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Lake House Grille opens tonight in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The Lake House Grille opens tonight in Muskegon. The restaurant is part of the Shoreline Inn Hotel development.

Last year the hotel and restaurant were purchased out of foreclosure by the Grand Rapids-based Parkland Development Company. The new restaurant features meeting rooms and views of Muskegon Lake.

At one time the restaurant was called Rafferty's.

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Dogs entertain seniors in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The residents at Sanctuary at McAuley, a nursing care community, cheered as their favorite dogs walked a runway as part of a special dog show in Muskegon today.

It's the second time the facility has held a show for its residents. The event marks the end of summer and collects food for the Pound Buddies food pantry.

One participant says residents light up when she brings her dog to visit them.

Muskegon summer tourism grows

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The summer of 2010 in Muskegon County will go down as one of the hottest ever, and looking back years from now, it will also be remembered as the summer the tourism industry started to grow after a number of flat years.

Steven and Nancy Lasuer were just looking for a place to get away from the Nashville, Tennessee heat. They found themselves in Muskegon and are now extending their vacation.

"We got as far as Muskegon and we thought this looks very nice," said Nancy. "We were just going to stay for three days. After one night, we said, 'put us up for another night'."

Shoreline Inn General Manager Doug Pollock says the Lasuers are an example of the guests his hotel has welcomed in all summer long. They've sold out five or six nights per week for every week in August. And when Muskegon County hotels are full, the county hotel accommodations tax grows.

Muskegon woman changing lives through study and work program

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A businesswoman wants people in Muskegon to know there is a way out of the life of crime or poverty -- people just have to "want in."

HERco, short for "Her Company," is a premier apprentice group that is taking people off the streets and putting them in classrooms and jobs.

Two of the apprentices in the HERco program are Steve Herbert Jr. and Lamond Alston.  They are receiving $16 - $20 an hour for their work in dismantling the former Sappi Fine Paper mill in Muskegon.  They say it's dirty, sweaty work -- but they're glad to be doing it.

"My first check today," says Herbert.  "My first union paycheck."

Alston had a more challenging road to his new job.  Earlier this year, he was released from prison after serving nearly 16 years in prison.

"I'm very proud of myself right now," says Alston. "I can tap myself on the back."

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August & Summer 2010 Weather Stats

Grand Rapids

Temperatures last month averaged 74.9°F, 5.5°F above average, and 5.9°F warmer than last year (69.0°F), making it the sixth warmest August on record, and the warmest since 1959 (75.5°F). Twenty seven days were warmer than usual; three were cooler, and one was average. The highest temperature occurred on August 29 with 93°F while the lowest temperature occurred on August 27 with 51°F. Temperatures for the summer season (June, July and August) averaged 73.2°F, 3.9°F above average, and 5.3°F warmer than last summer, tying for the fifth warmest summer on record, and the warmest since 1934 (73.3°F).

Muskegon Community College to rent textbooks

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)- Some college bookstores are trying to compete with websites offering college students the option to rent textbooks instead of purchasing them. 

At Muskegon Community College in Muskegon Township students are just now getting familiar with the option to rent from the college bookstore.  Renting textbooks cost around fifty-percent less than purchasing them.  The MCC bookstore currently has around thirty-percent of it's book available for rent.  Bookstore Manager Kim Oakes says more will be added if students embrace the renting concept.

For years on-line sites have offered the same service.  Now traditional brick and mortar college bookstores are trying to take back some of the business that went to the web in the last five years.  Grand Rapids Community College and Aquinas College in Grand Rapids also offer students the opportunity to rent instead of purchase. 

Former Muskegon County corrections officer charged with having sex with former inmate

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A former Muskegon County corrections officer is charged with having sexual relationship with a former jail inmate who now on probation.

Roger Swan, 42, is facing three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a county inmate.

Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler says Swan was fired after an internal investigation found the deputy violated department policy.

The sheriff says Swan met the inmate while she was in jail, and they began a consensual relationship after her release.

Roesler says Swan was a deputy with a good work record before the relationship came to light.

The sheriff says Swan made some bad decisions and is now facing the consequences.