10-24-2019 State Farm opens office in Watervliet; Hartford vetted two new cannabusiness; City of Wat

State Farm opens office in Watervliet

By Teresa Smithers In this age of the internet, one of the best things of living in a small town is that face-to-face neighborly contact as you conduct business. A firm handshake. A friendly smile. Greg Hoover has opened a State Farm Insurance office in the old G.W. Jones Bank building in Watervliet to offer just that kind of insurance service. Not just that, of course. State Farm also offers the latest in internet technology. One of the handiest is offering their “proof of insurance” as a phone app, which rescues many a heavy-footed driver from having to search nervously through their glove compartment. Besides handy apps, Greg Hoover states that it is his goal for the Watervliet office to be a one-stop shop for a full range of insurance services. “Everyone already knows we offer auto and home insurance,” Hoover stated. “Our auto’s been #1 in the country since 1942; home’s been #1 since 1964. But what many don’t know is that we specialize in mortgages.” State Farm has recently gone into partnership with Rocket Mortgage to cut the time to obtain a mortgage to as little as 30 days. Life and retirement planning is another service they offer at the Watervliet office. They also deal with Medicare supplemental insurance plans C and F. And in the unhappy instance that someone receives a death benefit check, Greg always hand delivers them. Like insurance, there are just some things that are best done in person.

Greg Hoover has led a State Farm office in Constantine since 2008. The Watervliet office will be run in conjunction with that. Although Greg will only be in town part-time, he will be available at any time (Saturdays and evenings, too) by appointment. The office will be open full-time, Monday-Friday, 9-5, with a fully-licensed and professional staff. Stop by and see them; welcome this “good neighbor” to the neighborhood.

THIS KUTE KID IS… two-year-old McKenzie Smith. In love with that sweet smile are her parents Brian & Sarah Smith of Coloma.

Hartford vetted two new cannabusiness licensees for in the City

The Hartford City Commission voted unanimously to expand the ordinance governing medical marijuana related businesses in the city in September. Now two new cannabusiness concerns have applied for licenses.

City Manager Yemi Akinwale reports at the Hartford City Commission workshop on Monday, Oct. 21 that applications for provisioning centers have been received from Lake Life Farms for a facility to be located on a parcel of the Hartford Speedway property on Prospect Street and a second application from Bloomhill LLC proposing a provisioning center to be located at 325 West Main, the site of the former Krenek Ford Dealership. Both applications failed initial review and have been returned to the applicants for missing information at this time.

Med+Leaf, the city’s first dispensary applicant, will open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 9 located adjacent to Family Dollar at 309 West Main.


Van Buren County Commissioner Mike Chappell reported on his recent trip to Washington D.C. The county budget for 2019-2020 is approved including the purchase of four additional squad cars for the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department.