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My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

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My Town: Make a life-saving donation, get a free haircut

My Town: Make a life-saving donation, get a free haircut

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A life-saving donation could get you a new look.

The American Red Cross is teaming up with Sport Clips to provide coupons for free haircuts to those who sign up to donate blood at participating drives and blood donation centers.  The campaign, called “Saving Lives Never Looked So Good”, runs through the month of September at the Sports Clips locations at Knapps Corner, Shops at Plaza on the East Beltline, in Grandville and the Kenowa Center.

For more information and to find a participating blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org/sport-clips.

Sun Title Agency Named to Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies list

Sun Title Agency Named to Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies list

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Sun Title, Michigan’s most innovative, customer-focused, tech-savvy title companies, Wednesday announced it has been recognized on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country.

Sun Title made this prestigious list based on the company’s remarkable 123 percent growth rate over the past three years.  This is the first time that Sun Title has been named to the list.

Grandville thumps Jenison


JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grandville gave Eric Stiegel a win in his coaching debut as the Bulldogs rolled past Jenison, 50-14.

Grandville led 28-0 at the half after Brian Cappiello scored on touchdown runs of 34 and 49 yards.

Ben Sinclair added a 25-yard touchown run and Avery O'Brien had a 69-yard interception return.

Jenison avoided the shutout with a 4-yard run by Chris Mazure in the third quarter. Mason Ippel scored on a 40-yard run in the fourth.


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Funeral home urges people not to text and drive


JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Cook Funeral Home is launching a new effort to stop people from texting and driving.

They unveiled the effort Thursday night at the Jenison football game. Nearly everyone attending the game against Grandville was asked to put on a bracelet pledging not to text and drive.

"The statistics were showing texting and driving deaths among teens has surpassed drinking and driving," says Ron Cook from Cook Funeral Home. "It impacts the community in a way little else does."

The funeral home has produced a 2 ½ minute video to play on location and online depicting the potentially deadly consequences of texting and driving.

"I think this will work. I hope so," Cook said. "I hope people don't text and drive. We got enough drunk drivers out there already -- we don't need texting and driving."

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

My Town: Storms likely to blame for hundreds of power outages

My Town: Storms likely to blame for hundreds of power outages

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Summer storms were likely the cause for hundreds of power outages across West Michigan Monday.

According to Consumers Energy, as of 3:30 p.m., 225 homes and businesses between Alto and Clarksville were without power.  Approximately 212 customers in the Hudsonville and Georgetown Township areas were also affected, as well as 86 homes and businesses in between Kent City and Sparta.  In Rockford, the Krause Memorial Library was among the approximately one dozen homes and businesses left in the dark.  The library opted to close for the rest of the day, with plans to reopen Tuesday.

It’s unclear when power will be fully restored.