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Lost for nine years, Mother's Day gift is returned

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- It was a Mother's Day mystery you helped solve.

WZZM 13 reunited a local mom with a handmade trinket, having only a few clues to work with.

A WZZM 13 employee found the laminated bookmark at a Coopersville gas station several years ago. The bookmark appears to be made with finger paint and includes the photo of a young boy.

On the back of the bookmark it reads: "Happy Mother's Day love Graydon 2006."

After only 16 minutes posted on the WZZM13 Facebook page, his sister saw the bookmark and helped us get it back into her mother's hands.

Watch the video above for their story.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

49 million people face hunger every day, including 16,000 million children. The month of May is time for the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored by the Postal Service.

You have a chance to make a difference for those in need & put smiles on faces this Saturday, May9! Place non-perishable food items in a bag or box by your mailbox for the letter carriers in your area to pick up, while they drop off your mail.

These food items will be sorted & delivered to area food banks or pantries for families less fortunate.

Visit www.usps.com for more information.

First Graduates of Kenowa Hills Middle College - 2015

First Graduates of Kenowa Hills Middle College - 2015

The Board of Education of Kenowa Hills Public Schools is pleased to announce the savings of college expenses valued at $512,126 by the first Kenowa Hills High School/Davenport University Middle College graduating class. The first students scheduled to complete the program this spring have participated in classes valued from $30,361 to $35,076.

From Allison Polkowski, a student who will be graduating in May. “For the past three years, Middle College has impacted me in a way I had never considered. Taking a blended schedule of high school and college classes simultaneously has challenged, driven and progressed me more than many students the same age. I am incredibly confident in the interpersonal, professional and medical skills that I have gained in this period of time. I have also discovered possibilities for future careers with no college debt.”

Application deadline for Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship is May 31

Application deadline for Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship is May 31

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Since 2000, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund (MYLSF) has awarded more than $360,000 in scholarships and educational awards to outstanding youth who have exhibited at the premier livestock events in the state of Michigan. 

Coopersville, GRPS broaden horizons with student exchange

COOPERSVILLE, Mich, (WZZM) -- We count on our schools to help prepare our kids, not just for college, but also for life. And sometimes the best preparation has nothing to do with tests or grades.

Two West Michigan schools specialize in that curriculum. 25 students from Grand Rapids Innovation High School and Coopersville High School each spent time at the others' school, learning about their similarities and differences.

On a recent cold, February morning, the most interesting thing in class at Grand Rapids Innovation High School isn't the course work. And that is the primary purpose for this experiment in diversity.

The only item on the syllabus: get to know each other.

My Town Coopersville: City Hall hours expanding

My Town Coopersville: City Hall hours expanding

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—City Hall will no longer be closed on Friday.

According to the city’s website, City Hall will once again be open on Friday mornings, beginning April 6.  The building will accept visitors from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The City of Coopersville scaled back City Hall hours in 2010, as a way to save money during the Great Recession. 

Catalytic converter thefts 'resurged' in Ottawa Co.

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- There are new cases of valuable car parts stolen from vehicles in Ottawa County after a spike in the same crime last year. In the latest incidents, investigators say thieves stole catalytic converters from half a dozen cars at park-and-ride lots in Coopersville and Nunica earlier this week.

Those who know what to look for can turn what looks like trash into treasure. Managers of KLW Recycling in Holland Township buy and sell scrap metal. Unfortunately, thieves have also discovered the value of a catalytic converter.

"Some people might just see it as an easy way to make money," says Andy Swett, plant manager for KLW Recycling.

Because of recent changes to state law, scrap dealers are no longer allowed to pay cash for big purchases.

"Send a check in the mail for any items over $25, and that's going to be the catalytic converters," says Swett.