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City council fires Lowell city manager

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Lowell City Council voted to fire City Manager Mark Howe.

Council members voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday in favor of firing Howe. According to the Lowell city clerk, no specific reason was given.

Jim Hodges was the only council member to vote no.

Pub Poker Run on Tuesday

Pub Poker Run on Tuesday

The Community is invited to the first Pub Poker Run presented by the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.

Cost is $10 per hand for the opportunity to take part in networking, enjoy 5 businesses, win cash prizes and just have fun!

This Poker fun takes place at the Lowell Chamber of Commerce located at 113 Riverwalk Plaza on Tuesday, January 19 beginning at 5:30pm.

 Call: (616)897-9161 or visit www.lowellchamber.org for details.

Lowell Pub Poker Run

Lowell Pub Poker Run

Come join in this fun Lowell community event to lift you out of the Winter Blues!  The Pub Poker Run begins at 5:30 pm at the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce building (across from the Showboat).  From there, the crawl will continue to five other food and drink establishments.  Cost is $10 per person.  You may end up with a winning poker hand; cash prizes will be awarded.  Contact the Chamber at 616-897-9161 for more information.

Lowell schools launch app to keep parents informed

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Lowell Area Schools district says it's the first in Kent County to launch a free app providing important information to parents.

District leaders qoute a statistic saying there will be more than 2 billion smartphone users worldwide in 2016, and people expect to have information at their fingertips.

The app will include a staff list, school calendars, and a link to Infinite Campus, where parents can find students' grades and missing assignments.

Best of all, they say: it's a free download for your mobile device.

Learn more about the app at this link.

Caledonia man killed in crash on slippery road in Lowell

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM)-- Slippery road conditions may have caused the crash that killed a 23 year old Caledonia man.

Kent County Deputies responded to the accident in the 3100 block of Alden Nash just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

They say Tyler Kroll was driving southbound in a Pontiac Grand Prix and 67 year old Carol Ingrim from Greenville was driving northbound in a Chevy Impala, when the two collided.

Kroll was pronounced dead at the scene, and Ingrim was taken to Spectrum with minor injuries.

There were no other passengers, and alcohol is not a factor in the crash.

The accident is still under investigation.

Man charged in intoxicated driving crash that killed girlfriend

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Lowell man has been charged with intoxicated driving causing death following an August crash on Vergennes Road SE that killed his girlfriend.

Brian Daniel Welch Jr., 22, was intoxicated when his Ford Taurus left the road on Aug. 19 and struck a tree, court records show. His front-seat passenger was killed.

A blood draw indicated the presence of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his system, according to records in 63rd District Court.Police said Welch does not have a medical marijuana card.

Welch appeared in court Friday for a probable cause hearing on the felony charge. A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 30.

The crash on Vergennes near Alden Nash Avenue SE was discovered about 7 a.m. by a Grand Rapids police officer who happened upon the scene.

Food-mobile in Lowell on November 21

Food-mobile in Lowell on November 21

The Flat River Outreach Ministries invites Lowell residents the opportunity to visit the Food-mobile this Saturday.

With the holidays just around the corner, Lowell area residents are invited to bring a box for free food, mostly produce. Flat River Outreach Ministries located at 11535 Fulton Street in Lowell will showcase the Food-mobile starting at 10:00am on Saturday, November 21 until the food is gone.

Call: (616)897-8260 for more information.