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LowellArts! Announces the Purchase of Two Properties in Downtown Lowell

LowellArts! Announces the Purchase of Two Properties in Downtown Lowell

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LowellArts! announces they have purchased two properties in downtown Lowell to create a new gallery, workshop and performance space.

Since the late 1970s, with the generous support of King Milling Company and the Doyle families, LowellArts! has made its home at 149 South Hudson St. In recent years the organization has grown and its audience has expanded to the point that they now require a new home that offers sufficient space to showcase art, conduct workshops, and host theater/musical events. 

Historic diaries found in Lowell closer to preservation


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- We have an update to a story about a piece of history found in West Michigan: the discovery in a Lowell garage of more than 50 diaries written by a man who was good friends with Abraham Lincoln.

Since our story aired on April 14, the diaries' owner, Ron Stevens, tells us he's been inundated with calls from organizations wanting to add the diaries to their collections.

He says he's narrowed it down to three: the Kalamazoo Historical Society, Grand Valley State University, and the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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.

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.

Lowell launches community wide health initiative


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) - Community leaders in Lowell launched a first of its kind health initiative Saturday. They are surveying local residents on their lifestyle, health care and health care needs.

The results of the survey will be used to address unmet health needs in the community. The goal is to help people become healthier by preventing healthcare issues before they happen.

The Lowell school district is a partner in the program, they say students that have health issues have a more difficult time in school. The program will try to address those students needs to help them excel.


Car hits Lowell-area utility pole, knocking out power


LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Consumers Energy is working on restoring power to 756 customers in Lowell Township, after a traffic crash caused an outage.

The crash happened around 3:45 p.m. this afternoon on Settlewood Drive north of Fulton, west of the city of Lowell. A car hit a power pole.

Emergency crews on the scene said no one was injured. They closed Settlewood between Fulton and Parnell while they responded.

Consumers Energy says its crew should have power restored in the area by 7 p.m. tonight.