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Kent County road closures - Friday evening

Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Road Commission has released a road closures caused by flooding.  The details are listed below and are subject to change.

North Kent County:

Flooding in Sparta

Flooding in Sparta

There is some flooding in Rockford.  If you need assistance, the Red Cross has opened a shelter for flooding victims at Alpine Baptist Church, 692 7 Mile Road NW in Comstock Park.

Ridgeview teachers receive surprise gift

Ridgeview teachers receive surprise gift

SPARTA, Mich.—On April 16, the weekly staff meeting for Ridgeview teachers was interrupted by a surprise from some special guests.

The staff unwrapped one of 18 new Smart Boards for their classes. The school, which serves pre-kindergarten through second grade students, is also getting several additional projection units, so that all early childhood classrooms will be equipped with cutting edge technology. The upgrades are expected to cost $83,500; the district is getting an unprecedented donation of $46,000 for the project and the district will cover the rest of the cost.

Spartan Stores named one of America's most trustworthy companies

Spartan Stores named one of America's most trustworthy companies

(Spartan Stores) –  Spartan Stores, Inc., a leading regional grocery distributor and retailer, was recently recognized by Forbes Magazine in their annual "America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies" list.  

“We are pleased to receive this distinction by Forbes as one of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies,” stated Dennis Eidson, Spartan’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We are committed to being transparent with all of our customers, shareholders, and business partners while continuing to operate the business based on our core principles of honesty and integrity.”

Forbes turned to GMI Ratings, a pioneer in the application of non-traditional risk measures for financial analysis, to identify the most transparent and trustworthy businesses that trade on American exchanges.

New Catholic church opening in Cedar Springs

Cedar Springs, Mich. (WZZM) The Diocese of Grand Rapids is opening a new parish in northern Kent County.

Bishop Walter Hurley announced plans for a new Catholic parish today. It will be called Blessed John Paul II in Cedar Springs. The diocese has purchased land from the former home of Pioneer Christian Reformed Church, which consists of a church, church hall and rectory on about 2.9 acres.

The diocese also purchased approximately eight acres of adjacent vacant land that is part of a nearby industrial park located at 13911 Northern Springs Drive. Once the new parish community has grown, the diocese says there will be sufficient land for the construction of a new and larger church.

Free program helps home and business owners deal with mercury

(ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMPANY)– The Environmental Quality Company is proud to partner with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project.

This is an on-going effort to collect and properly recycle mercury.  Small and large business operations have traditionally been overlooked during mercury collection events.  The project’s objective is to address this issue and promote a long-term solution for easily collecting and recycling of mercury.  The program is free to anyone located in Michigan – residents included. 

The program is easy.

Cinco De Mayo Festivities Planned

Cinco De Mayo Festivities Planned

  Instead of on May 5th, a Cinco De Mayo party will be held on Saturday, May 4th in downtown Sparta in the parking lot of Downtown Trini's Restaurant. 

  The festivities run from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. and will feature three bands, food and drinks.  For more information contact Downtown Trini's at (616) 887-2500