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My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

My Town: Gas prices plunge even closer to $2 per gallon

My Town: Gas prices plunge even closer to $2 per gallon

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Gas prices are closing in on the $2 mark in parts of Michigan, according to gasbuddy.com.

Drivers reporting on the website say regular gas at several stations in the Greenville area have dropped to $2.08 a gallon.  Lowell has the second lowest gas prices, at $2.10 a gallon at five stations.

According to the Associated Press, oil has now fallen 47 percent since reaching a peak of $107 a barrel in June this year. The prices are good news for consumers but there are also worries the recent plunge is a sign of a sickly global economy.

My Town: Protect your child - free car seat safety checks

My Town: Protect your child -  free car seat safety checks

LOWELL, Mich.—Two out of three child car seats are being used incorrectly, and with holiday travel ramping up in the coming weeks, now is the time to make sure your little one is protected on the road.

The Lowell Fire Department will be hosting a free car seat safety check this Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Officers and community volunteers will check each infant car seat and child booster seat to make sure they are correctly installed in your vehicle.  Qualified families can also purchase a discounted replacement seat, while supplies last.

The car seat safety check is part of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention program. Similar events are planned for 2015 at the following times and locations:

My Town: Prepare for more construction cones on I-96

My Town: Prepare for more construction cones on I-96

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More construction cones are going up on Interstate 96 near Lowell.

From 9 p.m. Monday, July 14 through 5 a.m. Thursday, July 17, drivers can expect lane closures on eastbound I-96 from Quiggle to Timpson avenues and on westbound I-96 from Morse Lake Road to Whitneyville Avenue. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation says workers will be working on improving the road.  MDOT warns there will be no workers present in the construction zone when the concrete is curing, and work may be delayed if inclement weather occurs.

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District is looking to add to its team of bus drivers.

Kent ISD will be holding a bus driver job fair July 10, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nearly 100 positions are available, covering nearly a dozen school districts, including:

  • Caledonia Community Schools
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools
  • East Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Forest Hills Public Schools
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Grandville Public Schools
  • Kelloggsville Public Schools
  • Lowell Area Schools
  • Sparta Area Schools
  • Wyoming Public Schools
  •  Kent ISD Special Education

 The job fair will take place at the Kent ISD’s Educational Service Center, located at 2930 Knapp NE in Grand Rapids. Candidates must be at least 21, have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and pass a drug test and criminal background check.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Fallen Lowell soldier to be honored during inaugural event

My Town: Fallen Lowell soldier to be honored during inaugural event

LOWELL, Mich.—The family of a Lowell native killed while fighting in Afghanistan will be honored during an inaugural event in West Michigan this week.

Lucas Beachnaw died in a fire fight in 2010.  He was 23 years old.

Organizers say Beachnaw’s family will be honored along with Korean War POW John Erickson during Freedom Cruise 2014, sponsored by Village Motorsports.  The five day event begins June 25 and will include car and motorcycle shows, performances by Carrie Lynch and Ryder Jones,  a guest appearance by Danny “The Count” Koker from “Count’s Kustoms” on the History Channel, and Honor Cruises spanning from Sparta to Lowell.

Proceeds from the event will go to Finish The Mission veteran relief fund.  For additional information, visit the event website here.