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My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—The back-to-school shopping season is here, and Macy’s is giving customers a charitable reason to open up their wallets.

The department store is holding its ninth annual “Shop For A Cause” event on Saturday, Aug. 23.  Customers who purchase a $5 shopping pass at any of Mel Trotter Ministries four thrift store locations can enjoy special discounts, entertainment and http://www.meltrotter.org exclusive events at the Macy’s in Grandville.  All proceeds from the pass sale will go to Mel Trotter.

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two men running to represent West Michigan in Congress have agreed to hold public forums.

Congressman Justin Amash and his Democratic contender, businessman Bob Goodrich met over coffee in Eastown Aug. 15.  During the brief meeting, both candidates discussed ideas on how best to keep the race for the 3rd Congressional seat civil.

Amash beat East Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis by roughly a 14-percent margin during August’s primary. Voters will decide if Amash will continue to represent them during the general election Nov. 4.  The Third Congressional District of Michigan includes the areas of  Grand Rapids, Cascade Township, Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Belding, Lowell, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Sparta.

State grants to help Byron Twp., Sparta companies expand

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Byron Township company is planning to add to its factory and create new jobs.


Flow-Rite designs, makes, and markets fluid control devices for lead acid batteries and other industrial and consumer uses.


The company is investing $6 million on upgrades to Flow-Rite's existing facility and new high-speed assembly equipment. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is giving a $224,000 grant to help with the project.


Flow-Rite was established in 1981. It currently employs a little more than 100 people, and the company plans to add 64 more jobs as part of the expansion.


The Right Place announced Flow-Rite's plans Wednesday, Aug. 6 and also announced a planned expansion by General Formulations in Sparta.


My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town: West Michigan Archery Center grand opening celebration Aug. 16

My Town: West Michigan Archery Center grand opening celebration Aug. 16

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Community members are invited to check out the newest sporting attraction now open in Kent County.

Phase I construction of the West Michigan Archery Center recently wrapped up.  The site includes a 10,000 square foot facility, parking lot, rain gardens and practice range.  Archers can also test their skills on a world-class 3-D range.

WMAC will host a grand opening celebration and community open house Saturday, Aug. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome to try out shooting and meet the facility's coaches during the event. WMAC is located at 3500 10 Mile Road and shares a driveway with the Art Van Sportsplex.

School rankings show districts' points of pride, areas for improvement


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan's annual school accountability scorecards are out.


The report ranks schools according to factors like attendance and how well they meet goals set by the state's education department.


Schools that fall in the bottom five percent of the rankings are considered "priority" schools and are placed under the supervision of Michigan's school reform officer. There are 138 schools identified as "priority" schools. Nearly half of them are on that list for the fist time.


At least two West Michigan districts with priority schools also have schools among the state's top performers: Grand Rapids Public Schools and Godwin Heights Public Schools.


One dead in motorcycle crash on 17 Mile Rd.

UPDATE (4:15 p.m.)-- Michigan State Police are releasing the name of the motorcyclist killed in an early morning crash in Tyrone Township.

Troppers say 56-year-old Thomas Clemens was traveling west on 17 Mile when a car turned into his pathway. Clemens was from the Rockford area.

Michigan State Police have finished their on scene investigation and the road has since reopened to traffic.

TYRONE TWP., Mich. (WZZM) -- 17 Mile Road between Sparta Avenue and Barber Creek Avenue has reopened after a fatal crash involving a motorcycle and a car.

The crash happened just before 6:00 a.m.

Michigan State Police say that Cody Jerls, 28, was driving east on 17 Mile in a Chevy Impala when he went to turn left into a private driveway. He turned into the path of a motorcycle that was traveling west on 17 Mile and the motorcyclist broadsided the car.