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Muskegon Heights basketball player shot & killed


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Muskegon Heights Academy basketball player was shot and killed Wednesday evening on his way to the team's banquet, police said.

Around 6:15 p.m., Marquis Gresham and a group of friends were walking along 5th Street, on their way to the banquet, when witnesses say someone inside a burgundy SUV fired four shots.

Yolanda Tate tried to perform CPR on Gresham. " I heard four gunshots. I was in my house. Pow, pow, pow. Real fast."

Tate says she didn't see the gunmen fire, but she did see the Burgundy SUV race away, "When he got hit, he ran that way, and he dropped right there." Tate says she did try to perform CPR but she couldn't get in and do anything. "My husband was actually down on the ground with him." Said Tate. "He was telling him to hang in there, hang in there police is on the way. He just looked up at my husband and then closed his eyes."

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Meijer Scholar Athlete: Samantha Swanson


RAVENNA, Mich. (WZZM)-- WZZM and Meijer are pleased to recognize Ravenna High School senior Samantha Swanson as our Meijer Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of April 21.

Samantha has earned nine varsity letters at Ravenna, competing in track, cross country and bowling. However, her proudest accomplishment is being valedictorian of her class. She has maintained a perfect grade point average throughout high school and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Samantha tells WZZM her favorite subject is math. She plans to study hospitality and tourism in college. She will attend Brigham Young University-Hawaii next year and dreams of working for Disney someday.

WZZM and Meijer congratulate Samantha Swanson for her hard work and wish her continued success!

MAISD narrows superintendent search to two finalists

MAISD narrows superintendent search to two finalists

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)—The search for the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District's next superintendent is now down to two finalists.

The MAISD announced Wednesday that Dr. John Severson and Dr. Curtis Finch will continue on to the second round of interviews on May 14 and May 21 respectively.

 

Severson has served as superintendent of Harper Creek Community Schools in Battle Creek for seven years. He previously worked as a community education administrator at Portage Public Schools and principal of Harper Creek High School. Severson earned a master's degree and doctorate in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.

 

300 acres open for development after Muskegon power plant closes


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Consumers Energy hosted a community meeting Tuesday to discuss the latest plans for decommissioning the B.C. Cobb Electric plant on Lake Muskegon.

The 65-year-old coal plant will close in 2016 and will leave 300 acres of property for redevelopment. The update was intended to help the city and the community deal with the plant's closing and what comes next.

"There are a lot of steps that we need to go through. First we are completing an environmental assessment study to determine what kind of environmental situations we may face before we can close it. Also looking at an end use study to determine how potentially the site can be used, once that facility is fully decommissioned and retired," said Dennis Marvin of Consumers Energy.

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My Town Muskegon: Health experts share Muskegon County disease trends April 24

My Town Muskegon: Health experts share Muskegon County disease trends April 24

MUSKEGON, Mich.—In honor of Michigan’s Public Health Week, Public Health Muskegon County will address community trends in communicable diseases this Thursday, April 24.

The free information session is 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Youngberg Auditorium on the Mercy Health Hackley Campus.  The event is meant to raise awareness and help control the spread of infectious diseases within the county.  No registration is required.

Muskegon Heights Charter school reviewing ways to reduce debt


Muskegon Heights, Mich. (WZZM) The Muskegon Heights Charter School District says it is looking at ways to balance its budget without affecting students.

The district has received advance payments from the state the last two pay periods, but has not cut back on educational programs. Right now the district is $2-million in debt.

District officials say they will find other ways to save money and the parents we talked with tonight say the district is moving in the right direction.

"My son, for example is an honor student," said the mother of one student. "He has never been a 4.0 student for two periods in a row. He goes to Muskegon Heights Middle School I think you're doing a great job."

Charter operator says Musk. Hts. owes $2 million


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - The charter operator of the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System says the district owes it more than $2 million.

Michigan Radio reports Monday that Mosaica Education Inc. Chief Executive Mike Connelly says the company has been "fronting" money the troubled district for months and can no longer cover payroll.

The state advanced money to pay teachers through the end of April.

The Associated Press left a message for Gregory Weatherspoon, the system's state-appointed emergency manager.

The school system was created in 2012 as a solution to debt that put Muskegon Heights Public Schools into financial emergency and led to a state takeover.

The charter system's school board is expected to meet Monday night.