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Proposal 1 failure means no changes in Muskegon Hts.

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - School board members in Muskegon Heights now know how the vote on Michigan's Proposal 1 -- the referendum on the state's 2011 emergency manager law -- will impact the district.

Proposal 1 failed, resulting in the overturning of the Emergency Manager law.

According to the district's attorney Gary Britton, the repeal of the law, known as Public Act 4, means "very few changes."  Britton says the lack of an impact is due to the fact the Muskegon Heights Public Schools and Muskegon Area Intermediate School District have already established a charter school to take on the responsibility of educating district students.

For now, the district will follow Public Act 72, which provides many powers to make financial decision to district emergency manager Donald Weatherspoon.

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Musk. Hts Board to discuss Proposal 1 fail

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS (WZZM) - Muskegon Heights School Board members will meet Thursday to discuss the local impact of voters rejecting Proposal 1 last week.

The school district is one of several districts and communities with an emergency financial manager.  Governor Rick Snyder appointed an emergency financial manager this spring and students and parents are finally getting settled in with all the changes that came as a result of that.

Now, with voters rejecting Proposal 1, which would have allowed the state to continue appointing managers to financially struggling governments or schools, it begs the question, what's next?

A special meeting will take place at noon today at the Muskegon Heights Board of Education building.  At issue, is how the vote could impact the changes already in place at the district.

Muskegon Chamber of Commerce takes over planning of historic art fair

Muskegon Chamber of Commerce takes over planning of historic art fair

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announced today that they are working in partnership with the Community Foundation for Muskegon County and Muskegon Festival Group to reorganize and invigorate the successful art and crafts fair associated with the former Muskegon Summer Celebration.

Many local chambers of commerce successfully manage art fairs. “We are excited to take over the ownership and management of this important summer event,” says Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. The event is being renamed the Lakeshore Art Festival and will be held July 5 and 6, 2013 in downtown Muskegon.

The name has been changed to the Lakeshore Art Festival because it will not only include the traditional juried “Art in the Park” event in Hackley Park, but also an enhanced major craft fair with food, children’s’ activities and much more. It will be held in conjunction with the new music festival taking place at Heritage Landing.

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Recap of Learn to Homebrew Day 2012, MOB style

Recap of Learn to Homebrew Day 2012, MOB style

For the second year in a row, Muskegon Ottawa Brewers have hosted one of the largest Michigan gatherings for the American Homebrewers Association’s “Learn to Homebrew Day.” Once again homebrewers both new and old converged at Eric Hoffman’s Norton Shores home setting up equipment along his driveway and taking over his front yard and bringing along plenty of food and beer to share.

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Nightclub owner puts business in online auction

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon Heights nightclub is on the auction block.

Traxx Nightclub is located at the corner of Hoyt and Merriam streets. The auction includes the nightclub's liquor license, the building, and its contents, including a sound system. Last month, three people were shot at the club during a Halloween party. Neighbors hope a new owner will transform the building into something other than a nightclub.

"I feel like they should tear it down and clean lost of those unnecessary clubs up," says Birdell Frye of Muskegon Heights.

So far, no arrests have been made in the October shooting.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, seven bids had been made on the nightclub; the top offer was $30,000.

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM)-  The owner of a local nightclub has decided to put his business up for sale, but he's selling it through a one-day online auction.

New Book Defines Modern-Day “Spiritual Orphans” and Recommends How to Find The Way Home

New Book Defines Modern-Day “Spiritual Orphans” and Recommends How to Find The Way Home

A brand new book has just been published by Zondervan entitled Sons & Daughters: Spiritual Orphans Finding Our Way Home, by pastor Brady Boyd.  The book both defines and distills the problems of modern-day “spiritual orphans” in society and gives residents on Michigan’s west coast opportunities to express views about fears of being judged, accepting change, messing up in life, growing from mistakes, being proud of who they are, accepting grace, plus learning to celebrate life.

In the book, Boyd states:  “If you were to put your ear to the ground of modern culture today, you would hear the agonized cries of an orphan heart:  Doesn’t anybody notice me?  See me?  Value me?  Want me?  Is there anywhere for me to belong?