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Petraeus speaks at sold-out Dutch heritage event


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan group is honoring a well-known military leader Tuesday.

General David Petraeus is the keynote speaker of the sold-out, 2015 Dutch-American Heritage Day celebration in Hudsonville. He's speaking about his military career and his Dutch heritage. Petraeus is the son of a Dutch-American sea captain.

It's at the Pinnacle Center at 3330 Highland Drive in Hudsonville.

He commanded several operations during the Iraq War, and later led all U.S. military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. After retiring from the Army, he served as director of the CIA.

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Mother, child taken to hospital after I-196 accident


GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of a multiple injury accident in Georgetown Township.

The accident occurred around 2 p.m. on I-196 East.

Our crew on the scene tells us a mother and child were taken to the hospital, a second child was able to walk away from the crash.

Witnesses say it looked like the mother, driver, may have had a medical issue and the vehicle went airborne before crashing into a tree.


Hudsonville Christian School announces expansion plans


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hudsonville Christian School has announced an expansion, but leaders need to raise about $3 million.

The Board of Trustees announced the campaign Monday.

The board also announced the purchase of Unity Christian High School's campus next door. The plan is to connect the two facilities and provide more educational space.

They will also create new pick-up and drop-off locations at the school, provide childcare for parents, and grow its early childhood programs.

School leaders say Hudsonville Christian School has seen significant growth in the last four years, and this plan will provide the space needed now and in the future.


Santorum cancels visit to Grandville


Update: Santorum's visit to West Michigan was canceled early Monday afternoon.

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- One of the candidates vying for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination will be visiting the Grand Rapids metro area Monday.

The Ottawa County GOP will be hosting Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who will be speaking at their Reagan Day Dinner. The appearance comes just one day before the fourth Republican debate of this election cycle.

The dinner begins at 6:15 at the Sunnybrook Country Club on Port Sheldon Street. Tickets are $40 dollars if purchased in advance and $50 dollars at the door. Also available is a VIP Reception at 5:30 with the Senator. Tickets are $250 per person or $400 per couple.

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Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Brann’s is offering a free 6oz.  Sirloin and two sides on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11th.

Bob Evans-Free Breakfast all day for Veteran’s and Active Military. Choose from 5 different plates.

Golden Coral-Appreciation for Veterans and Active Military: Dinner is free November 11th from 5 – 9pm.

Applebee’s will be serving 7 different free meals to Veterans and Active Military on Wednesday, November 11th.

Red Robin Restaurants will be offering a free Tavern Double Berger with Bottomless Steak Fries at all of its restaurants on November 11th. They will also be offering a 20% discount at participating restaurants from November 12 – December 31.

Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer and dessert from Monday, November 09, 2015 to Thursday, November 12. They have put together a special menu for both items.

Careless smoking reportedly causes Grandville apartment fire


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The cause of the fire at Wimbledon Apartments has been ruled as a result of careless smoking, an apartment spokesman said.

Earlier indications were that the Wimbledon fire was caused by electrical wiring. 

The fire sparked shortly before noon Monday, Oct. 19. Crews said the fire started in one of the units, which had spread to several others in the three-story building. It was eventually stopped by a firewall. 

Editor's note: We inadvertently reported this as the cause of Wednesday's Pompa Vidals apartment fire in Holland. We do not yet know the cause of that fire.


Weekend Adventure: Local marching band prepares for state championship


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's the end of the high school fall season, and the Grandville varsity marching band continues to work hard leading up to their biggest event of their season - the 2015 state championship competition. Laura Hartman heads to the field to learn more about marching in this Weekend Adventure.

The competition is hosted by the Michigan Competing Band Association at Ford Field in Detroit. The competition starts shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, November 7th, and continues all day. For more information, head to the MCBA website here.