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My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

 

WALKER, Mich.—  A Walker-based retail store is hiring thousands more workers ahead of the holiday season.

Meijer recently announced it plans to hire more than 10,000 additional employees for stores in five states. Nearly half of the new hires, approximately 4,800 people, will happen in Michigan. The additional employees are needed to cover duties newly opened stores, as well as the upcoming busy holiday shopping season.  Meijer opened or is opening nine new stores in 2014; the retailer plans to open additional locations in 2015.

The openings will be for a variety of positions, from cashiers to meat cutting.  The majority of positions will be part time and seasonal.  Interested candidates can apply online on Meijer’s website

Meijer currently operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Lowell hammers visitors from Illinois


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Lowell cruised to a 45-6 win over Hubbard (Ill.) Friday night in the annual Pink Arrow Game.

The Red Arrows stayed unbeaten at 2-0.


Two new highway projects mean more driving detours


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM)—Summer break is over for most West Michigan children, but the construction season continues with two more highway projects this week.

In Allegan County, the ramp from northbound M-40 to the eastbound Ford Freeway will be closed beginning Tuesday. Crews will be repairing the ramp for nearly three weeks. It is set to reopen Friday, Sept. 19 but inclement weather could delay the project.

3 shocked after lightning strike near Lake Odessa


Lake Odessa, MI (WZZM)-When the thunderstorm hit they took shelter inside a building, but lightning got them anyway.

"We got hit," confirms Roy Kenyon, 59. "The building got hit."

3 people were shocked after lightning struck a garage/workshop at the Circle K Ranch near Lake Odessa Tuesday afternoon.

2 of the injured were rushed to the hospital

Ranch owner Roy Kenyon, his daughter Lisa, 30 and and ranch employee Alan Jackson, 24, were talking inside the garage while a severe thunderstorm pounded Ionia County.

There was a loud boom.

Kenyon says he felt a surge of current running up his legs.

He saw his daughter start to sag and Alan Jackson slumped to the floor.

"We rolled him onto his back because he was going into convulsions." recalls Kenyon.

New Mexico man dies trying new ultra-light plane


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) - A New Mexico man died Sunday after crashing in an ultra-light aircraft that he was purchasing.

The Kent County Sheriff's Office reports that Bryan Bowker, 67, of Edgewood, New Mexico drove to Lowell to purchase an ultra-light plane. He flew the aircraft for a short time and landed. He then attempted a second take-off and lost control of the plane and crashed approximately 350 feet south of the runway of Lowell Airport.

Bowker was pronounced dead at the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing the crash.


Whites Bridge rebuild group announces "BridgeFest"

Whites Bridge rebuild group announces "BridgeFest"


KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)— A group focused on rebuilding a West Michigan landmark is announcing a new fundraising festival for Ionia County.

The Whites Bridge Historical Society plans to hold the inaugural BridgeFest Oct. 3-4 at the Ionia County Fairgrounds. The event will feature locally brewed craft beer as well as live performances from a variety of musical acts across Michigan, including The Verve Pipe, Fauxgrass, Hi-Ker, Mystic Dub, Dragon Wagon, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, Papa Jaxon, The Outer Vibe and Vertical Bridge.

Proceeds from BridgeFest will go toward building a replica of the Whites Bridge, which was burned down by arsonists on July 7, 2013. The rebuild project is expected to cost approximately $450,000.

Large fire destroys barn near Saranac


SARANAC, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters were called out to battle a large barn fire late Monday night in Ionia County.

It happened just after 11:30 Monday night on Sparks Road between Higgins and Lee Roads. That's just about five miles north of the Saranac town limts. When firefighters arrived on the scene they say the barn was fully engulfed.

The flames continued for hours and five departments were called out. Most of that mutual aid consisted of tanker trucks, which were necessary in an area where there are no fire hydrants. There's no word at this point about what caused the fire.