Our network

Four cars in crashes on I-196 and 28th Street

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Traffic has backed up on I-196 due to a multi-vehicle crash at the 28th Street and Wilson exit.

Four vehicles are involved in two crashes in the eastbound lanes. There are no reports of injuries at this time.

Community Sponsors

Bringing You Good Products and Neighborhood Friendly Service!
Excellence In Eyecare

Mainstream media counters on-line rumors with facts about bomb threat

Hudsonville, MI (WZZM) - When there is a bomb threat and school lockdown like there was Tuesday in Hudsonville, Twitter, Facebook and other social media often add to the panic with incorrect or exaggerated information.

It's a problem pushing mainstream media to change long established policies against reporting and publicizing anonymous threats.

"In a digital era the rules have got to be rewritten," says Danielle Leek, Grand Valley State University Associate Professor of Communication. "The media, the press are the only organizations that can respond credibly to the type of innuendo and vague comments we see in social media."

In the past, editors and news directors would not report on bomb threats to avoid giving the caller attention and inspiring copy cats.

Hudsonville, Jenison HS lockdowns lifted; threat not credible

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Lockdown orders have been lifted at Hudsonville and Jenison High Schools following an a phone call threatening violence Tuesday morning.

The Ottawa County Sheriff Department tells WZZM 13 the call was made to Hudsonville High School, prompting a brief lockdown order.As a precaution, Jenison High School was also placed on a soft lockdown.

There was a similar threat made at Coopersville High School September 5. Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies are looking into a possible connection. In the Coopersville case, a 14-year old boy was identified as an accomplice, but he is not believed to be the person who made the call. In both cases, the calls could have come from someone outside of the country.

Hudsonville Superintendent Nick Ceglarek posted this statement on the school's website Tuesday afternoon:

RiverTown Crossings to be open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan shopping mall says it's giving its retailers the option to open as early as 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Randy Zimmerman of RiverTown Crossings tells WZZM 13 the mall's common areas will be open at that time and ready for any retailers who do choose to open on the holiday. Those retailers also have the option to stay open from that time all the way through Black Friday.

Zimmerman said retailers' hours on Thanksgiving and Black Friday likely will not be available for another week or two.

Community Sponsors

Excellence In Eyecare
Bringing You Good Products and Neighborhood Friendly Service!

School of Choice for Teachers

School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.

Hudsonville woman killed in Ottawa Co. crash

OTTAWA CO., Mich. (WZZM)-- A Hudsonville woman is dead after blowing a stop sign and causing a crash.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says 42-year-old Renee Stanford was driving eastbound on Riley St. around 1:20 Sunday morning. She failed to stop at a stop sign at 32nd Ave. 32-year-old Carl Albright was driving southbound on 32nd. Ave. and was unable to avoid her. He flipped his car at the Forest Grove Lawn & Rental near the intersection.

Stanford was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected from her vehicle. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Albright was wearing his seat belt and was taken to Spectrum with non life-threatening injuries. He is expected to be okay.

Grandville tops Hudsonville

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grandville beat Hudsonville 22-7 Friday night.

The Bulldogs' defense held strong and only gave up points in the third quarter to help them to victory.