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Volunteers spruce up forgotten Muskegon Park

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Muskegon County park that fell off the map for 30 years is once again getting attention from the parks department.

Fairchild Park is located behind Brookhaven Medical Care Facility on Apple Avenue; it sits on several heavily wooded acres.

The park's bathrooms and pavilions were taken down many years ago and Fairchild park was removed from the county maps.

Starting Monday morning, a group of community volunteers and county park's employees began an effort to put the park back on the map. They started by removing years of overgrowth that's taken over the parks paved walkways and they hope next year to locate funds to pay for more improvements.

"We are doing this on a shoestring right now. If we can get it ready to go with volunteers, then next year we will be able to get a grant or get some money in the budget for it," said Susie Hughes, Muskegon County Commissioner.

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Communities impacted by the floods in April have less than a week to file their request for federal disaster money. 

In June, President Obama declared a major disaster in 16 Michigan counties, including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon and Newaygo. The Small Business Association also issued a disaster declaration this summer.  Both declarations freed up federal assistance for homeowners, local governments and certain non-profits who were forced to clean up.  Homeowners and businesses had until Monday, August 12 to apply for assistance; city officials have until August 17.

The flooding caused $10 million in damage in Kent County alone.  Federal funding would help pay for debris removal and repairs to public property, roads and bridges.

Wake Up West Michigan: Reeths-Puffer Color Guard

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- Saturday's morning greeting comes to you from the Reeths-Puffer Color Guard during a recent band camp in Holland.

Drivers ignoring 'move over' highway law

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- They protect us on highways everyday and there are traffic laws meant to protect them, but WZZM 13 found drivers ignoring traffic laws and putting police and others in jeopardy.

This week, Michigan State Police are targeting Ottawa, Muskegon, and Kent counties to educate drivers about the "move over" law and crack down on those who continue to disobey it.

On a wintry December day in 2007, dash cam video shows where State Trooper Scott Wilber pulled over and was getting ready to write a report. Moments later, an oncoming vehicle failed to switch lanes and hit him on the side of the road.

"I felt something hit me in the small of my back," said Trooper Wilber in 2007. "First thought that went through my mind is I'm never going to see my kids again."

Six years later, Sgt. Nathan Grant is facing the same risks, despite laws meant to protect him and other state troopers.

Million Father March at Muskegon Heights High School Academy

The Muskegon Heights High School Academy is participating in the Million Father March initiative, encouraging our school community fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other male role models, to walk our students to school on the first day of class - August 12th. Special presentations scheduled for that day. More info to come. http://blackstarproject.org/action/

Courtesy: Muskegon Heights High School Academy Facebook Page

 

Muskegon restaurant closed after raid

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A popular restaurant in Muskegon was closed Thursday morning after a raid by state troopers and government officials. 

Witnesses tell us Flamingo's Two on Laketon Avenue was closed early Thursday.

State Police say they were called in to assist the State Treasury Department at the restaurant. The Department of the Treasury could not confirm if any action was taken.

But the Muskegon County Register of Deeds office has records of more than $120,000 in back taxes due to the state and federal government.

The owner of Flamingos Two, Alvaro Loera, was murdered in April of 2012.  No arrest have been made in his murder.

Muskegon store sold most winning lottery tickets

(Freep/Lansing State Journal) -- Lightning isn't supposed to strike twice, but it apparently can strike 40 times.

At least, for some patrons of Mario's Market in southwest Lansing.

The convenience and liquor store has sold at least 40 winning lottery tickets worth more than $2,000 since July 2011, the most of any location in mid-Michigan in that time, based on a Lansing State Journal analysis of Michigan Lottery records.

"We do a lot with the lottery. ... It means a lot" to the business, manager Ginger Tate said.

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