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Slows Bar BQ

Grand Rapids raises its barbecue profile

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Kansas City, Memphis … and Grand Rapids? Read More


Creators follow a simple process for bottled iced coffee

David Wentworth was looking for a way to enjoy mellow coffee without the addition of cream and sugar because of his Type 1 diabetes. Read More

Feeding America truck

West Michigan food bank gets Walmart grant

The food safety operations at Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank are getting a boost. Read More

Art Van Sports Complex

Sports commission builds area’s athletic profile

With the West Michigan Sports Commission’s inaugural Gridiron Classic this week, the organization’s summer is nearing an end. Read More

bike lane safety

City to update bike code

Grand Rapids city commissioners are set to hear public comments Tuesday, Sept. 8, regarding proposed text amendments to the city’s bicycle safety code. Read More

Jim Paparella

Inside Track: A calling to work with children and youth

Jim Paparella, the new president/CEO of D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s since May, had a pretty good thing going in Lansing when he saw the job opening at DABSJ, one of Michigan’s largest child/youth welfare agencies. Read More

County budget scrutiny begins

The Kent County Board of Commissioners has begun studying a proposed 2016 budget, reflecting departmental requests that would put the total $7.04 million higher than the 2015 budget, just to maintain existing programs and personnel. Read More

Manufacturer invests in talent pipeline

A West Michigan manufacturing company is creating its own talent pipeline by reaching out to at-risk high school students in Ottawa County and offering them a job and a ride to work. Read More

City looks to improve diversity on boards

Diversity on city of Grand Rapids boards and commissions is 20 percent below where it needs to be to reflect the local population, according to Ruth Kelly, Second Ward city commissioner. Read More

Gun Lake Casino stops annual payments to state

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is planning staff cuts after the tribal owners of Gun Lake Casino stopped paying the state a portion of its slot machine gambling profits, as was stipulated in the compact made with the state. Read More

GR Family Magazine ceases publication

A nationally acclaimed family and parenting publication based in Grand Rapids has produced its last issue. Read More

Kent County administrator’s request for tax increase should be scrubbed

Kent County Administrator Daryl Delabbio has asked the board of commissioners to consider a tax hike to the full amount approved by voters, noting the Headlee tax limitation amendment essentially caps the county’s revenue collections — exactly as it was intended. Read More

American politics at its best — and worst

Watching the 120 candidates for the Republican nomination for president, I am reminded of the running joke I heard as a Senate staffer: “When looking into the mirror every morning, what does every Senator say to himself?” The answer: “Good morning, Mr. President.” Read More

'Well, I wasn't under oath back in your office …’

"If your clients won't settle their case without a trial, then a trial is what we'll have. You all can go back to the courtroom. Let me put my robe on. And let the perjury begin!" Read More

A new way to think about the way you present

Where is “value” in your sales equation? Where is “value” in your sales presentation? What role does “value” play in building customer loyalty? Read More

Baker College weight room

Summer housing program is a home run

Baker College of Muskegon helped open doors this summer by providing housing options for visiting students who are interning with West Michigan organizations. Read More

State approves funding increase for public university operations

Although the state is allocating additional funds to Michigan’s 15 public universities this year, the major source of university revenue continues to come from student tuition. Read More

Davenport’s five-year plan builds on past accomplishments

Davenport University is embarking on several innovative goals as part of its Vision 2020 strategic plan. Read More

Clean Water Institute

Calvin tests ‘service learning’ with Clean Water Institute

After several years of planning, the Clean Water Institute of Calvin College officially launched earlier this summer with a mission to provide clean water access in developing regions. Read More

4404 Parkway

Change Ups: MFP Automation moves to iconic location

MFP Automation Engineering moved to its new location at 4404 Central Parkway in Hudsonville, after 24 years in Grandville. Read More

Materials prices decline while spending enjoys robust recovery

Prices for inputs to construction industries declined 0.1 percent in July after increasing 0.2 percent in June, according to the latest producer price index released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More

Public Record

August 21 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Leadership and character

Community pillars do what they do, not for any recognition, but because they see something that needs to be done and get it done. Read More