Board Holds Final Meeting Before The Players Change
By Ken DeLaat
In their final meeting of the year the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners bid adieu to outgoing commissioners Steve Johnson and Larry Lethorn as well as County Clerk Drew Robinson who recorded the minutes of the board for the final time.
Commissioners as well as County Administrator Chris Wren expressed their appreciation to the departing elected officials for their service to the county.
Brian Kolk and Lavern Willett will be taking their seats on the board come January and Jason VanderStelt will begin serving as County Clerk making the...
The Torch Is Passed
By N3 News Team
Photo by Pam Wildfong
There’s a new sheriff in town.
The Honorable H. Kevin Drake 78th District Court Judge administered the swearing in of Bob Mendham as he became the latest to wear the top badge in Newaygo County.
Mendham was elected in November running unopposed after a decisive victory in the Republican Primary this past August over Patrick Hedlund. Hedlund had been appointed...
NC Gears Middle Schoolers Reach Semi-Finals In State Competition
NC Gears Team 6043, Newaygo County’s middle school robotics team, was a stand-out team at the First Tech Challenge (FTC) State Championship at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek last week. At the end of the qualification rounds, Team 6043 was ranked #2 out of 32 teams in the “Edison Division” earning them the title of an Alliance Captain to lead a 3-team alliance in the playoff matches. NC Gears selected the “Steel Eagles” from Hartland Middle School, the “CSPA Miners” of Charyl Stockwell Academy. Although the alliance put up some impressive scores, their run for the championship ended with a loss in the semi-finals.
NC Gears is part of FIRST Robotics and inspires our young people to be science and technology leaders. Each year, FIRST comes up with a new game, and...
Maternity Department Helps Deliver Top Ranking For Gerber Memorial
FREMONT – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial received the highest ratings in all four areas of maternity care from The Leapfrog Group, which honored the hospital Dec. 6 as a nationally recognized 2016 Leapfrog Top Rural Hospital for the second consecutive year. Leapfrog’s profile of Gerber Memorial showed the hospital scoring four bars – the most possible – for early elective deliveries; Cesarean sections, episiotomies and maternity care processes.
The maternity care rankings reflect a hospital’s commitment to and success in promoting patient safety for mothers and their children. Overall, Leapfrog’s top hospital rankings weigh maternity care as a key criteria. Gerber Memorial was also a Top Rural Hospital in 2015.
“Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is a phenomenal place for maternity care because...
Kalamazoo Man Arrested On Assault, Firearms Charges
A 61 year old Kalamazoo man was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of CCW-weapon violation and one count of felony firearm.
Newaygo County Central Dispatch issued a BOL (Be On the Lookout) for a vehicle being driven by a man who was possibly suicidal.
Deputies located the vehicle and the man on M-37 near 11 Mile Rd in Merrill Township. The deputies made contact with the man and learned...
Board Accepts Grant Funding For Enhancement Of Flood Info
By Ken DeLaat
At the regular meeting of the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners Nathan Jeruzal, Storm Ready Coordinator of the National Weather Service praised the initiatives and efforts of the Newaygo County Emergency Services Department and its Director Abby Watkins while officially recognizing Newaygo County as a Storm Ready Community.
To be designated as Storm Ready a community must fulfill several criteria including developing a formal hazardous weather plan including the training of spotters, holding emergency exercises, creating a system to monitor local conditions, and having access to more than one method of communicating alerts to the public.
Later in the meeting...
Community Foundation YAC Members Volunteer at Children’s Christmas
On December 14, members of the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) from Fremont Area Community Foundation volunteered at TrueNorth’s annual Children’s Christmas Program.
The Children’s Christmas Program helps to ensure that children of families who are struggling financially still receive gifts at Christmas. Families are able to select from age-appropriate gifts like toys, books, games, and winter gear.
YAC members were...
A Changing of the Guard
White Cloud Promotes Sergeant Dan Evans to Top Spot
Story and photo by Charles Chandler
At their regular December 5th meeting the White Cloud City Council voted unanimously to appoint Sergeant Dan Evans as their new Chief of Police.
Sergeant Evans was highly recommended by former Chief Robert Mendham, City Manager Lora Kalkofen and the Personnel Committee. He will take his new position on December 31, 2016 as current Chief Mendham exits to become the Newaygo County Sheriff.
The promotion of Sergeant Evans proved to be an easy call because he has a great personal and professional relationship with the City Council and staff. He has been a very visible and effective policeman...
Waiting For A Good Time To Quit? Tamarac Offers Incentive With Classes
For smokers resolving to kick tobacco in 2017, Tamarac is offering a way to help them stay tobacco-free: one free month of membership with its quit tobacco classes.
People who sign up for an eight-week course on how to kick the tobacco habit and attend two classes in a row will get a free month’s membership.
“The evidence shows that people who engage in physical activity while trying to quit smoking have a higher success rate and that’s why we want to help people improve their chances of success through a membership at Tamarac,” said Sally Wagoner, RN, BSN, who is certified to lead courses designed to help people quit tobacco. “We’re really excited to...
Finance Committee Approves Grants, Grant Applications
By 3 News Team
The Finance Committee of the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners gave approval to accept a number of grants involving senior services, law enforcement and emergency services, while also approving the submission of applications for grants for public works initiatives and at their regular meeting on Wednesday December 7th.
Emergency Services Director Abby Watkins delivered information on a series of grants that will support flood inundation mapping and gauges for the Muskegon River to help provide earlier warning and...
Meijer Moves Forward Toward A Fremont Site
By Marianne Boerigter
Meijer, Inc. continues to move forward in establishing a new store site in Fremont.
On Tuesday, December 6, Meijer presented their request for variances to the Fremont Community Joint Zoning Board of Appeal. The requests involved the setback requirement and foundation planting requirements for their potential site at 7273 and 7311 W. 48th Street, a C-2 Urban Commercial zoned district on the west side of Fremont.
The Meijer representatives, a real estate manager for Meijer and a consultant from FTC&H professional consulting firm, provided a short overview of...
Community Foundation Celebrates Bob Jordan and Introduces New Teams
On December 1, Fremont Area Community Foundation (FACF) hosted a retirement celebration to honor Bob Jordan, vice president of philanthropic services. Jordan is retiring at the end of December after 17 years at the Community Foundation.
Community members, colleagues, and friends filled the Stone Lodge in Fremont for the open house. Lindsay Hager, FACF board chair, and Carla Roberts, FACF president and CEO, both spoke, expressing their gratitude and...
Recount Effort Hits A Judicial Wall
By N3 News Team and Andrew Robinson, Newaygo County Clerk
To Recount or not Recount…. that has been the question.
With Michigan one of the three states where Green Party candidate Jill Stein called for a further verification of the ballots cast on Election Day, County Clerks throughout the state scrambled to prepare for what looked to be a rather major undertaking. Some counties had begun the process and Newaygo County Clerk Andrew Robinson was mustering the necessary resources and...
Renee Wangler Selected for Educator Award
Renee Wangler, agriculture teacher at Newaygo County Career-Tech Center in Fremont, Mich., is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Young Member Award, presented at the 2016 NAAE annual convention in Las Vegas on November 30.
Wangler has been an agricultural educator at Newaygo County Career-Tech Center since 2012. Being the first agriculture teacher the school has ever had, she has built the program from the ground up over the last four years. Starting with an empty classroom and a shared lab space, Wangler has...
Gerber Memorial Makes It Two In A Row With ‘Top Hospital’ Honors
FREMONT – For the second consecutive year, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is a Top Rural Hospital in a national ranking that focuses on safety and quality outcomes, according to the Leapfrog Group, which announced the recognition today.
“Every one of our employees at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is committed to the safety of our patients, to quality care and to the wellbeing of the families we serve, 24 hours a day, every day,” said Gerber Memorial President Randy Stasik. “Patient safety is at the core of everything we do, and we are thrilled to receive this Leapfrog recognition as a Top Rural Hospital for the second year in a row.”
The selection of Top Hospitals is based on...
New Assistant Prosecutor Has Newaygo County Roots
By Ken De Laat
Rachel Thompson is the new Assistant Prosecutor for Newaygo County.
Ms. Thompson is a Fremont native who did her undergraduate work at Carthage College in Kenosha Wisconsin before heading for the Lone Star State to enter law school at the University of Texas.
After interning at the Travis County Prosecutor’s Office in Austin Texas Ms. Thompson returned to her West Michigan roots and...