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Reconstruction of Laketon Ave. between Beilder and Park

Reconstruction of Laketon Ave. between Beilder and Park

From: http://www.muskegon-mi.gov

Reconstruction of Laketon Ave. between Beilder and Park is scheduled for the 6th of September as the starting date and completed before the end of November 2011.

The Laketon Ave. project will be done in two phases; the first phase will be then north half of Laketon with traffic shifted to the southern half and vise versa. The project does not require a traffic detour but will reduce the traffic lanes to one lane in each direction and no left turns allowed onto side streets.

Betten nearing end of 3-year Muskegon expansion

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A car dealer's three year expansion is nearing an end.

This week Betten Chevrolet Cadillac began demolishing a former paint store across Henry Street. The space will become additional customer parking and room for inventory.

In the last three years, Betten's owners have invested $15 million in Muskegon. The money allowed them to remodel their GM store, open Honda and Hyundai dealership and -- later this month -- debut a used car store.

Betten's owner says loyal customers get credit for much of the company's success.

"We are an aggressive dealer and we have lots of repeat and referral business which will enable us to sell more cars, expand, and hire more people," says Chris Baker, Betten's owner and general manager. "We put the gas pedal down and go for it."

The company is calling its expanded presence on Henry Street "Betten's 20 Acre Motor Mall."

Jobs for America's Graduates program expanding to Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)—A school dropout prevention program is expanding to Muskegon.

Teachers from Muskegon, Flint and Escanaba will visit Benton Harbor for two days of training on how to implement Michigan Works’ Jobs for America’s Graduates program.  The program serves students considered at high risk of dropping out of school.  JAG  is already in place in Benton Harbor, Coloma, Covert, Niles and Cassopolis high schools.

According to a recent report, 97 percent of JAG students stayed in school. 

JAG is a component of YouthWorks, an initiative to prepare young people for the workplace.

Muskegon dealership finishing expansion

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon car dealer's three-year long expansion is nearing an end.

This week, Betten Chevrolet Cadillac began work to demolish a former paint store across Henry Street from its dealership. The space will become additional customer parking and inventory.

In the last three years Betten's owners have invested $15 million dollars in Muskegon. They remodeled their GM store, opened Honda and Hyundai stores, and later this month a new used car store.

The company is calling its expanded presence on Henry Street 'Betten's 20 Acre Motor Mall'. The company has around 200 employees in Muskegon and Coopersville.

 

'Person of interest' in shootings in custody

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - A 'person of interest' in four Muskegon Heights shootings is in police custody.

Investigators located Ricky Lee Love, 47, late yesterday afternoon at a relative's home. At this time, charges have not been filed against him. Police searched Love's home for any evidence that might connect him to yesterday's shootings.

A 46-year old woman, two women in their 20's, and 21-year old man went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the shootings early Tuesday morning. Police say a street fight sparked the shootings.

It's not known if the suspect was specifically targeting the victims.

Muskegon Township approves final abatement for Fortu Power Cell Plant

Muskegon Township approves final abatement for Fortu Power Cell Plant

Muskegon Township welcomed the Fortu Power Cell plant to Muskegon last night with a unanimous vote for the final abatements that will bring the 167,000 sq.ft plant to the Bayer Crop Science Muskegon Township Industrial Park. The Fortu Vice President of Operations Hank Teschendorf said he was looking forward to sending the good news to Switzerland and Germany in the morning that the Muskegon Facility was a go. The plant budgeted for a $22.5 million dollar project plans to open it’s facility in the 3rd quarter of 2012 with a proposed start up of 126 new jobs.

Founded in 1997 Fortu is a global leader in battery technology. The company has identified several potential market areas, including vehicle, battery back-up systems for cell phone transmitters, power-generation plants and niche recreational vehicles.

Lake Effect Boat Time begins

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- Roger Zuidema is turned a love for boating on Muskegon Lake into this week's inaugural Lake Effect Boat Time.  Zuidema says the idea started last summer while relaxing on his boat near the Muskegon Lake channel.

Zuidema created a website and made connections on social media over the last 10-months to promote the event.

This week participants in Lake Effect Boat Time on Muskegon Lake will learn about water issues on G.V.S.U.'s water research boat, and gather near the Muskegon pier.

Saturday boaters are asked to anchor near the Muskegon State Parks' Muskegon Lake beach.  On Sunday more than 100 boaters are expected to gather inside the breakwaters on Lake Michigan.

Zuidema says the event is starting small, but someday he hopes it grows and includes sponsors and other events like a boat show.