three injured in crash

Three people were sent to the hospital Wednesday morning after a crash in Solon Township.

The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the intersection of 18 Mile and Algoma Avenue.

According to Sgt. Loughlin of the Kent County Sheriff Department, a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old woman, from Wayland, was traveling eastbound on 18 Mile, when she either didn’t stop at the stop sign at Algoma Avenue, or pulled out in front a vehicle traveling southbound on Algoma. The impact sent the two cars rolling into a field at the southeast corner of the intersection. The woman’s car landed on its top, and she was pinned in. The other car, which held a 46-year-old man and his 55-year-old wife, both from Cedar Springs, and a small dog, landed on its side.

Solon Fire and Rescue called Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue for assistance, and they both worked on freeing the passengers. The Wayland woman was sent to Butterworth with serious injuries. The husband and wife were also sent to the hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. The dog did not want to come out of the car, but firefighters were soon able to coax him out. He appeared shaky, but uninjured.

 

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Post Easter egg hunt April 7!

 

We’re counting down, and the Post annual community Easter egg hunt is only two weeks  away! Plan now to attend the event, to be held Saturday, April 7, at 1:00 p.m. at Red Hawk Elementary, on the Cedar Springs Public Schools campus. It will begin promptly at 1 p.m. so don’t be late! It will feature hunts for four different age groups (up to age 10), real colored eggs, candy, coins and great prizes. The Cedar Springs Fire Department, Red Flannel Queen and Court, Keystone Kops, Post staff, and of course, the Easter Bunny, will all be on hand to help with the festivities! Call us at 696-3655 with questions.

 

 

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Hometown Hero

Congratulations to Mike Reyburn, who was promoted from Major to Lt. Colonel on March 2.

Mike is a graduate of DeWitt High School, and a 1995 West Point graduate. He has spent 17 years in the Army and is now stationed in Suffolk, Virginia.

He is the son of former residents Kris and Teri (Covell) Reyburn, and the grandson of Richard and Joan Covell, of Cedar Springs.

He is pictured here with his family—wife Jennifer, daughter Jacqueline, and son Jake.

 

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Hometown Hero

Air Force Airman Jacquelyn M. Champion graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Champion is the daughter of Theresa and James Champion of Pine Lake Avenue, Cedar Springs.

She is a 2010 graduate of Cedar Springs High School.

 

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Hometown Hero

 

Army National Guard Spec. Nicholas S. Emery has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Emery is the son of Allen and Cathleen Emery of Cedar Springs, and husband of Pamella.

The specialist is a 2001 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids.

 

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