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Grattan Twp. home destroyed in explosion


GRATTAN TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - Investigators are still working to determine what caused a home in Grattan Township to explode over the weekend.

The home in the 12000 block of Woodland Park on Big Pine Island Lake was destroyed Saturday. No one was home and no one was injured.

The Grattan Township Fire Chief tells WZZM that the Michigan State Fire Marshall will visiting the scene on Wednesday.

Investigators suspect that the explosion was due to a gas leak, but more will be known after Wednesday.


BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

 BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

“Adoption Day Grand Rapids” FREE adoption event will be held April 25, 2015

          

GRAND RAPIDS – Spring is often the busiest time for shelters, but also the slowest season for pet adoptions.  BISSELL Pet Foundation and BISSELL Homecare, Inc. are teaming up to flip this figure on its head by turning April 25th into the biggest pet adoption day in Grand Rapids history! 

 

House fire closes M-44 near Belding


BELDING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews fought a fire and explosion in a northwest Ionia County home.

The homeowners called 911 around 6:15 this morning to report a fire in the basement of their home on Belding Road (M-44) near Whites Bridge Road, just west of Belding.

Firefighters at the scene arrived to find the fire spreading through the home, then saw an explosion.

They have called in mutual aid from surrounding communities, including Greenville.

Everyone made it out of the house safely and M-44 reopened at about 11:00am.

Sen. Stabenow announces funding for new Greenville PD vehicle

Sen. Stabenow announces funding for new Greenville PD vehicle

News Release:

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for the Greenville Police Department in Montcalm County. This funding comes through the USDA's Rural Development Community Facility Grant program, which funds critical infrastructure in rural communities across the country. The $13,500 grant will be used to help the community purchase a new police vehicle.

“Police officers have to cover many miles to protect our families, homes, and communities,” said Stabenow. “This new police car for Greenville will help make sure there is always someone there to quickly respond in an emergency.”

Senator Stabenow is Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which oversees the USDA and its Rural Development program.

My Town Belding: Community members address substance abuse issues

My Town Belding: Community members address substance abuse issues

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BELDING, Mich. (Ionia County Health Department)-- Residents of Belding, Encounter Community Church, Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative (ICSAI) and Ionia County Health Department met Thursday for a candid conversation about substance use related concerns.

Over sixty-eight people attended the community conversation to share their experiences, ask questions, and learn what local substance use disorder (SUD) resources are available.

My Town: Greenville photo contest deadline fast approaching

My Town: Greenville photo contest deadline fast approaching

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Your favorite photo could soon grace the cover of Greenville’s bi-annual community image book.

The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce is calling for photo submissions.  Photos should be taken in Greenville and can include parks, downtown, family, children, sporting events, bike trails or other scenes that represent the city.  The winner of this photo contest will receive $25 in “local loot” and their name published inside the book’s title page.

The deadline for photo submissions is Friday, April 3.  Pictures should be 300 dpi or more and standard photo print dimensions.  Pictures should be sent to info@greenvillechamber.net

My Town: Greenville businesses awarded training grants

My Town: Greenville businesses awarded training grants

GREENVILLE, Mich.—More than a dozen workers in Greenville will get extra training thanks to a new round of grants.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Skilled Trades Training Fund recently awarded money to five businesses in Greenville and Alma.

“While our economy continues to gain momentum, some companies seeking specific skilled trades are not able to find trained workers,” Rep. Rick Outman said. “The Skilled Trades Training Fund, which was created by the legislature in 2013, focuses on helping businesses meet their talent challenges. These are competitive awards that not only help individual job creators, but also build a stronger overall economy in Michigan.”