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Coopersville schools honor alumni who entered military

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Coopersville Public Schools District is honoring alumni who served in the military.

For the last three months, organizers have been trying to gather pictures of alumni who entered the military. On Thursday, they unveiled the Wall of Honor displaying 247 pictures of alumni who entered the service.

"It's something that we should not take for granted," said organizer Warren Warber. "Every day, it's always there, and it's always going to be there. Don't forget these people."

"Compared to myself, there is some really special people on this wall," said veteran Russ Lillie. "That's what I'd like people to remember."

If you have a photo of a Coopersville graduate who entered the military, you can send it to the Wall of Honor at Coopersville High School.

Ottawa Co. car break-ins connected

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Deputies in Ottawa County think a series of car break-ins overnight Wednesday into Thursday were all done by the same suspects.

At least nine cars were targeted in Chester, Wright, and Polkton townships, as well as in the city of Coopersville.

Investigators say the thieves targeted cash and other valuables.

Only one of the cars was locked.

Deputies say this should serve as a reminder to not leave valuables in your car.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 616-738-4687 or Silent Observer at this link.

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

October is upon us and it’s that favorite time of year to experience the incredible flavors of fall. There are 20 farms throughout Kent County participating and it’s a great family opportunity to visit these farms & farm markets.

At The Barn - 8183 Herrington Avenue NE, Belmont, MI

Blok Orchard - 6365 4 Mile Road NE, Ada, MI

Bos Greenhouse & Farm- 1674 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm - 3025 6 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Deputies: Huffing driver takes out power pole

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Marne man is in jail after Ottawa County deputies say he crashed his truck after huffing an inhalant.

The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of 68th Avenue and Garfield Street near Coopersville.

Investigators say the 20-year-old driver was inhaling a canned air duster when he lost control and hit a power pole.

The collision brought down electrical lines, closing both roads at the intersection.

The driver was not injured. He's being held until his court appearance on charges related to the crash.

Biker injured in crash near Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Interstate 96 is back open near Coopersville after an early morning crash injured a motorcyclist.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. Friday on westbound I-96 by the 48th Avenue exit.Deputies say the 66-year-old motorcyclist from Grand Rapids was hit from behind by a minivan. The van's driver told investigators he did not see the bike's taillight in time.

The biker was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital. He was reportedly in serious but stable condition.

The crash shut down one lane of westbound I-96 for about 90 minutes.

Victim named in deadly Ottawa Co. crash

TALLMEDGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Coopersville woman is dead after being hit by a pickup truck while jogging Sunday evening.

It happened on Johnson Street, just east of 48th, between Coopersville and Allendale. Police have identified the woman as 35-year-old Rebecca Talsma. Deputies say the person who hit her was a 16-year-old driver.

The driver was going west on Johnson Street when he crossed into the eastbound lane to pass a vehicle. Talsma was jogging the same direction on the opposite side of the road, when the driver hit her from behind. The teenager was not hurt.

Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputies are still investigating the crash.

Military Wall Of Honor at Coopersville High School

Military Wall Of Honor at Coopersville High School

Warren Warber, a recently retired teacher from Coopersville High School, has started a project of remembrance. Warren was the industrial arts teacher for many, many years at the school. Although he was never able to enter any of the military branches because of a broken back, he  wants to have members of the military who graduated from Coopersville,  remembered on a wall near the high school’s west entrance where students getting on and off the buses each day are made aware of the sacrifices of war.

The Coopersville Rotary along with several other veterans groups are working with Mr. Warber on this project. The wall has been erected and now it is just a matter of people submitting their photo and military records to be posted on the wall. Several veterans from World War II have already sent their information along. Information and photos should be sent to: Wall of Honor, Coopersville Area Public Schools, 198 East St., Coopersville, MI. 49404