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Power Tour returning to Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - There will be thousands of hot rods making a return to West Michigan this summer.  Hot Rod Magazine has once again chosen Muskegon as one of seven stops on a national tour.  It could be the biggest event in the city's history.

For the second year in a row, car lovers in Muskegon are prepared to feel years younger.

"Immediately after hearing about some car event, everyone smiles and faces say, 'Wow. Lets go," says John Van Wyck, Chairman of Cruising the Lakeshore.

The tour will involve seven cities around the country. The publisher of Hot Rod Magazine says there were three main reasons Muskegon was chosen again.

"Muskegon loves hot rods, its right on the lake, and we needed a place that's really welcoming," says Jerry Pitt, Publisher of Hot Rod Magazine.

The event will feature about 4,000 cars on the road.

Two North Muskegon teams qualify for Destination Imagination Global Finals Tournament

Two North Muskegon teams qualify for Destination Imagination Global Finals Tournament

Two student teams from North Muskegon Public Schools in Muskegon, Michigan qualified for the Destination Imagination Global Finals Affiliate Tournament at the State of Michigan DI Tournament held at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on Saturday, April 21, 2012.  The middle school team took first place, and the elementary team took second place.  Two other teams from North Muskegon Schools received Honorable Mentions at the DI state tournament. 

The first and second place teams will travel to the Destination Imagination Global Finals, held at the University of Tennessee, to compete against teams from the United States and around the world, such as Singapore, China, Columbia, and Poland. The cost for both teams to attend the tournament is $10,000.   

Infant twins are improving

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM)- The babies born to a mother who had been brain dead for the previous month are slowly improving.

Nicholas and Alexander Bolden were born on April 5 at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. Each weighed less than two pounds.

Their mother, Christine Bolden of Muskegon Heights, suffered a pair of brain aneurysms on March 6 and collapsed. Her brain was dead but she was kept alive on a respirator for as long as possible to allow the unborn babies to develop more fully.

The grandmother of the twins, Donetta Bolden, spoke with WZZM 13.

"It still hurts, I can't believe she's gone. 26-years-old and all these babies back here, but God did it for a reason., I don't know what, but it's for a reason and we just got to come together and we got plenty of help with the babies when the babies do come home."

American Red Cross Honors Local Volunteers and Blood Donors

American Red Cross Honors Local Volunteers and Blood Donors

The American Red Cross of West Michigan serving Muskegon, Oceana, and Newaygo Counties held its annual Volunteer & Blood Donor Recognition Event on Wednesday, April 18. Volunteers reaching years of service milestones and blood donors reaching specific gallon levels were recognized.

“Each year thousands of volunteers and blood donors serve our communities through the American Red Cross. We are proud of the unparalleled record that the Red Cross has of helping people and meeting their local needs,” said Penny Albertie, Regional Volunteer Services Director.  “All of the services are made possible by our dedicated team of volunteers, blood donors, and through continuing support from our generous community.”

Recipients of the events special awards are as follows:

Volunteer of the Year:  JUDY GOULD, Muskegon

Realtor's murderer dies in prison

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The man responsible for the 2008 execution-style murder of a Muskegon County Realtor has died in custody, according to a Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman.

Robert Johnson, 78, died on April 17 from an unspecified long-term illness, says MDOC spokesman John Cordell.

Johnson was being housed at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility, where he was in long-term care.  Johnson had also been treated at hospitals near other prisons where he had been housed.

Johnson was serving a sentence of life in prison without parole for the July 1, 2008, murder of Troy VanderStelt.  Investigators said Johnson shot VanderStelt in a conference room at a Roosevelt Park real estate office.

Current, former prosecutors running for top spot

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A former assistant prosecutor, fired in March for taking gifts from a bail bondsman, is running against a current senior assistant prosecutor for the top spot in the County Prosecutor's office.

Marc Curtis was fired along with Kathryn Norton on March 9 by Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague.  Click here to read that report. 

Tague announced earlier this month that he will not run for re-election after 24 years of serving as prosecutor.  Click here to read that report.

Curtis did not address his firing Monday in the news release announcing his candidacy.

West Michigan Symphony Celebrates Muskegon Museum of Art’s 100th Birthday with Masterworks Concert

West Michigan Symphony Celebrates Muskegon Museum of Art’s  100th Birthday with Masterworks Concert

The West Michigan Symphony will perform three thrilling works inspired by visual artists on its June 1 and 2 Masterworks program, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” as the orchestra joins in the celebration of the 100th birthday of the Muskegon Museum of Art.
The “Pictures at an Exhibition” performances will feature: