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Rescuers to be honored by Muskegon sheriff

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The two off-duty Muskegon Co. Sheriff Deputies and the manager of a towing company who rescued a driver in November will receive letters of commendation from Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler.

Deputies Todd Dunham and Brian Harris along with Matt Alford were having diner at Fricano's Pizza on November 26th. The men ran from the restaurant after they saw the driver of this van go off a seawall and partly into Muskegon Lake. The driver told the men he accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

The water reached the man's chest, but he was not seriously hurt.

The men were actually planning this winter's Polar Plunge on Muskegon Lake when the van went into the water.

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Free meals for veterans in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich (WZZM) -- A Muskegon funeral home will host a free meal to thank veterans.

The owners of Clock Funeral Home say Memorial Day and Veterans Day are too busy for veterans, so they are starting a new tradition.

The funeral home is inviting any veteran to stop in on Wednesday for a free dinner with a variety of chili dishes and baked items. Those who attend will also receive a small gift to hang on their Christmas trees.

Staff members have the funeral home decorated and they hope to say "thank you" to 50 or more veterans on a day veterans have fewer commitments.

Muskegon business incubator gets huge boost

MUSKEGON, Mich (WZZM) -- The downtown Muskegon retail incubator got a big financial boost on Tuesday from Consumers Energy.

The utility company presented the business program with a check for $125,000. The money will be used to help finish construction on Russell Block.

So far, three businesses have committed to that space. Terry MacAllister, an owner of one of those businesses says he hopes to now open in mid-April of 2013.

David Mengebier of Consumers Energy says, "If business is growing here in Michigan, if communities are healthy and vibrant, then that helps Consumers Energy to be around for another 125 years."

When Russell Block Market opens it will house Muskegon's first brewery, a kitchen supply store, and a speciality coffee business.








School interior sells for less than $6K

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- If you have ever dreamed of owning your own school -- or at least what's inside of one -- you had your chance to buy one on Monday.

Bidding closed Monday night on the interior furnishings, doors, and other fixtures of the former Lindburgh Elementary School at 160 E. Barney Avenue in Muskegon Heights.  The final bid came in at $5,901.

The school building remains as property of the district.

This is the latest auction the Muskegon Heights Public School district has held, working with the website Biddergy.com.  The district is using the money from the school property auctions to pay down debt.   

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Man dies after soccer injury on lakeshore

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) -- Officials say a 36-year-old man has died after sustaining a head injury during an indoor soccer game in West Michigan.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Kevin Lee Conkright was playing at Shoreline Soccer Club in Norton Shores on Thursday night when he collided with another player, fell and hit his head.

The club located near Muskegon says Conkright got immediate care from a nurse who was on his team. He was taken to an area hospital and died on Saturday.

Shoreline Soccer Club has indoor fields and offers training and leagues for children and adults.

1 in 4 new Muskegon Heights teachers quit

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) -- A quarter of the newly hired teachers in the state-run Muskegon Heights school district have quit since a private company took over its management.

A state emergency financial manager laid off all the previous employees, and Mosaica Education hired 80 teachers for the fall semester.

Since then, Michigan Radio reports, 20 of the teachers have quit.

Muskegon Heights High School senior Tony Harris says it's confusing and disrupting his education. He says he's had two math teachers quit and a number of substitutes in between them.

Community suffers loss of Michillinda Lodge

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) - More than 40 fire trucks battled a fire at the Michilinda Beach Lodge in Whitehall for several hours Sunday morning.

Fire crews responded to a call about a heater fire in one of the buildings at the Lakeshore lodge around 4:30 Sunday morning. After trying to tackle the flames from inside the lodge, the fire spread upward and engulfed the ceiling, forcing crews to take defensive positioning outside the building. They then called for more resources. All but two Muskegon County fire teams were on the scene.

The lodge is closed for the winter, but five Michillinda Beach Lodge employees were inside the building when the fire caught. None of them were hurt.