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My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes:

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My Town Hudsonville: Beer City Spring Fest debuts May 3

My Town Hudsonville: Beer City Spring Fest debuts May 3

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—Holland is getting ready to host a new event celebrating Michigan’s growing craft beer industry.

The inaugural Beer City Spring Fest will take over the Hudsonville Fairgrounds Saturday, May 3.  More than 30 microbreweries, cider mills and distilleries will be showcasing their brews.  The event kicks off Beer Week in the Greater Grand Rapids area, which is the first week of May.

The American Legion Neal E. Fonger Post 179 is organizing the event, which will also include live music and food.  The proceeds will benefit local veterans and Autism Support of Kent County.

“Tickets went on sale Thursday, and we were amazed by the response,” said Joe Boyer of Fluid Art. “We nearly sold out of VIP tickets in the first two hours. [It’s] hard to believe this was a dry town just a few years ago.”

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

Body Found along railroad tracks in Georgetown Twp


GEORGETOWN TWP, Mich. (WZZM) - Ottawa County deputies are investigating the death of a 21 year old man. Saturday evening around 6:30, deputies were called to the railroad tracks near Chicago Drive just east of 12th Ave., for a man that may have been hit by a train.

When they arrived at the scene they found the Ottawa County resident dead on the north side of the tracks. Investigators determined he was not hit by a train, but have not determined how he died. The Ottawa County coroner has ordered an autopsy.

The man's name has not been released as the investigation continues.


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My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

Fundraiser Friday in honor of Grandville hockey player


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)— Celebration Cinema Rivertown will host a fundraiser Friday in honor of a Grandville hockey player who died in his sleep.

Ryan Fischer died from an enlarged heart last month. A scholarship has been set up in his name, with the goal of raising $100,000 in the next six months.

Friday in Grandville, people can buy tickets for a 7 p.m. showing of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and make a donation to the scholarship. Tickets to the event are $20 and include the movie, pop, popcorn and an $8 donation.


2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings


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