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Crafts on the Ridge

Crafts on the Ridge

This crafty event on the Ridge, offers one of a kind gift ideas for the upcoming holidays!

Fall is upon us & it’s that time of year again to make plans to check out the creations of talented crafters. Besides the many craft booths, there will also be baked goods galore & concession. 

Visit Mamrelund Lutheran Church located at 4085 Lutheran Church Road in Kent City, Michigan on Saturday, October 24 from 9:00am-2:00pm for this fun event.

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

Crash kills 1, injures 4 in Kent County


ALPINE TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - One person is dead and four others injured after two car accident in Alpine Twp. Saturday afternoon. It happened shortly after 1:30 on Fruit Ridge Ave. near 9 Mile Rd.

Kent County investigators say Kimberly Voorhees(48) crossed the center line to avoid hitting a slower moving vehicle. Her 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix then hit a 2005 GMC Sierra Pick-up driven by Troy Guerra(35) of Sparta.

Voorhees died from her injuries at an area hospital, Guerra and his three passengers are being treated for minor injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.


MSP: 1 killed in rollover crash near Sparta


SPARTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police have reopened a northwest Kent County highway after a deadly overnight crash.

It happened around 1:45 a.m. Friday at the intersection of M-37 and O'Connor Street, north of the village of Sparta.

Troopers say a 50-year-old Belmont man was killed in the single-vehicle rollover crash. The man was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from his 1994 Chevrolet pickup.

There were foggy conditions in the area at the time of the crash, with limited visibility. Investigators are not saying if that was a factor in the accident.

The accident remains under investigation.


Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

October is upon us and it’s that favorite time of year to experience the incredible flavors of fall. There are 20 farms throughout Kent County participating and it’s a great family opportunity to visit these farms & farm markets.

At The Barn - 8183 Herrington Avenue NE, Belmont, MI

Blok Orchard - 6365 4 Mile Road NE, Ada, MI

Bos Greenhouse & Farm- 1674 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm - 3025 6 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Two arrested after series of break-ins in Sparta


SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have arrested two people they believe are linked to a recent string of break-ins in Sparta.

An 18-year-old man faces charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny at three separate locations. The second suspect, a 15-year-old was involved in one of those three crimes.

According to police, both confessed after being arrested on Monday, Oct. 5.

Since Sept. 22, the field house concession stand by the high school football field, Sundaes at the Park and a third business have been broken into. Cash, candy and electronics were stolen.

Both suspects have court dates set for Tuesday.

Check back for updates.

Larger-than-average yield expected for this year's apple crop


SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- This year's apple crop is expected to produce at least one million more bushels than average.

This week is prime picking time for honey crisps.

Local growers say 2015 will be one of our state's vintage crops: about 110 percent of a normal season.

A lot of that is thanks to our cool weather, according to Phil Schwallier of Schwallier's Country Basket.

"Apples are a northern crop; they like cool weather so they like these nights. It got down to the 50s, so they really perform well for us," he said. "So we're gonna have a big crop this year, and they're really high quality they're nice large fruits, and right now they look like wonderful color as well."

Michigan is number three in the country in apple production, behind New York and Washington.


Military Wall Of Honor at Coopersville High School

Military Wall Of Honor at Coopersville High School

Warren Warber, a recently retired teacher from Coopersville High School, has started a project of remembrance. Warren was the industrial arts teacher for many, many years at the school. Although he was never able to enter any of the military branches because of a broken back, he  wants to have members of the military who graduated from Coopersville,  remembered on a wall near the high school’s west entrance where students getting on and off the buses each day are made aware of the sacrifices of war.

The Coopersville Rotary along with several other veterans groups are working with Mr. Warber on this project. The wall has been erected and now it is just a matter of people submitting their photo and military records to be posted on the wall. Several veterans from World War II have already sent their information along. Information and photos should be sent to: Wall of Honor, Coopersville Area Public Schools, 198 East St., Coopersville, MI. 49404