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Man accused in horse slayings to stand trial

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) -- A Conklin man will stand trial after being accused of slitting the throats of two horses belonging to his wife and a stable owner as retribution because he believed the two were having an affair.

The Grand Rapids Press says 47-year-old Dennis Finkler's trial date is pending after the Conklin resident waived his hearing Monday.

Authorities say on Feb. 11 Finkler argued with his wife at the stable owner's property in Jamestown Township, about 10 miles southwest of Grand Rapids, and returned the next day with a knife that he used to kill a 12-year-old quarter horse and a 6-year-old Palomino.

Finkler faces two counts of animal cruelty and one count of malicious destruction of property.

He has no listed telephone number and could not immediately be reached for comment.

Coopersville Chamber Workshop "A Passion for Winning" featuring Matt De La Cruz

Coopersville Chamber Workshop "A Passion for Winning" featuring Matt De La Cruz

From: http://www.coopersville.com/

Wednesday, March 2nd, 9:00 a.m.

Coopersville Outhouse 500 draws crowds

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - The 7th annual Coopersville Outhouse 500 race took to Main Street Saturday morning. Seven teams competed for top speed and best decorated outhouse. A chili cook off, 5-K run, and numerous other contests accompanied the event.

Chili Cookoff in Coopersville on Saturday.

Coopersville, Mich. (WZZM)-Chili Cookoff in Coopersville is Saturday afternoon, 2/26/11.

It starts at 11 a.m. at the Farm Museum on 375 Main Street.  You can enjoy beer, wine, mixed drinks, pop, bottled water and hot dogs.

You can vote for your favorite chili recipe.  For two votes you pay $1 and for 12 votes you pay $5.00.

Click the link below for more information.

http://www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org/

Man leads police on Ottawa County chase

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County deputies say a drunk driver led them on a high-speed chase from Coopersville to Walker early Sunday.

Investigators say a deputy received a call around 12:30 a.m. Sunday of a man who appeared to be passed out behind the wheel of a car, which was parked at a business near 68th Ave. and Randall St. in Coopersville.

The responding deputy woke the man, who then refused to turn off his car.  The man drove away, and the deputy began the pursuit.

The driver got onto eastbound I-96.  More deputies joined the chase, which ended near the Fruit Ridge Ave. exit in Walker. 

Part of eastbound I-96 was closed during the incident, with the help of Walker Police.

The driver, identified as a 42-year-old Grand Rapids man, is facing charges of fleeing & eluding - fouth degree, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

NOCCOA Outreach Moves to Community Sites and Home Office

NOCCOA Outreach Moves to Community Sites and Home Office

COOPERSVILLE, Mich - After months of strategic planning involving community and volunteers leaders, the North Ottawa County Council on Aging (NOCCOA) is implementing new practices to best deliver social services and community outreach.  As a result of these initiatives, social work staff currently operating from NOCCOA’s Coopersville office will be based from community sites and a home office beginning April 1, 2011.

“After thorough discussion and research, there is confidence that costs associated with a physical office can be redirected allowing NOCCOA to still deliver the same or potentially even increase our service levels to older adults,” said Jerry Schoenmaker, NOCCOA Chair.  “This is just one example of how we continue to work creatively to maintain our presence in northern Ottawa County despite ongoing reductions in state funding for programs for older adults.”

Clients will continue to be served in their homes by appointment or through consistent o

Coopersville board hires new superintendent

Coopersville board hires new superintendent

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - The Coopersville Area Public Schools Board of Ed voted unanimously to appoint Ron Veldman as the schools next leader replacing retiring superintendent Dr. Kevin R. O’Neill. Veldman currently serves as the district’s assistant superintendent.  He has guided the schools through numerous building and remodeling projects overseeing much of the work himself, saving the district thousands in building costs. His work on the district’s strategic plan will help keep the school district focused and on course for continued success.