3:56 PM Oct 4, 2011
A 50-year-old Holton man will spend up to 25 years in prison for robbing a Ferrysburg convenience store at gunpoint on Aug. 1. Jon Lee DeJong, 8816 Holton Road, was sentenced Monday morning by Ottawa County Circuit Judge Jon Hulsing. DeJong was ordered to serve between 12 and 25 years on the armed robbery charge, and 2-5 years for fleeing and eluding a police officer. An habitual offender charge had been dropped in exchange for the guilty plea on Aug. 15.
7:16 AM Oct 4, 2011
Cool temperatures and blue skies washed over East Grand River Park in Grand Haven on Saturday for the seventh annual Eastown Fallfest. "I think we have a good crowd going - especially since other things going on in town today,' Fallfest volunteer Annette Nelson said Saturday. Other events taking place Saturday included the annual C.R.O.P. Hunger Walk and the ArtWalk 2011 Family Art Party in downtown Grand Haven.
10:43 AM Oct 3, 2011
George Aiken, Harvey Blount, David Hunton, Harley Bement and Joe Steel could not be more different from each other. Some of these men were well-educated; some illiterate. One was well-respected; others not. One committed suicide; another lived to be 111 years old. But each shared a common fate. Margie Viveen will share their fate at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum during two presentations in October. Both programs will take place at the museum's Akeley location, 200 Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven.
7:18 AM Oct 3, 2011
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. North-northwest wind at 5-9 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Northeast wind between 5 and 11 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. West-southwest wind around 6 mph.
1:08 AM Oct 1, 2011
Grand Haven's offense has been spectacular through the air this fall. On Friday, it was the Buccaneers' ground game that stole the show. Senior running back Devin Howard rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and Dakota Smith added 138 yards and a pair of scores, helping the Buccaneers roll over the winless Grandville Bulldogs, 41-13, on Homecoming night at Buccaneer Stadium. The Bucs' offensive line paved the way for the victory as Grand Haven ran the ball 51 times for 375 yards.
7:00 AM Oct 1, 2011
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a north wind 10 to 13 mph increasing to between 18 and 21 mph. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 40. North wind between 10 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 62. North northwest wind between 3 and 8 mph. Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. North northwest wind between 5 and 9 mph.
12:00 PM Oct 1, 2011
C2C Gallery, 41 Washington Ave., will host a reception for artist Michelle Courier from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Free refreshments will be provided. The reception is part of the downtown Grand Haven gallery's "Artist at Work Series.' Courier says art has always been a vital part of her life. The Bay City woman's family was always involved in some creative endeavor, she said. Since her dad was a teacher, they traveled every summer.
10:30 AM Oct 1, 2011
The public will have a chance to voice their opinions on a proposed Community Development Block Grant Application for facade improvements along Washington Avenue on Monday. City Council will be holding a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. on the grant application, which would provide $358,018 for facade improvements at 115, 119, 210, 732, 735 and 1118 Washington Ave. Work at many of the buildings along Washington Avenue would receive matching funds by the property owners, and it would allow for improved facades, new windows, paint and other exterior amenities.
10:33 AM Oct 3, 2011
Shari Hock remembers well when the doors of the new United Methodist Church of the Dunes building were first opened. She and her husband, James, were married on Feb. 18, 1961, at the church's new location at 717 Sheldon Road. "They were installing the organ that day,' Shari recalled. "And the man working on it, he lay down on the floor in the choir loft until we were married. Then he finished his job. Mom always chuckled about that.'
10:00 AM Oct 1, 2011
Don Armstrong will be trying to give away more than 50 tons of fruits and vegetables next week. What the Grand Haven man is calling the Fourth Island Produce Giveaway is set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Armstrong is president of Armstrong Potatoes LLC. He and his wife, Vera, have orchestrated the public produce giveaways in Grand Haven for the past three falls. "Why? We just like to feed people who need food,' Don said.