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Rockford beats Holland West Ottawa


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Rockford beat West Ottawa 35-8.

Landen Haney had 100 yards passing to help the Rams get the win Friday night.


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Bomb threat made at Rockford Schools


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- There was a large police presence at Rockford Schools Friday morning following an anonymous bomb threat, Michigan State Police said.

Rockford Superintendent Michael Shibler told WZZM 13 he personally received an e-mail at 10 a.m. that included a bomb threat against all 13 school buildings in the district. He immediately notified Rockford Police, the Kent County Sheriff's Department, and Michigan State Police.

Principals, teachers, and maintenance staff at all the schools immediately checked the buildings, inside and out for anything unusual. Nothing was found. Police with canines then swept through each building in the district, as a precaution.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now involved in the investigation and is working to trace the e-mail source of the threat.

Police identify hunter found dead


CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Courtland Township man was found dead Tuesday morning by his hunting partner.

William Jonkman, 58, was found in Cannon Township on private land. His cousin had gone to meet him at a predetermined time while bow hunting and found him deceased.

Kent County Sheriff's investigators say Jonkman had an extensive medical history. The medical examiner's office ruled his death to be of natural causes. An autopsy was not performed.


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.

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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.