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Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

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Winter Flea Market

Winter Flea Market

Families can take advantage of a great shopping experience on Saturday’s in Muskegon.

There’s something for everyone at an array of booths with crafts, gift ideas, baked goods, produce, Deli’s, Greenhouses & so much more. Vendors are set up in a warm barn located at 242 W. Western Avenue in Muskegon all winter on Saturday’s from 9:00am-2:00pm through April 30, 2016.

Visit: www.visitmuskegon.com, click on the Ongoing Events for details.

Muskegon Heights mayor delivers first State of the City


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) --  Now that she has been in office for two months, Muskegon Heights Mayor Kimberly Sims says it was time to brief her constituents about the challenges they face, and her plans going forward.

Monday night the new mayor delivered her first State of the City address. In spite of what she calls “a perception problem,” Mayor Sims told the crowd at city hall there are many things to celebrate in Muskegon Heights.

“We look at what Muskegon Heights is not doing and we don’t celebrate what Muskegon Heights is doing,” she pointed out.  

If people cooperate and work together, the Mayor says she thinks they can find innovative answers to their problems.

Results pending from autopsy on Muskegon County body

The results of Monday's autopsy, performed in Kalamazoo, are still pending -- as is identification of the body.

The mother of a woman who disappeared more than a year ago says she hasn't yet been told whether the body is her missing daughter.

Bobbie Maples went missing in December 2014, shortly after giving birth to her daughter Airyonne. Maples was reported last seen near Whitehall by a friend.

She was reported missing by her mother and friends around 11 days after giving birth at a Muskegon hospital.

Monday, Muriel Maples said her daughter was know to have friends in Fruitland Township, and that one or more may have lived near the location where the body was discovered. Muriel confirmed to WZZM 13 that authorities expressed confidence that the remains are linked to Bobbie.

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Buried body found may be that of missing mother

Local officials discovered a buried body on private property in Fruitland Township Friday evening. Maples' mother, Muriel, confirmed to WZZM 13 that authorities expressed confidence that the remains are linked to Bobbie. 

Bobbie Maples went missing in December 2014, shortly after giving birth to daughter Airyonne. She was reported last seen near Whitehall by a friend. 

This is a developing story.


Water's safe, say leaders of Muskegon Co. communities that switched supply


MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) --  Flint isn't the only city in the state to recently switch the source of its water supply.  Last spring, Fruitport Charter Township and the city of Norton Shores disconnected from the water filtration plant in Muskegon Heights and started getting water from the city of Muskegon.

Fruitport Charter Township's Director of Public Utilities Matthew Farrar looks back at that decision and smiles.  It's a smile nearly as large as the one painted on his community's unique, bright yellow water tower.  "You have to be precise, because these things can't not work out," said Farrar.  "It has worked out. We have saved a tremendous amount of money."

North Muskegon Fire Department blocks access to Muskegon Lake due to unsafe ice


MUSKEGON, Mich. -- We have a reminder to anyone planning on ice fishing this weekend, check the ice to make sure it's safe!

The North Muskegon Fire Department is closing access to Muskegon Lake at North Muskegon Waterfront Sports Park (2nd Street) because the ice is too thin and considered unsafe.

Despite the frigid temperatures we saw earlier this week, the snow insulated the ice and it never developed any thickness.