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Grand Rapids-Area Charter Schools Named “Schools of Excellence”


The leadership at Knapp Charter Academy, Vanguard Charter Academy and Walker Charter Academy—local tuition-free public charter schools operated by National Heritage Academies—is proud to announce the schools have been named “Schools of Excellence” by the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees. The “School of Excellence” designation puts these academies in an elite class, declaring their charters are now approved for a 10-year term, rather than a typical 7-year term.

3rd Congressional District Presidential Primary Results

3rd Congressional District Presidential Primary Results

The Presidential Primary Election was held throughout Michigan on Tuesday. In the 3rd Congressional District (includes the cities of Grand Rapids, Ionia, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, and Walker among others), the majority of voters supported Rick Santorum.

The top three candidates were Rick Santorum with 31,990 votes, Mitt Romney with 30,876 votes, and Ron Paul with 7,792 votes.

Full election results can be seen by clicking here.

Power outage in Kent and Ottawa Counties

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Thousands of people in the Grand Rapids, Grandville, Wyoming, and Jenison areas woke up without electricity Wednesday morning.

As of 6:45 am, Consumers Energy reports about 5,000 customers without power in the Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Grandville, and Jenison areas.

Initially, 11,000 customers were without power. But, Consumers crews were able to restore power to nearly 7,000 customers near Burlingame and 36th Street.

Consumers says the outage is due to a problem with a large power line in the Grandville/Wyoming area. They do not think it is weather related. Workers are investigating the cause of the outage and trying to restore the remaining power. Consumers expects the rest of the electricity to be back on by about 8 am.

Wyoming Teen Council - Zumba Nite

Wyoming Teen Council - Zumba Nite

From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

Members of the Wyoming Teen Council are holding their first ever Zumba Nite on Monday, March 5. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society on behalf of the Teen Council's Relay For Life team.

The event will take place at the Wyoming Senior Center from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. People ages 16-110 are welcome. The cost is $5.00 per person. Pre-registration is preferred, but we will take registrations at the door.

For more information or to register, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 530-3164.

Police investigating church embezzlement case

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - The former business manager at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Wyoming is accused of stealing nearly $135,000 from the congregation.

"It's a huge shock," says parish member Cory Mitchell.

"It's devastating," adds parishioner Cynthia Dunlap.

James Brian Kulfan, 54, is accused of stealing the money over several years from the church on Clyde Park Avenue SW.

Court documents say, beginning in December 2009, Kulfan allegedly wrote checks to himself without permission and also took cash from the church.

"When something like this happens, it's very disappointing," says Mitchell

"You don't ever think something like this would ever happen," says Dunlap.

The church fired Kulfan in December and turned the investigation over to the police.

If convicted he faces a possible 20 year prison sentence.

City of Wyoming Police Department Recognizes Distinguished Officers

City of Wyoming Police Department Recognizes Distinguished Officers



Wyoming, Mich., Monday, Feb. 27 – The City of Wyoming Police Department recognized several officers last week who have distinguished themselves by performing a service or services over and above what is normally expected.


Officers that were honored include:

  • Officer Devon Holmberg, Achievement Award
  • Lt. Thomas Groen, Chief’s Award of Excellence
  • Detective Jeremy Walter, Certificate of Merit
  • Shannon Hansen, 2011 Civilian of the Year
  • Officer Ross Eagan, 2011 Officer of the Year


Additionally, several officers were recognized with a letter of commendation, for safe driving or with departmental unit citations.


“I am pleased to recognize these officers for their tremendous service to the Wyoming community,” said Police Chief James Carmody.

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Turn on 28th Street approval by the Planning Commission

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Turn on 28th Street approval by the Planning Commission

From: http://wyomingmi.gov

This week our planning commission had the opportunity to review and ultimately approve the “Turn on 28th Street” plan.  Although the vote was not unanimous, I believe most recognized the efforts, planning and vision associated with the project.  This process began nearly two years ago and included numerous stakeholder meetings of business owners, property owners, and residents.  There were also design charrettes, public hearings and committee meetings, giving everyone in the community the opportunity to be involved.  Overall, the process was recognized as complete, inclusive and well thought out.  In addition, the Michigan Planning Association recognized the City of Wyoming with an award for its public engagement efforts in formulating this plan.