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Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

Sparta woman escapes after being bound during home invasion


SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman, bound and held during a home invasion Friday morning, was able to escape and alert neighbors.

The robbery happened around 9 a.m. at a home in the 200 block of Alma Street, just north of the city's business district.

Sparta police search for armed robbers


SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sparta police are asking for your help to find the two people involved in an armed robbery that happened around 10 o'clock Monday night.

Surveillance video shows the crime at the American Gas & Oil gas station on East Division.

Police say one of the robbers carried a black revolver.

The suspects are believed to be in their late teens to mid-20s.

They took some cash from the store, but nobody was hurt.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Sparta police at 616-887-7331 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.


My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town Sparta: Water and Sewer bills climbing

My Town Sparta:  Water and Sewer bills climbing

SPARTA, Mich.— Water and sewer bills are climbing higher in Sparta.

The village’s new rates took effect Jan. 1, 2015, but will not impact invoices since February, since there is a lag time.  The combined increase ranges from $0.71 to $20.11 per month, depending on sewer and water meter size.

The three percent hike will inject more money into the capital improvement fund, which the village uses to maintain and replace equipment for the water and sewer systems.

For additional information, contact Village Manager Julius Suchy at (616) 887-8251.

My Town: Village of Sparta joins Facebook

My Town: Village of Sparta joins Facebook

SPARTA, Mich.—The village is starting a new year with a new page.

The Village of Sparta launched its own Facebook page last week.  Village employees plan to post the latest community information on this page, including construction updates, event reminders, announcements, programs and more.  Community members may also ask village officials questions on the page.

You can find the new Facebook page here.  For more information, contact Village Manager Julius Suchy at (616) 887-8251 or jsuchy@spartami.org.

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Consumers in West Michigan are more optimistic about what 2015 will bring.

In fact, consumers in this market are the most optimistic in the region, according to a new study released by Huntington Bank.  The financial firm found local residents say they are much more likely to buy a new vehicle this year; 17 percent said they plan to purchase a new car, compared to just four percent in 2014.

Home improvement stores may also be busy; 47-percent of West Michiganders surveyed for the Huntington Bank Midwest Economic Index said they were planning some home renovations for 2015, compared to 32 percent in 2014.