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Duo arrested for home invasions


Christopher Johnson

Jackie Sturgis

The Kent County Sheriff Department has arrested a man and woman for home invasions occurring in northeastern Kent County during April and May.

Jackie Lee Sturgis, 32, of Greenville, was arraigned in 63rd District Court, on May 29, on a felony charge of home invasion 2nd degree. Bond was set at $25,000.

Suspect Christopher Lee Johnson, 32, was arraigned in 63rd District Court on a felony charge of weapons-firearms-receiving and concealing with bond being set at $35,000. Both were also charged as habitual offenders.

According to Undersheriff John Hess, the two were arrested for home invasions in Courtland and Oakfield Townships. Some stolen property was recovered and investigators are working to determine which incidents Sturgis and Johnson may be responsible for.

 

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Christmas Coloring Contest winners


Congratulations to our winners of the 2011 Christmas Coloring Contest! Your prizes will be  available for pick up on Monday, December 26th at the Cedar Springs Post newspaper office, 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs.

Age Group: 3-4 years
Dominic Vanderhyde
age 4
of Cedar Springs

Age group:
5-7 years
Selena Carter
age 7
of Howard City

 

 

 

Age group:
8-10 years
Adriana Johnson
age 10
of Cedar Springs

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Two arrested in wire theft


Two men were arrested last weekend after they were caught stealing scrap wire from a local business.
The theft happened at T.D. Johnson Enterprises, at W. Maple and 2nd Street in Cedar Springs, early Saturday morning, November 12. The owner, Brad Johnson, got an anonymous tip that someone planned to hit the shop at 4 a.m., so he and his girlfriend, Amanda Blair, staked out the place and waited for them to show up.
Blair said that the suspects showed up about 3:50 a.m. and began to steal wire, so they called 9-1-1 and waited for police. The suspects ran when they saw the lights from the police car. According to Cedar Springs Police Sgt. Ed Good, Officer Mike Stahl chased the suspects. Both Rockford Police and the Kent County Sheriff Department arrived as backup. The suspects, a 30-year-old Sparta man and a 24-year-old Cedar Springs man, were caught, made to unload the wire, and taken to the Kent County jail.
Both men bonded out, and had not yet been arraigned at press time. Their names are being withheld pending arraignment.

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Spring into Jazz


Please join the award-winning Cedar Springs High School Jazz Band for “Spring Into Jazz!” showcasing the outstanding talent of the Cedar Springs high school students.
The performance will be Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the beautiful Middle School cafeteria. Vocals by Jenna Johnson, Jesse Cahue and soloists on all jazz instruments, and maybe some not-so-jazz instruments (how about oboe and tap shoes)?  I promise there will be music to please everyone.
Tickets will be $5.00 for adults, $2.50 for students and will include snacks and a soda.  The money raised will be used to purchase an upright bass for the jazz program.

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Subscription winners!


This has been a great subscription drive! Thanks to all of you who took the time to either subscribe or give a donation. We really appreciate it! While this was the last week to be entered in our contest for great prizes, you can always subscribe anytime for only $25 per year. Fill out the entry form on this page and mail, or subscribe through our website (www.cedarspringspost.com) using Paypal. We will also take a credit card over the phone.
If you were a winner in our contest and have not picked up your prize, it will go into the “second chance” drawing after next week, so give us a call or come in and pick up your prize.
This week’s winners are:
*Jill and Jerry Johnson, of Solon Township, won a large one-topping pizza from Hungry Howie’s on the corner of Main and Muskegon Streets in Cedar Springs.
*Debbie and Terry Avery, of Sand Lake, won a hat and keychain from Tri County Body, in Sand Lake.
*Mark and Shari Andrus, of Nelson Township, won two movie passes to the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs.
Winners must pick up their prizes HERE at the Post within 7 days or the prize will be awarded to someone else. We are open from 9-5 Monday through Friday. Please call 696-3655 to make other arrangements.
Thanks so much to the businesses partnering with us in this drive! Be sure to thank them.
*Subscribers are assigned a number, and then chosen at random through a computer website, www.random.org.

Thank you to this week’s subscribers!

Burt & Wanda Drent
Shirlee & Donald Wollander
Toni Barnhill
August & Arlene Wesche
David & Janis Malmo
Stephen & Terri Lewis
Kyle & Linda Westphal
Denise Bremmer
Halden & Denise Babcock
Robin Shotko
Stephen & Helen Smith
Todd & LeeAnn Kolasa
Timothy & Susan Wolfe
Christina Oddy

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MORE Subscription winners!


There are only TWO weeks left in our subscription drive! If you haven’t yet subscribed or renewed your subscription to the Cedar Springs Post, you are missing out on a chance to win some great prizes from local businesses!
You can win by subscribing to the Post for only $25 per year. Fill out the entry form on this page and mail, or subscribe through our website (www.cedarspringspost.com) using Paypal. But you better hurry!
This week’s winners are:
*Kim and Diane Johnson, of Courtland Township, won a 4-pc Pyrex prepware set, courtesy of Independent Bank in Cedar Springs.
*Dorothy Zank, of Cedar Springs, won a one-topping hot-n-ready from Little Caesar’s Pizza on 17 Mile in Cedar Springs.
*Eugene and Shirley Nielsen, of Nelson Township, won a hat and keychain from Tri County Body, in Sand Lake.
*Jeanice Goltz, of Solon Township, won four movie passes to the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs.
Winners must pick up their prizes HERE at the Post within 14 days or the prize will be awarded to someone else. We are open from 9-5 Monday through Friday. Please call 696-3655 to make other arrangements.
Thanks so much to the businesses partnering with us in this drive! Be sure to thank them.
*Subscribers are assigned a number, and then chosen at random through a computer website, www.random.org.

Thank you to all of this week’s subscribers!

Dennis & Denise Gross
Sandra McEwen
Ronald & Sharon Burt
Susan Brown
Rick Surdam
Darold & Janie Harper
Opal Lewis
Debbie & Terry Avery
Althea & Roger Swift
Royce & Dawn Ulberg
George & Della Michaels
Gary & Barbara Woodhull

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Robin sighting


It’s a bird, it’s a plane—no, it’s another bird. And another, and another, and another. Robins, to be specific.
Over hundreds of robins landed in Gary Johnson’s yard last week in Solon Township, and decided to spend all day and all night there. He said they slept in a pine tree next to an outbuilding on his property.
Migrating robins will often stop like this on the way to their destination. Thanks Gary!

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Happy New Year, baby!


Photo courtesy of WOODTV.com. Trevor and Danielle Lowis hold their son, Trenton.

Some proud parents in our area rang in the New Year in a special way last weekend—by having a baby.
Danielle and Trevor Lowis, of Sparta, welcomed the first baby in Kent County at Spectrum Health Butterworth at 12:17 a.m. January 1. Their son, Trenton Austin Lowis weighed in at seven pounds, eight ounces.
Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville proudly announced their first newborn delivery of 2011 was born 26 hours later, on January 2. Nora Mae Johnson was born at 2:57 a.m., Sunday, January 2nd at the Spectrum Health United Hospital Obstetrics Unit.  Her parents, Larissa Mae and Kevin Emil Johnson, reside in Greenville. Nora is the couple’s first child.

Kevin and Larissa Johnson with their daughter, Nora Mae.

Nora was 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20-½ inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Kelly Wiersema, MD after a short labor and delivery, totaling four hours from beginning until Nora’s arrival.
The Post congratulates both the Lowis and Johnson families on their special additions!

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Courtland residents help paint orphanage in Guatemala


Two Courtland Township residents, Diane Johnson and Barb VanWagoner, recently traveled to Guatemala to work with an orphanage. Below is Diane’s account of the trip.

Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson and the iguana she painted on one of the walls of the new orphanage in Guatemala recently.

I recently had the privilege to travel to Guatemala to be a part of a newly formed ministry called Paradise Bound Open Doors Orphanage.  My friend and neighbor, Barb Van Wagoner and I were on the construction team that was painting the orphanage.
A dear friend of ours, Diane Brownell, lost her daughter Audra when a rock struck her while she was on a church youth group trip in CO this past summer. The proceeds from Audra’s memorial went towards the founding of an orphanage in Guatemala, where Audra had participated in a mission trip with Paradise Bound two summers ago. The ministry of Paradise Bound was born in 1998 after a long-standing civil war in Guatemala ended and Dan and Heidi Smith became missionaries to the Guatemalan people. By 2000 they had various churches involved on short-term mission trips to take part in building small homes (10 x 12 with a concrete foundation) there in the remote mountainous villages. Audra had helped to build one of these homes.

giraffe painting

This giraffe shows part of the mural in the infant room at the Open Doors orphanage in Guatemala.

Guatemala is a beautiful country in Central America, about the size of the state of Tennessee, with 14 million people living there. Of those, 75 percent of the people are living below the poverty line.  It was an eye-opening experience being in a third world country for the first time, in small villages where many of the homes were partially constructed of corn stalks, tin, or planks of wood with dirt floors and no running water.  The homes built by Paradise Bound are gratefully received and the people call them the “warm houses.”
The orphanage came into existence by the power of God and the power of prayer. A small group of people met each week for this purpose, to seek God’s will, as Paradise Bound had a heart for the many orphans there and the desire to provide a home for them. God opened doors in amazing ways as a result of those prayers, bringing the people and resources together that is involved with founding an orphanage; hence the name is Open Doors Orphanage. The country had closed its doors to foreign adoptions a few years ago, and the need for a well-run Christian orphanage is great. The site of the orphanage is connected to the Paradise Bound mission base, and it is a beautiful labor of love built by many skilled volunteers. We left behind a brightly painted building with lovely murals and Scripture passages on the walls. I even drew and painted an iguana!
If anyone is interested in supporting the orphanage, there is a newly opened Thrift Shop at 6661 Alpine Ave serves that purpose. After meeting expenses, all the proceeds go directly to the support of the Open Doors Orphanage.  You can also learn more about their ministry by going to their website at www.opendoorsorphanage.org If your church group or family are interested in helping out there you can also find out how at this website.

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