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Judge sentences ex-Kent County commissioner

November 26, 2014
| By AP
An ex-Kent County commissioner has been sentenced to jail for taking kickbacks while working in sales. Read More

Schuette urges US Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case

November 25, 2014
| By AP
LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and supporters of gay marriage have at least one thing in common: They want the nation’s highest court to use a Michigan case to settle the legality of same-sex nuptials. Read More

Kent County OKs budget, $20M bond

2015 budget got the nod, as did backing a $20 million bond issue for the airport.

November 21, 2014
Several financial proposals came to a vote at the Kent County Board of Commissioners last week, not the least of which was the county’s 2015 budget. Read More

Realtors oppose EPA’s expanded ‘waters’ proposal

Other groups also are up in arms, alleging a power grab.

November 21, 2014
The incoming president of the Michigan Realtors organization has been busy this fall, calling upon many of its 24,000-plus members and supporters to let the Environmental Protection Agency and elected representatives in Washington know they are staunchly opposed to the EPA’s proposal to leave “navigable” out of a revision of the Clean Water Act. Read More

Mayor Heartwell meets with Vice President Biden

November 19, 2014
Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell was in Washington, D.C. this week with other local, state and tribal leaders from across the country to talk about climate change with Vice President Joe Biden. Read More

Civic agency produces downtown Speaker Series

November 18, 2014
After a successful first year, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. will host a second year of its popular Speaker Series, which focuses on downtown development topics. Read More

DASH North bus route rolls forward

November 18, 2014
The Grand Rapids Parking Commission has approved the recommendation to renew its support for the DASH North bus service, which connects the Monroe North neighborhood with downtown. Read More

New 61st District Court judge picks up the gavel

November 14, 2014
Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced his choice to fill the 61st District Court seat vacated by Judge J. Michael Christensen. Read More

Holland BPW cleans up contaminated site for new power plant

Reclaimed area is a gateway to the city from the east.

November 14, 2014
Visitors approaching the city of Holland from the east will be welcomed by a much more vibrant vista than in the past, thanks to the Holland Board of Public Works’ efforts to clean up the long-contaminated and rundown area. Read More

GR Forward employs several outreach methods

Organization is gathering citizen input on downtown’s future.

November 14, 2014
The future of Grand Rapids is housed at 50 Louis St. NW. Read More