School Board Approves New Business Manager
By Ken DeLaat
At Monday's Newaygo School Board meeting members were divided during discussion of a motion to hire. The recommendation by Superintendent Dr. Peg Mathis to hire Kristin Melvin, current Newaygo Athletic Director, to the position of Business Manager drew questions and comments leading to a postponement on the vote until Thursday.
The difference of opinion that led to Monday’s discussion...
Commissioners Approve Enforcement Grants, New Voting System
By Ken DeLaat
At their regular meeting on Wednesday March 22, the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation from Steve Currie the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) an alliance of counties that provides advocacy at the state level to support county government. Mr. Currie shared some of the current initiatives being undertaken by the organization.
Commissioners approved a request by the Sheriff’s Department for the purchase of new software to upgrade the Jail Management System, Commissioner Brian Kolk explained the need for...
Arrest Made In Locker Room Videotaping
Rec Center responds
Fremont students may have been videotaped while in the locker room of the Fremont Recreation Authority Center by an employee of the center.
Superintendent Ken Haggart told news sources that the district was made aware of the situation Wednesday morning and has been alerting the parents of the students who may have been involved.
Mr. Haggart also stated that students will not be attending swim class until the district gets more information about what happened.
On Thursday afternoon the Prosecutor’s Office...
School Board Debates Hiring
Postpones Decision Until Thursday
By Ken DeLaat
Over 3 dozen people attended the regular meeting of the Newaygo School Board Monday evening where a lengthy discussion among board members centered on a recent hiring recommendation made by Superintendent Dr. Peg Mathis.
With business manager Cindy Blamer retiring in August current athletic director Kristin Melvin was selected from a pool of candidates and chosen by Dr. Mathis to succeed Ms.Blamer. As policy dictates Ms. Melvin‘s name was brought to the board for approval, however there appeared to be some resistance to approving the selection from some board members.
Board member Reid Sherwood made a motion...
Digital Works Customer Service Training Available At The Stream
Thanks to a two year grant from Fremont Area Community Foundation, and a one time contribution from the Newaygo Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) for technology, the Digital Works job training program is ready to begin at The Stream in Newaygo. This technology based customer service training program prepares 21st century job seekers with 21st century jobs, according to Projects Manager Colleen Buckley.
“This is truly a new option for county wide job seekers that will allow them to telecommute for jobs at national and even global companies,” she said. “As consumers’ buying habits move more and more toward on line business, a well trained customer service workforce is in high demand.”
Since 2013, more than 700 jobs have been...
Good Stuff To Know About
Jobs, Jazz, Foodbanks and Fishing
A new feature by the N3 Informational Team
Leppink’s will be doing some hiring for their newest store that will be located at the site of the former Plumb’s Market with interviews to be held in mid to late May, according to a posting by River Country Chamber of Commerce. For additional information and a printable application go to:
The White Cloud Rotary is hosting one of the coolest events around at the Grant Fine Arts Center on Monday March 27th beginning at 7pm. Their annual musical extravaganza known as “A Night of Jazz” puts a spotlight on the talent that thrives under the direction of our local band programs. The staff of N3 have long been fans of this premiere entertainment event that produces an evening of lively tunes performed by area high school jazz groups.
The music is splendid, the setting divine and the enigmatic emceeing expertise of former radio personality and now Voice of the Indians in the football booth Mr. Jim Jones is alone well worth the price of admission...
Promise Zone Scholarship Applications Due April 17
Promise Zone scholarship applications for the class of 2017 will be due on April 17, 2017.
The Newaygo County Area Promise Zone will provide a path to an associate degree at either Muskegon Community College or Baker College.
Scholarships will cover tuition and fees for a two-year award up to the value of the prevailing annual tuition rate of Muskegon Community College. Eligible students must be graduating from a Newaygo County high school and live in the NC RESA service area—including home schools meeting the same requirements—with at least a 2.5 GPA. The graduating class of 2017 will be the first to be eligible for the Promise scholarship.
The application can be found at www.promise.zone. Completed applications may be returned by email to email@example.com or by fax to 231.924.8910.
Students will be required to submit final documentation, such as their college acceptance letter and financial aid package, by June 30. Notification of the Promise Zone scholarship award will be made by July 15.
For more information, visit the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone website at www.promise.zone or call 231.924.8888.
Board Approves Cabins, Recycling Effort
By N3 News Team
At their regular meeting on Wednesday, March 8, the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners approved the submission of a grant from the Parks Department to fund construction of camping cabins at county parks.
Commissioner Vern Willett said some of his constituents had expressed concern that the money for this project was being taken from the Croton ramp. Parks Board Chair Dale Twing explained the cabin project that involves a partnership with the Career Tech Center was a separate grant only for the construction of the cabins.
The project that has resulted...
Paid Summer Internships For Students 16-21!
Students looking to gain some work experience through a paid internship this summer will soon be able to apply for positions.
NCRESA Summer Internship will accept applications between March 22 – April 12, 2017. This opportunity is funded in part through a grant from Fremont Area Community Foundation.
Newaygo County high school and college students between the ages of 16 to 21 can apply for the opportunity to be placed in a paid position at one of the many organizations participating in the program.
The paid training is aimed at giving local students the type of work-related learning experience to promote future career success. The program will include students going through the formal interview process and being immersed in the daily work experience at their worksites.
More information is available online at www.ncresa.org/sip or call 231-924-8814.
Changes Coming to Recycling in Newaygo County
Citing escalating costs and limited resources, Recycling for Newaygo County (RNC) will cease waste collection operations this spring.
Changes to all Newaygo County recycling collection sites will be coming as local partners work together to ensure a sustainable recycling strategy for the county.
According to Jason DeKuiper, RNC President, the decision to discontinue waste collection was not an easy one.
“For over 12 years, RNC has long been at the forefront of recycling efforts in our community,” he said. “But increasing costs associated with recycling and waste management make it difficult for any one organization to be sustainable in its efforts.”
Recognizing the importance of recycling for a healthy community...
New Prosecutor Named
The Honorable Robert D. Springstead announced today that Ellsworth J Stay Jr. of Newaygo has been appointed to serve as Prosecuting Attorney for Newaygo County.
A vacancy occurred due to the appointment of Judge Springstead the former prosecuting attorney to the circuit court bench. Michigan law empowers the circuit judge to appoint a prosecuting attorney to serve out the unexpired term of office when a vacancy occurs.
Mr. Stay, a licensed attorney since 2000 served most recently as the Trial Court Director and Friend of the Court for the 27th Circuit Court...
New Store Coming To Familiar Site
By Ken DeLaat
After months of social media speculation Newaygonians and shoppers from the surrounding area can be rest easy in the knowledge of who will be filling the shelves of the now empty grocery store at River Valley Center.
Leppink’s a family owned company with nearly 90 years in the grocery business will be the new owners of the complex and...
Rhonda Buter Promoted At Independent Bank
Independent Bank recently announced the promotion of Rhonda Buter to AVP, Bank Manager of the Newaygo team.
A lifelong resident of the county with the exception of her college years Ms. Buter currently lives in Fremont with her husband Matt Buter and their two girls Charley and Ryann.
It’s been over 12 years since she came to Independent Bank as a lead teller and over the years her hard work and commitment to the vision of the organization has allowed her to progress into higher levels of management in those years.
“Independent Bank has always been a huge supporter of...
Promise Zone Community Conversations To Be Held
Looking to learn more about the Promise Zone initiative?
Want to find out who is eligible? How to apply?
The Promise Zone announced they will be holding community conversations throughout the county to deliver updates on the launch of the Promise Scholarship for graduates of the Class of 2017.
The Promise Zone will provide a tuition-free path to...