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Encouragement for Beginning Hunters

Encouragement for Beginning Hunters

Being a responsible hunter is something everyone should take extreme pride in.

As an avid hunter, spending much of my time within Sparta and Muskegon, it is very personal to me. It is the chance at taking an animals life for the nourishment of my family or for the betterment of the livestock on my farm, the way God intended for it to be.

The animal that I kill will no longer roam this earth. That animal will no longer breathe, breed, or even enjoy the sunshine. I take this all very serious. I respect it and am grateful for it. I enjoy every aspect of it and do not take it lightly.

When you are just starting out learning to hunt, take advise, learn and do your homework. Don't be discouraged. We have ALL made mistakes. It's a learning process. But never, ever let anyone make you feel ashamed, or less than, for trying.Their rude, inconsiderate behavior is to try and make them feel superior over you.

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Musk. Hts. schools prepare for auction

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - The emergency financial manager at Muskegon Heights Public Schools is arranging an online auction with the proceeds used to pay down district debt.

District employees are determining what items they no longer need. Next week an auction company will begin photographing and organizing the surplus equipment and supplies.

The online auction is expected to vary from furniture to electronics. An auction date has not been set. One district employee applauds the efforts to secure the district's future.

"A year from now, I hope things will not be like they are right now," said Mary Brown. "I know it will take time, but it will work its self out."

The schools district is $12 million in debt. Future online auctions will sell the remaining contents of three closed elementary schools.

158 layoff notices to Musk. Hts. employees

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon Heights Public Schools Emergency Manager (EM) Don Weatherspoon issued layoff notices to 158 employees of the district effective Friday, June 8. Staff were handed a letter as they left work today.

The letter cited "urgent financial circumstances surrounding the district."  The district is approximately $12 million in debt.

In the letters, Weatherspoon wrote that he "regretted the uncertainty which results from the notice..." but that the "action is being taken to provide the flexibility required to accomplish the reorganization of the School District." 

Teacher aides, support staff, and some administrators received layoff notices. Some administrators and teachers were given notices of non-renewal which refer to their individual employment contracts. According to Weatherspoon the intent of both letters is the same, but employment laws require the different wording.

3 board members make way for emergency mgr.

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - Three Muskegon Heights School Board members have resigned after the Emergency Manager overseeing the district changed their roles from "board members" to "advisors" and "ambassadors."

Dr. Donald Weatherspoon, the Emergency Manager appointed by Governor Rick Snyder, made the order to change the board members roles late Tuesday.  Today, Board President Avery Burrel, Vice President Ronald Jenkins, and Treasurer Ivory Morris resigned.

Burrel stated in a press release, "Back in December when we as a board came to understand the magnitude of our debt, we set aside our personal pride to ask the state for an Emergency Manager. Now it's time for us to allow Dr. Weatherspoon to complete the task he is charged with. We want it to be clear to this community that the EM has full authority over this district."

Burrel has served on the Muskegon Heights Public School Board for the past 11 years.

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Sign Up for Summer Camp

Sign Up for Summer Camp

Muskegon, MI (May 15, 2012) – The Salvation Army is currently accepting applications to send local youth to residential camp.  “Since 1926, Little Pine Island Camp (Comstock Park, MI) has been a place for young people to reconnect with nature and meet new friends,” said Captain Stephanie Sawka of The Salvation Army.  This year, The Salvation Army of Muskegon would like to send local youth to experience this for themselves.


If parents are interested, please contact The Salvation Army by phone or stop in at 1221 Shonat, Muskegon, MI 49442.  Encampments happen throughout the summer and are specific according to age.  The cost is only $25.00 for an average of four (4) nights, five (5) days of a great camping experience. 


Salvation Army:

Captain Stephanie Sawka; 231-773-3284

Commute on Two Wheels Instead of Four

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Get out your bikes, walking shoes, or even rollerblades.

The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition has declared this Active Commute Week, and the week of perfect weather lends no excuse not to take part if you live relatively close to work.

Coalition Director Tom Tilma says the latest figures from 2010 show nationally, .5 percent of people commute to work.

In Michigan, .4 percent of Grand Rapids residents commute, compared to 3.1 percent of Ann Arbor residents.

Tilma's goal is to get the greater Grand Rapids area up to 2 percent in the next few years. He hopes his coalition's ambitions will become reality with help from the city.

The City of Grand Rapids recently installed bike lanes on Plymouth Avenue. Bike lanes will also be added on Burton Street.

The city manager also has plans to add 27 miles of bike lanes in one year, starting in July.

Mom's grave still lacking grave marking

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon woman says the Sunrise Memorial Gardens isn't giving her what she paid for more than a year ago and the cemetery admits it has happened to other families.

It has been more than a year since Natalie Jackson says she paid for a $300 marking on her mother's grave at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. 

"I'd like the end date put on the plaque, that's all I want, just the end date. I want it done yesterday," says Jackson.

Jackson's mother paid for the rest of the grave markings before she died last February. Since then, Jackson says she contacted Matt Scott, a Director at Sunrise Memorial Gardens, several times with no luck.

"He told me it would be a struggle, but that they would try to get it by Mothers Day 2011. Here we are Mothers Day 2012 and my end plaque is still not there," says Jackson.