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Big lottery winners still getting food aid

DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan lawmakers last year vowed to crack down when they heard an $850,000 lottery winner was buying groceries with food stamps. Now comes news of another lucky player getting food on the public dime -- and the Legislature still hasn't passed a law to easily detect and clamp down on the abuse.

"We were on this already but now we have two cases. I'm hoping it will hurry us along," state Rep. Dave Agema, a Republican from Grandville, said Thursday. "It demonstrates the entitlement attitude we have in the United States. They want something for nothing."

Amanda Clayton, 24, of Lincoln Park, chose a $700,000 lump sum last fall after winning a $1 million jackpot on "Make Me Rich!" a Michigan lottery game show. A Detroit TV station approached her this week and asked why she still was using a debit-style card to make purchases under the food-stamp program.

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East Kentwood downs Grandville to reach hockey semis

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - East Kentwood scored four goals in the second period in an 8-4 win over Grandville to advance to the MHSAA Division 1 semifinals.

The Falcons (19-9) will meet Grosse Point North in one semifinal Friday night at 8:30 in Plymouth's Compuware Arena.

Defending Division 3 state champ GR Catholic Central kept its hopes for a repeat alive with a 4-3 win over Flint Powers Catholic Wednesday night in Lansing.

The Cougars (19-7-2) meet Houghton Friday at 2:30 pm in Plymouth for a berth in the state championship game.

Grandville bond proposal

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Board of Education approved placing a $22,855,000 bond proposition on the May 8th, 2012 ballot.

It would include-- improvements to high school driving and parking. Elementary entrances would get security cameras. There would be high school renovations and an auditorium addition. There would be a bus purchase, and many other upgrades or additions.

You can learn more at www.grandville.k12.mi.us.

HPS - Superintendent update

HPS - Superintendent update

From http://www.hudsonville.k12.mi.us:

Dear Community:

This past year the Michigan State Legislature passed new School Election Laws. The new legislation requires School Board Elections to be held in November of even years. The intent of the new law was to save districts dollars by aligning school elections with state/national election dates. While the intent of the new law is understandable, there are complexities that every school district must deal with individually.

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George Lessens stops by the Grandville West Media Center Book Fair

George Lessens stops by the Grandville West Media Center Book Fair

From Janice Zylstra, Library Supervisor/Grandville West Elementary:


The Grandville West Elementary Media Center hosted a book fair at the Barnes & Noble store in Rivertown Crossings Mall from Saturday, February 25th thru Wednesday, February 29th. The intent was to raise money and to purchase books for our library.

Saturday was our 'peak' day with festivities throughout the day, but our best attraction was a visit by Chief Meteorologist, George Lessens! A HUGE thank you goes out to George to take time out of his weekend to visit our students and their families! Many other patrons shopping the book store that day had a nice surprise meeting him as well.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Breakfast

  You're invited to an Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast to support the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation on Saturday, March 24th.  It runs from 8am to 10am at the Grandville Applebee's.  For $7 visitors get Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon, Juice and Coffee.  You are encouraged to purchase your tickets in advance, and for more information you can call Erica Pelton at (616) 534-6936, or e-mail her at ej9718@comcast.net.

West Michigan cheerleaders finish in top ranks at State

WALKER, Mich (WZZM)- The Girls Competitive Cheer State Finals was held At The Deltaplex in Grand Rapids this weekend.

In Division One, Hudsonville won second place honors. East Kentwood came in sixth place followed by Grandville in eight place. 

In Division Two, Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills took home fifth place honors and Byron Center came in eighth place.

In Division Three, it was a very close competition as Comstock Park placed second only 3.1 points behind the state champions, Richmond.

Click HERE for more scores.