City hall, county government and the state legislature


Kent eyes farmland PDR

December 19, 2014
Kent County commissioners will decide Jan. 6 whether to add another 64 acres to the 3,000 acres of farmland already protected from future development. Read More

Kent County Animal Shelter is a people business

Bissell Pet Foundation funded record number of pet adoptions this fall.

December 19, 2014
On the surface, the Kent County Animal Shelter seems to be mainly about dogs and cats, but it is really a business that revolves around people and their relationship with animals. Read More

Sales tax increase travels to voters

December 19, 2014
LANSING — Michigan voters will be asked to pass a sales tax increase as part of a $1.3-billion transportation funding deal approved early Friday by lawmakers — who settled on an all-or-nothing statewide vote to fix deteriorating roads. Read More

Snyder proposes 7-percent sales tax for roads

December 18, 2014
LANSING — Michigan voters would be asked to approve a 1-percentage-point hike in the 6-percent state sales tax as part of an estimated $1.6-billion road- and school-funding deal announced Thursday by Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders. Read More

Snyder appoints judge to 61st District Court

December 17, 2014
Governor Rick Snyder has appointed a judge to the 61st District Court in Grand Rapids. Read More

Snyder appoints GVSU trustees

December 16, 2014
Governor Rick Snyder has appointed two Grand Valley State University alums to fill expiring seats on the school’s board of trustees. Read More

Parking rates won't chase businesses

But employees’ ‘front door’ mentality needs to be rethought.

December 12, 2014
The Grand Rapids Parking Commission is considering whether to recommend monthly parking rate changes for its ramps and surface lots, which has some people wondering if higher pricing in high-capacity lots will chase some downtown businesses to the suburbs. Read More

Kent County prepares for expanded services for veterans

Some individuals are critical of how the millage revenue will be spent.

December 12, 2014
Hiring of additional staff is underway in Kent County, as is the search for a new home for the county’s office of veterans services, the result of the successful millage vote in November. Read More

State board supports Kent parkland purchase

Natural Resources Trust Fund recommends grant of $810,000 to help buy 170 acres.

December 12, 2014
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board is recommending the Michigan Legislature fund 69 recreation development projects and land acquisitions in 2015, one of which is the purchase of 170 acres in Caledonia Township by Kent County for addition to an undeveloped park. Read More

Judge sentences ex-radio host to prison

December 12, 2014
| By AP
A former host at a popular Christian radio station, described by prosecutors as a man "living a double life," was sentenced to federal prison for the sexual exploitation of a child and child pornography. Read More