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Rockford man robbed of gun after online sale agreement

Rockford man robbed of gun after online sale agreement

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids police are trying to track down the man who robbed a Rockford man during a gun sale.

Officers say the 53-year-old man met the suspect on a website for gun sales and agreed to meet him at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Tangle Circle Drive SE to complete the sale of a handgun.  When the seller arrived around 11 p.m. Saturday, he could not find the buyer and began looking for him.  During that search, the buyer attacked him from behind and took the gun.

Officers have these safety tips for people using buy-and-sell sites, like Craigslist:

Help State Police 'Stuff A Blue Goose For Christmas' Dec. 15

Help State Police 'Stuff A Blue Goose For Christmas' Dec. 15

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Michigan State Police are looking for help in stuffing a blue goose.

Blue goose is really what they call a State Police patrol vehicle.  On Sunday, Dec. 15, troopers from the Rockford post will be stationed outside Wal-Mart stores in Comstock Park and Grand Haven, stuffing donations into their patrol vehicles for families in need.

New toys, clothing and non-perishable food items are needed.  All the donations will be turned over to the Salvation Army to be distributed to families in Kent and Ottawa counties.

The donation drive runs from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Voting is underway for the top West Michigan business that inspires the community with its service.

This is the third year for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award.  The winner is highlighted in a promotion airing before every movie shown at Celebration’s theatres. The prize packages for the six regional winners total more than $360,000 in value, with promotions, workshops, movie watch parties and cash prizes included.

“Genuine and creative acts of service make everyone’s day better,” said JD Loeks, President of Celebration! Cinema. “Hospitality and service are part of the DNA of this region, and we want to celebrate it!  We hope to get our communities talking.  We want people to vote and share their own stories of celebrated service.”

This year’s nominees for the Grand Rapids area include:

  • Cherie Inn (My Town Grand Rapids Central)
  • D.

Need something printed? Look no further than downtown Rockford

Need something printed? Look no further than downtown Rockford

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- For the past 21 years, Rockford resident Melanie Ragsdale has honed her graphic design artistry while serving as the creative genius behind the advertising design and layout of the Rockford Squire Newspaper.

With the nation's economy now in full recovery mode, Ragsdale feels the time is right to pursue a life-long dream of opening a storefront business of her own.

Ragsdale Design Center will officially open its doors for business in the heart of downtown Rockford's business district on Monday, November 4, 2013. The Design Center's co-owners, Will and Melanie, were both raised in Rockford. The couple met after graduating from Rockford High School, fell in love, and subsequently married. Now Rockford homeowners, they are the proud parents of  a three-year-old daughter, Sophia Ruby. Will is currently employed in management with Michigan's Davis Oil. 

Last weekend to enjoy Rockford's Harvest Fest 2013

Last weekend to enjoy Rockford's Harvest Fest 2013

ROCKFORD, Mich.-  Rockford's Harvest Fest 2013 returns October 5 and 6 with “Family Fun Weekend.”

Families can shop for used books, sample smokehouse meats and root beer, check out a petting zoo, jump on a pony for a ride, shop for art and compete in contests.  A free showing of “Epic” will take place at dusk on Saturday, October 5.  See above for the full list of events, times and locations.

Harvest Fest takes over Rockford

Harvest Fest takes over Rockford

ROCKFORD, Mich.-  Rockford is buzzing this weekend as Harvest Fest 2013 gets underway.

“Heritage Weekend” runs September 27, 28 and 29 throughout the city.  On Saturday, visitors can build scarecrows, watch puppet shows, shop for art, check out antique tractors and classic cars and sample a variety of foods, from chili to barbeque. A Delorean will also be on display before a free showing of “Back to the Future” at dusk.

Harvest Fest 2013 returns October 5 and 6 with “Family Fun Weekend.”  Families can shop for used books, sample smokehouse meats and root beer, check out a petting zoo, jump on a pony for a ride, shop for art and compete in contests.  A free showing of “Epic” will take place at dusk on Saturday, October 5.  

Auction September 28 to transform courthouse into museum

Auction September 28 to transform courthouse into museum

ROCKFORD, Mich.— Organizers are hoping for a bidding frenzy Saturday as the Rockford Area Historical Society holds a silent auction to help pay for the new Rockford Area Museum.

Bidding in the silent auction will begin at 10 a.m. at Rockford City Hall.  A live auction will kick off at 1 p.m. under a tent in the City Hall parking lot.  The entire event is expected to wrap up by 3 p.m.