One of the best known, and arguably best loved, names in Belding passed into history Thursday morning. Robert Jay “Bob” Leppink — a driving force behind the grocery stores and development company that bear his name — died in his Belding home.
Benjamin Losford was born into a life of slavery. It was the mid-1800s, a plantation in Boone County, Ky. Growing up, Benjamin would overhear relatives speaking in hushed voices of his father, Abraham, who has escaped to the north, vowing to someday return for his family. Abraham’s first attempt to reclaim Benjamin and his sister resulted in his recapture.
But Abraham — who had served as the plantation’s resident barber — escaped a second time, eventually settling in Howell, where he opened his own barber shop
Until November 2011, Jason Wieber’s life was much like that of any Mecosta County Sheriff’s deputy. He spent his days responding to assaults, traffic accidents, shoplifting reports. He wrote the occasional speeding ticket.
For many riders, a motorcycle is more than simply transportation … it’s a way of life. Thanks to a new offering from Simpson Family Funeral Homes it’s a way of life that can be celebrated even in death.
There’s good news and bad news for city residents. The bad news is, if you’re in violation of Stanton’s blight ordinance, chances are you’re going to be cited, if you haven’t been already.
More than 3,600 Montcalm County residents were without power following an ice storm that began late Wednesday and continued through Thursday morning, accompanied by high winds and some snow. According to Consumers Energy, power also was out for 3,509 customers in Kent County, 2,745 in Newaygo County and 644 in Muskegon County.
“If you want the people to understand you, invite them to your life and let them see the world from your window!” These words, from Turkish novelist Mehmet Murat Ildan, elegantly sum up the philosophy behind student exchange organization CCI Greenheart.
At some point, every child dreams of growing up to be a firefighter. Like policeman and astronaut, the job maintains an aura of glamor and excitement. Running into burning buildings, saving lives, operating all the complex equipment on the big red truck. It’s little wonder youngsters are drawn to the career.
The reality is a little different. In practice, firefighting is often a difficult, physically taxing and dangerous occupation. This latter point can be particularly true in small town departments, where turnout gear — the equipment firefighters wear while on the job — isn’t always the latest and greatest.
The village may soon be growing. At Monday’s regular meeting, the Lakeview Village Council took a first tentative step toward increasing the village’s geographic footprint.
Anyone who has ever picked up a prescription at the Meijer store pharmacy on Greenville West Drive knows there’s room for improvement. Long lines are the norm, rather than the exception.