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Study Highlights Continual Upward Growth of Online Education

Study Highlights Continual  Upward Growth of Online Education

Across the country, enrollment in online learning has increased by 80% the past five years, with more than 2.7 million students currently choosing online learning. In a recent study by Research and Markets, virtual learning is expected to become even more prominent in the future. Across Michigan, schools such as Michigan Connections Academy (MICA) and Great Lakes Cyber Academy (GLCA) – statewide, tuition-free, public online schools – are meeting the growing demand from students and families.

West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Luncheon to Pay Tribute to United Sates Military Members

Students from across West Michigan are joining area business leaders to celebrate local members of the Armed Forces – past, present and future – during the 2nd Annual West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Appreciation Luncheon at the JW Marriott in Downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, May 5th. Military members will be in attendance for this event aimed at strengthening awareness and dialogue on the contributions our military personnel have made and continue to make on behalf of their families, their friends and their country.

“Visit Muskegon” Logo Contest

“Visit Muskegon” Logo Contest

With rebranding “Visit Muskegon”, the Muskegon County Convention & Visitor Bureau is seeking a new logo design.

This creative design should represent a new visual identity that is recognizable, along with innovative & professional.

The contest commences today, Thursday, December 1 and submissions will be accepted through January 6, 2017.

The winner “will receive a $250 Visa Gift card and a Visit Muskegon Gift Basket, including a gift certificate for one night’s stay at The Shoreline Inn and four passes to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex”.

Call (231)332-3851 or visit www.visitmuskegon.org for contest rules & requirements.

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Muskegon Heights mayor delivers first State of the City


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) --  Now that she has been in office for two months, Muskegon Heights Mayor Kimberly Sims says it was time to brief her constituents about the challenges they face, and her plans going forward.

Monday night the new mayor delivered her first State of the City address. In spite of what she calls “a perception problem,” Mayor Sims told the crowd at city hall there are many things to celebrate in Muskegon Heights.

“We look at what Muskegon Heights is not doing and we don’t celebrate what Muskegon Heights is doing,” she pointed out.  

If people cooperate and work together, the Mayor says she thinks they can find innovative answers to their problems.

Results pending from autopsy on Muskegon County body

The results of Monday's autopsy, performed in Kalamazoo, are still pending -- as is identification of the body.

The mother of a woman who disappeared more than a year ago says she hasn't yet been told whether the body is her missing daughter.

Bobbie Maples went missing in December 2014, shortly after giving birth to her daughter Airyonne. Maples was reported last seen near Whitehall by a friend.

She was reported missing by her mother and friends around 11 days after giving birth at a Muskegon hospital.

Monday, Muriel Maples said her daughter was know to have friends in Fruitland Township, and that one or more may have lived near the location where the body was discovered. Muriel confirmed to WZZM 13 that authorities expressed confidence that the remains are linked to Bobbie.