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Animal rescue condemned over damage caused by rats

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The owner and operator of a small animal rescue in Fruitport Township was given until the end of Tuesday to find other homes for what could be more than 1,000 rats housed at the rescue along with other small animals.

The house on Airline Rd. near E. Mt. Garfield Rd., where Christine Bishop lives and operates Christine's Critter Cafe Rescue, was condemned this month because of significant structural damage

The rats are getting free from the rescue after chewing through walls.

Over the last two weeks Bishop estimates she's found foster homes for several hundred other rats.

Critter Cafe operated under a special ordinance variance that allowed no more than 80 small animals. An inspection this month found more than one dozen cats. The rescue's condition was reported to township leaders after someone went to Critter Cafe to make an adoption.

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Construction begins on Sherman in Muskegon Heights

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS. Mich. (WZZM) -- A road project underway will permanently fix a road damaged by a water main break last winter.

Crews shut down Sherman Boulevard between Peck and Baker Tuesday morning.

Crews are replacing a temporary patch installed on Sherman after the main was repaired. Sherman should reopen Wednesday morning.

It's Vacation Bible School Time Again

It's Vacation Bible School Time Again

“Journey off the Map” is the name of the Vacation Bible School session activities this summer at Berrean Church in Muskegon, MI.

Bible School runs July 19 – 23 at the Church, located at 635 Seminole Rd. in Muskegon. Activities include games, crafts, music, snacks, teaching and worship rally.

For additional information, please contact Carolyn Raymond at 231-557-6121 between 6 – 8:30pm.

Billboards ask for help finding jogger's killer

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- There is a new effort to find the person who shot and killed a Muskegon County woman last summer.

Rebekah Bletsch died on June 29, 2014.

She had been jogging on Automobile Road, when someone shot her in the head.

Friends of her family have paid for five billboards in the Muskegon area in an effort to find who killed her.

Meanwhile, a 5k run in Rebekah's honor is scheduled for June 13. Registration is at 8 a.m. that day at the Muskegon Fricano's location. The run starts an hour later. Registration fees, silent auctions, and other donations will go to a college fund for Rebekah's daughter, Ellie.

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Muskegon Heights man leads effort to refresh b-ball courts

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Without fanfare, a Muskegon Heights man is trying to make the basketball courts where he played growing up look more like they did when he was a boy.

Terrance Stewart started working a few weeks ago on cleaning up the courts at 8th Street and Hovey, which have been neglected over the years. The effort started with picking up garbage and then painting. He also recruited others in the community to help.

Together, the group has replaced all the backboards and nets. They also gave the courts new lines and painted over gang graffiti.

"The city is in a financial crisis," Stewart said. "We in the community have to do it. Kids do not need to see gang signs; give them a chance. Give them a chance to be kids, like we had a chance to be kids."

The group will next start working on an old baseball diamond nearby, so neighborhood children have a place to play that sport, too.

Silversides ceremony honors veterans

MUSKEGON - Members of the Greatest Generation - World War II veterans - received special honors Sunday at a service at the U.S.S. Silversides Museum. The Silversides is a submarine that is the most famous surviving submarine of WWII.

"That is why we are here today, very simply - to honor our heroes" said Russell Gallus, the Museum's executive director.

The events included a flyover by The Hooligans flight team, speeches, patriotic music, and a special dedication of a new memorial.

The memorial includes plaques bearing the names of every submarine lost on duty during World War II. Over 3500 sailors on those ships are now on "eternal patrol", Gallus said.

Muskegon lighthouse open for tours

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Muskegon south pierhead lighthouse is now open for public tours.

The lighthouse is located at end of the inner pier near the Coast Guard station and is owned by the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy.

Previous summer tours were only offered during special events, but volunteers have opened the lighthouse to the public. Admission fees will allow the conservancy to work to open other lighthouses to the public as well.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Saturday morning.

Cindy Beth Davis-Dykema of the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy said the lighthouse will be open for tours on Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays. It's hoped that it will be open seven days a week in the future.

The conservancy is raising funds for and awareness of the lighthouse. It also hopes to restore the nearby Breakwater lighthouse in the future.