QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“This is not a loss, no matter when I get out. Praise and worship — that’s my calling and that’s what I’ll continue to do. This is not a loss. This is a gain. I’ve lost temporarily and you’ve lost, but in the end, there will be a victory. He did not die for nothing. I’ll make sure of that.”

— Jerome Lewis, speaking during his sentencing to Shirley and Curtis Smith, whose son Andrew Smith was murdered in Baldwin last year. Lewis and Arthur Jones were convicted last month in the murder case. Lewis was sentenced to six to 20 years in prison for being an accessory after the fact, while Jones will serve 40 to 60 years in prison for second-degree murder.

 

“I don’t see the wisdom of mixing this in with all the state and federal issues. … We’re going to be competing with that to get our explanations across on the ballot.”

— John Thomas, treasurer for Big Rapids Public Schools board of education, on the district putting off a request for a sinking fund millage. The board decided to postpone the proposal to wait for better timing.

 

“We all left here in one big group and now they’re coming back in non-discriminate numbers. Part of the reason is because of the type of mission they have. They can’t take everybody all out at once and put another unit in at the same time; some guys leave while a new group goes in.”

— Sgt. James MacGregor at the Big Rapids Armory, on the return of soldiers from D Company of the 125th Infantry Battalion. Eight members returned last week; the remainder will return sporadically through October.

 

“I don’t want to point my finger at anybody. The township clerks are responsible for their registered voter lists. It looks like it was (an oversight by both parties). It stinks, but it needs to be corrected and done right.”

— Marcee Purcell, Mecosta County clerk, on an election error discovered that could change the outcome of the county commissioners race in District No. 5 between Art Adleman and Phil Hanford. Due to an oversight by the Michigan Board of Canvassers and township Clerk Sherri Gilbert, some voters in the township’s two precincts were given the wrong ballot and voted in the wrong county commissioner race.

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