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Pole falls on car

 A light pole fell on an unoccupied vehicle in the Tractor Supply parking lot last week. Photo by S. Reed.

A light pole fell on an unoccupied vehicle in the Tractor Supply parking lot last week. Photo by S. Reed.

A light pole fell on a car in the Tractor Supply Parking lot last Thursday, November 5.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department Cedar Springs unit, they received a call that a pole had fallen on an unoccupied car in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, at the corner of 17 Mile and White Creek Avenue. Store employees secured the area around the pole and vehicle. Kelley said it did not appear that the car had hit the pole, just that the pole had fallen on the car.

He said no one witnessed the incident.

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Man dies after bull attack


A Sparta man was working at an area farm Tuesday when he was fatally injured by a bull.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Thomas William Hammond, 60, of Sparta, was working at 1046 Hull St. NE, in Algoma Township, when the incident occurred. Hammond was working for Spartan Farms, 11116 Pine Island Drive, Sparta, and was a long-time employee.

Emergency dispatch received a call about 11:25 a.m. that a 60-year-old male was having trouble breathing after being attacked by a bull.

Police said that employees were attempting to load a farm bull on to a trailer to remove it from the farm, when the bull ran away from the trailer and back in to the barn, where Hammond was located. The bull ran to the victim and attacked him, hitting his chest with his head several times. Employees were able to separate the bull from the victim, and assisted him out of the barn.

Sparta Fire, Algoma Fire, Rockford ambulance, and Aeromed were all dispatched to the scene. Rescue personnel rendered aid to the victim, however the victim soon became unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kent County Animal Control also responded to the scene and did not find any animal violations.

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The Post travels to Hessel Bay


Jeffrey and Sherrie Peters, of Solon Township, took the Post with them on a trip to Hessel Bay, about 10 miles east of the Mackinac Bridge. “It’s a good getaway for anyone,” said Sherrie. “We just relaxed.” They commented that they have good restaurants and good fishing.

Thank you, Jeffrey and Sherrie, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Hometown Hero

N-Hometown-Hero-GardnerArmy Pvt. Alexander W. Gardner

Army Pvt. Alexander W. Gardner has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Gardner is the son of Amanda J. Webster, of Courtland Township, and the grandson of Juanita M. Webster and Daniel C. Webster.

He is a 2015 graduate of Cedar Springs High School.

Gardner is currently at AIT school in Fort Lee, Virginia, training as a unit supply specialist. He will graduate in December.

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Marching Red Hawks finish ninth at state


The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band traveled to Ford Field on Saturday, November 7, for the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) State Marching Finals. They finished ninth in the state in Flight III competition, which consisted of 12 bands.

Music Booster Secretary Julia Moore, stated, “The band worked so hard and they had a terrific season. We are all very proud of them!”

The season ends with their annual Marching Banquet, held on November 16, and the band moves into Concert season this week. Their next performance will be a Christmas Concert on December 10 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is held at the high school, and admission is free.


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Teacher of the year finalist recognized


Cedar Springs High School teacher Dave Stuart received a plaque and $500 from the MEEMIC Foundation for being a Michigan teacher of the year finalist. Carol denOtter-Todd, a MEEMIC field consultant, presented the award.

Cedar Springs High School teacher Dave Stuart, who was selected in June as one of five finalists for Michigan Teacher of the Year, was recognized recently by the MEEMIC Foundation for his accomplishment.

A school assembly was held on October 31, where Carol denOtter-Todd presented him with a plaque, and a check for $500.

Created by Meemic Insurance Company and founded as a nonprofit organization, the Meemic Foundation is dedicated to advancing the future of education by offering financial assistance to public, private, parochial and charter schools, and colleges and universities.

Stuart finished as one of the top five out of 487 applicants for Michigan Teacher of the Year. “It’s a huge honor,” Stuart told the Post last summer, after learning of his award. Stuart teaches history and English to incoming freshmen at Cedar Springs High School. He also writes, and travels the professional development circuit speaking with school districts across the country about the common core in English and his practical approach to it.

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Morley Park pavilion to be dedicated


Cedar Springs junior Kevin Galloway standing in front of the pavilion in Morley Park. It will be dedicated later this month. Courtesy photo.

Cedar Springs junior Kevin Galloway standing in front of the pavilion in Morley Park. It will be dedicated later this month. Courtesy photo.

November 21, 1 p.m.

The City of Cedar Springs will hold a ceremony on Saturday, November 21, at 1 p.m. in Morley Park, to dedicate the new picnic pavilion.

The pavilion was completed by high school student Kevin Galloway and his team, as his Eagle Scout project. Contributors, contractors, volunteers and the entire community is invited to attend this special ceremony.

Galloway had originally expressed an interest in replacing the former gazebo in the center of the park, but when it was deemed structurally unsafe and torn down, he focused on raising funds, materials and volunteers to build a new pavilion that will be enjoyed by the community for years to come.

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Rifle raffle winner


The Sons of the American Legion, Glen Hill Squadron 287, of Cedar Springs would like to congratulate Alex Sory, of Jenison. Alex had the winning ticket for their Rifle Raffle, which was drawn on November 7. Pictured is Alex holding his new Savage .270 and Squadron 287 Finance Officer Keith Tyler.

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Winter parking in effect


The Kent County Sheriff Department Cedar Springs Unit would like to remind the residents of the City of Cedar Springs that winter parking is now in effect.

Under Ordinance No. 180 Section 36-86, no parking is allowed from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. from November 1 to April 1 on streets and areas that have a curb, such as Main Street and connecting side streets, and no parking within a distance of 20 feet of the center of a street for all other areas. The ordinance was created to help with snow removal.

There are public lots available to park in overnight, but cars must be moved daily. Lots can be found at the NE corner of Ash and Second; the SE corner of Elm and Second; the SW corner of Ash and First; and the NW corner of Cherry and First.

“Compliance with the ordinance is key in keeping the city roads clear during the winter months,” said Sgt. Jason Kelley, supervisor of the Cedar Springs Unit. “Your attention to and assistance with this matter is greatly appreciated.”

A violation of the ordinance is a civil infraction.

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Missing Man FOUND


William Louck, an 84-year-old Alzheimer’s patient, went missing from his Solon Township home Monday, November 9.

UPDATE 11/10: The missing man from Solon Township has been found and returned safely to his family. William Louck, 84, was found early Tuesday morning, about 4 a.m., by Calhoun County Sheriff Deputies, after his car ran out of gas, in Pennfield Township.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police are searching for a man who has gone missing from his Solon Township home.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, William Clyde Louck, 84, has Alzheimers and was last seen at his home at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 8, in the area of 17 Mile Rd NE and US-131. He doesn’t normally drive at night and it is believed that he left his home sometime Monday, November 9.

Police said Mr. Louck moved from Manistee to his Solon Township home this past June and it is unknown if he would drive back to the Manistee area. He is believed to be driving a silver 2009 Toyota Tacoma Quad Cab pick up truck, with Michigan license plate (CJJ-1743). Mr. Louck is described as a white male, 5 foot 8 inches tall, 190 pounds, gray hair, gray beard, and wears eyeglasses.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office requests that anyone with information on Mr. Louck’s whereabouts to contact The Kent County Sheriff’s Office at (616) 336-3113.


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