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Rockford woman one of 100 national finalists in Pillsbury Bakeoff

Rockford woman one of 100 national finalists in Pillsbury Bakeoff

 A Rockford woman is one of 100 finalists nationwide for the 47th Pillsbury Bakeoff.  She will travel to Nashville where she will compete for one million dollars.  Her original recipe is sausage and blue cheese crescent cups.   According to the Pillsbury website, Jennifer created her contest entry with her head taste tester—her husband—in mind. “He loves red pepper jelly, blue cheese, sausage and all things in crescent rolls,” she says. While growing up, Jennifer was charged with folding the family’s laundry, which she happily did while watching her favorite cooking shows on TV.

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Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Rockford students encourage struggling peers to seek help


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Rockford school district held an event Wednesday evening, drawing attention to the problem of teenage suicide and other mental health issues teens face.

The event's purpose was to help struggling students and hopefully save a life.

Two Rockford High School seniors shared their personal struggles with depression and mental health issues with their peers.

"We're here to let you know that you are not alone in this situation, that we have gone through it, we've gotten better, and we are here now and are here to tell you, you're there -- but you could be where we are and you could get help," said Brittany Hayes, who spoke about overcoming an eating disorder.

Driver in deadly Belding Road crash a no-show for sentencing


CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The woman who caused a deadly crash could face more jail time after she didn't show up for her sentencing Wednesday.

Tara Tappin faces a year in jail after entering a no contest plea for causing a fatal crash on Belding Road.

RELATED: Woman enters plea in fatal April crash at Bostwick Lake

Her sentencing, scheduled for Wednesday morning, was delayed, because Tappin did not come to court.

The crash happened in April near the Bostwick Lake Inn; investigators say Tappin's truck slammed into the back of 59-year-old Robert Yourshaw's car. The impact sent Yourshaw's car into oncoming traffic, where it was hit again.

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Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Make a difference on Wednesday, October 22 for the precious cats of Crash's Landing by visiting one of 14 different Pizza Hut’s.

Print the flier from Crash Landing & Sid’s Sanctuary web site. Present the filier to one of 14 Pizza Hut locations from 11am – 11pm for Dine-in, Carry-out or Delivery to get 20% of your bill donated to Crash’s Landing and Sanctuary for their assistance with stray cats.

Rockford Leaf Pick-Up News & Farm Market Reminder

Rockford Leaf Pick-Up News & Farm Market Reminder

There is no set schedule when city crews will pick up leaves in the neighborhood but residents are welcome to place leaves neatly in the parkway area (between the street & sidewalk). Crew will continually loop through the City.

Leaves should not be placed in the street. Biodegradable paper bags are acceptable & encouraged during this time and will be picked up on the normal schedule day.

Pine Island bridge gets historic designation


ALGOMA TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A Kent County bridge has earned a rare distinction.

A new Michigan historical marker was dedicated today at the Pine Island Drive Bridge. The 90-year-old 'camelback-style' bridge is between Ten and 11 Mile Roads in Algoma Township.

Kent County Road Commission engineers say the structure is likely the only remaining concrete 'rainbow arch' bridge in the country.

The bridge was completed in 1927 at a cost of $27,000.