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OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

Crime spree suspect charged in Wyoming stabbing

Crime spree suspect charged in Wyoming stabbing

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) – A man accused of leading a cross-state crime spree, ranging from carjacking to assault, appeared in a courtroom Friday morning to face charges.

 

 

Daniel Leussenkamp is considered a habitual offender which means the charges could land him behind bars for the rest of his life.

 

Police say over a span of a few days, Leussenkamp robbed and stabbed a Wyoming man at a motel, carjacked an elderly woman in Greenville, and drove to Macomb County near Detroit where he committed an armed robbery.

 

Alcohol, speed factors in deadly M-57 crash


OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- One person was killed and three others injured in a two-vehicle accident that forced deputies to close part of 14 Mile Road (M-57) west of Greenville.

It happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at 14 Mile and Wellman Avenue NE in Oakfield Township.

Michigan State Police say that a red Toyota Camry was heading east on 14 Mile Road when it used the right shoulder to pass another eastbound vehicle. The driver of the Camry lost control coming back onto the roadway and crossed into oncoming traffic, where it was hit by a westbound Chevy Traverse.

The driver of the Camry, a 21-year-old from Greenville, was pinned in vehicle and is currently in serious condition. Two passengers in the Camry were ejected and one of them, a 20-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other passenger is in stable condition.

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: 

My Town: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

My Town: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Authorities are looking for a West Michigan trio wanted for a series of crimes, including stealing a Rockford woman’s vehicle.

The incident happened July 20 outside the Meijer in Greenville. Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr., 25, Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of Wyoming, and Kevin Michael Seely, 25, of Belding are all wanted on carjacking charges.

For a link to the entire story, click here.

My Town: Grants introduce more children to fishing

My Town: Grants introduce more children to fishing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of children will get the chance to experience the fun of fishing, thanks to mini-grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

MDNR’s fisheries division raised $3,482 through a silent auction for Mentor Michigan.  The funding will go to five organizations statewide to allow children and their mentors enjoy a fishing outing. 

“Every youth should have the opportunity to experience fishing,” said Mentor Michigan Director Amber Troupe. “Unfortunately, there are many obstacles to this fun activity, such as a lack of equipment, transportation or knowledge of the sport.  We are thankful to [the MDNR's] Fisheries Division for providing this generous donation so mentoring programs around the state will be able to introduce fishing and fishing skills to their matches.”

My Town Greenville: Deadline looms for adult softball league sign-ups

My Town Greenville: Deadline looms for adult softball league sign-ups

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- Time is running out to sign up for Greenville's fall softball leagues.

The registration deadline is Friday, July 25.  Teams that played last year are guaranteed placement in the same division if they register before the deadline.  New teams will be placed on a first come, first serve basis.

The sponsor fee is $290 and player fees are $17 per resident or $25 per non resident.  For additional information, visit the Greenville Recreation Department's website here.