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Fourth-quarter surge lifts Reeths-Puffer


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) --Muskegon Reeths-Puffer outscored visiting Holland 14-0 in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 41-27 victory.

The game was deadlocked at 27-27 after three quarters.


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Some school districts face bus driver shortage


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's concern over a shortage that could cause problems for the start of the new school year.

There aren't enough bus drivers.

"We just need drivers," said Muskegon Area Intermediate School District's road transportation specialist test examiner Tom Spoelman. He says he's never seen so great a shortage of bus drivers, and it's not just with his local school districts.

"I just talked with one in Newaygo and one in Charlovix County," he said.

Spoelman says a long list of federal and state requirements make becoming a school bus driver difficult. School boards also add other conditions.

"We have districts that will allow an alcohol conviction of over 20 years to drive. Others will not let anyone drive if they have an alcohol conviction on their record," he said.

My Town: AgeWell of Muskegon and Loutit District Library team up for senior fitness program

My Town: AgeWell of Muskegon and Loutit District Library team up for senior fitness program

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Reservations are now open at the Loutit District Library for a new twelve-week senior fitness program meeting on Mondays, beginning Sept. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Fridays beginning Sept.12 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The program is presented by Gayle Patterson from AgeWell in Muskegon. A one-time registration admits participants to all 24 sessions.  Participants must register by Sept. 5 at www.loutitlibrary.org or by calling (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

"Fit & Strong!" is an award-winning, multi-component, evidence-based physical activity program for seniors 60 years of age and older. This 12-week program targets older adults with osteoarthritis and has demonstrated significant functional and physical activity improvements in older adults.

Fit & Strong! helps participants:

Police seek witnesses to deadly pedestrian crash


NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) – Norton Shores police are looking for witnesses to a deadly pedestrian crash early Wednesday morning.

Police are now identifying the victim as 57-year-old Albert White III of Muskegon. He was hit by a minivan around 1 a.m. at Seaway Drive and Norton Avenue in Norton Shores. The driver, 63-year-old Charles Benjamin Fles Jr. of Muskegon, tells police he had a green light at Norton Avenue when White was crossing Seaway Drive. Fles was approaching the intersection when he spotted White; he tells police he tried to stop, but couldn't avoid hitting the man.

Police say the man suffered a head injury, and was taken to Mercy Health Partners Hackley Hospital, where he died.

The crash is under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Norton Shores police at (231) 733-2691.


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Columbus ship replicas float into Muskegon


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)— Visitors to Heritage Landing can take a trip back in time this week.

Replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships- the Niña and the Pinta- floated into the Muskegon Lake channel Tuesday afternoon. The Niña replica was built entirely by hand, without the use of power tools. It's considered the most historically correct replica of the historic ship ever built.

History lovers can visit the ships and take a self-guided tour from Wednesday through Monday. The ships will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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Norton Shores company wants river barge access to Muskegon


NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- A unique construction barge on Muskegon Lake is being moved to a construction site 8,000 miles away.

The owners of the equipment are excited about that job -- and others their company might get. Whether it gets some of them is, in part, up to the Coast Guard.

The equipment Andrie Incorporated is sending away is a jack-up barge. It floats into place, and then long columns drop to stabilize the construction platform.

The Norton Shores company is shipping the unique equipment by truck to Houston.

"Then in Houston, it gets loaded on an ocean-going ship and sent to Montevideo, Uruguay," said the company's Phil Andrie.

In six weeks, the barge should be in place two miles off the coast of Uruguay. A company there is leasing the platform to build a liquefied natural gas terminal.

Life jacket loaner board at Pere Marquette beach

Life jacket loaner board at Pere Marquette beach

Muskegon, MI – The Muskegon County Water Safety Task Force launched a Life Jacket Loaner Board on Friday, August 21 at The Beach Cove, located at Pere Marquette Beach. Swimmers and boaters can borrow life jackets while enjoying a day at the beach or on the boat. Through a donation from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, life jackets are available in a variety of sizes, including children’s sizes. The Life Jacket Loaner Board will be available for the remainder of the swimming season during the open hours at The Beach Cove. Beach goers are already taking advantage of the program.