Child's Death Results In Arrest
Wayne Brown charged with Murder, child abuse
On February 14, 2017 Newaygo County Deputies responded to a suspected child abuse complaint in Big Prairie Township.14 month old Laylah Heether was taken by ambulance to the emergency room for apparent head injuries. She succumbed to her injuries on February 21, 2017 while in the ICU.
On February 23, 2017 a warrant was issued for Felony Murder and 1st Degree Child Abuse for the victim’s step-father, Wayne Arthur-Scott Brown, 29 years old, who lived at the house with the victim and her mother Breann Tabor. Brown was arrested on February 23, 2017 by Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and the Michigan State Police. Brown was arraigned on February 24, 2017 and is being held without bond pending a preliminary exam.
Robert Springstead Named To Circuit Court Bench
By N3 News Team
When Governor Rick Snyder announced on Thursday that he will appoint Newaygo County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Springstead to the 27th Circuit Court bench covering Newaygo and Oceana counties it was the fulfillment of a goal 23 years in the making for the local attorney who has served in office since 2010.
“It’s pretty amazing,” said Springstead after learning of the appointment. “It’s still just sinking in.”
The vacancy on the bench was created when the Honorable Judge Anthony A. Monton announced last fall...
Community Foundation Offers Intro to Nonprofit Board Service Seminar
Fremont Area Community Foundation and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy are partnering to offer free Introduction to Nonprofit Board Service seminars for those interested in finding a meaningful way to make a difference in their community.
The seminars, which will be repeated on three dates and locations, are open to anyone looking for a new way to get involved in their community. Each seminar will explain what serving on a board or committee for a local nonprofit, church, township, service club, or other organization is all about. They will cover the basics of board service, roles and responsibilities of board members, nonprofit financial management, and more.
The first seminar will be held Thursday, March 2 at the Community Foundation (4424 W 48th Street, Fremont). It will be repeated...
Mini-Grants for Innovative Classroom Projects Offered By Community Foundation
“Local teachers are doing wonderful work”
Fremont Area Community Foundation will be awarding up to 100 mini-grants for innovative classroom projects. The application for education mini-grants is now open through April 15.
Last year, the Community Foundation awarded 67 mini-grants totaling more than $100,000. Mini-grants were awarded to all six public school districts as well as Grant and Fremont Christian schools, Cornerstone Christian Academy in Fremont, and several private daycare centers.
Mini-grants support classroom programs or projects that assist in...
Road Commission Announces Weight Restrictions To Begin Friday
The Newaygo County Road Commission announced that weight restrictions will begin this Friday at 6 a.m.
“We enforce weight restrictions to protect our roads when the frost is coming out and our roads are fragile,” said a Road Commission spokesperson. “Weight restrictions will remain on until most of the frost is out and our roads are ready to handle the heavy equipment/trucks that use them every day."
“This is usually 2-4 weeks.”
For more information and to see a map indicating the roads that are not restricted please go to: http://newaygoroads.org/Weight%20Restrictions.htm
Jason O’Connell Named Employee Of The Quarter
Jason O'Connell was named Newaygo County employee of the quarter at the recent meeting of the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners.
County Administrator Chris Wren presented the award to O’Connell, who serves as the Chief Deputy in the County Treasurers office. Candidates for this award are nominated and selected by a committee of peers.
Citing his leadership skills, willingness to go above and beyond by helping other offices with problem solving and...
By N3 News Team
Matthew and Paul Jones lost their challenge of the guilty verdicts handed down by a pair of juries in May of 2015 for the 1989 murder of Shannon Siders.
The two brothers appealed the decisions that sentenced Matt (Skip) Jones, 48, to life in prison without parole for 1st degree murder and Paul Jones,44, to 30- 75 years for murder in the 2nd degree. Their appeal questioned the venue for the trial not being changed as requested as well as their request...
Task Force to Address Local Workforce Concerns
A group of agencies serving Newaygo County has formed a task force to address declining participation in the workforce as well as employee development and retention.
The Newaygo County Workforce Development Task Force grew out of conversations between local agencies regarding the support systems in place to help local workers be successful. A key focus was going beyond skills training and addressing the barriers that kept people from remaining in the workforce.
Task force members now include...
FACF Youth Advisory Committee Accepting Grant Applications for Youth Programs
The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of Fremont Area Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for programs that improve the quality of life for teenagers and youth in Newaygo County.
YAC has grant funds available for programs impacting local youth. The group used the results of a needs assessment survey distributed in local schools to develop two focus categories for the grants: H.E.L.P. (Helping Everyone Live Positively) and social opportunities for youth.
H.E.L.P. is focused on support for ...
Career Tech Month Highlights Graduation, Placement Rate Successes
Over 92 percent of Newaygo County Career and Technical Education (CTE) graduates were successfully placed in 2016, highlighting this month’s observance of CTE opportunities and achievements.
Newaygo County students attending the CTE boast other successes worthy of celebration of CTE Month in February: