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Career Tech students win awards at FFA contest; Student headed to state

Career Tech students win awards at FFA contest; Student headed to state

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MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (Muskegon Area Intermediate School District)-- The Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) FFA Chapter competed in the FFA District Leadership Events at Montague High School, Monday, February 3, 2014. FFA Leadership Events help students gain leadership and presentation skills to assist them in becoming better leaders. Thirty-five FFA members competed in five different events. 

Free DNR programs make the best of a snowy situation

Free DNR programs make the best of a snowy situation

MUSKEGON, Mich.— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering some free programs to help you make the best of the snow burying our area.

The DNR’s “Just Add Snow” programs include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, dog sledding and other winter-themed activities at nine DNR visitor centers throughout February.  Each program is free of charge, but a Recreation Passport is needed for vehicles to enter state parks.

 “We’ve had a good snowfall this year and conditions are perfect for getting outdoors and enjoying the beauty of winter,” said Kevin Frailey, who oversees programs at the DNR visitor centers. “It doesn’t cost much. Most programs are free, the instruction is free and, in most cases, loaner equipment is available for those who don’t have their own.

'Angel' credited with saving driver from water-filled ditch

'Angel' credited with saving driver from water-filled ditch

FRUITPORT, Mich.—Witnesses are crediting an “angel” for rescuing a driver after her vehicle flipped into a ditch filled with icy water.

Around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Fruitport Township Police say the woman slid off South Dangl Road near Ellis Road.  Her vehicle flipped, coming to rest upside-down in a water-filled ditch. 

One witness says a man risked his own safety to rescue the woman, wading through chest-high icy water to free the driver from her car.  Another person helped the woman into their vehicle to stay warm until officers arrived.

The driver was not injured.

Officers are cautioning drivers to take it slow on the roads- even if they appear clear, there may be black ice.

'The Moxie Strings' to perform at Mona Shores Fiddle Festival Feb. 8

'The Moxie Strings' to perform at  Mona Shores Fiddle Festival Feb. 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.  -- From their toe tapping melodies to electrifying rhythms, the Celtic band, The Moxie Strings, have amazed crowds the past three years in Muskegon at the Michigan Irish Festival.

The band returns to the area on Saturday, Feb. 8 as The Mona Shores Fiddlers present their 12th annual ‘Fiddle Fest’ at 7 p.m in the high school’s performing arts center, 1121 Seminole Road in Muskegon.

The Mona Shores Fiddle Festival is an annual event where a guest professional group is invited to perform and work with the students during the day. Last year’s band was the Oat Bran Boys. Proceeds of this concert benefit the MSF’s continuing education of the alternative Irish/Celtic music style. 

Party In Your Parka at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Jan. 25

Party In Your Parka at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Jan. 25

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  Celebrate Michigan’s 177th Birthday with a Party In Your Parka at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Saturday, Jan. 25.

This is the second year for the all-ages, all-day celebration, which includes winter activities, live music and art.  Admission is free with a Michigan State Park pass, but there are fees for using the trails, renting equipment and getting luge lessons.  Pricing can be found on the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex page here.  Concessions and drinks will also be available.  Park passes will be available the day of the event at the complex for $11. Those passes are good all year for every state park in Michigan.

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Ottawa Hills hosts Floyd Mayweather Classic Jan. 18

Ottawa Hills hosts Floyd Mayweather Classic Jan. 18

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Ottawa Hills High School will host Saginaw Arthur Hill  this Saturday, Jan. 18 as part of the Floyd Mayweather Classic.

Five games will play out on the basketball court, starting with Lansing Sexton vs. River Rouge at noon.  Kalamazoo Central will take on Lansing Eastern at 2 p.m., followed by East English Village vs. Flint Southwestern at 4 p.m. and the Muskegon Big Reds vs. Chicago Orr at 6 p.m.  Ottawa Hills will close out the classic at 8 p.m.

Tickets to the Floyd Mayweather Classic are $10 and are good for all five games.  Children age 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door or at the Ottawa Hills Athletic Office Wednesday through Friday, from 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.   OK Conference, Golden Age and Grand Rapids Public Schools staff passes will not be accepted at the event.

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  More than $1 million in state funding will go to health care providers looking to improve service and patient outcomes.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced the winners of the Health Innovation Grant this week.  MDCH will fund 42 projects statewide including: