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SUSAN L. WHITNEY


Susan L. Whitney 61 of Rockford, died unexpectedly Sunday, August 27, 2017. Susan was born January 25, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of Ted and Betty (Newnom) Green. She was a hair stylist at the Hair Craft Company in Cedar Springs for over 25 years. She had a love and zest for life that included her family and grandchildren, holidays and vacations. She was a very positive and generous person with an awesome smile. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Surviving are her husband, Ken; children, Michelle (Joe) Murdoch, Paul Cox; stepdaughter, Leslie (Josh) Lillie; grandchildren, BreAnne, Seth, Bernadette, Sullivan, Christopher, Kevin, Ike, Ian, Asher and Grace; one great-grandson, Oliver; mother, Betty Fath and Earl Fath; sisters, Diane (Jeff) Piatt, Julie (Wayne) Kwiatkowski; parents-in-law, Don (Eleanor) Whitney; many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her father; son, Christopher Cox; and granddaughter, Halee. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. Visitation on Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pastor John Frye officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to fund for her grandchildren’s education, Christopher and Kevin Cox at any Independent Bank.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Bank robber sentenced to 151 months in federal prison 


This was the scene after bank robber Edward Ray Lucas crashed his car into another vehicle after a bank robbery in Sand Lake on August 18, 2016.

Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced on Thursday, August 17, that U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney sentenced Lucas to 151 months in federal prison, and also ordered Lucas to serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison and pay a special assessment of $100.

On August 18, 2016, Edward Lucas robbed the Independent Bank of Sand Lake, Michigan. Lucas handed a manila envelope to a teller with these words on it: “This is a Robbery. 100s, 50s, 20s. No die packs.” The teller gave Lucas $5,550, and he fled in a silver Chevy Impala.

A detailed description of the suspect and his vehicle were given to dispatchers. His description was relayed to all police units in the northern part of Kent County as well as to Montcalm County dispatch. Twenty minutes later, a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle was spotted on 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs. A Kent County Sheriff deputy was able to see the driver, who also matched the description that had been broadcasted. The vehicle then ramped onto southbound US-131 as the deputy followed. Once a second deputy caught up to the first, they made a traffic stop, but the suspect then sped away, continuing south on US-131. Police said the vehicle reached speeds up to 90 mph before slowing down and exiting on Post Dr. The suspect vehicle turned onto Post Drive heading toward Belmont.

A very short time later the suspect’s vehicle appeared to cross into oncoming traffic, side swiping a Jeep Liberty before hitting a second vehicle head on. The suspect’s vehicle then left the roadway and rolled two or three times before coming to a rest.

As deputies approached the suspect’s vehicle, the engine compartment burst into flames. Deputies were able to pull the suspect from the vehicle and use an extinguisher to extinguish the fire. They also found the demand note and $5,550 in cash in the vehicle.

A Michigan State Police Sergeant, who saw the crash, said that it looked like the suspect appeared to deliberately stray across the centerline to crash into the other vehicle.

Two individuals from the vehicle that was hit head on were treated at the scene and released. One person from the Jeep Liberty was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The suspect was transported with much more severe injuries to Butterworth Hospital, where it was determined that he broke his leg, injured his neck, and suffered a severe contusion to his chest.

Judge Maloney noted that Lucas seriously risked the lives of others in fleeing from the robbery. Judge Maloney also noted Lucas had a high risk of returning to bank robbery someday, given that he had two prior bank robbery convictions in Michigan state courts. He was previously convicted of committing two bank robberies in 1999.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, and Federal Bureau of Investigation jointly investigated Lucas’s case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Davin M. Reust prosecuted it.

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CHRISTOPHER DAVID COX


Christopher David Cox age 45 passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Chris was born July 21, 1972 in Manchester, New Hampshire but grew up in Sand Lake, Michigan. He always had a smile on his face. He loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time hunting and fishing. He also loved playing the guitar. He loved all children but especially his sons, nieces, and nephews. Chris was the greatest son, dad, brother and grandson you could ever ask for and will be deeply missed by his family. Chris is survived by his sons, Christopher and Kevin; mother, Susan (Ken) Whitney; father, Bruce (Maureen) Cox; sister, Michelle (Joe) Murdoch; brother, Paul Cox; step sister, Leslie (Josh) Lille-Whitney; grandparents, Carol Cox, Betty Fath and Earl Fath; nieces and nephews, BreAnne, Seth, Bernadette (Naddy), Sullivan, Ike, Ian, and Asher; great nephew, Oliver; special friend Sharon Kahn; the Faylor family; so many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Virgil Cox and Ted Green; grandmother, Arlene Eden; great-grandmother, Evelyn Cox; niece, Halee. The family will meet with friends Friday 11a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to his sons for their education at any Independent Bank.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs 

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Police seek suspect in robberies


The Admiral Gas Station, 194 S. Main, in Cedar Springs, was robbed on Thursday, July 27. Post photo by J. Reed.

Jacob Abraham Savickas is suspected of robbing a string of businesses in Michigan and Indiana.

By Judy Reed

Police are asking for the public’s to help to locate the man wanted for a string of robberies in Michigan and Indiana, including the robbery Thursday, July 27, of the Cedar Springs Admiral gas station.

Savickas is driving this blue Oldsmobile Intrigue.

Police are looking for Jacob Abraham Savickas, 33. He is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches, 170 pounds, with short brown hair and a beard. He is driving a blue/purple Oldsmobile Intrigue 4D, Michigan plate DNL1257. He reportedly has family in the Howard City area.

If anyone sees him or knows where he is, please call the Kent County Sheriff Department at 616-632-6125, or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

Savickas started his crime spree last Wednesday, July 26, when he is suspected of an unarmed robbery of the J&H Mobil gas station at 4404 Clyde Park Ave., Wyoming. He then robbed the Admiral gas station on the corner of Main and Muskegon Street in Cedar Springs the next day, Thursday, July 27. According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the robbery occurred about 9:22 a.m. The clerk told police that a white male in his late 20s came in and demanded money. He was described as wearing a white shirt, blue baseball cap, and having facial hair.

Police found him at the rest stop on US-131 near 10 Mile Rd., but after a brief foot chase, he got back into his car and sped away. Police pursued him, but terminated the chase on 10 Mile Rd. The Admiral clerk had reportedly told police that he had a small child with him.

Savickas drove to Indiana later that day, and is suspected of robbing two more gas stations that day in South Bend—the Marathon gas station on W. Western Ave, and Low Bob’s, 4505 N. Ameritech Dr.

The next day, Friday, July 28, Savickas is suspected of committing an unarmed bank robbery at the Beacon Credit Union, 820 North Broadway, in Peru, Indiana. On Tuesday, August 1, Savickas was back in Michigan, and is suspected of robbing the Next Door Food Store at 4616 Alpine Ave., N.W., where he struck the clerk with his vehicle. He is also suspected of robbing the Independent Bank, 3090 Plainfield Av NE on Wednesday morning August 2.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are looking for Savickas, including the FBI.

“We believe this will continue and potentially escalate until Savickas is located and arrested,” said Det. Mike Tanis, with the Kent County Sheriff’s Dept.

Savickas was convicted in 2015 of retail fraud, first degree. He was arrested for trying to steal plasma cutters from Family Farm and Home in Cedar Springs. Employees recognized him at the time as someone who previously stole welders and interrupted the theft of the plasma cutters. He fled but was arrested and held on six charges, several for retail fraud. He was sentenced to a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years in prison. His record on the Michigan Corrections website shows him listed as a parole absconder as of July 6.

Current warrants out for him include parole absconder, two counts of larceny from a person, and fleeing and eluding.

The last time the Admiral Gas station in Cedar Springs was robbed was four years ago. It was robbed once in 2010; once in 2011; twice in 2012; and once in 2013.

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5th annual quilt show for library


This quilt will be raffled off at the Cedar Springs Friends of the Library quilt show on March 18. Get your tickets at the library.

This quilt will be raffled off at the Cedar Springs Friends of the Library quilt show on March 18. Get your tickets at the library.

The Cedar Springs Friends of the Library will be having their 5th Annual Quilt Show fundraiser on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cedar Springs Middle School. Admission is $2 per person, and under 12 is free.

The Friends will once again be raffling off a beautiful quilt that was designed by Barb Grutter, pieced by Louise King, and quilted by Aerie Quilting. Raffle tickets are available at the Library or at Luv 2 Quilt for $1 each or 6 for $5. The quilt will also soon be on display at Independent Bank and they will have raffle tickets as well.

The Friends are also taking registrations for people who would like to show their quilts. They have changed and added categories to have better variety and competition. The categories are: King/Queen; Full/Twin; Crib/Wall-Hanging; and Table Topper/Tote. There is a limit of three items per person, and you will need a registration form for each quilt shown. Quilts should not be shown that have been shown previously. Quilt registration forms are available at the library or by calling either Barb Grutter at 616.263.9500 or Louise King at 616.696.1376.

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Red Flannel Art Review winners


Michelle Brown won first place for her 2D artwork, which is being shown at Independent Bank.

Michelle Brown won first place for her 2D artwork, which is being shown at Independent Bank.

Bill Byers came in second place for his 2D artwork, which is on display at  Framed Images

Bill Byers came in second place for his 2D artwork, which is on display at  Framed Images

The Red Flannel Art Review had a record number of entries this year, with 32 artists showing their work in 25 local businesses. There were 16 days to vote and, according to Chairperson Jen Leonard, 850 votes were cast. The winners were announced at the Red Flannel Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Saturday, Sept. 19. Over 120 people attended the event, held at the American Legion.

Winners are:

  • 2D First place – Michelle Brown, Independent Bank
  • 2D Second place – Bill Byers, Framed Images
  • 3D First place – Susan Metzger, Instant Cash
  • 3D Second place – Kim Froese, Cedar Springs Mill and supply
  • Popular Vote – Kim Froese, Cedar Springs Mill and Supply
  • Susan Metzger won first place for her 3D artwork, which was on display at Instant Cash.

    Susan Metzger won first place for her 3D artwork, which was on display at Instant Cash.

    Red Flannel Theme – Dale Longcore, B&B Beauty.

Artwork will be on display at local businesses until October 5. To get a list of the participating artists and which businesses are hosting displays, pick up a Red Flannel brochure at the Red Flannel Office on Main Street, or download one from their website at www.redflannelfestival.org.

Kim Froese won the Popular Vote and 2nd place for her 3D artwork. Displayed at Cedar Springs Mill and Supply.

Kim Froese won the Popular Vote and 2nd place for her 3D artwork. Displayed at Cedar Springs Mill and Supply.

 

 

 

 

Red Flannel Theme winner Dale Longcore (right) on display at B&B Beauty.

Red Flannel Theme winner Dale Longcore (right) on display at B&B Beauty.

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CTA students open bank


Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

 

Employees and students at Creative Technologies Academy don’t have to worry about making it to the bank after school—they just have to walk across campus to make a deposit.

Last month was the grand opening of a new branch of Independent Bank at CTA—and it’s run entirely by sixth graders.

Julie Wheeler, of the Cedar Springs branch of Independent Bank, approached CTA with the idea. She said that the Sand Lake branch had been doing something similar for the last 15 years. “I went and visited them, and their school loves it,” remarked Wheeler. “It’s a great opportunity. It’s our future—we’ll do whatever we can do for our students.”

Post photos by J. Reed.

Post photos by J. Reed.

City and school officials were on hand for the grand opening, as was Dave Reglin, Executive Vice President, Independent Bank. “We are proud of Julie and the Cedar Springs team for doing this,” he said.

Wheeler and sixth grade teacher Jenny Bangma worked together on the idea. Kids had to apply for the job, then went through a training program with Wheeler. Eight students were hired—a manager, alternate, site engineer, two marketing directors, and three tellers. They work directly for Independent Bank.

“The kids seem to really be enjoying it,” said Bangma, “especially those who are employed with the bank. Julie and her team are very professional and treat the students as employees versus just students.”

The bank is open two Wednesdays a month, for an hour each time. Students in grades four through eight have been invited to open accounts, and a few faculty members have opened accounts as well. Students can make deposits freely, but must have a parental note to make a withdrawal.

“So far it’s going well,” said Bangma. “Julie and I anticipated that we would start small, with only a few students and staff opening accounts; however, the participation is continuing to grow each week!”

Bangma said she chose not to grade students on their participation in the bank. “I feel like their experiences should be as authentic as possible,” she explained. “Students were made very aware of the expectations, and they know that they could be asked to leave their post if they do not meet them. We want to build work ethic through intrinsic motivation. Julie and I communicate regularly about the progress of our student workers.”

School leader Dan George thinks the bank is a great idea. “It’s a fantastic opportunity. We are always looking to incorporate project-based learning,” he explained. “They get experience in math, personal finance, getting along with people, etc. It’s a great opportunity for kids this age.”

 

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Grand Opening!


 

Independent Bank at Creative Technologies Academy

Grand Opening!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

 

Watch The POST for more details to come!

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Business Bits


MJ Dalton joins Hair Taylors

Hair Taylors, located at 4633 14 Mile Road, welcomes MJ Dalton to the select group of stylists at the salon.
Hair Taylors, owned by Dawn Roberts, is a group of professional women stylists who have closed or left a previous business and rent space in the Hair Taylors salon.
“The women here have become co-workers, friends, and team members,” said stylist Susan Reason. “As women in business, it’s imperative we come together. In this economy we have to find ways to cultivate services, to offer a relaxing atmosphere, and be affordable,” said Susan. “We are happy to have MJ Dalton in our family.”
The salon will be offering several buy one service, get one free specials throughout the holidays. Check out their specials in future issues of the Post! To make an appointment or get more info, call 696-2096.

Cyber Spot Electronics

A Greenville electronics store has a new location.
Cyber Spot Electronics, owned by David Ries and Greg Keates, is now located on M-91, one-half mile south of M-57. The shop, which specializes in computer and TV repairs, gives customers a quick turn-around  by doing their repairs immediately, when possible. The owners say what makes their business unique is that they can fix any electronic device with a battery, and can also aid in data recovery. They also carry refurbished PCs as well.
This family-oriented business said they plan to “grow-up with Greenville” and have bought the building they are now in. Stop by and check them out!  They are open Monday through Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-2. Closed Sunday. For more info call (616) 232-2099.

Independent Bank

Hank Risley has taken the role of senior vice president of retail lending at Independent Bank. Risley will lead the retail lending team statewide. Risley previously worked as a senior vice president of retail banking in West Michigan. This change will provide expanded service to Independent Bank’s customers throughout Michigan.
Brian Talbot, senior vice president of retail banking at Independent Bank, has an expanded role as the leader of retail administration throughout West Michigan. Talbot previously oversaw the retail administration in Ionia and Newaygo counties.

 

Meet and greet for Linda Lehman

Linda Lehman, Finance Director for the City of Cedar Springs, has taken a job with the City of Rockford. There will be a public meet and greet to say goodbye to her on Monday, November 28, from 1-3 p.m. at Cedar Springs City Hall.  Cake and punch will be served.

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Teresa Schab joins Independent Bank’s mortgage team in Cedar Springs


Teresa Schab has joined Independent Bank’s team in the Cedar Springs office, located at 4115 17 Mile Road, as a mortgage loan officer. Schab will serve customers in Cedar Springs, Howard City, Sand Lake and Trufant.
Previously, Schab was a mortgage loan officer at Independent Bank’s East Beltline office located in Grand Rapids.

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