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KDL Holiday Closing — Memorial Day

KDL Holiday Closing — Memorial Day

All Kent District Library branches will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 29.

All KDL branches will be closed on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Sunday hours will resume on Sunday, September 9.

For additional 2012 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Memorial Day!

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Weekend Wakeup: Oakridge Elementary

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sunday's morning greeting comes to us from the students at Oakridge Lower Elementary School.

Muskegon Heights to transfer to charter schools

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM)- The entire 1,400 student Muskegon Heights Public School system would revert to a charter school under a plan proposed Friday by the district's Emergency Manager Don Weatherspoon.

Weatherspoon told reporters he estimated three school buildings would operate under the charter system as "excess inventory" is sold off.

All district employees would have to reapply for their jobs.   All 158 of them recently received layoff notices. 

The union representing workers late Friday afternoon issued a statement that read, in part: "We're still assessing the plan, but we're not totally convinced this is the best way to ease the burden on staff and students that the escalating debt has created."

Weatherspoon said he can assure parents "they will have a neighborhood school" in the fall.  

Another complaint against Muskegon cemetery

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A second woman is speaking out against Sunrise Memorial Gardens after a story WZZM 13 News aired earlier this month.  Both women claim the Muskegon cemetery is selling a service, but not delivering on its promise. 

The story has gotten the attention of State Senator Rick Jones (R-Eaton Rapids), who has contacted Michigan's Cemetery Commissioner to look into the accusations.

Previous Coverage: Mom's grave still lacking grave marking

Almost a year after purchasing a granite marker for her parents' grave, Jamie Brewer says it became clear something was wrong.

"There are so many families that have no idea what takes place here," says Brewer.

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Local students use green thumbs to beautify Lake Michigan beaches in preparation for summer

Local students use green thumbs to beautify Lake Michigan beaches in preparation for summer

Timberland Charter Academy’s 5th grade students recently did their part to care for the environment by cleaning up Lake Michigan’s beaches at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in preparation for summer.

Students visited P.J. Hoffmaster State Park and combed the beaches and fore dunes, gathering trash washed ashore during the winter months so visitors can enjoy nature at its best: our beautiful Lake Michigan and her litter-free beaches. The class enjoyed a picnic-style lunch and divided the remaining waste into parts to be recycled.

This green initiative taught the students the responsibility of caring for the environment while being good stewards within their community.

Police search for attempted counterfeiters

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM)- Detectives in Norton Shores hope surveillance video will help them catch a pair of attempted counterfeiters.

On May 16, police say they tried to use fake $20 bills at the Mobil Mart on Henry Street. The clerk refused the counterfeit bills but police say the same two people have tried to use phony money at other businesses.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Norton Shores Police, or Silent Observer, at (231) 722-7463.

Mich. to reopen Muskegon prison, move Ryan inmates

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The head of Michigan's corrections officers union says state officials plan to reopen the Muskegon Correctional Facility this fall while turning the Ryan Correctional Facility into housing for parole violators.

Michigan Corrections Organization executive director Mel Grieshaber told The Associated Press of the changes Thursday.

Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan didn't immediately return a call Thursday requesting confirmation. But he did tell Gongwer News Service that Grieshaber was correct.

The changes mean more than 1,000 inmates will have to move to other prisons.

Grieshaber says the state closed the Mounds Correctional Facility in Detroit early this year, so fewer inmates are being housed in the city. He says that will make family visits difficult.

The Tuscola Re-Entry Facility in Caro also will close and move its operations to Ryan.