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Berlin Raceway teams up with WZZM for Christmas in July

MARNE, Mich. (WZZM)- The WZZM 13 family was involved with some of the exciting action at Berlin Raceway Saturday night.

It was all part of the raceway's Christmas in July. WZZM 13's Juliet Dragos and Take Five's Catherine Behrendt helped get the race started by waiving the green flag, and riding in the official pace car.

After a great start, a crash slowed down the final race. But, we're told it didn't stop the excitement in the crowd.

My Town: Traffic light added to deadly intersection

My Town: Traffic light added to deadly intersection

MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich.—A new traffic light now hangs over the intersection where two men lost their lives earlier this summer.

Don and Annette Watters this week spotted crews installing the signal over 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive in Stanwood. It’s the same intersection where an SUV collided with a pickup truck May 3, killing 18-year-old Roman Aguilar-Emmons and 22-year-old Michael Jonathan Aguilar.  The wreckage is long gone, but a makeshift memorial for the men still stands nearby.

Aetna Township Clerk Delores Berringer says the light was installed  on a temporary basis because of a nearby highway overpass construction project.  MDOT spokesman John Richard says crews are working on the first bridge slide project in the state at U.S. 131 and 3 Mile, so traffic needed to be rerouted onto 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive.  MDOT crews began installing a  second temporary light at Jefferson Road near the U.S. 131 exit to downtown Morley Friday.

My Town Coopersville: Farm selected for new waste-to-energy program

My Town Coopersville: Farm selected for new waste-to-energy program

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Consumers Energy and Michigan State University are teaming up with a Coopersville farm to transform waste into energy.

Beaver Creek Farms is one of four farms selected for the new anaerobic digester program, along with Brook View Dairy in Freeport, Green Meadow Farms Inc., in Elsie and Scenic View Dairy in Fennville.

Anaerobic digesters generate electricity from biodegradable material.

“The addition of anaerobic digestion brings more diversity to our existing renewable energy supply from wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric dams,” explains Timothy Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president of energy supply operations.

My Town Coopersville: Planning commissioner to temporarily hold onto seat

My Town Coopersville: Planning commissioner to temporarily hold onto seat

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A planning commissioner whose reappointment was not backed by the city council will hold onto his post, for now.

In a memo sent to the city council after its June 23 meeting, City Manager Steven Patrick chastises council members for not at least temporarily reappointing Justin Longstreth, who had moved out of the district.  Patrick points out there is nothing in the city charter requiring planning commissioners to be a resident of Coopersville, and the city council owes the highest level of service it can provide to the businesses and developers who pay $200 to go before the planning commission.

During its regular meeting July 14, the city council approved Patrick’s recommendation to reappoint Longstreth to the planning commission until his replacement can be found.

Driver in hospital after crash flips Bobcat in Marne

MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) -- One man is in the hospital after crashing his SUV into a construction vehicle early Tuesday morning.

It happened around 1:20 near the corner of 8th Avenue and Country Lane. That's just southeast of Marne. Police say they think the distracted driver did not notice crews doing overnight patching work and crashed into a Bobcat, which was being loaded onto a trailer at the time.

The Bobcat partially flipped, however no one was inside when it happened. No construction workers were hurt.

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The driver was transported to a Grand Rapids hospital. There's no word at this point on how severe that man's injuries were.

Victim, wrong-way driver identified in I-96 crash

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County deputies have identified the victim killed in Thursday evening's fiery wrong-way crash on I-96.

William Alfred Foster, 52, of Wyoming was driving eastbound around 7:45 p.m. when his vehicle was struck by a SUV that was headed westbound on the opposite side of the interstate.

Foster's minivan burst into flames, killing him at the scene.

Investigators say Foster was working as a courier for a Grand Rapids bank at the time of the crash. His minivan was traveling behind a vehicle towing a boat, which pulled over to miss the oncoming vehicle; witnesses said Foster had no time to react.

My Town Coopersville: DDA to consider property purchase

My Town Coopersville: DDA to consider property purchase

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The City of Coopersville may soon have a new piece of property to carry out city programs.

In a memo sent to Downtown Development Authority members,  DDA Director Steven Patrick says the undisclosed property would “enhance a variety of services and events the City and the DDA have supported over the years.”  Patrick hopes to enlist the help of two or three DDA members to develop a proposal for the property within the next six to eight weeks.

The DDA’s regular meeting begins at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 inside Coopersville City Hall.