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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.

Ottawa Co. ranks healthiest in state

PRINCETON, NJ and MADISON, Wisc. (WZZM) - Ottawa County ranks as the healthiest county in Michigan, according to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Wayne County is ranked last.

The 6th annual rankings show that the healthiest counties have higher college attendance, fewer preventable hospital stays, and better access to parks and gyms. The least healthy have more smokers, more teen births, and more alcohol-related car crash deaths.

Allegan County ranked 13th, Kent ranked 17th, Ionia and Barry, 20th and 21st, respectively, and Muskegon 65th.

To see the complete interactive rankings, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org

My Town: Three people injured after ATV flips

My Town: Three people injured after ATV flips

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Three teenagers are recovering after being thrown from an all-terrain vehicle.

The crash happened on Taft Street west of 32nd Avenue in Wright Township. Sgt. Steve Austin with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says 17-year-old Patrick Foster and two 16-year-olds were on the vehicle when Foster tried to make a quick U-turn and the vehicle rolled over.  All three teenagers were not wearing seat belts or helmets when they were thrown.

Foster was taken to a nearby hospital, where his condition is stable.  The two 16-year-old passengers were treated at the scene.

My Town Coopersville: Safety hazards force historic business to close indefinitely

My Town Coopersville: Safety hazards force historic business to close indefinitely

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A historic business on Eastmanville Street is shut down indefinitely, after a city inspector deemed the building unsafe for occupancy.

The Ottawa County court last week ordered the owner of Tom’s Feed Mill to stay out of the building until meets all safety codes.  It appears the owner heeded the court’s warning; no one answered the phone Monday when WZZM 13 My Town tried contacting the business for comment.

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17


Comstock Park Rotary is hosting the annual Interclub dinner, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Pepsi Stadium Club at Fifth-Third Ball Park.  The event will feature a sneak preview of a new documentary which tells stories from the all-American girls’ professional baseball team. 

Dr. Jim Smither, Grand Valley State University, Veterans History Project, tells how the league was part of the home front during World War II and how this led to the documentary on baseball. The collaborators participated in two reunions of the whole girls’ professional baseball league and did 48 interviews with former players including the Grand Rapids Chicks. 

This documentary is a collaboration of Professor Jim Smither, GVSU, Professor Frank Boring, GVSU Film & Video program, producer working with the editors, Professor Janet Coryell, Western Michigan University History Dept. who wrote the script, and a student editor.