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Diaper Drive

Diaper Drive

The month of October is almost through but before it passes you have an opportunity to help struggling young families, diaper their little ones.

Drop off any size new diaper packages to any of the five participating YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids during regular business hours on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30 to help make a difference for those in need. 

Call: (616)632-1007 or visit: www.diaperdrivekent.org for more information.

Kostume Room in Wyoming gets G.R. ready for Halloween

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- If you aren't sure what to be for Halloween we've got some fantastic ideas for you. The crew at the Kostume Room in Wyoming, as well as morning show producer Katie Sakala, show off some of this year's most hilarious Halloween looks in this story.

Sometimes the best way to get inspired is to simply be surrounded by ideas! The Kostume Room is located off of 36th Street in Wyoming. It's open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

You can learn more about the Kostume Room by visiting their website.

Godwin Heights on verge of ending 26-year playoff drought

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Every year, 256 teams make the state playoffs, and for 26 years, Wyoming Godwin Heights hasn't been one of them.

"Man, that's a while. It'll be great, like we never had it," said senior running back Reggie Thompson.

Football had been a struggle for the perennial basketball powerhouse school. So much so that head coach Andy Dent decided to cancel the varsity season in 2012, to give the young team a chance to compete and rebuild a stronger program later.

"Our freshman then, now are seniors. These were the players that we rebuilt the program with. Coach Dent, I think that was the toughest decision he had to make as a coach," said assistant coach Jeff Corey, "And I'm here to tell you that was the best decision that Coach Dent has made."

Employee celebrates 50 years at Country Fresh

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- We'll he's certainly paid his dues and then some.

Terry Lehigh is an employee at Country Fresh in Grand Rapids. On Thursday, he celebrated for 50 years of service. Lehigh says he first started working in the handpacking mill, back when they only sold half gallon containers in glass bottles.

Back then, the average production was 15, 000 half gallons versus the 120, 000 gallons they produce today.

"I went through this plant when I was twelve years old," said Lehigh. "I always remember going through the ice cream department and eating ice cream and thinking man, it would be great working at a place like that and making ice cream all the time and little did I know about six years later I'd be working here."

Terry is 69-years-old and says he still plans on working another two or three years.

Firefighters extinguish Wyoming house fire

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three people safely escaped a house fire Saturday evening in Wyoming.

The blaze, first reported shortly before 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 3100 block of Hubal Ave. SW, started in the home's kitchen and spread into the attic, the owner told WZZM.

Lt. Joseph Jones from the Wyoming Fire Department confirmed it was a grease fire. Damage is estimated at $35,000 to $40,000.

Initial dispatch reports indicated two people needed medical assistance at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Pacers Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team looking for Donations

Pacers Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team looking for Donations

Grand Rapids Junior Pacers Wheelchair Basketball Team. This special group of people are looking for donations to support their cause.

On November 7 & 8, they will be playing basketball at the Rockford Middle School to make money to help with the expenses they incur when they travel as a team. This season they are traveling to Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kentucky for national competition. Any money they make will go for equipment along with travel expenses.

This particular request comes from CJ Blackwell, 15 years old and one of the wheelchair players on the team. He is personally asking for your support. You can donate by contacting his Mom, Sandy Blackwell at 616-734-3204 or by e-mail at: silly-sandy@att.net.

Trial begins for Wyoming mom charged in baby's death

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The trial began today for a Wyoming mother charged in the death of her 18-month-old-daughter.

Rebecca Cotes is charged with involuntary manslaughter for neglecting the medical care of her adopted child. Her daughter, Hannah Hoag, died at Cotes' Wyoming home after her tracheal tube came out, cutting off her oxygen.

Police say Cotes either failed to put the tube in or didn't secure it properly. She claims it fell out while the baby slept.

Cotes faces up to 15 years in prison.