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Motorcyclist killed in Coopersville crash


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- An Afghanistan war veteran from Grand Rapids was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened around 1:20 p.m. at 64th Avenue and W. Randall Street.

Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies say a southbound car stopped at the intersection and then pulled in front of the motorcycle, which had the right of way. The driver of the car told authorities he did not see the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, a 26-year-old Michael VanHolstyn, was ejected from his motorcycle and died on impact; he was wearing a helmet. Several witnesses say VanHolstyn was speeding excessively in the 45 mph zone.

The driver of the car, Bradley Silvis, 61, and his wife, Peggy, 62, of Muskegon, were not seriously hurt.

The crash shut down the intersection for approximately 2.5 hours, but it has since reopened.

My Town Coopersville: Diocese appoints new pastor to parish

My Town Coopersville: Diocese appoints new pastor to parish

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A pastor in Coopersville is taking his spiritual lessons to Spring Lake.

Bishop Walter Walkowiak  of the Diocese of Grand Rapids has announced Rev. David C. Gross of St. Mary Parish in Marne and St. Michael Parish in Coopersville will take over as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Spring Lake.  His appointment takes effect Sept. 17.

Bishop Walkowiak has appointed Rev. D. Anton Tran to take over Gross’ duties at the parishes in Marne and Coopersville, beginning Sept. 17.  Tran is the current pastor of St. Mary-St. Jerome Parish in Custer. 

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for nonprofit organizations in need of help.

They United Way’s annual Day of Caring is Thursday, Sept. 18.  On that day, the United Way will connect teams of volunteers with charities in need of help. People who need help or would like to volunteer for this year’s Day of Caring must register with the United Way by Aug. 21.  For more information, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org/day-of-caring or contact Shannon Morton at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org or (616) 396-7811.

A.D. Bos Vending Services and Hillshire Foods will be providing lunch for volunteers at Grand Haven Campground during the volunteer event.  Last year, more than 800 volunteers worked on more than 65 projects across the county.  

My Town Coopersville: The roads you may want to avoid this summer

My Town Coopersville: The roads you may want to avoid this summer

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Drivers beware: the Coopersville city manager says improvements to five area streets should be complete by Oct. 31.

City Manager Steven Patrick says the road projects include Ann Street from Cleveland to Henry streets; Henry Street from East to Center streets; Center Street from Main to Spring streets; Ironwood Drive from East Randall Street to 48th  Avenue and Park Street. 

Patrick says each roadway will be milled and repaved with 1.5 inches of asphalt.  It’s unclear what roads will be repaired first.  The city previously set aside money in its budget for the road projects.

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My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town Coopersville: Used book sale benefit deemed a success

My Town Coopersville: Used book sale benefit deemed a success

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Organizers of last weekend’s book sale at Coopersville Area District Library are calling the event a success.

The Friends of the Coopersville Area District Library collected $2,000 during the sale, which ran Aug. 7-9. The group says the money will go toward purchasing special collections and funding special projects at the library.

The Friends donated children’s books that did not sell to the Rotary Reading Bus.

School rankings show districts' points of pride, areas for improvement

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan's annual school accountability scorecards are out.

 

The report ranks schools according to factors like attendance and how well they meet goals set by the state's education department.

 

Schools that fall in the bottom five percent of the rankings are considered "priority" schools and are placed under the supervision of Michigan's school reform officer. There are 138 schools identified as "priority" schools. Nearly half of them are on that list for the fist time.

 

At least two West Michigan districts with priority schools also have schools among the state's top performers: Grand Rapids Public Schools and Godwin Heights Public Schools.