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New coach aims to take Tigers to new Heights

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - New Muskegon Heights head coach Tony Blankenship knows a thing or two about tradition.

The former U-M safety played for Bo Schembechler in the late 80's and now hopes to build the Tigers into a perennial contender.

Blankenship has head coaching stops at Detroit Murray Wright, Redford, Southwestern and Denby on his resume but says he feels at home on the west side.

"They care about the kids here and they care about the success that the kids have," Blankenship said.  "They care about their futures and that's what I stand for."

Heights is coming off back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in school history under former head coach Willie Snead III.  

The Tigers finished 2010 with a 6-5 record, falling to Oakridge in the Division 5 district finals 34-14.

McGraft Park Summer Concert Series continues with Westside Soul Surfers

McGraft Park Summer Concert Series continues with Westside Soul Surfers

Concerts are held at McGraft Park on Wickham Drive near Glen Avenue and start at 7:00 p.m.

Concert Schedule:

Tuesday, August 9 - Westside Soul Surfers
Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Soul

Tuesday, August 16 - Dave Collee and the Skylarks
Great American songbook; dancing

Tuesday, August 23 - Theresa’s Boys & The Grabinski Orchestra Polka, Variety

Fruitport man dies after motorcycle crash

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A Fruitport man involved in a motorcycle crash has died.

Donald Lavern Matthews, 56, was riding north on U.S. 131 when police say his motorcycle hit the back of a car that was stopped in traffic near Leonard Street.

Matthews was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Job opportunities at Muskegon Area Intermediate School District

Job opportunities at Muskegon Area Intermediate School District

Muskegon Area Intermediate Scholl Distict has several job oportunities posted on their website. The listing range from Restaurant & Kitchen Manager to JV Boys Basketball Coach.

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Muskegon CATCH camp gives kids new experiences

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The worlds of 140 Muskegon children and teenagers expanded this summer thanks to a city grant that took their neighborhood day camp on the road.

The McLaughlin "CATCH" camp was awarded one of 13 Muskegon city recreation grants, which totaled $27,000.

Camp organizer Charlotte Johnson says the $3,000 her camp recieved gave them money to transport campers out of their neighborhoods.

Most of the money was used to rent a bus for field trips to Meijer Gardens, a Whitecaps game, and Thursday to go fishing at the Muskegon State Park.

Johnson says several Muskegon churches provided additional help to pay for admission fees on field trips.

The camp is a way to keep city youth active and engaged in learning opportunities during the summer. Other grants went to support gardening programs, sports leagues, and employment training.

Muskegon Public Schools Employment Opportunities

Muskegon Public Schools Employment Opportunities

Muskegon Public Schools have posted several job listings to their website. The listing range from Music Teacher to Bus Driver.

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National Night Out growing in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)-Participation in National Night Out is growing in Muskegon.

The event is designed to raise awareness and generate support for crime fighting programs. For police in Muskegon, this is the 18th year for National Night Out.

Neighborhood leaders and police believe a partnership between officers and neighbors will lead to fewer crimes and more arrests. This year, the Marquette neighborhood is taking part in National Night Out, bringing the total number of participating Muskegon area neighborhoods to seven.

"Everybody is cutting back, and it is a way to help police take care of our neighborhood and also get to know our neighbors. And also help protect them more or less," says Sandra Boone-Thomas, vice president of the Marquette Neighborhood Association.