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Contractor charged for cheating customers

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM)- A West Michigan contractor is facing charges for not delivering on projects he's already been paid for. 13 On Your Side reported on Jason Cooper twice before and now prosecutors are taking action.

Cooper is charged with taking money under false pretenses. A homeowner in Sparta says she paid him thousands of dollars but Cooper never came back to do the work.

June Brace says Cooper called her late last year, offering to give her an estimate on roof work at her home in Sparta.

Cooper said his business was named AJK Home Improvement. He was going to install a new roof and build and extension off the front of the house. In April 2012, Brace hired Cooper and gave him $3,600. By June, Brace says the work still hadn't begun.

"We started investigating, we should have before. It was our fault-- his addresses didn't exist."

Last Farmers Market for the season

Last Farmers Market for the season

From the Sparta, Michigan Facebook page:

Today is the last Sparta Farmers Market for the season! Stop by today to pick up pumpkins, apples, squash, gords, and enjoy the harvest season from 3-7 pm in ChoiceOne Bank Parking Lot in downtown Sparta. Its been a fantastic year!

Teacher Work Day

Teacher Work Day

Friday, September 28, is a Teacher work day and there is no school for students at all the Sparta Area Public Schools. Enjoy your long weekend! 

Go to www.spartaschools.org for more school information.

2012 Sparta Homecoming Court – Congratulations!

2012 Sparta Homecoming Court – Congratulations!

Homecoming is Friday, October 5, against Allendale! Congratulations to the 2012 Homecoming Court!

Freshman Lord & Lady – Jared Cye & Sarah Monterusso / Sophomore Prince & Princess – Anthony Ingalls & Danielle Harnell / Junior Duke & Duchess – Kevin Krum & Shelby Dewitt & Megan Wudkewych

Senior Queen, candidates are Elizabeth Barber, Amelia Eck, Rachel Humphreys & Rachel Thome

Secretary of State Muskegon office to close for remodeling Oct. 5-19

Secretary of State Muskegon office to close for remodeling Oct. 5-19

The Secretary of State PLUS office at 1485 E. Apple Ave. in Muskegon will be closed for remodeling Oct. 5-19.

Customers and staff will benefit from renovations that include a larger lobby, a public restroom, a new counter design, new carpeting and expanded availability of the Self-Service Station for tab renewals so customers have 24/7 access. The Muskegon office will reopen on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at 9 a.m.

Customers who need to renew license plates, renew or replace driver’s licenses and ID cards, change their address or obtain duplicate titles or registrations are encouraged to do the transactions online at www.ExpressSOS.com.  Additional services are offered online as well.

Area residents who need Secretary of State services during the remodeling period may also visit nearby offices:

Grand Haven
1110 Robbins R
Grand Haven  

Sparta leaf pick-up for 2012

Sparta leaf pick-up for 2012

VILLAGE – WIDE LEAF PICK-UP FOR FALL 2012 IS SCHEDULED TO START MONDAY, OCTOBER 8TH THROUGH THE END OF NOVEMBER

Residents are asked to rake their leaves into piles between the curb and sidewalk or area next to street if there is no curb and sidewalk.

PLEASE DO NOT RAKE LEAVES INTO THE STREETS.

If you put your leaves in the street you will be asked to remove them. If you mix pet waste in your leaves they will not be picked up. If you prefer an alternative to the Village picking up your leaves you may bring them to the Village Garage at 276 w. Division. If you chose to bring them to the garage please remove from plastic bags.

THIS IS A LEAF PICK-UP ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT SET OUT BRUSH, ROOTS, STUMPS OR GARDEN WASTE AS THE LEAF VAC CAN NOT EXCEPT THESE ITEMS.
 

McDonald's selects Conklin farm for National TV commercial

McDonald's selects Conklin farm for National TV commercial

A crew from the Chicago-based advertising agency DDB spent time last week at Dietrich Orchards in Conklin, Michigan to shoot a documentary style commercial that will highlight the Dietrich family’s role as part of a team of apple suppliers for McDonald’s from throughout Michigan. The commercial will be launched in the McDonald’s national 2013 ‘Supplier Stories’ ad campaign. The campaign gives consumers a chance to see McDonald’s commitment to quality when selecting top growers and suppliers across the country.