Organized Retail Crime bill signing

State Rep. Joe Graves at a ceremonial bill signing for his Organized Retail Crime legislation. Rep. Graves is pictured with Gov. Snyder and individuals who were instrumental in helping get this legislation through including our local assistant prosecutor, individuals who work on loss prevention/security at Walmart and Target, AT&T officials, The Retailers Association and my…

Camo Day at the Capitol

PHOTO CUTLINE: State Rep. Jon Bumstead on Thursday spoke during Camo Day at the Capitol, advocating for hunting and fishing preservation and improvement in Michigan. Bumstead this week introduced legislation that would guarantee the right to hunt and fish in Michigan while giving the Natural Resources Commission the authority to set hunting seasons and add…

New sucker dipping season welcome in Omer

State Rep. Joel Johnson recently tried his hand at sucker dipping in the Rifle River at the invitation of Omer officials with whom he worked with to help change the Michigan’s dipping season rules earlier this year. “The change allowed the department the flexibility to make a commonsense decision that will help anglers and the…

Rev. Gelatt delivers prayer for lawmakers

The Rev. Peter Gelatt, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Lake George, recently gave the daily opening invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives as the guest of state Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare. Pictured from left: House Speaker Jase Bolger, Rev. Gelatt and Johnson. Michigan House tradition calls on a different state representative or guest…

Rep. Johnson reads at Evart Elementary

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, visited with students at Evart Elementary School on Wednesday, March 27, as part of his annual March is Reading Month tours to classrooms throughout the Michigan House of Representatives 97th District he represents. The lawmaker read to each grade level in the school’s library, talked with the students about the…

Rockford Rams water polo champs recognized by state Legislature

State Reps. Peter MacGregor and Rob VerHeulen were joined today in Lansing by the state champion Rockford Rams High School boys’ water polo team. The team compiled an impressive 50-0 record this season on the way to their ninth state title in 13 years. “These young men have accomplished a remarkable feat and should be…