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My Town: Kent County forms Agri-Business Community Work Group

My Town: Kent County forms Agri-Business Community Work Group

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent County Board of Commissioners has formed a new group to help support, expand and attract agri-business to the county.

The Agri-Business Community Work Group is comprised of people from a range of agricultural, business and legislative backgrounds, located across the county.  Members include:

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A dozen students from Kent Career Tech Center are now members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were inducted into the Tech Center’s inaugural NTHS class for demonstrating outstanding skills in their program and overall academic achievement.  The NTHS is similar to the National Honor Society, but with tougher requirements, including involvement in a career or technical education program, a 3.5 or higher GPA and community service hours.

My Town: Lowell Boy's hockey surprise YouTube gold

LOWELL, Mich.-- A Lowell boy, captured on camera after getting a surprise gift from Detroit Red Wing Jordin TooToo, has also captured the hearts of a nation.

Video of the pint-sized fan's reaction has garnered more than 1.7 million hits on YouTube since it was posted April 23.  TooToo, who also plays with the Grand Rapids Griffins, handed the stick to the boy during a pregame warmup.

My Town Lowell: Scammer to police chief: 'You owe $3,000'

My Town Lowell: Scammer to police chief: 'You owe $3,000'

LOWELL, Mich.—When Lowell Police Chief Steve Bukala heard about a new potential scam making its way around town, he picked up the phone and called the culprit.

Bukala says on Monday, a business got a call from a person posing as Peter Johnson from Lowell Electric.  The suspect told the business it was $500 behind on its utility bill.  Bukala says the call raised red flags- the utility company for Lowell is Lowell Light and Power and no Peter Johnson works at that company.  The phone number also did not match.

My Town Lowell: Meet the police department's new full-time officer

My Town Lowell: Meet the police department's new full-time officer

LOWELL, Mich.—There is a new full-time officer patrolling Lowell’s streets.

Officer Dustin Brown began working for the force full-time at the start of the year.  Brown is a graduate of the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy and has been working for the LPD part-time since 2012.    He previously worked for the Spring Lake and Portland Police Departments.

Community members will most likely meet Brown during the evening and overnight hours in the West Main business district and neighborhoods along Bowes Road, Valley Vista, Alden Nash and Gee Drives. 

My Town: New District Five commissioner named

My Town: New District Five commissioner named

CASCADE, Mich.—There’s a new face among the Kent County Board of Commissioners.

Thursday morning, the board unanimously voted to appoint Mandy Bolter of Cascade to the vacant District Five seat.  

"I am honored to be part of such a great group of people, working to keep our county the best place to live, work, start a business and raise a family,” said Commissioner Bolter.

My Town Lowell: New artist featured at Flat River Gallery & Framing

My Town Lowell: New artist featured at Flat River Gallery & Framing

LOWELL, Mich.—The work of a former Grand Rapids Community College faculty member will be on display at Flat River Gallery & Framing beginning Thursday, Feb. 20.

Since retiring from GRCC in 1999, Nancy Clouse has been providing tours through the Grand Rapids Art Museum while continuing her passion for painting, reading, writing and theatre.  Clouse’s artwork has appeared in juried shows including the Muskegon Regional show, the Michigan Watercolor Society show, the Celebration of the Arts show, the Grand Rapids Festival show and the West Michigan Regional Art Competition in Lowell.  Clouse’s work is also featured in private collections.

An opening reception for Clouse will take place Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Flat River Gallery & Framing is located at 2914 W. Main Street.