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Greenville's Plate sets record in win over Belding


GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Greenville running back Eric Plate set a new school record in Thursday night's 63-13 win over rival Belding.

Plate rushed for 255 yards, eclipsing the record previously held by former Detroit Lion Ty Hallock.

The Yellow Jackets avenged a loss to the Redskins in last year's season opener.


My Town: Belding Labor Day celebration to include WWI monument dedication

My Town: Belding Labor Day celebration to include WWI monument dedication

BELDING, Mich.—The City of Belding is getting ready to celebrate Labor Day all weekend long.

The Belding Labor Day Celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 when operators fire up the carnival rides.  Visitors can also enjoy live music, food and a nighttime parade down Bridge Street.

Games, contests, a car show and performances will entertain visitors Saturday.  Sunday, the community will celebrate its veterans with the dedication of the new World War I monument at Veterans Park.

The festivities run through Monday, Sept. 1. The 109th Stahlin Labor Day Parade down Bridge Street will kick off at 11 a.m. Monday.

For more information, visit the Belding Labor Day Celebration Committee’s Facebook page here.

My Town: Four communities host Labor Day prayer for farmers

My Town: Four communities host Labor Day prayer for farmers

GREENVILLE, Mich.--  The seeds have been sewn and the fields have been managed; now three West Michigan churches and an Ionia farm are turning to prayer for a safe and fruitful 2014 harvest.

Community members are encouraged to take part in this season’s prayer for farmers, which will take place on Labor Day, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m.   Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Kent City, Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, Rudd Farms at 1426 W. Grand River Ave. in Ionia and First United Methodist Church in Carson City will host the prayer session.  For more information, contact Mike Finkler at (616) 690-6221.

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

If you are considering selling your home, finding the right real estate agent is critical.

You want to find the “get it done” agent in your area – the type of agent that lives and breathes real estate and has an intimate knowledge not just of your neighborhood but also with the surrounding community.  This agent will leverage his or her knowledge and expertise to maximize the sales price and educate prospective buyers on why your home and community is the right place for them. 

Finding the "get it done" agent takes a little investment on your part,  but the payoff is huge.  You deserve a high level of service, investment and communication from the agent representing your most valuable asset – your home.  When you hire an agent they become a unique contractual extension of you, so you need to make sure the fit is right. 

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.

My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—The back-to-school shopping season is here, and Macy’s is giving customers a charitable reason to open up their wallets.

The department store is holding its ninth annual “Shop For A Cause” event on Saturday, Aug. 23.  Customers who purchase a $5 shopping pass at any of Mel Trotter Ministries four thrift store locations can enjoy special discounts, entertainment and http://www.meltrotter.org exclusive events at the Macy’s in Grandville.  All proceeds from the pass sale will go to Mel Trotter.

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two men running to represent West Michigan in Congress have agreed to hold public forums.

Congressman Justin Amash and his Democratic contender, businessman Bob Goodrich met over coffee in Eastown Aug. 15.  During the brief meeting, both candidates discussed ideas on how best to keep the race for the 3rd Congressional seat civil.

Amash beat East Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis by roughly a 14-percent margin during August’s primary. Voters will decide if Amash will continue to represent them during the general election Nov. 4.  The Third Congressional District of Michigan includes the areas of  Grand Rapids, Cascade Township, Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Belding, Lowell, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Sparta.