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Whites Bridge to be rebuilt


KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - A historic bridge in Ionia County that burned in July of 2013 will be rebuilt.

The Whites Bridge Historical Society posted on their Facebook page Thursday night that they have sufficient funds to rebuild the wooden bridge. They are receiving a $275,000 matching grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation and have been fundraising since the bridge was destroyed. A recent raffle raised nearly $5,000, according to the group.

The group will be concentrating on getting a design set and put out bids for construction this fall. The group hopes construction will begin in the spring of 2016.

Diaries found in garage document Lincoln's assassination


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) – Seven score and ten years ago, our country had just celebrated the highest of highs – the end of the Civil War.

Five days later, it experienced the lowest of lows.

It happened while he was innocently attending a play at Ford's Theater in Washington DC: President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

It happened April 14, 1865.

Ron Stevens, a Lowell resident and former teacher in the East Kentwood school system, has taught students about this historical moment many times.

"It was a sad day," said Stevens, from his Lowell home. "When he died, they said, 'He now belongs to the ages.'"

When Stevens was 15, he discovered some historical treasures that linked President Lincoln to Grand Rapids.

BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

 BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

“Adoption Day Grand Rapids” FREE adoption event will be held April 25, 2015

          

GRAND RAPIDS – Spring is often the busiest time for shelters, but also the slowest season for pet adoptions.  BISSELL Pet Foundation and BISSELL Homecare, Inc. are teaming up to flip this figure on its head by turning April 25th into the biggest pet adoption day in Grand Rapids history! 

 

Art Display Coming to a Close on April 15

Art Display Coming to a Close on April 15

Over 300 pieces of art were submitted by talented artists in the 29th Annual West Michigan Art Competition. 103 of those remarkable creations are on display for the community to enjoy.

Jon McDonald, a Professor at Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University & an accomplished painter, juried this Competition & also selected award winners.

Visit the King Gallery, Tuesday-Friday from 10am-6pm or Saturday from 1-4pm in Lowell Arts Gallery, located at 149 South Hudson Street by April 15, 2015.

For a list of winners & their works, visit: www.lowellartsmi.org

My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The search for Kent Intermediate School District's next leader is over.

Grandville Superintendent Ron Caniff will replace Kevin Konarska, who is retiring.  Caniff was the lone finalist left after West Ottawa Superintendent Tom Martin withdrew his application for the job.  Caniff's final interview with the Kent ISD Board was held Tuesday.

“The Board is thrilled to welcome Ron Caniff as the next leader of Kent ISD,” said Kent ISD School Board President Claudia Bajema. “He brings 15 years of experience and the strong support of his peers.

“We are confident that the transition from Kevin to Ron will be very smooth, and that Ron will lead with the talent, energy, and interpersonal skills that we have enjoyed for the past nine years under Kevin’s leadership. We also wish Kevin all the best in the next phase of his life,” she added.

My Town: Kent ISD superintendent candidate withdraws application

My Town: Kent ISD superintendent candidate withdraws application

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District will continue screening its lone finalist for superintendent.

Monday, West Ottawa Schools Superintendent Tom Martin announced he is withdrawing his application for the job.  Martin was one of two finalists for the position with Kent ISD. 

In a statement released to WZZM 13 Monday, Martin said, “After talking with West Ottawa’s board president who urged me to stay and hearing the same support through numerous emails, notes and phone calls, I’ve decided to withdraw from the Kent ISD search. We have come so far in this district, and with the continued support of staff and community, we can and will build on that improvement for all of our students. College, career and life ready is a vision that’s becoming a reality, and I look forward to continue being a part of that success.”

Peace while paddling: Flat River kayak trip May 9

Peace while paddling: Flat River kayak trip May 9

LOWELL, Mich.— Lowell Community Wellness is teaming up with the Fortune Bay Expedition Team to help you find peace by paddling.

On Saturday, May 9, community members are invited to jump in a kayak and explore the Flat River as it weaves across the Kent-Ionia county line.  Participants will meet at the covered bridge in Fallasburg Park at 10 a.m.  A shuttle will take them to the launch site at White’s Bridge Road. Take in the flora and fauna on the trip back.

Admission is $25, which includes $15 for kayak rental.  To register for the trip, visit the event website here.