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Football returns

Grant High School students CJ Freeman, Kennedy Stray and Emily Gabrielse celebrated the return of football season on Thursday night as the Tigers hosted the team from Shelby. Grant players and their supporters also enjoyed celebrating a victory in the first game of the new season.




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Clown Band helps celebrate 45th anniversary

Transitional Health Services of Fremont celebrated 45 years of providing care in Fremont with cupcakes, ice cream and the Scottville Clown Band.

The clowns provided a tent style music event, with the clown bus as a backdrop. Weather was perfect for this concert on the lawn.

“We hope to continue to provide the ‘Big Noise’ of the Scottville Clown Band as an annual event to continue fun family entertainment and tradition for the community of Fremont, our residents at THS of Fremont as well as the surrounding communities to enjoy,” said THS Activity Director Shanen Taylor.








The Stream to host 42-hour software challenge

By Ken DeLaat

After its launch in Detroit last year, Code Michigan, a three-day software development challenge, is expanding to three sites this year, including one in Newaygo.

Code Michigan encouraged all comers to create software aimed at helping to transform government. The project resulted in software aimed at promoting government transparency, citizen engagement, government efficiency, public policy and economic development. The process, called “civic coding,”  produced a number of new ideas from a corps of programmers of all levels, including students and freelancers.

Due to the success of the inagaural event, this Google and Michigan Economic Development Office sponsored code-athon has expanded to three sites across the state this year.

 The Stream in downtown Newaygo will host entrants from all over and all levels of coding experience who will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to see their ideas used to help make a difference in how government operates.

The marathon is scheduled to begin on Oct. 3 when participants will check-in at 5 p.m. Challenges will be issued and the clock will begin ticking. On Sunday, Oct. 5, 42 hours later, their handiwork will be given to a panel of five judges who will evaluate the entries and award prizes.

With 65 slots available at each location and three cash prizes, including a $5,000 first prize and eligibility for the $10,000 grand prize at stake, the competition is expected to be heated.

Additional local prizes will be part of the event with extra challenges given to competitors. Registration is available online at

InterFix CEO Scott Faulkner of Newaygo will be one of the judges. InterFix is a software development company based in Atlanta, Georgia and holds a US Patent in healthcare software design.

“The Stream hosting Code Michigan provides compelling evidence that Newaygo is coming of age in terms of technology infrastructure,” said Faulkner. “When this facility was originally conceived, it was envisioned events such as this would be a vital part of our portfolio.”

“Newaygo County is now clearly on the Lansing technology map,” Faulkner added. “The Stream is being recognized for its leadership position in Michigan as a rural community with a clear advantage in technological capabilities.”

The Stream is looking for volunteers to help during the innovative event. For information, call Rhonda Wert-Carr, Director of The Stream, at 231-452-6401. Information is also available online at for more information.












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