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'Funk Buster' scavenger hunt to bring kids out to local parks

'Funk Buster' scavenger hunt to bring kids out to local parks

Starting August 1, the Hudsonville Friends of the Parks is putting on a local scavenger hunt affectionately named the ‘funk buster’. Park visitors can go to www.hudsonville.org and download a copy of the playing card. On the card will be pictures from five parks in Hudsonville and players will be asked to identify which park the picture is from. The first five players to correctly identify all of the park photographs will win a ‘Friends of the Park’ t-shirt.

Amy Robinson, from the Friends of the Parks said, “We wanted to do this to get kids out in the parks and to visit all the parks. The summer is almost over and we just wanted to make sure the kids knew everything that is out there for them.”

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Judge apologizes for jailing attorney

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) An Ottawa County District Court Judge says he's sorry for throwing a lawyer in jail last year during a court case. 

The apology comes as the state panel that oversees judges is trying to determine what punishment if any Judge Kenneth Post could face.

Judge Post is publicly apologizing through his lawyer about what happened in a Hudsonville court room last year.  Privately, Scott Millard's law firm hasn't heard anything. 

When asked if he's expecting a phone call from the judge, attorney Josh Blanchard said, "I don't know what to expect."

Blanchard, an associate of Millard's at Miel and Carr Law Firm, filed a complaint against the judge who held the young attorney in contempt last December.

"He's representing a client like he should and all of a sudden he's handcuffed and in jail," says Blanchard.

Bank uses JOBS Act to save on reporting costs

Bank uses JOBS Act to save on reporting costs

By Mark Sanchez | MiBiz
msanchez@mibiz.com

GRANDVILLE — Grand River Commerce Inc. joined a growing number of small community banks around the nation, and became the first in Michigan, to take advantage of a new federal law and save thousands of dollars annually in regulatory reporting costs.

The three-year-old parent company of Grand River Bank filed a notice June 29 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to deregister its shares and suspend regulatory reporting. The change takes effect 90 days after the filing.

Grand River Commerce, with assets of $79.6 million, roughly estimates it will save some $80,000 annually by no longer filing reports with the SEC and incurring the related legal, filing and auditing fees, Chairman Bob Bilotti said. Directors made the decision after “careful consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of continuing as an SEC reporting company,” he said.

Olympian remembers winning silver in '68

JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) - On Friday, the world will gather in London for the Summer Olympic Games. More than 10,000 athletes will begin looking for gold.

One West Michigan resident is turning back the clock 44 years, remembering the pageantry surrounding the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

Pam Kruse was a member of the United States' Women's Swim Team that year. She held four world records heading into those summer games:

- 440 Yard Freestyle - 1966

- 400 Meter Freestyle - 1967

- 400 Meter Freestyle - 1967 (Broke Previously Held)

- 200 Meter Freestyle - 1967

"United States was a powerhouse in swimming," said Kruse, who co-owns the Village Bike Shop with her husband in Jenison. "One of our goals [in 1968] was to sweep the podium in the freestyle events."

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Have You Used Mango Languages?

Have You Used Mango Languages?

Don’t forget about the Mango Languages contest going on at KDL!

Based on the stories we have received, our Mango Languages database has helped someone communicate with a new addition to the family, prepare for a family move overseas, improve their job skills and so much more! If you have used Mango, make sure to share your story using this form before July 31.

Hudsonville wins baseball and softball state championships

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Hudsonville High School Eagles made history last month, becoming the first team in Michigan to win a Division 1 State Championship in both baseball and softball.

Hudsonville baseball head coach Dave VanNoord and softball head coach Tom Vruggink talked with WZZM 13 Sports Director Tom Clyde at Hudsonville's football stadium on Monday about their dream playoff runs.

Man faces charges for Grandville flag burnings

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Wyoming man accused of burning American flags in Ottawa County is facing new arson charges in Kent County.

William Howerton is accused of setting an American flag on fire at a Grandville Comerica Bank and inside a store at RiverTown Crossings mall.

Howerton was first arrested earlier this month for flag burning cases in Ottawa County. One incident was at Hudsonville city hall, while the other was in front of the road commission garage in Georgetown Township.

Investigators say Howerton is angry at the federal government and believes it is responsible for the September 11th attacks.