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My Town: Kent ISD superintendent candidate withdraws application

My Town: Kent ISD superintendent candidate withdraws application

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District will continue screening its lone finalist for superintendent.

Monday, West Ottawa Schools Superintendent Tom Martin announced he is withdrawing his application for the job.  Martin was one of two finalists for the position with Kent ISD. 

In a statement released to WZZM 13 Monday, Martin said, “After talking with West Ottawa’s board president who urged me to stay and hearing the same support through numerous emails, notes and phone calls, I’ve decided to withdraw from the Kent ISD search. We have come so far in this district, and with the continued support of staff and community, we can and will build on that improvement for all of our students. College, career and life ready is a vision that’s becoming a reality, and I look forward to continue being a part of that success.”

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Grandville PD looking for witnesses to crash


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grandville Police Department is asking for help with its investigation into a crash.

They tell us it happened early Sunday afternoon at the intersection of 28th and Ivanrest.

The crash caused very serious injuries, and Grandville police want to talk to anyone who may have seen it happen.

Anyone with information on the case can call the police department at 616-538-6110.


My Town: Hundreds of students heading to state tournament

My Town: Hundreds of students heading to state tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A battle of the brains will include hundreds of West Michigan students in May.

Seventeen local teams made the cut during the Michigan Science Olympiad Regional 12 Tournament at Grand Valley State University last weekend.  Eleven middle school teams from Division B and six high school teams from Division C advanced to the State Tournament, including:

Division B

  • 1. Lakeshore Middle School
  • 2. Jenison Junior High School
  • 3. Chandler Woods Charter
  • 4. East Grand Rapids Middle School
  • 5. Allendale Middle School
  • 6. Harbor Lights Middle School
  • 7. Plymouth Christian Middle School
  • 8. White Pines Intermediate
  • 9. Macatawa Bay Middle School
  • 10. Grandville Middle School
  • 11. Dutton Christian Middle School
  • Alternate: Forest Hills Central Middle School

 

Division C

Home a total loss after fire rekindles overnight


Georgetown Township (WZZM)-- A home is a total loss after a house fire rekindled overnight in Georgetown Township.

Dispatchers say the original fire started at a home on Oak Hollow Drive near 28th Street and Baldwin Street just before midnight. The homeowner says their 17 year old daughter was at the house with friends when the fire started in the garage. They say everyone made it out safely, including their two cats.

Mandi Troost has lived at the home for seven years. "I have my kids I can still hug, I have my mom and my husband I can still hug and I still have my furry little friends that I can cuddle with", she said as she watched crews clean up the debris. Troost says although they lost a lot of memories, they have each other and can get new stuff and make new memories.

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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

My Town: Marco's Pizza offers free pizza for canned spinach March 26

My Town: Marco's Pizza offers free pizza for canned spinach March 26

WYOMING, Mich.—Clear out your cupboard, help hungry families and get a free pizza in return during National Spinach Day.

On Thursday, March 26, each patron who drops off a can of spinach at Marco’s Pizza can pick up a free medium Grilled Chicken Florentine pizza, complete with fresh baby spinach.  Marco’s Pizza will send all of the canned spinach donations to local food banks.  The offer is good for carry-out and dine-in orders at all Marco’s Pizza locations, including Spring Lake, Jenison and Wyoming.

“This was a successful community event for us last year and it’s a great way to share the love of spinach”, said Cathy Hull, chief marketing officer at Marco’s Pizza. “Together, we can support our communities by helping stock the shelves of our local food banks, while delighting our customers with the delicious flavor of our Grilled Chicken Florentine pizza.”

Ottawa County votes to keep sign with Bible verse


GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Commissioners in Ottawa County have given final approval to the reinstallation of a park sign that quotes the Bible.

The sign from the 1960s carries an excerpt from Psalm 19. It was removed in December from Hager Park in Georgetown Township after complaints that public property was being used to promote religion.

The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists has threatened legal action.

The sign has the words, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork."

The county commissioners tentatively approved the restoration in January and gave it final approval Tuesday. The commission voted to place the sign in a new location within the park.

The sign was installed in 1967 in the 104-acre park, just west of Grand Rapids.