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Sappi paper mill comes down

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The power plant that at one time generated electricity for the Sappi paper mill has been demolished.

Sunday morning, the legs of the building were blown out with explosives and in seconds the building crumbled to the ground.

Many former workers gathered for hours outside of the site reminiscing. Some saying it looked more like a tailgating party for the plant's final showing. Lenny Stark says he came to say goodbye. He was an employee for over 25 years saying, "I made a good living there so I'm thankful for that."

Another group had bonfires with a dozen friends talking about their many generations who raised families off of the living they made from the plant.

To prepare for the blast around 8 A.M. police will closed Lakeshore Drive from Cottage Grove to McKracken.

Two public locations that offered views are at the Harbor Town Beach and the Grand Trunk Dock.

VIDEO: Sappi implosion

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)  - Video of Sunday's implosion of the Sappi Papermill's power plant.

HS football playoff pairings announced

EAST LANSING, Mich. (MHSAA) -- Here are the pairings for the 2013 MHSAA Football Playoffs, which begin with Pre-Districts in the 11-Player Playoffs and Pre-Regionals in the 8-Player Playoffs Nov. 1-2.

Qualifying teams for the Playoffs were divided into eight Divisions of 32 schools each. Within each Division are four Regions of eight teams each; and within those regions are two Districts of four teams each. Pre-District pairings are based on regular-season computer rankings, with the first-place team in each District hosting the fourth-place team; and the second-place team hosting the third-ranked team.

The weekend of Nov. 8-9 will have District Finals in the 11-Player Playoffs and Regional Finals in the 8-Player Playoffs, at the site of the highest-ranked team which was victorious in the previous round of play.

Talented musicians take to the field for band competition

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM)- High school football teams aren't the only ones vying for a state title. Some talented musicians are too. In fact, many took to the field in Rockford Saturday night hoping to get word that they're heading to Ford Field next weekend.

Twenty high school bands competed in the annual West Shore Invitational. A huge crowd of spectators were on hand to show their support. Reeths-Puffer, a state champion last year, hosted the night's competition and featured its performance dedicated to paying tribute to President John F. Kennedy.

Band Director Chuck Hodson says the students have been working incredibly hard on the emotional performance. He says West Michigan has a rich history when it comes to marching band competitions.

To learn more about next weekend's state final competition, click HERE.

Vigil to mark 6 months since Jessica disappeared

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- Half a year ago, late on a Friday night, Jessica Heeringa disappeared. This weekend, her family will hold a vigil a vigil to mark six months without her.

Police believe someone kidnapped Heeringa on April 26 from the Exxon Mobil gas station on Sternberg Road, where the young mother was working a late night shift as a clerk.

Saturday evening, family and friends will hold a vigil to pray for her return and renew efforts to find her. The event begins at 6:00p.m. at the strip mall across the street from the gas station.

Since her disappearance, Norton Shores Police have received many tips, but have not come up with new leads. There is a $15,000 reward for anyone who can help in the investigation.

13 On Your Sidelines MVP - Week 8

(WZZM) - Muskegon Catholic Central's Alex Lewandoski is the week 8 winner of the Mercy Health 13 On Your Sidelines MVP award.

In a 46-7 win over Fruitport, Lewandoski rushed for 138 yards and four touchdowns.

Congratulations to Alex Lewandowski, the 13 On Your Sidelines MVP for week 8.

Big Reds top Puffer for O-K Black crown

MUSKEGON (WZZM) -- The Muskegon Big Reds are the O-K Black champions after beating Reeths-Puffer, 20-7.

The game was tied at halftime. Deshaun Thrower gave Muskegon the lead for good with a 53-yard touchdown run.

Muskegon ends the regular season at 8-1, while Reeths-Puffer finishes 7-2.