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Meeting set on rails-to-trails lawsuit that Muskegon County signed into

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - July 30, 2014 - 7:15am

Attorneys for a nationwide firm will speak Wednesday night on legal claims from the federal government that Muskegon County has signed into.

 

MUSKEGON, MI – Attorneys for a nationwide firm will speak Wednesday night on legal claims against the federal government that Muskegon County has signed into.

The meeting will take place 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor, 939 Third Street.

Arent Fox attorneys Thor Hearne and Meghan Largent will hold a town hall meeting giving details on a case their firm is bringing to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. The case...

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Back to school: Find out where, when free backpacks will be handed out in Muskegon area

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - July 30, 2014 - 6:30am

MUSKEGON, MI -- It's that time again -- time to start thinking about getting kids ready for school, and local organizations are helping with free backpack giveaways.

MUSKEGON, MI -- It's that time again -- time to start thinking about getting kids ready for school, and local organizations are helping with free backpack giveaways.

Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids is once again offering free back-to-school backpacks with school supplies. Giveaways start Saturday in Holton and will continue in various locations throughout the Muskegon area through August.

Cellular Connection also is giving away backpacks this Saturday.

Families attending Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids need to bring...

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Muskegon morning weather and beach report: Chilly Lake Michigan water; chance of rain

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - July 30, 2014 - 6:17am

There's a slight chance of showers today before 11 a.m., then a chance of thunderstorms until about 2 p.m. with mostly sunny skies and a high near 73 degrees. There's a 20 percent chance of precipitation.

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – The Muskegon and surrounding areas started out foggy this morning, July 30, and will limit visibility to nearly zero at times in some parts of the county until about 10 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Scattered thunderstorms are possible as well, but severe weather is not expected, the weather service indicated.

Lake Michigan water remains at a chilly 55...

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Multi-agency team: Muskegon County ‘busiest’ in 3-county area for 2013 drug enforcement

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - July 30, 2014 - 5:45am

The West Michigan Enforcement Team seized narcotics worth $3.9 million on the street last year in the three-county area of Muskegon, Ottawa and Allegan, and Muskegon was the busiest site.

MUSKEGON, MI – The West Michigan Enforcement Team seized narcotics worth $3.9 million on the street last year in the three-county area of Muskegon, Ottawa and Allegan counties – and Muskegon was the busiest.

Andrew Fias, Michigan State Police detective and commander of the multi-agency task force, told Muskegon County commissioners at a meeting that from approximately 800 complaints in the WEMET area, 307 were in Muskegon County.

Muskegon County's...

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Spectators flip for Coast Guard Festival water ski show

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - July 29, 2014 - 9:09pm

As part of the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, more than 1,500 curious spectators packed into the Waterfront Stadium on Tuesday, July 30 to watch the aqua-esque daredevils perform stunts on water skies.

GRAND HAVEN, MI — The Grand City Skiers' performance created thunderous applause from those in attendance Tuesday night.

As part of the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, more than 1,500 curious spectators packed into the Waterfront Stadium on July 30 to watch the aqua-esque daredevils perform stunts on water skies.

Making laps around the channel, the skiers performed stunts ranging from barefoot skiing to creating a pyramid.

"When you're...

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Muskegon’s Andy Ruthkoski shoots 66, threatens to run away from Tournament of Champions field

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - July 29, 2014 - 8:43pm

BOYNE FALLS, MI – Andy Ruthkoski continues to set the standard for the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort's Alpine Course, and by a wide margin. The 31-year-old Muskegon native, who is a mini-tour professional, followed up a first-round 64 with a 6-under-par 66 Tuesday for a two-day total of 14-under 130 with just one round to go...

BOYNE FALLS, MI – Andy Ruthkoski continues to set the standard for the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort's Alpine Course, and by a wide margin.

The 31-year-old Muskegon native, who is a mini-tour professional, followed up a first-round 64 with...

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Muskegon Clippers amateur baseball team falls short of league title

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - July 29, 2014 - 7:16pm

MUSKEGON, MI – The Muskegon Clippers amateur baseball team fell just short of a league title and berth in the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in their debut season. The Clippers put themselves in position to finish atop the Michigan Summer Collegiate Baseball League standings with a successful weekend, but lost 7-4 to River City in a winner-take-all make-up...

MUSKEGON, MI – The Muskegon Clippers amateur baseball team fell just short of a league title and berth in the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in their debut season.

The Clippers put themselves in position to finish atop the Michigan...

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Taking better pictures focus of Saturday nature walk at Duck Lake State Park

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - July 29, 2014 - 5:19pm

"Taking Better Pictures of Nature" is the topic for this month's White Lake Area Nature Walks program.

Strollers on the beach at Duck Lake State Park. MLive file photo 

FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP, MI – "Taking Better Pictures of Nature" is the topic for this month's White Lake Area Nature Walks program.

The walk is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2, at Duck Lake State Park.

The guide will be Patricia Pennell, a Grand Rapids-area botanist, educator, professional photographer and writer. Pennell also consults on low-impact development, environmental education, native landscaping and environmental communications media.

The walk will...

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Mercy Health creates regional board to oversee hospitals in Grand Rapids, Muskegon

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - July 29, 2014 - 4:21pm

The regional board will not replace the local boards, officials say.

WEST MICHIGAN – Mercy Health has established a regional board to oversee its hospitals in Grand Rapids and Muskegon, the health system announced Tuesday, July 29.

The new board is the latest in a series of steps bringing together Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids and Mercy Health Muskegon into one unified, regional organization.

The creation of the board means the organization is “no longer two separate hospitals, but one regional health system,” said Roger Spoelman, regional president and chief executive officer of Mercy Health.

The board’s goal is to...

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A bedtime for fireworks: Grand Haven Charter Township Board moves forward with fireworks amendment

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - July 29, 2014 - 4:01pm

The Grand Haven Charter Township Board is moving forward with an amendment to prohibit the use of consumer fireworks between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m.

MUSKEGON, MI – The Grand Haven Charter Township Board is moving forward with an amendment to prohibit the use of consumer fireworks between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m.

The board discussed the amendment at a meeting on Monday, July 28.

Based on the current ordinance, fireworks are allowed on holidays and the days before and after the holidays in the township.

Grand Haven Township Supervisor Karl French said the amendment, which currently is being drafted and will be brought...

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1.1 billion dollars for Michigan’s economy in jeopardy thanks to Mother Nature

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - July 29, 2014 - 3:35pm

Michigan's corn crop is expected to be a 1.1 billion dollar crop this year, if it can reach maturity. A combination of late planting and cool weather in July has put the Michigan corn crop in jeopardy of not maturing. Field corn needs a certain amount of accumulated heat units to produce a full kernel that dries down properly....

Michigan's corn crop is expected to be a 1.1 billion dollar crop this year, if it can reach maturity. A combination of late planting and cool weather in July has put the Michigan corn crop in jeopardy of not maturing.

Field...

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The Bolton Brothers to headline gospel concert at Muskegon High School

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - July 29, 2014 - 3:20pm

Notable gospel band The Bolton Brothers is headlining an evening of Christian gospel music starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at Muskegon High School, presented by GBS Community Outreach and New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

MUSKEGON, MI – For one night, the city of Muskegon will come together for worship.

Notable gospel band The Bolton Brothers is headlining an evening of Christian gospel music starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at Muskegon High School, presented by GBS Community Outreach and New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Other notable West Michigan gospel groups scheduled to perform include The Christian Brothers (Muskegon), The...

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With new stops, YMCA Veggie Van expands its reach in Muskegon community

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - July 29, 2014 - 2:34pm

From apartment buildings and hospital campuses to health centers and area nonprofits, the YMCA Veggie Van has been making a mark at various sites across Muskegon County's urban center since its summer debut.

MUSKEGON, MI – From apartment buildings and hospital campuses to health centers and area nonprofits, the YMCA Veggie Van has been making a mark at various sites across Muskegon County's urban center since its summer debut.

The mobile farmers market arrived in Muskegon County in early June and has since produced much success, said Sara Vander Zanden, the agricultural manager at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids....

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Nearly naked man who fired gun outside Happy’s Pizza charged with misdemeanors

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - July 29, 2014 - 1:50pm

Authorities had said Engle was angry because he wanted to eat there. There were two employees inside the business at the time the 7:30 p.m. incident allegedly occurred.

Phillip Andrew Engle, 27.Muskegon County Jail 

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, MI --  The 27-year-old Muskegon Township man who was nearly naked and reportedly high on acid when he allegedly discharged his gun outside a pizza business on Saturday, with three kids in tow, has been arraigned on four misdemeanor charges.

A court official at Muskegon County 60th District Court said that Phillip Andrew Engle, 27, was arraigned Monday, July 28, on four...

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Midday Muskegon headlines: Armed man on acid, counterfeit fifties, Coast Guard kids day

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - July 29, 2014 - 1:14pm

MUSKEGON, MI -- Three headlines for Tuesday, July 29, 2014, plus a tip about what's coming up.

MUSKEGON, MI -- Three headlines for Tuesday, July 29, 2014, plus a tip about what's coming up:

What's hot now: Muskegon Township man, apparently high on acid, shows up armed, wearing only a towel at pizza business

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, MI – A 27-year-old Muskegon Township man armed with a handgun, allegedly wearing only a towel and apparently tripping on acid, was arrested Saturday after firing a weapon outside Happy's Pizza.

Cops, courts and fire: Police: 1 arrested in connection to counterfeit money passed in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, MI – Citizens...

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