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Gas falls below $2 per gallon in Greenville, Lowell

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Prices continue to tumble at the pump and for the first time in five years, gasoline is selling for less than $2 in West Michigan.

Multiple stations in Lowell and Greenville are selling regular unleaded gas for $1.98 or $1.99, according to GasBuddy.com.

It seems the Citgo stations in Greenville led the price plunge Tuesday afternoon, causing other stations to follow suit.

Good Samaritans aid rider injured in hit-and-run crash

EVERGREEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)—A driver suspected of hitting a bicyclist then driving away is expected to be officially charged Tuesday.

The incident happened on Sheridan Road near Pakes Road in Evergreen Township around 2:21 p.m. Monday.

Montcalm County deputies say the driver was heading north on Sheridan Road when he veered off the road and hit 27-year-old Joseph Pruitt of Greenville. Pruitt was riding southbound on the shoulder of the road. A witness followed the suspect's vehicle as it drove off and took down a vehicle description while another witness stopped at the scene to help Pruitt.

Pruitt was taken to a nearby hospital then flown to a Grand Rapids hospital where he is in serious condition.

Greenville Daily News delivery staff cut before Christmas

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Less than two weeks before Christmas, nearly all the motor and foot carriers who deliver the Daily News are out of work, fired Monday during a mandatory meeting with publisher Julie Stafford.

"We walked into our job to deliver our papers and every one of the drivers and foot route carriers and drop carriers all got canned without any kind of notice and without any kind of regard for the holiday," recalls former delivery driver Brandy Allen.

Stafford says subscribers will now get
their copies of the paper in the mail. She says readers will benefit from the new delivery system.

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: Belding Middle School students top toy donations during finale

BELDING,  Mich. -- WZZM 13 is celebrating the end to yet another successful Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge, thanks to an army of students scattered across West Michigan.

More than 40 schools participated in this year's drive, collecting more than 11,000 toys. Belding Middle School brought in the most donations during Friday's finale, with 2,774 toys, thanks to a community partnership.

For additional toy totals and videos, visit the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots page.

Raffle to help rebuild Whites Bridge

KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The effort to rebuild the historic Whites Bridge in Ionia County's Keene Township, near Smyrna, is pushing forward.

The wooden bridge caught fire in July 2013.

Investigators believe it was intentionally set, but nobody responsible for it has been caught.

An effort to rebuild it started shortly after the fire. The Whites Bridge Historical Society is selling raffle tickets, starting December 15, to help raise money.

The drawing will be held in April, with the top prize being a tour of the Mackinaw Bridge for two.

My Town Belding: Illness forces school to shut down

My Town Belding: Illness forces school to shut down

BELDING, Mich.—  Students of Faith Community Christian School will have a long weekend, as administrators shut down the school because of illness.

Principal Kim Borgeson says seven of the school’s 27 students were sick Wednesday.  Their symptoms included coughing and fever.  Borgeson says school employees are concerned it may be whooping cough, but so far there is no diagnosis.

While the school is normally cleaned daily, Borgeson says administrators are following the recommendations of the Ionia County Health Department by shutting down the building Thursday and Friday for a deeper scrub down.  She says workers will focus on disinfecting bathrooms, computer mice, keyboards and other surfaces the children normally come in contact with.