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CORRECTION: Empty downtown lot to soon house new business

CORRECTION: Empty downtown lot to soon house new business

SPARTA, Mich. – An empty property in downtown Sparta will soon be transformed into a business complex.

A small driveway on the lot located at 313 S. State St. was previously owned by the village, with the thought that a public road may have been needed there.  Sparta officials say the driveway was abandoned by the village, but the county has no record of it, so the village had to formally re-abandon the driveway on paper so it could be taken over by the adjacent property owner for construction to proceed.

A dental or orthodontist office will be the first business to open in the space.  Developers also plan to create additional office space for other businesses.  

WZZM 13 My Town apologizes for confusion caused by incorrect information regarding the right of way issue.

HS football playoff pairings announced

EAST LANSING, Mich. (MHSAA) -- Here are the pairings for the 2013 MHSAA Football Playoffs, which begin with Pre-Districts in the 11-Player Playoffs and Pre-Regionals in the 8-Player Playoffs Nov. 1-2.

Qualifying teams for the Playoffs were divided into eight Divisions of 32 schools each. Within each Division are four Regions of eight teams each; and within those regions are two Districts of four teams each. Pre-District pairings are based on regular-season computer rankings, with the first-place team in each District hosting the fourth-place team; and the second-place team hosting the third-ranked team.

The weekend of Nov. 8-9 will have District Finals in the 11-Player Playoffs and Regional Finals in the 8-Player Playoffs, at the site of the highest-ranked team which was victorious in the previous round of play.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 26.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.

Comstock Park finishes perfect regular season

COMSTOCK PARK (WZZM) -- Comstock Park ended a perfect regular season with a 34-7 win over Sparta.

The win also gives the Panthers the outright O-K Blue title.

Sparta falls to 5-4 with the loss.

Orchard donates plentiful apple crop to local food pantries

Orchard donates plentiful apple crop to local food pantries

SPARTA, Mich.—Riveridge Producer Marketing, Inc. will welcome volunteers from Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank this weekend to pick apples for hungry families.

The company, which represents 100 family-run apple orchards and managers 700 of its own acres, has provided apples to pantries statewide since 1998; however this will be the first year Feeding American West Michigan has gathered fruit from Riveridge’s trees directly.

“Being good neighbors is really important to Riveridge,” said company president Don Armock. “Meeting our neighbors’ hunger needs is near and dear to the hearts of Riveridge as a company.”

Agricultural leaders are expecting a historic apple crop in Michigan this year, with a 30 million bushel yield.  That’s 10 fold last year’s frost-stunted harvest.  It’s been such a good year that many growers may not be able to pick the entire crop before the frost takes over.  That’s where Feeding America West Michigan comes in.

Crafts on the Ridge on Saturday, October 26

Crafts on the Ridge on Saturday, October 26

One-of-a-kind handmade items created by local artisans can be found for the upcoming holidays at the Crafts on the Ridge event this Saturday, October 26 from 9am to 2pm.

Admission is $1 to this Craft event with lunch and a Bake Sale available at Mamrelund Lutheran Church located at 4085 Lutheran Church Road in Kent City, half way between 14 & 15 Mile Road, just off Fruit Ridge Avenue NW.

Call: (616)887-8873 for more information or visit www.mamrelund.weebly.com for more MLC event listings.

Belding routs Sparta, keeps playoff hopes alive

SPARTA (WZZM) -- Both Belding and Sparta are one win away from the postseason, after the Redskins beat the Spartans, 35-14.

Sam Beckett put the game away for Belding with a 60-yard TD run in the third quarter.

Both teams are 5-3. Belding plays Wyoming next week while Sparta plays Comstock Park.