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Spectrum Health United Hospital expanding


GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville is expanding.

The Greenville Daily News is reporting Spectrum plans on building a permanent MRI unit on the southeast portion of the building.

Greenville's Planning Commission approved the site plan at their meeting this week.


My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

Flooding closes Ionia County Courthouse


IONIA, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ionia County courthouse is closed Friday due to a broken water main.

Ionia County Sheriff Dale Miller says the origin of the break is not clear but several inches of water filled the basement of the historic building. Miller says the primary entrance goes through the basement and all court employees were sent home for the day.

Work crews have drained the water and are now focusing on fixing the problem. All hearings planned for Friday will be rescheduled.

The shutdown came amid bitterly cold weather across the state.

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

Greenville student diagnosed with whooping cough


GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Greenville Public School District is alerting parents about a case of whooping cough at the high school. The district sent a letter home this week urging some students to stay home; it's also listed on the district's website.

In the letter, the district says, "children who have not completed a full course of pertussis vaccinations will be excluded from school if the disease is known to be present in their building only."

Marcus Cheatham, the Mid Michigan District Health Department Health Officer, said that exclusion would last 20 days for the few families that have chosen to not have their child vaccinated. Cheatham said the district would work with the families to ensure their children do not fall behind in school.

My Town: Chase Bank closing a dozen branches

My Town: Chase Bank closing a dozen branches

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Many Chase Bank customers will have to travel farther to attend to their accounts in person.

At least a dozen Chase Bank branches at Meijer stores are closing, after both companies agreed to cut ties. In a response sent to WZZM 13, a spokesperson for Meijer says “circumstances have changed and we mutually agreed to end the relationship.”  The decision comes just a couple years after Meijer announced Huntington Bank branches would be opening at some of its stores.

The following Chase Bank branches are expected to close:

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include: