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My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

My Town: Alpine Township to consider changing residential farm animal rule

My Town: Alpine Township to consider changing residential farm animal rule

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Alpine Township Planning Commission Thursday night will consider changing its rules when it comes to allowing farm animals in residential areas.

In a letter sent to the township, Michael and Jamie Velting are calling for a change to the township ordinance so they can raise more chickens to produce enough eggs for their family of seven.  The couple says based on the current ordinance, which allows only one farm animal per acre of property, they can only raise two chickens.  The Veltings say they do not understand how the space, housing and upkeep for two chickens can compare to larger livestock, like horses and cows; that’s why the couple is asking the township to raise the ratio of chickens to property size.

The planning commission will take up the issue in a work session during Thursday’s meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.   

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

---NEWS RELEASE---

Comstock Park Rotary is hosting the annual Interclub dinner, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Pepsi Stadium Club at Fifth-Third Ball Park.  The event will feature a sneak preview of a new documentary which tells stories from the all-American girls’ professional baseball team. 

Dr. Jim Smither, Grand Valley State University, Veterans History Project, tells how the league was part of the home front during World War II and how this led to the documentary on baseball. The collaborators participated in two reunions of the whole girls’ professional baseball league and did 48 interviews with former players including the Grand Rapids Chicks. 

This documentary is a collaboration of Professor Jim Smither, GVSU, Professor Frank Boring, GVSU Film & Video program, producer working with the editors, Professor Janet Coryell, Western Michigan University History Dept. who wrote the script, and a student editor.

Two seriously hurt in Alpine Twp. crash


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries after a crash, just west of Comstock Park.

It happened around 6 p.m. Sunday near the corner of 6 Mile Road and Baumhoff Avenue NW.

Deputies say a 22-year-old driver from Walker was headed south in a Pontiac Grand Am with two passengers. The driver did not yield to Chevy Tahoe, driven by a 53-year-old from Comstock Park.

The two vehicles collided and two people had to be pulled from the Grand Am, including the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt and suffered multiple skull fractures.

Police have not yet released the names of those involved.


Kent Co. deputy involved in minor crash


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. ( WZZM) -- A Kent County Sheriff's deputy sustained minor injuries in a weekend crash at an apartment complex. The crash happened around 9 p.m Saturday.

The deputy was patrolling York Creek Apartments, heading south on Alpenhorn Drive, when a car traveling east failed to yield to the patrol car.

The deputy and the driver sustained very minor injuries.

There were not tickets given out. The accident is under investigation.


Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

---NEWS RELEASE--

Daylight Saving Time, the weekend of March 7-8, when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

The Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department have formed a partnership for preparedness and prevention to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. On March 7-8 teams will be canvassing Muskegon Heights neighborhoods from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact (231) 733-8893 to schedule a home visit.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said La Forice Nealy, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”

Missing Kent County woman hasn't been seen since Friday


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators are looking for a missing West Michigan woman who has not been seen or in contact with her family recently.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department says Teresa Lynn Curry, a 44-year-old Comstock Park woman, was last seen the morning of Friday, February 27 at the Speedway gas station at 4100 West River Drive, using the ATM.

Curry's family members say they're concerned for her well-being and that it's out of character for her not to be in touch with them.

She's described as white, 5'2", 120 lbs., with short brown hair. She's also hearing impaired and wears hearing aids in both ears. She was last seen wearing a pink coat, jeans or khaki pants, a black knit hat, and blue tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about where Teresa Lynn Curry might be should call the sheriff's department at 616-632-6357 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.