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My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

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Motorcycle crash closes Clyde Park near 44th St.

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police closed part of Clyde Park Avenue SW overnight after a car and a motorcycle collided, injuring the rider.

It happened around 1:40 a.m. Friday on Clyde Park between 44th Street and Marlin Avenue in Wyoming.

Dispatchers say they do not have many details, but the motorcyclist was unconscious when paramedics took him to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.

Investigators are at the scene, trying to determine what led up to the crash.

Byron Center rolls over Wyoming in season opener

BYRON CENTER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Byron Center scored a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter and cruised to a 41-0 home win over Wyoming in the season opener for both teams.

Senior running back Travis Baker tallied a pair of touchdowns in the first 8 minutes of the game on runs of 8 and 50 yards and the Bulldogs led 15-0.

Hunter DeWindt added a 24-yard field goal late in the second quarter and Byron Center added another touchdown to lead 25-0 at the half.

The Bulldogs tacked on 16 points in the second half and their defense posted the shutout.

Baker rushed for 57 yards on six carries for Byron Center.

My Town Wyoming: Metro Health Hospital posts ER wait times online

My Town Wyoming: Metro Health Hospital posts ER wait times online


WYOMING, Mich. (Metro Health Hospital) – Need stitches or a cast but don’t want to wait in an emergency room for three hours?  Find out how long you might have to wait to see a doctor by visiting Metro Health Hospital’s website before you make a trip.

West Michigan’s leading community hospital is now publishing ER wait times on its website so patients can make faster, easier decisions about where to seek treatment.  The ER wait time published at www.metrohealth.net is based on the average wait time for patients served during the previous hour and is refreshed every five minutes. The time indicates the total number of minutes “from door to doc,” meaning how long it takes after walking into Metro’s ER to wait before seeing a physician. 

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Two arrested after shots fired at Metro Cruise

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Two people were arrested Saturday night after an altercation at the 28th Street Metro Cruise.

The argument happened in the 1200 block of 28th Street at about 9:30pm, according to Wyoming Police.

Witnesses told police that a motorist and a bystander got into an argument and the disagreement escalated when one of the passengers in the vehicle got out to confront the bystander. When that passenger got back in the vehicle, witnesses reported hearing shots come from the vehicle as it fled the scene.

Police were able to find the vehicle at DeHoop and Madelyn and two suspects starting running away. Police were able to arrest them.

No one was injured in the incident.

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Want to work for a company that embraces healthy living? Here is one amazing example.

Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium,  truly embraces this philosophy. He has not only committed to support Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees.

Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

If you are considering selling your home, finding the right real estate agent is critical.

You want to find the “get it done” agent in your area – the type of agent that lives and breathes real estate and has an intimate knowledge not just of your neighborhood but also with the surrounding community.  This agent will leverage his or her knowledge and expertise to maximize the sales price and educate prospective buyers on why your home and community is the right place for them. 

Finding the "get it done" agent takes a little investment on your part,  but the payoff is huge.  You deserve a high level of service, investment and communication from the agent representing your most valuable asset – your home.  When you hire an agent they become a unique contractual extension of you, so you need to make sure the fit is right.