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Fire burns near Coopersville

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - Several fire crews were called to garage fire near Coopersville Thursday afternoon.

The fire had fully engulfed the garage and was spreading to the home in the 16000 block of Juniper.

There are no reports of injuries at this time.

We'll have more details if they become available.

Coopersville Kindergarten/Young Fives Programming for 2012-2013

Coopersville Kindergarten/Young Fives Programming for 2012-2013

From: http://coopersvillebroncos.org

Coopersville Area Public Schools enthusiastically announces that kindergarten will become all-day/every day beginning in the fall of 2012! CAPS understands that early childhood/kindergarten is essential for establishing a quality foundation for life-long educational success. Research provides evidence that an allday/ every day program will provide the following academic and social/emotional benefits:

Local Michigan author Laura Alden returns to CADL!

Local Michigan author Laura Alden returns to CADL!

Saturday, March 10, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

She will discuss the genre of mystery fiction as well as give us a sneak peek at her latest book 'Plotting at the PTA'. 'Plotting' is the third installment of Alden's "Beth Kennedy" mystery series, and is due out in July 2012. PTA secretary Beth Kennedy acts as amateur sleuth once again in the small town of Rynwood, Wisconsin.

A brief Q & A session will follow Alden's discussion. Light refreshement will also be provided.

If you wish to attend, register for the event at the library or on our website: www.coopersvillelibrary.org.

This event is free and open to the public.

Fire damages Marne area home

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - Firefighters are battling a fire engulfing a home in the Marne area.

Ottawa County dispatchers say the house in the 12000 block of 14th Avenue was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived Tuesday morning.

Four fire departments helped fight the fire in the two-story home.

No one was injured, and no one was home when firefighters arrived.

Cold, snowy weather causes lots of accidents

UPDATE AT 6:06 P.M. (WZZM) -- The ramp from northbound U.S. 131 to eastbound I-196 has reopened after police cleared an accident on the roadway.

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - Falling temperatures and snowy roads are contributing to worsening travel conditions and many accidents.

Police in West Michigan counties are dealing with "too many slide-offs and accidents to count," according to one Kent County dispatcher.

Ottawa County deputies say traffic on westbound I-96 between Coopersville and Marne is at a standstill because of the icy freeway and numerous accidents.

An accident has closed the ramp from northbound U.S. 131 to eastbound I-196.

Brandy Hudelson beatboxes on her flute

Coopersville graduate Brandy Hudelson recently performed Greg Pattillo's Three Beats for Beatbox Flute. Check out the video above and visit pattillostyle.com to see Greg Pattillo perform the original.

To learn more about Brandy Hudelson visit brandyhudelson.com or aureasilvatrio.com.