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  Photo by Russ Tindall, Pro Photo Image

Banner Time

  Matt Nieboer of Nieboer Electric hung a banner over Main Street in downtown Fremont, promoting next week’s Fremont Harvest Festival. As the banner went up, a new crop of Hay Art installments also started sprouting at various spots around town.





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Passenger injured as
car crashes into office

A vehicle crashed through the front window of the H and R Block office in Newaygo on Saturday, injuring a passenger in the vehicle.

According to a Newaygo Police Department report, police were dispatched to the location at 136 W. River Valley Drive at 12:24 p.m. on Sept. 13. Police arrived to find a 2002 Pontiac Montana minivan in the front entrance of the H and R Block office.

The business was not open at the time.

The driver, Carol Dewindt, 65, of Wyoming was uninjured, but her passenger, Linda Rodriguez, 66, of Newaygo was injured. A Life EMS ambulance crew transported her to Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial with what police described as non life-threatening injuries.

Newaygo Police Department officers were assisted at the scene by people from the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office, Life EMS and the Newaygo First Responders and Newaygo Fire and Rescue.






Newaygo County Board of Commissioners
County board approves 3 percent raise

By Ken DeLaat

At the Wednesday, Sept. 10 regular meeting, the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners approved a three-percent raise for county employees and elected officials.

The increase, effective in October, excludes county commissioners.

“Mr. Chairman,” Commissioner James Maike said before the vote, “we have never gotten raises when everyone else does, but when there are concessions, we always are part of them. Can you explain this to me?”

“I know we were part of paying a higher percentage of health care we asked the employees to do, but I am not going to vote myself a pay raise,” responded board Chairman Patrick Gardner.

“I think we’re already well compensated,” said Commissioner Larry Lethorn, “maybe too much in my opinion.”

“I’m sorry I opened this can of worms,” Maike said. “I was just asking the question.”

“Something like this needs to be looked at from an independent source,” said Commissioner Christian Ortwein.

“Maybe at some point in the future,” said Commissioner Gardner.

“I know as a first time commissioner I’m certainly not going to go down that road,” said Commissioner Phil Deur.

The wage increase resolution passed unanimously.

“This may not be as much as we would like,” Gardner said, “but it is something to show our appreciation to the county employees for the great job they do.”

In other business, the board unanimously elected Grant City Manager Ryan Rudzis to the Brownfield Authority Board. The board also received the nominations of Tammy Van Doorne and Marilyn Snell to the Newaygo County Commission on Aging Board and Brian Hettinger, Cynthia Harwood and Patrick Hedlund for the Central Dispatch Authority Board.

The board also approved the submission of a grant request from the Binky Foundation, a private charitable organization, for money to fund rabies vaccinations at the county animal shelter. The initiative would be expected to help increase adoptions by defraying the cost of the immunizations.











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