Peter Joseph Parbel, III, 66, former owner of the North Dorr General Store, died Thursday, Oct. 23, due to complications stemming from a fall last June at his Canadian wilderness cabin.
Pete was a Vietnam Vet in the U.S. Navy, life-time member of the American Legion, and was the owner of the North Dorr General Store from 1976 to 1997.
David Howard McSpadden, 57, of Wayland, died Friday, Oct. 24, after a short battle with cancer.
Born born Dec. 23, 1956, David worshipped at Dorr Baptist Church and drove truck for Kent Quality Foods. He is remembered for his southern expressions, extensive knowledge of the trucking industry and many other qualities and talents.
He is survived by his wife, Tammie; daughter, Luci and extended family still residing in Georgia and Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his son, Billy; father and mother, William and Juanita McSpadden of Lafayette, GA.
“The Big Three of marketing, advertising and corporate greed are the greatest enemies of education.” — David T. Young
When I was asked a few years ago what I liked best about being a bottom feeder substitute teacher, I honestly answered, “the students.” Though I despised the degrading system and its administrators and coordinators, I almost always thought the kids were a hoot, but too often they made me sad and depressed.
Let’s talk a bit of history.
According to the Koran, Mohammed first received the word of God around 613 AD and soon spread the word of Allah by force to Mecca and later (622 AD), Medina. The Islamic Caliphate (areas converted to Islam) increased and soon (711-732 AD) spread by force of arms into Spain, France and the Balkans.
"The Three Amigos" shown here are (from left) Mayor Tim Bala, new Henika District Library Director Elisha Cloyd and Gary Marsh, who spends a heckuva lot of his retirement volunteering at the library. The occasion was a "meet and greet" social event for Henika to introduce its new director, who succeeds Lynn Mandaville, who stepped down last summer. Cloyd is only the fifth director of the Henika District Library in its nearly 100-year history.
Hopkins teen waives hearing on murder
Joshua Lee Keyzer, the Hopkins teen accused of killing his cousin June 25 at a residence on Doan's Lake south of Wayland, waived his probable-cause hearing and was bound over to Allegan County Circuit Court.
Keyzer, who is being charged as an adult and his held without bond, is accused of fatally stabbing Kassandra Keyzer, 21, and seriously injuring his grandmother, Sharon Keyzer, 75.
Three candidates for the 26th District State Senate in the Nov. 4 election will appear at a forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Allegan County Technical and Education Center, 2891 116th Ave., Allegan.
Featured will be incumbent Republican Tonya Schuitmaker, who is seeking a second four-year term in her redistricted seat. Challengers are Democrat Jim Walters and Libertarian William Wenzel.
Wayland Union Schools public safety officer Harry Werkema has agreed to delay his retirement in light of circumstances surrounding the hiring of his successor.
Werkema, who has served the local district for the last 12 years in that post, originally was supposed to have retired this fall after working in a transitional interim period with Bernard Austof, who was brought on board by the City of Wayland in September.
Wayland High School graduate Jennifer Lynn Miller, 41, of Howard City, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Her father, former Wayland Police Chief Dan Miller, said family members are awaiting results of a toxicology report to determine her cause of death.
Jennifer, who was born June 21, 1973, enjoyed volunteering at Helping Hands Food Pantry in Howard City. She also loved doing arts and crafts and selling them online.
More than 250 people visited the College Fair at the Wayland Union Fine Arts Center Wednesday. At least 70 representatives from a variety of colleges, universities, and military were on hand to speak with prospective students. Financial aid information was presented by Grand Valley State University. The event was open to the public. (Photo courtesy Laurie Zywiczynski)