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Rodeo returning to Sparta, MI this Weekend

Rodeo returning to Sparta, MI this Weekend

It’s coming back to Sparta!! The long awaited Rodeo is returning to Sparta, MI once again after a 13 year absence of the Klein Rodeo. The Klein Rodeo was a Labor Day weekend event for 50 years and once again the new owners hope to restore the excitement of this special time.

Arlene Klein, widow of Ken Klein, the original founder of this Rodeo, will be on hand before the first event takes place. To quote her, “Wild horses couldn’t keep me away.”

Campers started arriving on Wednesday of this week and the camping area will remain open through Monday, September 2nd. The Rodeo will be held on the Old Rodeo grounds located at M-37 & 13 Mile Road in Sparta.

The Rodeo will feature all the classic rodeo events for an audience of at least 5000 people expected with that number going even as high as 10,000 if e-mails and phone calls are any evidence.

West Michigan shoes grace feet of 'Duck Dynasty' stars, Kate Middleton

West Michigan shoes grace feet of 'Duck Dynasty' stars, Kate Middleton

Some West Michigan shoes are making the rounds on celebrities’ feet.

On August 3, Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson posed with his wife Korie while sporting a pair of wooden shoes specially created by Nelis’ Dutch Village. The Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau commissioned the business to create two pairs of shoes for the A&E stars as part of a thank you gift basket for participating in a VIP event organized by the Zeeland non-profit, Winning at Home and the Berlin Raceway in Marne.  The shoes feature the logo of Duck Commander, which is owned and operated by the Robertson family.  An employee of Discover Holland says Willie put the shoes on his feet almost immediately and posed for pictures.  Duck Commander employee Justin Martin took home the other pair.  

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.

Coopersville City Council approves city manager pay raise

Coopersville City Council approves city manager pay raise

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville’s city manager is getting a pay raise.

In a 6-1 vote July 22, the Coopersville City Council approved a 4% pay hike for City Manager Steven Patrick.  The only nay vote came from council member Larry Crandle.  The city council also voted to extend Patrick’s contract after holding a 30 minute closed session to review his performance.

Patrick has served as city manager for more than a decade.

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan job fair in Coopersville July 18

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan job fair in Coopersville July 18

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- Goodwill Industries of West Michigan will host a job fair on Thursday, July 18 to find part-time retail workers for its newest store in Coopersville.

The job fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new store, located at 1141 W. Randall St.

The new Goodwill is expected to employ ten people and should open to the public in mid-August.  

For more information about the job far, call (231) 722-7871, ext. 231 or visit www.goodwillwm.org

Ottawa County posts helpful Website

Ottawa County posts helpful Website

Ottawa County has launched a new website available to the public that is accessible without going through the county’s main website. Information such as road closings, reporting potholes, meetings or construction projects are posted.

The new website can be accessed at www.ottawacorc.com

Coopersville's Johnny VanDoorn wins Battle at Berlin 251

Coopersville's Johnny VanDoorn wins Battle at Berlin 251

MARNE, Mich.— A Coopersville native is the newest champion of the Battle at Berlin 251.

Johnny VanDoorn led the race from the start, even during the first caution flag on turn two.  At lap 25, VanDoorn added to his lead over Kyle Jones, when Jones got stuck behind lapped cars.  At lap 50, VanDoorn’s lead grew to just over three seconds.  VanDoorn lost the lead when he hit pit road, pulling back onto the track in sixth place.  By lap 121, VanDoorn had moved up the ranks to second place, behind Derek Griffin, who fell behind shortly after a four-car crash.

After another pit stop, VanDoorn returned to the track, quickly taking back the lead from T.J Reaid.  Despite a caution flag for debris, VanDoorn held onto his lead until the end.  Chad Finley, Bubba Pollard,  Reaid, Trey Mitchell, Austin Theriault, Ross Kenseth, Brandon Hermiller, Phil Bozell and Griffin rounded out the top ten.