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13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

As the winter turns to spring, more and more potholes start to appear throughout West Michigan. We would like you to tell us where the worst potholes can be found.

If you've come across a really bad pothole in your neighborhood, please leave a comment below to let us know where we can find it.

Also, if you can safely get a photo, email those to pics@wzzm13.com along with your name, phone number, and location where the photo was taken.

As comments and photos come in, WZZM13 will publicize the worst of the worst in an effort to get them fixed as quickly as possible.

The Beginning Years’ Registration Night!

From: http://www.spartaschools.org

Thursday, April 12

Sparta Area Schools will be offering 3-Year-Old and 4-Year-Old Preschool and Full Day Every Day Kindergarten for 2012-2013!

On Thursday, April 12, parents and their children are invited to Ridgeview's Beginning Years' Open House ~ Registration Night! This event will offer families the opportunity to visit dozens of booths featuring information and activities on Preschool (3 and 4 year old programming), childcare, information on Full Day Every Day Kindergarten, and intervention and Title 1 Services.

Sparta High School Graduation Ticket Information

Sparta High School Graduation Ticket Information

Thursday, May 31, 7:30 p.m. - Senior Bash immediately following

Important High School Graduation Tickets Information:

  • Each graduate will be provided with up to 8 tickets.
  • 200 additional tickets will be made available via lottery for graduates requesting more than 8 tickets.
  • 50 tickets will be made available for SHS undergraduates. These tickets will be distributed on a fi rst come/fi rst serve basis. Seniors are encouraged to have their undergraduate friends make reservations.
  • 50 tickets will be made available for the general public, These tickets will be distributed on a fi rst come/fi rst serve basis. Non-family members are encouraged to reserve tickets.
  • Tickets reservations can be made by seniors or parents/guardians beginning on April 10, 2012. Please contact Mrs. Marilynn Bitely at SHS (616-887-8213, ext.5). Tickets will be available for pickup after May 8, 2012.

Golfers Get Ready!!

Golfers Get Ready!!

What does a golf cart, beautiful Friday afternoon outside, and mingling with friends all have in common?  The Sparta Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing on Friday, August 17, 2012!

Tee Off at 10:30 am, lunch at the turn, and prizes!  Only $50 per person or a 4 player team with sponsorship is only $275!  A great afternoon of raising money for the Sparta Chamber events and networking on the golf course!

Click Here for registration

Scholar Athlete of the Week - Brianna Stechebar

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM)  WZZM and Meijer are pleased to recognize Sparta High School sophomore Brianna Stechebar as our Meijer Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of March 12th.

Brianna is an outstanding young gymnast having finished third in the Level 8 all-around competition for gymnasts age 15 and older. She placed first in the uneven parallel bars and aspires to compete at Michigan State University after finishing high school. Brianna has a 3.7 GPA and is interested in becoming a veterinarian.

WZZM and Meijer salute Brianna and wish her continued success!

To nominate a scholar athlete candidate click here.

Brush Pick Up

From: http://spartami.org

We will again be picking up brush starting the week of April 2, 2012. Brush will be picked up the FIRST FULL WORK WEEK of each month.

BRUSH MUST BE CURBSIDE BY 7:00 AM MONDAY of the week brush is to be picked up. Please place brush between sidewalk and curb, not in the street, with cut ends going the same direction.

Monthly brush pick will end the week of October 1st.

Just a reminder – The Village does NOT pick up leaves, Garden waste or grass clippings. Village residents can drop these items and their brush off at the Village of Sparta DPW at 276 W. Division Street. ID’s may be checked before you unload.

If you have any questions please call The Village Office at 887-8251 or the DPW at 887-9303

Man charged with deadly Sparta fire

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) The man accused of starting a deadly fire Monday in Sparta appeared in court to face charges Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Piranian, 62, is charged with 3 counts including felony murder, arson and aggravated assault.  He told Judge Sara Smolenski that he has been in the area 3 months; that he was from Portland, Maine and is a retired social worker.

Piranian was renting a room at the Sparta home on Vinton Avenue. Witnesses and investigators say Piranian had an altercation with the owner, Paul Preston and his live-in caregiver, Vanessa McCarty.