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Elderly woman killed in Muskegon house fire


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman in her 70's was killed Monday morning after her house caught fire in Muskegon.

The fire started around 8 a.m. in the 1200 block of Fleming Ave. Firefighters arriving to the scene found the two-story home engulfed in flames. They found 77-year-old Barbara Branyan on the second floor. She died at the scene.

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Twisted Trails Antique Snowmobile Show Returns

Twisted Trails Antique Snowmobile Show Returns

For the twenty-second year, the public is invited to check out incredible antique winter machines.

Visit Twisting Trails Clubhouse & Grounds located at 5875 Ruprecht Road in Twin Lakes, Michigan for a fun, winter adventure with a warm Clubhouse offering breakfast & lunch.

Snowmobile enthusiast will witness seven classes, showcasing snowmobiles from years gone past for trophies & ribbons during this Antique Show on Saturday, January 16 from 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Cost: $5 per person OR $10 per vehicle at gate.

Call: (231)343-3230 or visit www.whitelake.org for more information.

Community tours held at B.C. Cobb Plant


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The B.C. Cobb Plant has been providing electricity to Michigan residents since 1948 and later this year, electricity will no longer flow out of the plant. 

The public was invited to tour the facility on Saturday before it closes in April.

Consumers Energy representative Roger Morgenstern says the plant will be closing because, "for the benefit of our customers, we have determined we just shouldn't be putting more money into these units that are over 60 years old." 

Tours will continue until 3:40 p.m. Saturday.


Tours Saturday at the soon-to-close Muskegon power plant


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Consumers Energy will offer limited guided tours of the coal-fired B.C. Cobb plant in Muskegon.  The free tours take place Saturday, January 9, from 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Tours start at the former Masonic Temple building on Clay Avenue.  A trolley will run to and from the plant about every 50 minutes.

The plant has generated electricity since 1948.  It will close for good on April 15.  Demolition for most of the facility could take place by the end of 2018.  "We do not want it to linger," said Consumers Energy Senior Public Information Director Roger Morgenstern,

Demolition is likely to start early next year with removal of the 650-foot tall smokestack that is visible from around the city of Muskegon.

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Muskegon leaders ask residents to help clear fire hydrants


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- With several inches of snow expected this weekend, the City of Muskegon is asking residents for help keeping fire hydrants clear and accessible.

There are more than 2,000 hydrants in the city, and without help from residents it can take a long time to make sure firefighters can use them.

If a hydrant is covered in snow, firefighters may not be able to find it to save a burning home. They say it doesn't have to be 100 percent clear but needs to be visible and accessible.


Massive road salt pile a reminder of mild winter


MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- In 2014, the massive road salt pile staged at the Verplank Dock in downtown Muskegon was completely diminished.  This year, the 200,000-pound pile is not going anywhere fast. It's just another sign of the unusually mild winter.

It's perfect conditions for the Muskegon County Road Commission to get a jump on spring projects like removing trees and trimming back limbs. That's what work crews were doing Thursday along Dangl and Sternberg roads in Fruitport Township.

Road commission supervisor Eric Scott says the mild weather is also a time to do vehicle and equipment maintenance.  

So far this winter the road commission has used less than 2,000 tons of road salt, Scott said. "We are less than half of what we used last year at this point."

Survey helps Muskegon County find Internet 'dead zones'


MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- Economic leaders in Muskegon County hope results from a survey leads to greater Internet access in their county, including economic growth.

County residents have until the end of January to let the county know what options they have for Internet access to their home or business and if those options satisfy their needs. The survey is available on line.

Paper copies are available at the Muskegon County Economic Development Coordinator's office inside the county building on Terrace Street.

There are some area in the county known for poor or no Internet options.

"It is definitely a need," Blue Lake Township Supervisor Melonie Arbogast said.