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Grand Rapids, Wyoming consolidate 9-1-1 services

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- On Monday afternoon, Wyoming and Grand Rapids will celebrate the successful merging of their emergency dispatch services. After years of planning the two cities officially merged services early last week. Monday at 4:00pm both cities will hold a joint news conference to celebrate their success.

The consolidation is expected to produce savings of about $2 million. Grand Rapids is expected to save about $1.6 million and Wyoming $400,000 by consolidating.

"Our resources are shrinking. We need to find new ways to do things and better ways. So now, we have everybody in the same room making decisions about resources and where they go. We're looking forward to that," said Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody in a May interview with WZZM 13 News.

City leaders insist the consolidation will not affect the way police and fire respond to 9-1-1 calls.

Rockets will OK Silver battle

WYOMING (WZZM) -- A pair of 3-2 teams met at Formsma stadium for a crucial O-K Silver game between the Calvin Christian Squires and the Kelloggsville Rockets Friday.

Some highlights:

Calvin Christian made it on the board first leading 7-0 in the 1st quarter.

The Rockets came right back.  Carl Roscoe swung it out to Demari Brown.  He broke free from a couple of defenders to get it into the endzone.  The point after failed but the Squires still lead it 7-6.

In the end Kelloggsville beat Calvin Christian 44-13.

Chamber thanks charter members for 30 years of continuous membership

From: http://www.southkent.org/

The 30th Anniversary of the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce would not be possible without the continuous support of long time member businesses who've reliably renewed their membership dues year after year.

Membership renewal is important to keep the voice of the Chamber strong in our community and in our government. Our power is in the numbers of business owners who support our organization.

Business owners who drive the economy of a community. Businesses can't vote on election day but they are very affected by the legislation generated by our elected of? cials. Your Chamber Membership gives your business a voice.

The Chamber has made it easy to keep your dues current. You may opt to pay semi annually or quarterly for a small service charge.

School Districts' Count Day results

(WZZM)- Despite a decline in enrollment, Grand Rapids Public Schools says this year's Count Day was the third best in the past decade.  The district lost about 400 students, most of them from Creston and Ottawa Hills High Schools.

Other notable counts from Kent County districts include Wyoming's loss of 315 students and Kentwood's gain of 232 students. 

The districts experiencing the most significant enrollment declines in Muskegon County are Muskegon Heights, Holton and Fruitport.

Districts that were steady or even grew slightly are Montague, Ravenne, Reeths-Puffer and North Muskegon.

Fire Prevention Week October 3-9

From: Robert Austin, Fire Chief

“Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” is NFPA’s official theme for Fire Prevention Week (FPW), October 3-9, 2010. This year's campaign is designed to educate people about the importance of smoke alarms and encourages everyone to take the steps necessary to update and maintain their home smoke alarm protection.
In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, the Wyoming Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. The entire community is invited to join your local firefighters at your neighborhood fire station.

Wyoming man turns down plea deal, will face trial for child sex assault

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Wyoming man who turned down a plea deal will face trial later this year for the sexual assault of a child.

Charles Runion, 66, faces three separate charges of first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.  Police say the victim was under the age of 13, and she and Runion knew each other.  Investigators say the assaults took place of a couple of months.

This week, prosecutors offered to drop all other charges if Runion agreed to plead guilty to one county of first-degree CSC.  Runion rejected the offer.

Runion is also being charged as a habitual offender.  He pleaded guilty in 1997 to a charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Candidate Forum at the Kentwood Public Library - Wednesday, October 13

Kentwood, MI - The Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidate Forum at the Kenwood Public Library on Wednesday, October 13th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. They have invited several candidates from both Wyoming and Kentwood from the following races:

3rd District U.S. Senate
28th & 29th District State Senate
72nd & 77th District State Representative

This event is open to the public. Visit http://www.southkent.org/ for additional information.