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MSP seeks information in hit-and-run crash 

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The Michigan State Police Rockford Post is seeking information regarding a suspect vehicle in a hit-and-run crash that occurred at approximately 6 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2017.

According to police, two pedestrians were struck and injured by a vehicle on Giles Road near the intersection of Peterson Road in Laketon Township, Muskegon County. The vehicle, which fled east on Giles Road from the scene, was described as a red pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet, with the tailgate either down or missing. The crash caused the vehicle’s passenger side mirror to break off and it was left at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this vehicle or the identity of its occupants is asked to call the Rockford Post at 616-866-4411.

Tips may also be submitted to Silent Observer at www.silentobservermuskegon.com by texting MKGTIP to 274637 or by calling 231-72-CRIME.

 

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Seasonal weight and speed restrictions due to warmer weather

 

The Kent County Road Commission (KCRC), Barry County Road Commission, Ionia County Road Commission, City of Kentwood, and the City of Walker are enacting seasonal weight limit and speed restrictions due to the warmer weather we’ve experienced.

The intent of the restrictions is to protect the integrity of the road when frost is coming out of the ground. Normal legal loads must be reduced by approximately 35 percent and truck vehicle speeds reduced to 35 mph.

“We will be enforcing the restrictions based on this week’s forecast of rising temperatures and rainfall along with tests indicating frost depth of up to 36 inches. The enforcement of restrictions will help us protect the integrity of our non all-season roads as the frost comes out of the ground,” said Jerry Byrne, KCRC’s Deputy Director of Operations for KCRC.

Byrne said that the imposed restrictions could be suspended as conditions warrant.

Those with truck-related questions may contact the Michigan Center for Truck Safety at 1-800-MTA- 4MTA (1-800-682-4682).

The KCRC Seasonal Weight and Speed Restriction Hotline: 616-336-2019

More information regarding KCRC’s Weight Restriction & Bonding Policy is available www.kentcountyroads.net.

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A Gift too wonderful for words; handle with awe

_C-Cedar-Creek-Community-Church-LandscapePastor Dick Nichols

Cedar Creek Community Church

2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

 

If you are reading this brief message, you have survived through the year 2016, including the Christmas-Advent season, and now we all have begun the journey called calendar year 2017 with whatever it holds. In my mind, this is no small accomplishment, and as Christians, we look forward to what God has for us in this new year—new learning, new discoveries, new relationships and more.

The Advent season, the coming of Jesus Christ, God incarnate into the world we live in, is celebrated in many different kinds of ways; one being that we become concerned about choosing just the right gifts to give to some of the special people in our lives. The full meaning of this practice can sometimes get lost in the activities of the season.

We must continually remind ourselves to be thankful for the first gift-giver, as Paul points out to us, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2nd Corinthians 9:15, King James translation). Have you ever received a gift that was beyond description? Just what kind of gift would it have to be to be called indescribable? Would it be a gift you open and say, “this is beautiful, something I’ve wanted all my life, what is it?” Or how about a gift given to you by someone special, carrying a lot of feelings and emotions with it?

The apostle Peter helps us better understand the importance of yielding our lives here to follow the path taught by Jesus Christ, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1st Peter 1:8 KJV). We are all in this year of uncertain times together, and may we all personally find this “unspeakable joy in the Lord.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ is describable and yet he is beyond human description. “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” In these eight words, scripture captures our attention, to a word that cannot be expressed in mere words. When we search the scripture diligently, we find thousands of words describing characteristics of Jesus Christ, but the truth is that the more we learn of and about Jesus, we discover that the full knowledge, depth, width and height of Jesus nature, character, eternal existence, etc., always leaves us with more to learn.

When we believe on Jesus as scripture directs us, we quickly learn that this indescribable gift God has given, is God himself; that Jesus is man, Jesus is Savior, Jesus is the good news, and that even if God somehow would give us life for hundreds of years on this planet, we will still have an eternity to continue learning just how unspeakable this gift is.

This Jesus will bring us to God through the sacrifice of himself, and secure for us forgiveness of all our sins; for all eternity. Christmas is past, but it is not too late to open the gift.

 

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Roger C. Allen

C-MEM-Roger-AllenRoger C. Allen

June 20, 1928 – January 5, 2013

Remembering you Dad,

I’m a couple weeks late on your memorial this year, but it doesn’t mean I miss you less. Life gets busy and you know how bad I am at deadlines!

I still think of you every day. I want to say “thank you” for all you had done for me my whole life. I’ll never forget.

The Post is still here. And people still read it!

They also love texting and tweeting and everybody’s on FaceBook all the time.

The city is building a big, brand new library. Mom is doing well, and oh guess who’s president!

Love you forever,

Your daughter, Lois

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DONALD J. REED

C-obit-ReedDONALD J. REED

Donald J. Reed age 79 of Morley went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Spectrum Health-Big Rapids Campus. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 24, 1937 to Clarence and Beatrice (Robinson) Reed. Don worked for General Motors on Alpine for 31 years. Don’s passion was being an evangelist who loved to tell you about Jesus. He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Della Mae; children, Donald (Diane) Reed, Jr., Timothy Reed, Jack (Kathy) Briggs, Mike (Matilda) Briggs, Timothy (Rhonda) Briggs, James (Dianne) Reed Briggs, Ken (Kim) Addis, Kerry (Deb) Stout, Scott (Brenda) Osbun, and Robert (Sandie) Farmer; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Matthew Reed; and his siblings. The family greeted friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Creek Community Church, 2969 14 Mile Road NE, Sparta with viewing beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pastors Richard Nichols and Steve Finn officiating. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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JOHN “TOM” THOMAS VANWAGONER

 

Tom left this life to be with his wife Mary, brother Vernon, sister in law Barb, Mom and Dad on January 12, 2017.  Tom spent his life enjoying outdoor activities with his family and friends. Tom will be missed by his children Gail & Joe VandenBerg and Jim & Teresa VanWagoner. He will also be missed by his step children Lynette & Doug Smith, Karl Steinebach, Teri & Brent Jones, Kim & John Hooper and Tim Steinebach;  his grandchildren Matt, Gabrielle, Rena, DJ, Emme, Kalli, Evan, Zane, Deklyn, Adam, Cody, Brandon, Denver, Dale and Cory will especially miss his smiling face and unending love. Tom’s sisters and brothers-in-law Marie & Jim Jorgensen and Vera & Clinton Sanders will miss the enjoyable games of cards, meals together and regular chats. Over the years Tom’s nieces and nephews Sue, Don, Peggy, Vickie, Tim, Barb and Nick have been a great source of enjoyment.  Croquet and golf won’t be the same without their uncle. The family celebrated Tom’s life from 6 p.m. To 8 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Pederson Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home   

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DEBRA BODEN

 

Debra Boden age 60 of Howard City passed away January 14, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus.  She was born August 4, 1956 in Grand Rapids the daughter of Clifford and Barbara (Wood) BeVier.  During her working years she owned and operated Pizza Time in Howard City for 12 years with her husband William.  She enjoyed quilting, gambling, and she loved her dog Dexter.  In 1991 she married William Boden who survives. Also surviving are her children David Boden, Robin Boden, Heather Boden all of Grand Rapids; three grandchildren, Talan Boden, Kole Kopka, Kaleb Kopka; four brothers, Larry Ellis of Cedar Springs, Dutch Ellis of Grattan, Dennis BeVier of Cedar Springs, Dave BeVier of Caledonia, two sisters, Cindy Wiggins of Howard City, Mildred BeVier of Caledonia and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert.  Funeral services took place on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Heckman Funeral home with Pastor Teri Cummins officiating with burial in the Reynolds cemetery.  The family greeted friends on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. And 6-8 p.m. and prior to services on Wednesday.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home

 

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SUE A. WILSON

 

Sue A. Wilson, 81 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Samaritas Senior Living, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Wilson was born September 11, 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Edward and Irma (Hale) Cummings. She drove bus for Cedar Springs Public Schools for 11 years. Surviving are two sons, Edward and Robert; three grandchildren, Daniel, Sara and Jennifer; a cousin, Paul Cummings. Visitation will be held Friday, January 20th  from 12 noon until time of committal service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Darryl Miller officiating. Interment Fairplains Cemetery, Grand Rapids.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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Thank you

Alice Powell would like to thank all the friends and family that came to her 90th Birthday Party at the Gun Tavern on Friday the 13th. Thank you!

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Michigan Press Association: Government control of what you know

 

Michigan House introduces second bill in attempt to remove public notices from newspapers

By Doug Caldwell, Michigan Press Association

Earlier this week, the Michigan House of Representatives began their 99th session. The first bill introduced deals with an important issue…rolling back Michigan’s income tax. The second bill introduced by Rep. Rob Verheulen, R-Walker, is a replica of the bill introduced in the last two sessions by former Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, that would remove ALL public notice from newspapers.

The members of the Michigan Press Association find it disconcerting that subverting citizens’ rights to access information about what their government is doing is one of the first issues introduced for this legislature.

In this era of unscrupulous hacking by foreign entities it seems that depositing all the information about government activity including things like zoning, millage increases, and government takeover of personal property to the websites of the government themselves is risky at best and possibly unethical at worst.

Our Founding Fathers were so concerned and distrustful of government power that they took extraordinary measures to ensure transparency and accountability. The checks and balances provided for in the Constitution that we learned about in civics class are one such measure. A second and equally important measure is the three-legged stool of governmental accountability, the first leg of which is the proper notice of upcoming government meetings and actions. The second leg is the requirement that governments hold open meetings so that officials can be held accountable for their actions. The third leg is the Freedom of Information Act so that all people have access to government records.

These three “legs” of transparency and accountability are critical to the health of an informed democracy, and the first “leg” is under attack by some misguided government officials. Good public notice must be provided in a forum independent of the agency required to give the public notice. If not, unscrupulous officials can hide or confuse actions from the public.

These notices need to be accessible to all members of the community regardless of financial status or technical abilities. And they must also be archived in a permanent format to prevent revisions to the historical record.

Notices placed on a government website fail all these requirements. Does the entire community have the access and skills to know how and where to find this information on the Internet? No, it’s highly unlikely even in the most affluent communities. Would placing these notices on a government website save money? Very unlikely if all aspects are accounted for because the process requires staff to upload and maintain the records; websites require regular maintenance; and security is questionable at best. These failings are further compounded by a lack of independent oversight.

The Internet can be a valuable adjunct in helping keep the public informed. That is why most newspapers now post notices on their websites at no additional charge. However, government notices must be handled like the permanent legal documents they are. Newspapers have done this for hundreds of years at minimal cost. Hiding these notices on an obscure government website fails the public and contributes to the erosion of trust in government.

Our Founding Fathers would strongly disapprove. We urge you to contact your state representative and let them know you do too.

Doug Caldwell is the president of the Michigan Press Association. If you have any questions about this issue, contact lisa@michiganpress.org or call Lisa at 313-247-9859.

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