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My Town Coopersville: Nonprofit founder to release third book for children

My Town Coopersville: Nonprofit founder to release third book for children

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The founder of a Coopersville-based nonprofit aimed at helping children with disabilities is releasing a new children’s book.

Lori Hasting’s third book, titled “Blue Bear, the Bear with No Hair” will be available within the next week. Hasting, who was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy as a child, writes her books using voice activated software. Proceeds from each book go to her organization, Lori’s Voice, which supports young people with disability.

“Blue Bear, the Bear with No Hair” features illustrations by Julie Baldwin.  For updates on its sale, visit Lori’s Voice’s Facebook page.

Tractor, pickup collide in Coopersville


POLKTON TWP., Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews extricated a pickup driver after the truck hit a tractor Tuesday afternoon. It happened on 56th Ave. between Taft and Roosevelt.

The tractor was pulling a trailer for hauling manure. The trailer was empty, and the tractor driver was going back for another load, turning left from 56th Ave. onto a farm's driveway.

The pickup tried passing the tractor on the left and collided with the tractor, knocking it and its wagon three feet.

The pickup went onto its left side. The pickup driver was unconscious and had to be cut out, according to the driver of the tractor. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says the pickup driver is 36-year-old William Goodale of Wyoming. He was hospitalized in serious condition.

The tractor driver was uninjured.


Hit and run victim's family: Anger comes after grief


MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Autopsy results confirm that 24-year-old Travis Ryke died from blunt force trauma, after being hit by a vehicle in Marne late Friday night.

Members of his family tell WZZM 13 they're now feeling a sense of emptiness.

"I loved Travis; he loved me," says Debbie Ryke, Travis' stepmother.

Ryke was only a few hundred yards from home when he was hit and killed by a vehicle. His stepmother was one of the first to get the call.

"My first thought was, 'How am I going to wake up my husband and tell him that his son is gone,'" says Ryke. "I got on my knees and I said, 'Honey, Travis got hit by a car and he didn't make it.'"

It happened just before midnight on Friday. Investigators say the driver of the vehicle took off.

Marne man killed in rollover crash

Marne man killed in rollover crash


TALLMEDGE TWP. Mich. (WZZM) -- A 21-year-old man from Marne is dead after a rollover accident Saturday night. It happened just after 9:30 p.m. on Luce Street near 8th Avenue.

Investigators say Evan Westrate was heading west when he failed to make a curve in the road. He lost control of his pick-up, and it rolled over.

Westrate was thrown out into the middle of the road. However, the pick-up kept going hitting several mailboxes before stopping in the ditch.

Police believe speed and alcohol played a factor in the crash.


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Eight fire departments battle Marne barn fire


OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - Firefighters from eight different departments spent several hours at a barn fire near Marne early Sunday morning.

Crews were called to Burdick Beef Farms on 16th Avenue shortly before 1:30 a.m.

Flames were coming from the barn when the first fire fighters arrived at the farm. They were able to protect two 250 gallon fuel tanks, while putting the fire out.

Fire fighters had the fire was under control in an hour, they are still at the farm working on clean up.

No one was injured in the fire and the cause is still under investigation.


Berlin Raceway teams up with WZZM for Christmas in July


MARNE, Mich. (WZZM)- The WZZM 13 family was involved with some of the exciting action at Berlin Raceway Saturday night.

It was all part of the raceway's Christmas in July. WZZM 13's Juliet Dragos and Take Five's Catherine Behrendt helped get the race started by waiving the green flag, and riding in the official pace car.

After a great start, a crash slowed down the final race. But, we're told it didn't stop the excitement in the crowd.


OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.”