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Funeral for former Coopersville coach held Saturday


SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) - The community of Coopersville said goodbye to a long time coach and teacher Saturday. The funeral was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spring Lake with around 1,000 people there to remember to Jim Meerman.

Meerman graduated from Coopersville High School in 1977, before spending 30 years coaching at the school. He was the varsity football coach for 25 years. Meerman was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame last year.

His teams went 177-77, with 8 conference titles, they also finished State runners-up three times, in 1991, 2000, and 2006. He retired from coaching in 2010.

Meerman died at the age of 55 on Monday after a long battle kidney cancer.


My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Grand Haven has many resources that can help residents better their financial situation.  Neighborhood Housing Services is planning the second annual Show Me the Money Day to help bring these resources together at the Loutit District Library for residents of Ottawa County.

Show Me the Money Day is Saturday, Jan. 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in program rooms A and B.  The event will include  free financial classes, table-top vendor presentations, information and appointment scheduling for free tax assistance services and prize drawings. Participants can learn how to begin to get out of debt, increase savings, about home ownership information and programs, and much more.

With many people questioning the teenager's sentence, WZZM 13 took the concerns to the Ottawa County Court Administrator.


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- WZZM 13 taking a closer look at how Coopersville boy was punished, after he pleaded guilty to being an accomplice to swatting. The 14-year-old was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution and now has a felony on his record.

The punishment provoked some strong reaction on the WZZM 13 Facebook page. Most people commenting agreed with Melissa, who says "The boy admitted his sin and called police. He should be punished but a $10,000 fine and felony charges? Just ridiculous."

However a few people, like Chris, point out that "This isn't a 'mistake' that anyone should take lightly. This could have had serious ramifications."

With many people questioning the teenager's sentence, WZZM 13 took the concerns to the Ottawa County Court Administrator.

Family of boy convicted in school swatting: it 'ruined our life'


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) – Bomb threats and other swatting incidents are on the rise in West Michigan, with nearly a dozen in recent months at area school districts. As the troublesome trend continues, frustrated police, school leaders, and parents are looking for ways to stop them.

WZZM 13 spoke with the mother of a 14-year-old boy who was convicted as an accomplice in an incident in Coopersville last fall. We are not naming the student because he is a juvenile, even though he has been identified elsewhere and is known in the community. Also for that reason, we are not naming his mother, either.

That doesn't change what she had to say about how the incident has affected her family and how easily she says her son got snarled into a very serious crime.

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

My Town Coopersville: Library hosts free family movie night Jan. 20

My Town Coopersville: Library hosts free family movie night Jan. 20

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  Save money and entertain the family by visiting the library Jan. 20 for a free showing of “The Boxtrolls.”

The movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the library, located at 333 Ottawa.  Free popcorn will be available. 

“The Boxtrolls” centers on a young orphan boy trying to save the cave-dwelling trash collectors who raised him from an evil exterminator.  The movie is based on the children’s novel “Here Be Monsters” by Alan Snow.

The free showing runs through 8:30 p.m. and  is sponsored by the Coopersville Sportsman’s Club.  For more event information, call (616) 837-6809.