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My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.

My Town Coopersville: Teenager seriously injured in crash returns home

My Town Coopersville: Teenager seriously injured in crash returns home

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A Coopersville teenager who was seriously injured in a crash when his seat belt failed, is back home for the holidays.

Jordan Kuperus, 18, was released from the hospital two weeks after the crash at 80th Avenue near State Road in Polkton Township.  Deputies say Kuperus’ vehicle rolled through a stop sign and hit another car.  Upon impact, Kuperus’ seat belt tore and he was thrown from his vehicle.

Emergency responders said Kuperus was in and out of consciousness as he was taken to the hospital.  According to his care page on Facebook, Kuperus suffered many broken bones and had a torn aorta.  After undergoing surgery and therapy, Kuperus was cleared to go home Dec. 11. His father says Jordan has a new nickname: miracle man. 

My Town Coopersville: City Council looks to add new member

My Town Coopersville: City Council looks to add new member

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- A new person is expected to join Coopersville's city council.

Mayor Lloyd is recommending Brian Mooney to fill the council's vacancy.  Mooney would finish out Maud Fisher's term, which ends November 2017.  

The city council will vote on the addition of Mooney during its special joint meeting with the Downtown Development Authority and Planning Commission Monday, Dec. 8.  The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Coopersville High School.

My Town: A Thanksgiving hero saves two loving hearts

My Town: A Thanksgiving hero saves two loving hearts

TALMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- When 78-year-old Allan TenEyck came home from the hospital after suffering a heart attack and undergoing subsequent bi-pass surgery, he never imagined that his wife of 50 years, Gloria,  would also suffer a massive heart attack two weeks later on Thanksgiving.

"When she dropped to the floor, I just knew she was dead," said Allan. "I called 911 and a family member ran to the neighbor's house for help."

To their surprise, 11th grader Jaylee Russo came over and got right to work administering CPR.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.

My Town: Pastors transition to new parishes Sept. 17

My Town: Pastors transition to new parishes Sept. 17

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A pastor from Coopersville and Marne is presiding over a new parish.

Effective Sept. 17,  Rev. David C. Gross of St. Mary Parish in Marne and St. Michael Parish in Coopersville will take over as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Spring Lake. 

Bishop Walkowiak with the Diocese of Grand Rapids has appointed Rev. D. Anton Tran to take over Gross’ duties at the parishes in Marne and Coopersville, beginning that same day.  Tran is leaving St. Mary-St. Jerome Parish in Custer. 

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

 

WMU-COOLEY LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR AND RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL C.H. McDANIEL

PARTICIPATES IN WEST MICHIGAN DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.