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Car hits man dressed as zombie

NUNICA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Ottawa County are looking for the driver who hit a Muskegon man Saturday night. The accident happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Main near Cass in Nunica.

Investigators say Jeffrey Stiles, 45, of Muskegon was attending a Halloween party and decided to step outside to try and scare drivers with his zombie costume. While in the road, he was hit by a car. The driver of the car did not stop and was last seen going north on Main.

Deputies say Stiles was in the traffic lane at the time. He was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department or Silent Observer.

School of Choice for Teachers

School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.

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.