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Mayor to honor rescuers who saved girl's life

Mayor to honor rescuers who saved girl's life

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—On Monday, Mayor Kenneth Bush is expected to honor an Ottawa County deputy who helped save a teenager’s life.

On July 23 around 5:40 p.m., a 14-year-old girl suffered a seizure on the soccer field of Coopersville Public Schools.  Deputy Chris Reuwer was first to arrive on scene and found the girl was not breathing.  He began administering CPR with the help of Coopersville Rescue Squad 471 members Jason Karell, Joshua Swart, Patti Eldred, Adam Sherman and Erica Acton.  When the girl did not respond, Reuwer grabbed the automated external defibrillator from his patrol vehicle and shocked her heart once.  The rescue team then continued CPR until the girl’s pulse returned.  She was breathing on her own as she was taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

 On July 29, the 14-year-old girl was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Local peach crop much better than last year

CONKLIN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The peach harvest in Michigan is in ful swing; it's a change from last year when farmers reported a big loss.

At Umlor Farms in Conklin, the workers were busy processing one of the late varieties of peaches.

The fruit this year is said to be much sweeter than years past. It is described as a medium sized-crop, that's great compared to last year when farmers had almost no fruit.

"There's really no comparison, because last year there was none. I think in our 20 acres, I had one bushel. This year, I'm about 75 percent. It's a good crop," said Dennis Umlor.

The only reason the crop isn't full is because of the lack of rain this summer. Business is still booming for the farms and orchards.

Umlor says people couldn't get Michigan peaches last year, so they are ordering extra this year.

Polkton Township breaks down 2014 budget expectations

Polkton Township breaks down 2014 budget expectations

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Township board members will meet Thursday, August 22 to review the future of Polkton Township’s finances.

Township officials do not expect any cuts or changes to the 2014 budget as a result of lack of funds. Thursday’s gathering is expected to be the first of a series of meetings about the budget. Township officials hope to have a plan in place by November, in time for the new fiscal year, which begins January 2014.

The 2014 budget preview meeting will take place at Polkton Charter Township Hall, located at 6900 Arthur Street, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The meeting is open to the public.

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development visited West Michigan earlier this month as Ottawa County  celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Eastmanville Farm Park.

As part of the event, roughly 150 people were treated to a picnic of food grown exclusively in Ottawa County.  Visitors also explored the historical park and listened to an address by MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams.   A bus tour also took visitors to four farms verified by the Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, including Bowerman Blueberries, H&H Turkey, Sietsema Farms and Countryside Greenhouse.

Break-in duo may be connected to other crimes

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WZZM) - Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies say two Holland Township men arrested after a break-in at an Allendale restaurant may be responsible for other business break-ins.

Investigators say someone noticed a broken window at the Hungry Howies on Lake Michigan Drive around 1:30 a.m. Monday.  Deputies arrested both suspects in Coopersville a short time later.

The 18-year-old and 19-year-old suspects are being interviewed about similar business break-ins and may face additional charges.

Their names will be released after their arraignments.  We'll have more information when it becomes available.


Hunter Safety Class Time

Hunter Safety Class Time

It’s that time of year again and people are lining up to take a Hunter Safety Course to be prepared for hunting this fall.

Marne Conservation Club at 1719 Johnson Street in Marne, MI is offering this class that is limited to 24 students. Classes begin on August 22nd and run through the 24th. Students must attend all three classes to earn their hunter’s safety certificate. Classes on Thursday & Friday run from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday, 8am to Noon.

Registration available by contacting Bill Walters, 616-583-1968 or Harold Montgomery at 616-942-7784.

Downtown Development Authority considers future of TIFA

Downtown Development Authority considers future of TIFA

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville Downtown Development Authority is assessing whether it should keep its Tax Increment Financing Authority (TIFA) district.

During its meeting August 13, the DDA began taking the first step toward determining if the TIFA district should be renewed when its contract expires June 2015.  

The DDA TIFA uses library and county tax revenue legally withheld from the government to fund projects aimed at revitalizing downtown.  DDA Director Steve Patrick says TIFAs were created a while back for cities that could not afford infrastructure improvements needed to attract and retain businesses. 

Patrick says Coopersville’s DDA TIFA is responsible for numerous projects, including transforming the North Parking Lot from a gravel mud hole to a paved, landscaped spot, complete with a pavilion.  The DDA TIFA also funded renovations to Main Street, adding sidewalks and revamping the water and sewer systems.