Family Health Care provides free help to the community
BALDWIN– Navigating the health insurance marketplace can be difficult for many people. That’s why Family Health Care (FHC) is offering free assistance during the 2019 Market Place Health Insurance Enrollment period at its Baldwin, Cadillac, Grant and White Cloud offices.
This year, the enrollment is again only six weeks long, November 1 through December 15. If you don’t act by December 15, you cannot get 2019 coverage unless you qualify under special circumstances. Last year, FHC’s enrollment specialists assisted over 200 individuals in Newaygo, Lake, Wexford, Missaukee and surrounding counties.
“Our enrollment specialists are experts in what they do,” says Kathy Sather, President & CEO of Family Health Care. “They help educate the community on their best options and attend trainings throughout the year to be ready during open enrollment.”
Vicki Kuhns, Outreach & Enrollment Specialist, provides these tips when it comes to preparing:
Assistance with understanding your Marketplace options is free, and you do not have to be a patient of Family Health Care. To receive help with Marketplace Health Insurance enrollment, call our offices in Baldwin at
(231) 745-0437, Cadillac at (231) 876-6583, Grant at (231) 834-9781, or White Cloud at (231) 689-7676.
Devils swat Hornets for Regional crown
Forget the way the regular season ended. Set aside the idea that Holton has never advanced this far. Clear some room in the trophy case.
The Red Devils are Regional Champs and will be facing the undefeated Reading Raiders in Battle Creek to see who gets a an up close tour of Ford Field come Thanksgiving weekend.
The shovels came out early this morning to clear the snow covered field with game temperatures hovering around the freezing mark and soon after the Red Devils grinded out a rugged 14-6 win propelling them into the semifinals as they continue to explore uncharted postseason territory.
Coach Jack Nummerdor: “What a wonderful ride! Defense played big today. Kaleb Kitchka did a great job in the film room and it showed today. He was in their playbook and had a very impressive day. Offensively we did enough to get out with a win. We will celebrate for a short period of time and get back at it for next week’s game with Reading.”
Kitchka led an inspired Devil defensive effort as he tallied 14 tackles and twice slapped the brakes on Hornet drives by picking a pair of passes.
Mitch Ross finished with 10 tackles, Draven Wyant, Johnny Dominish, Austin Hawkins each had 9 and Dominick Murphy collected 8.
Hawkins and Drew Trygstad each found the endzone in the first half to stake Holton to the lead and it proved to be all the offense they needed.
Hawkins finished with 66 yards while Aaron Heron and Derek Pouch each ran for 32.
Now the Red Devils will begin preparing for yet another trip south. They will meet the Raiders at Harper Creek High School at 1pm this Saturday
This team has enjoyed the support of an adoring community during this season and on Saturday afternoon they gave them a gift in return.
They not only achieved the improbable by bringing a game back to their home field and their hometown.
They won that final home game and are once again, moving on.
Holton hosts regional final
By Ken DeLaat
Here we go, Holton.
A playoff game on the field built to host such pairings.
The Red Devils are in uncharted territory as they compete for the regional crown and the opportunity to move on to the quarterfinals Saturday at 1pm. when they host the Mendon Hornets. Expect a large and loud crowd to pour in despite the weather forecast because this community continues to add a raft of riders to a seriously packed to the gills bandwagon. The folks hereabouts have supported this team through an up and down season and these playoff games have added a good deal of excitement to the area when it comes to football.
Coach Jack Nummerdor: “Looking forward to playing a program such as Mendon. They have a storied tradition of football there. This is an opportunity to continue writing history for us and we are excited about that. We continue to ask the question, Why not us? The community has been a huge support and it continues to grow. The kids have been feeding off of it, it has been pretty special.”
Mendon has a lengthy legacy of playoff football having competed every year but one during this century and they have spent the postseason at home just twice in 30 years. They’ve been to the finals at the Silverdome and Ford Field a dozen times and brought home 11 state titles.
But this is this year.
Mendon lost 4 games in the regular season competing in the brutally tough SW-10 conference, the same league Holton’s latest victim Decatur came from.
Like Holton their 4 losses came against playoff bound teams.
The offensive line and some defensive heroics have been the key elements to the late season success of the Devils and they will need both Saturday because this one should be a dogfight. The Hornets will be looking to open holes for Austin Rensi who scored 4 TDs in last week’s win over Athens so containing he and his backfield partner Corbin Weinberg will be vital.
But on the flip side the Hornets will be trying to rein in Aaron Herron and Derek Pouch who have been able to take advantage of the o-lines work in the trenches to pile up some serious yardage.
Holton has been playing inspired football,minimized their mistakes and, most importantly, learned how to show up early since the post season began.
They’re at home and the emotions on the field and in the stands will be running high. If they can continue to perform on the field as they have these past two weeks they will be tough to beat.
White Cloud– The White Cloud Rotary Club was proud to have Scott Swinehart awarded the distinction of a Paul Harris Fellow by Past-President Stewart Sanders recently. The Paul Harris Society is a special District recognition program designed for Rotarians who wish to support The Rotary Foundation in a more substantial way each year.
Paul Harris Society gifts enable Rotary’s worldwide network of dedicated humanitarians to implement projects that address pressing needs in communities around the world as well as at home. Because of these contributions:
• Teachers and schoolchildren have access to clean drinking water
• Children are vaccinated against polio and other diseases
• Adults and children alike can learn to read and write
• Women are given microloans and vocational training that enable them to support themselves and their families in a healthy and dignified way
The Paul Harris Society is named after Paul P. Harris, founder of Rotary International. Paul Harris formed the world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on February 23, 1905.
White Cloud Rotary is proud to have had the majority of its members recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. For more information on Rotary, please visit www.Rotary.org or contact any White Cloud Rotary Club member.
It took until the wee hours of the morning due to some issues with the database at the County Clerk’s office but with a crew working through the night the election results finally became public and the races in Newaygo County were decided.
In the state senate race Jon Bumstead trailed Poppy Sias Hernandez pending the arrival of the Newaygo votes but a nearly 7000 vote margin in NC gave Bumstead the edge he needed to pull out the victory for the seat vacated by term limited Geoff Hansen
Scott Van Singel won a second term with more than 10,000 vote advantage over challenger Sandra Clarke.
Melissa Dykman will be the new Judge of Probate as she defeated Michael Paige 62%-38%.
The Central Dispatch proposal passed by a 58-42% margin while the Grant Police millage failed by 11 votes 143-132. Voters also turned down a White Cloud Library Bond Proposal and the Merrill Township operating millage.
Three new school board members will take their seats at Newaygo Public Schools with Jami Schultz, Tom Frisbie and Morgan Heinzman finishing in the top three of the eight candidates running for the board.
Matt Hendrie and Kim Rasch won seats on the Fremont School Board in an election that saw 5 candidates vying for the two positions
In the only county commission seat contested incumbent Jim Maike outpolled Brenda Bonter 65-35%. Four new county commissioners were elected with Brenda Bird, Burt Cooper, Ken DeLaat and Mike Kruithof each running unopposed as did current commissioners Bryan Kolk and Chuck Trapp.
While Proposal 1 the recreational marijuana ballot won in the statewide election voters in Newaygo County said no by about 200 while the redistricting proposal that won state approval by a wide margin received a one vote yes margin here. The third proposal regarding election changes won handily in the state and received approval locally by about 2000 votes.
Mike Farber garnered 59 of 61 Newaygo County votes cast for Hesperia Village President. Combined with Oceana County votes Farber was reelected.
For all Newaygo County results go to
Newaygo County Judge Relieved Of Duties
By Alexis Mercer
According to an order by the Chief Judge in Newaygo County, Hon. Robert Springstead, Judge Graydon W. Dimkoff has been relieved of his duties, effective November 1, 2018.
The order states that complaints of sexual misconduct and harassment were brought against Hon. Dimkoff, who is the Probate Court and Presiding Judge of the Family Court Division of the 27th Circuit Court for Newaygo County.
These allegations are being investigated by the Trial Court Administrator/FOC, Newaygo County Administrator, and the Human Resources Director. Upon initial investigation, it was determined that “the safety and well-being of the court staff needs to be protected”, leading to Judge Dimkoff’s immediate removal of further duties.
Hon. Graydon W. Dimkoff will have no further cases assigned to him. Additionally, his work hours are suspended, he has been ordered to return all county and court property immediately, and is prohibited from accessing or entering any and all Newaygo County court offices, chambers or administrative areas until further notice.
This order was released following Hon. Dimkoff’s escorted removal from the Courthouse on Monday, October 29, 2018.
In a statement made to WZZM13, Judge Dimkoff stated:
"As I was interviewed by your reporter on Friday, I was and continue to be completely ignorant of the specific allegations against me. I do not believe I have ever sexually harassed an employee in my 20 plus years on the bench. I am in fact, requesting that the Judicial Tenure Commission conduct a thorough investigation of this matter, especially as it is coming to light only a few days before the election of my successor. "
Judge Dimkoff said the following about the allegations in relation to the upcoming election to vote for his successor:
I have strongly supported one candidate over the other. The candidate I support is an experienced trial lawyer, and her opponent is the current Juvenile and Friend of Court Referee. I find it very unusual that the allegations are being made at this time, just prior to the election.
To this very moment no one has informed me of the specific allegations against me or who made them. I have not been questioned by any police agency, nor by any investigator of any kind. These allegations appear to be a matter of timing more than a matter of due process or any kind of justice.
I believe it is vital, and I am requesting that the Judicial Tenure Commission conduct an impartial, thorough investigation, as the election for my successor has divided the courthouse staff, and the Chief Judge who removed me from the courthouse is a friend of the candidate I have not endorsed.
After Dimkoff spoke with 13 ON YOUR SIDE, the Newaygo County Chief Judge Springstead issued a statement responding to Dimkoff's claims that being taken off the bench was political retaliation. Springstead said politics played no role in his decision and he believes both Dykman and Paige are qualified to be Newaygo County judges.
Springstead's full statement can be read below:
After reading Judge Dimkoff's and his wife’s statements in response to my order relieving him of his caseload I feel compelled to set the record straight. My order, as Chief Judge of the courts in Newaygo County, was entered after consultation with, and approval from, Newaygo County Administration and the Michigan State Court Administrator's office. I was motivated solely by my obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of court staff. It is my obligation as Chief Judge to follow state and federal law and court and county policies when a complaint of sexual harassment is made against someone under my authority. In discharge of those duties, I requested an investigation into the allegations on the first business day after I became aware of the complaint made against Judge Dimkoff. The impartial investigation started promptly and is on-going.
I categorically reject Judge Dimkoff's, and others’, reckless and uninformed opinions that my order was politically motivated and an attempt to aid candidate Mike Paige. I have known both candidates, Ms. Dykman and Mr. Paige, for their entire careers and believe they are both extremely well-qualified to serve as Probate Court Judge. Although permitted to do so by the canons of judicial ethics, I chose not to publically [sic] or privately endorse either candidate, in my individual capacity or in my capacity as the 27th Circuit Court Judge. I chose not to endorse either candidate because they both have the qualifications, knowledge, and temperament to competently serve the citizens of Newaygo County. I told both candidates early in the election cycle that I was not making an endorsement in their election and I have kept my word.
Judge Dimkoff's statement, and those statements of Judge Dimkoff's supporters and friends, that candidate Paige is somehow responsible for bringing forth the allegations of sexual harassment are absolutely false. The report of alleged sexual harassment and misconduct was made by someone other than Candidate Paige.
The allegations are being investigated in a fair, impartial, and confidential manner. Witness interviews are taking place, and when complete Judge Dimkoff will be informed of the substance of the allegations and given an opportunity to respond. After reviewing all the information, which absolutely will include any statements Judge Dimkoff chooses to make, I will decide as Chief Judge, whether Judge Dimkoff will resume handling cases in Newaygo County. My order relieves him of his docket, it does not remove him from office. Only the Judicial Tenure Commission has the power to remove a judge from office.
FREMONT SOCCER CLUB U11 TEAM QUALIFIES FOR TOURNAMENT FINALS
Story and photos by Heather Wiersema
The Fremont Soccer Club U11 Team under the direction of Coach Andy Klimek and assistant Coach Brandie Paulsen traveled to North Muskegon to compete in the Great Lakes Coed Soccer League Tournament Finals. Season competition included teams such as the Fruitport Fury, Mona shores, Oak Ridge, Orchard view, Ludington, Coopersville, and North Muskegon. Fremont Soccer Club U11 finished with 5 wins and 1 loss. The tournament qualifier games had a few surprises in store as the team played a portion of their morning game in a pop up hail storm. The game was called before either team had scored resulting in a tie. The next two games were shutouts with Fremont reigning victorious 5-0 and 9-0.
Tournament Finals were held at the Fury Futbol Club in Muskegon. Klimek’s team played an intense game losing 1-2 against North Muskegon and placing second in the Great Lakes Coed Soccer League Tournament Finals.
“Medals are never given, they can only be earned,” said Coach Andy Klimek. “This group of 9 and 10 year olds have done just that. This is one of the most unselfish group of individuals that I have ever had the pleasure and honor of working with. They play as a team to be able to succeed at a sport for which they truly have a passion.”
For more information about the Fremont Soccer Club, www.glcsoccer.org/fremont.
Gerber Foundation to support the 2019 OsteoCHAMPS summer camp at Michigan State University
The Gerber Foundation will be offering 2 scholarships for attendance at the 2019 OsteoChamps summer camp to be held at the MSU campus in East Lansing mid-July. This is open to any Newaygo County Sophomore or Junior student interested in entering a health-related field.
OsteoChamps is an intense 9-day summer program of the Osteopathic Medical School at Michigan State University. The program provides a range of instruction in the health sciences for students interested in entering one of the many healthcare fields.
Last year Savannah Medlin of White Cloud and Nathaniel Anderson of Fremont attended the camp and both agreed it was an inspirational experience. Nathaniel mentioned that he was able to attend all sorts of hands-on informational sessions to see what it would be like to be a doctor. Savannah had a hard time choosing just one favorite thing about camp. “From EMT rotations, to phlebotomy, to research projects, everything was educational and will most definitely help my future Osteopathic profession. The OsteoCHAMPS program has not only broadened my views and knowledge of the Osteopathic medical field, but it has also helped me to narrow down what I want to do and be in my life.”
In addition to the summer camp, the program offers mentoring throughout the student’s college career. Dr. Aguwa, who began the program in 2000 says, “We want to be part of their academic and professional progression. That way, we can track them, mentor them, and let them know that they have a significant support system.”
The curriculum in the OsteoChamps program includes courses, hands-on activities and field trips where attendees learn about anatomy and physiology, mathematics, medical research, physical examination skills, interviewing, resume writing, and general study skills.
Only 50 students may attend the program, selected from a pool of over 120 applicants from across the state. The application process will open November 1 and students must apply through the MSU website at http://www.com.msu.edu/OsteoCHAMPS/. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019. Once selected by the program, The Gerber Foundation will be notified and will make a selection on those that will be funded by their scholarship. For questions, please contact the Osteochamps program at firstname.lastname@example.org or The Gerber Foundation at 231.924.3175.
School Board Members Learn about the Effects of Childhood Trauma
On October 18th Newaygo County school board members and administrators came together for conversation, dinner and learning for their bi-annual Newaygo County Area School Board meeting. The Hesperia High School Jazz Band entertained the audience as they showcased their talent, while the Hesperia Food Service staff provided a delicious dinner.
Wendi Selmon, Director of Youth and Family Services from Newaygo County Mental Health, and Kaleigh Buris, Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency Coordinator of Health & Prevention Services, gave an informative presentation on the effects of childhood trauma and how it impacts students in the classroom. This information is part of a community-wide outreach to raise awareness about trauma in students and build resiliency. “Research has shown that one positive adult relationship in a student’s life can help him or her respond to and overcome the trauma experienced, and prevent poor health outcomes in adulthood,” said Kaleigh Buris.
Grand Opening Unveils Health & Leadership Lodge at Camp Newaygo
NEWAYGO- Camp Newaygo has unveiled the new Health & Leadership Lodge with its Grand Opening Celebration.
The Health & Leadership Lodge’s public reveal came Thursday afternoon, and a community open house is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
The LEED-certified, two-story, 6,300-square-foot facility has community, health, and leadership as its focal points.
“We are really glad we’ve reached the pinnacle that we have,” Bev Cassidy, TrueNorth Community Services President and CEO, said Thursday at the formal grand opening ceremonies. “This lodge helps move us to the next direction we are moving toward as an agency with health and well-being.”
The Health & Leadership Lodge’s arrival means keeping pace with the ever-changing needs of resident girls and co-ed day campers and the community, said Jane Vitek, Camp Newaygo Executive Director.
“We’re excited that the mission lives on, but is much broader,” she said. “This building will allow children with all types of needs to fully participate in the camp experience.”
In addition, the facility’s flexible floor plan allows for meeting varied needs, including for organizational gatherings, leadership meetings, team-building activities and corporate functions, Vitek said.
Replacing the now repurposed 85-year-old nurses’ cabin, the Health & Leadership Lodge is the third and final phase for Camp Newaygo’s Building a Healthy Future Capital Campaign for Health, Leadership & the Arts. The campaign also includes Peggie Stone Center’s expansion and renovation and the addition of Cassidy Point, property for the camp’s co-ed Day Camp.
“This is a rich community asset,” Cassidy said.
The campaign’s impact is strengthening and expanding Camp Newaygo’s programming capabilities to further serve the community on a year-round basis.
There have been nearly 600 donors to the Building a Healthy Future campaign since it was launched in 2016, said Mark Kraus, TrueNorth Community Liaison and Development Director. The donors include the Frey Foundation, Wege Foundation, Fremont Area Community Foundation, The Gerber Foundation, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
“The campaign has raised $1.9 million,” he said. “However, additional gifts are needed to completely fund the project.”
Thursday’s grand opening was co-hosted by InForm Architecture and RTS Construction Group, the firms responsible for the lodge’s design and construction. More than 200 people attended the event.
The Right Place and the Newaygo County economic development advisory committee finalize manufacturing expansion in Newaygo
The Right Place, Inc. and the Newaygo County economic development advisory committee, in collaboration with the MEDC and the City of Newaygo, announced that Magna Mirrors Newaygo will expand its operations at 700 South Park Ave, Newaygo, MI, 49337. The company will invest $45 million and create 48 new jobs over the next three years.
Magna is a mobility technology company and one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers. The company’s facility in the City of Newaygo manufacturers interior and exterior rearview mirrors with value-added features such as electronic displays and auto-dimming glass. It is also one of the county’s largest employers with over 1,300 employees.
Magna Mirrors is experiencing increased demand, necessitating this expansion in the City of Newaygo. As part of the expansion, Magna Mirrors will construct a 175,000-square-foot manufacturing and assembly facility at its Newaygo location.
“For Magna Mirrors, today represents an exciting step forward in the growth and development of our business in North America,” said Kevin Burke, Vice President of Operations for Magna Mirrors. “We have a team that is second to none, a highly skilled workforce that is dedicated to world-class manufacturing and has a clear mission: to be the premier mirror supplier to automakers here in Michigan and around the world.”
The MEDC is supporting the project with a $448,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The Right Place worked in collaboration with the company and MEDC to ensure Magna Mirrors continued to grow locally versus out-of-state possibilities. The Right Place also connected the company to workforce development resources at Michigan Works! West Central to assist with workforce recruitment and training.
“Magna Mirrors is a global manufacturer of automotive mirrors and one of the top employers in Newaygo County. The expansion of this facility will further strengthen the company’s Michigan presence and provide additional good jobs to area residents for years to come,” said MEDC CEO Jeff Mason.
“Magna Mirrors is a key employer in Newaygo County, and we are delighted they have decided to expand in the City of Newaygo,” said Julie Burrell, Business Development Coordinator – Newaygo County, The Right Place, Inc. “A global company like Magna Mirrors has many options for expansions, and their decision to invest in the Newaygo facility speaks volumes of our area’s business competitiveness.”
The City of Newaygo is supportive of the expansion and has approved a P.A. 198 tax abatement in support of the project. The Newaygo City Council approved the support at the Council’s September 10th, 2018 meeting.
“The City of Newaygo is proud to be home to Magna Mirrors,” said Mayor Ed Fedell, City of Newaygo. “We are pleased they have chosen Newaygo for their next phase of growth, and we look forward to our continued partnership with them.”
Robinson Retires with Over Three Decades of Service to the Community
Long-time board of education member David Robinson was honored for his strong and thoughtful leadership and dedicated service to the Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency (NC RESA).
At his last board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Lori Tubbergen Clark noted that during Robinson’s 13.5 years of service for NC RESA, and another 19 years of service for the Grant Public Schools Board of Education, he has logged over 1,000 meetings and impacted thousands of students. “David has always asked probing questions and has put the best interests of students first in every decision,” she noted.
Board President David Hewitt added, “David Robinson has been a focused, wonderful board member for our Agency and we have all been blessed to have worked with him.”
In addition to Robinson’s school board volunteerism, he has also served on the boards of his church and Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital.
Playoffs loom for area teams
Eight CSAA teams will play on this weekend, including 5 from the Gold.
Newaygo, in the postseason for the second straight year, will host cross conference rival Morley Stanwood in Division 6.
It’s been more than a decade since two area teams have gotten to week 10.
In D-8 Holton will travel south of Grand Rapids to take on the Martin Clippers from the SWAC-Lakeshore their first appearance in the tourney since 2007 and Tri County travels east to face last year’s state finals runner-up Saginaw Swan Valley as the Vikes end a playoff drought going back to 2004.
Kent City the Silver champ faces the SWAC-Lakeshore titleholder as they host the Saugatuck Indians.
Other CSAA schools moving on are Big Rapids who will repeat the trip they took to Alma last Friday hoping for a different result than the 55-12 drubbing the Pioneers laid on them, Chip Hills visits the Falcons of Freeland and Reed City will put their undefeated record on the line at home against the Huskies of Benzie Central.
Game details such as time and date will be announced Monday.
We at N3 World Headquarters and Leaf Sanctuary are long time marching band aficionados. You will generally not find me at the concession stand during halftime when the band is going to be on the field and I always note how they refine their show as the season progresses. This admiration derives from having been perpetually devoid of any musical talent whatsoever.... but I digress….
Saturday at 7:30pm it might be a little nippy out there but if you have never been to the Glow Show Invitational at White Cloud it is truly a stunning spectacle as talented marching bands from throughout the region take to the field and add a little light inspired pizazz to their performances.
This family friendly festival is one of the gifts Band Director (and Mayor of White Cloud) Jamie Denslow has brought to the program at White Cloud High School. This is great fun and you will be dazzled by the imaginative and innovative collaborations of music and light in this highly entertaining show. . But you gotta get tickets so go to the White Cloud Bands Community facebook site and they will tell you how.
The String Doctors have just the prescription for some Saturday night fun as they roar into the Dogwood’s Black Box for some country inspired swing sound starting at 7:30pm.
Led by the uber-talented Joel Mabus this talented mix of musicians extraordinaire have a captivating stage presence. Their music is way fun, their repartee is snappy and the groups personality should fit well with the club-like atmosphere of the Black Box.
While there, check out the work that’s being done to the venue It’s a very cool project and will provide easier access for all who wish to attend.
Trail of Terror has returned. Our favorite stand up artist and Halloweenphile Megan Wirts delivered a great review and if you’re going don’t dally, Just two weekends my friends, this one and next.
Newaygo County Comic-Con will be held at the Fremont Rec Center Saturday.
Head to their website for more info.
Tonight (Monday) is the debate between Mr. Bill Huizenga and Dr. Rob Davidson two of the candidates who wish to represent this district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Held at Newaygo High School and starting at 6pm the event is the first such meeting the two will have as a prelude to the November 6th Election Day balloting. This should be a great opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say when it isn’t part of a TV commercial spiel, but you can’t just show up…. you have to have a ticket.
The tickets are free while they last so go to the site listed below and see if any are left.
And remember to mark your calendar as a reminder to vote on November 6th.
Your participation in this exercise in democracy is highly recommended.
If you’re not going to the debate stop by the Newaygo Fire Department where they are holding an open house as part of Fire Prevention Week.The event will include fire truck tours, car extrication demo, fire hose spray, obstacle course, fire education and free food.
As well as the opportunity to meet some of the folks who help keep our community safe.
177 Cooperative Dr in Newaygo 6-8pm.
Brown gets life without parole for death of 14-month-old
Newaygo County Prosecuting Attorney, Worth Stay, announced that Wayne Arthur-Scott Brown, of Newaygo, was sentenced on October 11, 2018 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of 14 month old Laylah Heether in February 2017. The defendant was also sentenced to a term of 23-40 years for Child Abuse 1st Degree and sentenced as a habitual offender.
As Prosecutor Stay explained: “The murder of any human being is tragic. What makes the murder of a young child like Laylah so heartbreaking is that she had so much life left to live. I hope this conviction and sentence allows Laylah's family an opportunity to begin to heal."
Prosecutor Stay continued: “The evidence presented in court involved some graphic and emotional testimony. I thank the jury for their service during this lengthy trial. Further, I thank the Newaygo County Sheriff's Office for their investigation, as well as all law enforcement agencies, medical staff and lay witnesses who provided testimony at trial."
College and Career Night Out Highlights Post-Secondary Resources
Nearly 50 colleges, universities, trade schools, and military organizations were represented at College and Career Night Out on October 4.
Held at Fremont High School, the annual event drew approximately 600 students and families from across Newaygo County to learn more about post-secondary education, career opportunities, and financial aid. WE CAN! Newaygo County—the local career and college access network—and Fremont Area Community Foundation organized and sponsored the event.
Melissa Miller, WE CAN! coordinator, said that the event was designed to streamline the college and career decision process for local students.
“With so many factors that can influence a student’s decision to pursue higher education or training, this event continues to serve families in this process by bringing numerous resources and current information under one roof,” said Miller. “Families are able to make connections, get their questions answered, and hopefully realize there are many resources to support them as they navigate this selection process.”
Attendees enjoyed free pizza, spoke to college and career representatives, learned more about scholarships, and were able to attend informational sessions on financial aid and how to choose a college. A special session for ninth and tenth-graders was also included this year to offer insight on how they can prepare now for post-secondary education. After, ninth-graders received special “Promise Bound” t-shirts from the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone.
The college and career fair included a wide variety of public and private colleges, trade schools, and military branches. Students and parents could ask questions, compare programs, and explore financial aid opportunities.
Other partners with a presence at the event included Early College Newaygo County, Gerber Foundation, Michigan Works! West Central, Newaygo County Area Promise Zone, Newaygo County Career-Tech Center, and Telamon. College advisors and high school counselors were also available to check in with students and answer questions.
“I was able to receive a lot of valuable information I wouldn’t have been able to get on the internet,” said Jordyn Raymo, a student at Fremont High School. “I got to talk to a real person and learned a lot.”
The Dogwood Center Board of Directors have been working on an improvement plan to make the facility more easily accessible and the construction part of the project began in early October. On October 16, from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m., the community is invited to hear about the progress of the project and take a peek at the construction work in progress.
"We want to community to join us in celebrating the beginning of our construction phase of this important project, hear about our progress, and have a chance to take a look at the work as it is happening," stated Marianne Boerigter, Dogwood Center Executive Director.
The goal of the project is to improve access into the Dogwood Center from parking, pathways and sidewalks, especially for those less mobile. It will also improve the flow of traffic through the lots with an added designated, covered drop-off area, and improve walkway access to the facility.
Photos by Marianne Boerigter
In December 2017, the Dogwood Center Board of Directors began the fundraising phase for the project, "A Legacy of Opportunity, An Opportunity for Accessibility" and have been excited to work on improvements that will increase accessibility to the facility and make the Dogwood patron's experience memorable and include ease of entry. Great progress has been made over the last nine months, and with contributions from community members, businesses, and grant funding, the Dogwood Board of Directors has raised 80% of the project goal. You too can join in and help us in our final push!
The Dogwood Center Board of Directors include: Ken De Laat, Sherrie Harris, Jodi De Kuiper, Terrie Ortwein, Mark Miller, Sandy Williams, Charles Chandler, Lisa Jahr, Jamie Denslow, Diane Purgiel, Deb Reinhold, and Sandy Siegel.
All are welcome on October 16, 4:30-5:00 p.m. at the Dogwood Center for a peek at the project. You and your family can be a part of making your Dogwood more appealing, accessible and welcoming. Contributions may easily be made on-line at www.dogwoodcenter.com. For more information on the Dogwood Center programs or the improvement plan, contact 231.924.8885 or stop by at 4734 S. Campus Court, one-mile east of downtown Fremont.
Newaygo High School crowns the 2018 royalty.
Princess Quinn Hefferan-Nordlund and Prince Carson Bush join Queen Shea Russell and King Zachary Rodriguez as this year's royalty.
Pictured from left to right: Emmerson Goodin, Gregory Hearth, Breyana Spencer, Brayden Mumper (filling in for Dylan Moore), Queen Shea Russell, King Zachary Rodriguez, Princess Quinn Hefferan-Nordlund, Prince Carson Bush, Breanna Marvin, Kade Bhuyan, Haley Stefans, and Bradley Holmes.
FREMONT, (Oct. 5, 2018) – Because of rain forecast for this weekend, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will NOT be replacing the parking lot outside the Cancer Center and Specialist Clinic, located in the lower level of the Professional Office Building at 230 W Oak in Fremont. The lot is located on the south side of the POB.
This work had been scheduled to start Friday (10/5) and ending Sunday (10/7).
Gerber Memorial will update the public as soon as a new date for the parking lot replacement is identified.
Second phase of Gerber Memorial parking lot work resumes Friday, ends Sunday
FREMONT – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will replace the parking lot outside the Cancer Center and Specialist Clinic, located in the lower level of the Professional Office Building, starting Friday and ending Sunday. The lot is located on the south side of the POB.
Parking spots are available in the parking area just east of the affected lot.
“We apologize for any inconvenience,” said Brian Poll, Gerber Memorial facilities manager. “Replacing the parking lot will help improve our facilities for our patients and visitors, especially when the work also improves safety for the people we serve. This work is timed for minimal disruption to our staff and our patients, and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience.”
Rotary River Race Reaps Rewards
The 2nd Annual White Cloud Rotary Duck Race was run during White Cloud’s Trail Town event at WC Rotary Park, and it was a great race! The ducks were bunched up a bit coming out of the tub, but quickly spread out. There were a few hang ups along the banks and a bit of bumping down the stretch, but the leaders were "bill to bill" at the finish line. A big "Thank You" to Chairpersons Julia Bird and Beth Scheel as well as all the Duck Wranglers!
1st Place Tami Jacobs $500
2nd Place Craig Felos $250
3rd Place Glenn Cunningham $150
4th Place Kendra Dykman $50
5th Place John Buckley $25
6th Place Craig Felos $25
Styrofoam collection ends at Brooks Township recycling site
By Ken DeLaat
Collection of polystyrene at the Newaygo recycling site has ceased.
Ongoing issues involving careless practices by some users of the program has created a situation leading to the demise of the only styrofoam collection site in the county.
“While the county strives to provide recycling services to our citizens the continued misuse of the styrofoam bins has forced us to suspend and reevaluate any future considerations regarding collection of the material at this time,” said Newaygo County Administrator Chris Wren.
The issue of styrofoam has been a dilemma for the county. There are few places anywhere willing to take the material and yet the county has been committed to try to limit the amount of polystyrene reaching area landfills.
That commitment has been put to the test by bins that have seen inappropriate material dropped off, items strewn about or crammed into the bags with no regard or respect for the collection site.
Recycling is expensive and does not pay for itself. Not even close. It is a service provided by the county and supported by funding from the county and the Fremont Area Community Foundation. While every very effort is made to maintain the bins and keep the site in some sense of order there are times when the input overwhelms these efforts.
The additional cost of supervised sites and more security due to abuse creates further financial burdens and while the county continues to strive to provide this valuable service a reduction in all recycling services may be part of the program in the near future.
For now recycling remains with the exception of styrofoam but users need to be informed as to what can and cannot be taken to the sites.
Please refer to the recycling guide in this link
and while educating yourself take the time to educate others.
Recycling is an investment. It will go a long way in determining what kind of environment we leave our children and grandchildren.
But we have to do it correctly.
Or we won’t be doing it at all.