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Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Man shocked, burned while working on 130 ft. tower

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Rescue crews responded to a commercial tower where a man was shocked and burned Friday afternoon.

The incident happened around 2:15 p.m., along 60th Avenue north of Garfield Street.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says the 22-year-old Lansing-area man was part of a crew working on the tower, measuring a section of it. Wind blew his measuring tape into a high-tension wire. The measuring tape became energized and burned the man's arms.

The man was working more than 100 feet above the ground, and his coworkers helped him down. An ambulance treated him at the scene and then took him to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for further treatment.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Will Host Juried Arts and Crafts Show With 1,000 Items Nov. 14-15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., OCT. 10, 2014―Over 1,000 arts and crafts items from among 50 vendors will be featured for the general public and Christmas shoppers during the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish Juried Arts & Crafts Show.  The event will be held Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish Family Center.


St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street, directly off Highway 31 in Grand Haven.  Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission.


The parish’s “MOM’s Group” will put on a festive luncheon both days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Attendees may choose from among a display of hearty soups, salads, quiche and desserts available.


“We are encouraging anyone to come and make it a ladies day outing, as this event coincides with the opening day of deer-hunting season,” said Ellen Valdez, St.

Ottawa County begins well water tests

BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County leaders are beginning a new round of well water screenings to check for potential contamination.

People living in the Bass River and Deer Creek watersheds are being asked to bring in samples of drinking water from their wells. The Ottawa Conservation District is screening for nitrates in the water.

People who live in in the watershed areas can bring their water in a clean glass jar to the Blendon Township hall at 7161 72nd Avenue from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today.

The Polkton Township hall at 6900 Arthur will be doing screenings from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. tomorrow.

Testing at the Robinson Township hall at 12010 120th Avenue will be held next Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Elzinga & Volkers Reports Strong Results, Announces New Hires, Outpaces Industry Growth

Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, announced today strong growth for the first three quarters of 2014, driven by an increase in rising demand from a range of industries and building on the Company’s continued focus on delivering the highest quality construction management and consulting services to its customers. 

Through the third quarter of 2014, Elzinga & Volkers has grown 36.9 percent compared to the same time period last year and new construction and renovation projects have grown 53.3 percent.

Court docs: Man admits to putting mother's body in river

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Coopersville man who's the suspect in his mother's murder this week admitted to police that he was with her when she died and then dumped her body in the Grand River, according to court documents obtained by WZZM 13.

Michael Roersma had two court hearings Thursday.

He was arraigned in District Court on a charge of lying to police in a violent crime investigation. Authorities investigating the death of his mother, 72-year-old Sharon Roersma, say Michael on Wednesday admitted to lying when he said on Monday that he didn't know how his mother died. After that admission, he then told authorities he was with his mother when she died and then left her body in the river. Investigators then arrested him on the obstruction charge and named him the primary suspect in the murder. He's held on $100,000 bond and could face up to four years in prison if convicted on that obstruction charge.

Homicide victim's son named primary suspect

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigation into the beating death of a 72-year-old Coopersville woman, whose body was pulled from the Grand River on Monday, is now focused on her son, a habitual felony offender and self-described heroin addict.

Sharon Roersma's body was found along the Grand River near Coopersville. An autopsy shows she died of a broken neck and blows to the head. Investigators say they believe she was dead before her body was placed in the river.

A few hours after fishermen discovered the body, her son, 50-year-old Michael David Roersma reported her missing from the home they shared on Ann Street, located north of the downtown Coopersville business district.

After speaking with Roersma on Monday, Ottawa County investigators arrested him for a parole violation. He was charged Wednesday with obstruction of a felony investigation.