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Protest planned against anti-gay billboard

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Facebook effort is underway to organize a protest against an anti-gay billboard on U.S. 131 near 36th Street.

The billboard says being gay is not a civil right. It shows people of different races, next to a rainbow face saying that people are born with their skin color, but choose to be gay.

The billboard is from the Michigan Oak Initiative, our state's branch of a church based in South Carolina.

Students attending high school police academy

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Students thinking about a career in law enforcement are getting some first-hand experience this week.

Forty West Michigan high schoolers are spending the next few days in an intensive, hands-on training program that mirrors the real police academy.

Students are going through physical training, learning about patrol operations, and community policing. At the end of the week, the students will go through a graduation ceremony.

The Wyoming Police Department is hosting the Metro High School Police Academy with cooperation from about ten other departments.

New playground built entirely by volunteers

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A pre-school on the southwest side of Grand Rapids has a new playground thanks entirely to volunteers.

Work on the playground at the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative on Vries Street was organized through a partnership between Amway and KaBOOM!

It will allow 900 children access to the playground at the school.

The design is based on children's drawings created at a special design event in April.

The playground was finished in less than six hours on Friday.

Billboard: Homosexuality not a civil right

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A billboard on US-131 near 36th Street in Wyoming is turning heads. The message on it says homosexuality is not a civil right.

The billboard is sponsored by the Michigan Oak Initiative, a branch of a church based South Carolina.

The message on it shows people of different races, next to a face with rainbow facepaint. It says people are born with their skin color but homosexuality is a behavior.

"You don't have to be a Christian, or a Jew, or a person of faith of any kind," said Mark Gurley, "it just means that things go better when there's a moral code underlying everything, and our Constitution is based on a moral code, and based on the Bible. I just don't want to see that undermined."

Meanwhile, the same message is on a billboard in the Detroit area.

GM to add 300 new jobs at Wyoming plant

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- General Motors announced Monday morning it will invest $119 million in tools and equipment at its Grand Rapids Operations plant on Burton Street SW in Wyoming, creating 300 future jobs.

The plant currently has about 500 employees on three shifts and produces engine components used in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles.

The investment is part of GM's $5.4 billion in investments in U.S. facilities the company announced April 30. The 300 jobs represents nearly half of 650 planned employee additions within GM.

"This investment in the future recognizes the excellent workforce at Grand Rapids Operations" GM North America Manufacturing Manager Scott Whybrew said in a statement. "It also demonstrates GM's collaboration with our UAW partners to innovate and bring tangible benefits to our customers."

Gypsy Moth Spraying set for June in Wyoming, MI.

Gypsy Moth Spraying set for June in Wyoming, MI.

The City of Wyoming, MI, in partnership with Hamilton Helicopters Inc., has announced the 2015 targeted Gypsy Moth suppression spray will take place the first week of June. Rain and wind will play a part in determining exactly when this spraying will take place. Under ideal conditions, spraying should be completed in one day.

Identified areas will be treated with an aerial application of the insecticide Bacillus Thuringiensis or BT. This will only affect the caterpillars and does not affect other non-leaf-eating insects.

For additional information, call the City of Wyoming at 616-530-7272 or visit the City website at www.wyomingmi.gov. Follow the City on Twitter @WyomingCityHall and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/City of Wyoming.

Memorial Day Ceremony Returns to the City of Wyoming

Memorial Day Ceremony Returns to the City of Wyoming

The community is invited to the Annual Memorial Ceremony taking place on Monday, May 25 at 7:00pm at the Veteran’s Memorial Garden located at 2300 DeHoop SW.

Experience this special evening to remember with your host, Mayor Jack Poll, along with enjoying the performance of the Lee High School band, as well as the Wyoming Department of Public Safety Honor Guard. The guest speaker will be the 5th District Chaplain, Harriet Sturim with her address entitled “Voice for our Veterans”.

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