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My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The snow piling up outside has kept Kent County Road Commission crews busy this past week, and with a warm up expected this weekend, their work is far from over.

During the week, 90 drivers worked each day and 30 drivers worked each night, clearing the snow from state highways, county roads and local streets and drives.  The Kent County Road Commission says all roads were cleared at least once between Tuesday and Thursday, but additional snowfall and drifting snow may give some roads the appearance of being neglected.  In Comstock Park and Grandville alone, Kent County crews spread 10,700 tons of salt and sand.  In Byron Center, crews used 58,000 gallons of liquid chloride to clear the road.  In all, the Road Commission estimates this first brush with winter cost it more than $1 million.

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Cannonsburg Ski Area pushes back opening due to rain


BELMONT, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids has seen its snowiest November ever with 29 inches of snow as of Wednesday night.

The early blast of winter gave Cannonsburg Ski Area a boost and managers had hoped for their earliest-ever opening Saturday, but the weather is no longer cooperating.

RELATED: G.R. breaks 119 year record for snowiest November

24 homes broken into in Kent County

24 homes broken into in Kent County


KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- The sheriff's department is warning residents to lock their doors following a rash of two dozen recent home invasions.

Investigators say since Nov. 1, 24 homes been broken into in Plainfield, Cannon, Ada, Cascade, and Grand Rapids townships.

The method of home invasion and times of break-in vary. In Cannon Township, the burglars made entry to the homes through side doors into garages, where vehicles were rummaged through.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department recommends residents use dead bolts on their doors and not leave valuables inside vehicles.

If you see any suspicious person or vehicle, report it at (616) 632-6100 or call Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.


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My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job

My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job

LANSING, Mich.—Dozens of new State Police troopers are now on the job throughout Michigan.

Governor Snyder served as the keynote speaker during the 127th Trooper Recruit School’s recent graduation ceremony.  During the event, Tpr. David Williams was recognized with the Academic Achievement Award.

Meijer State Games' winter event returns


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The Meijer State Games of Michigan's winter event is returning for a second year in the Grand Rapids area.

Officials announced Tuesday that registration has opened for the Winter Games, which are being held from Feb. 20-22. The event will offer 20 sports with several new additions, including shooting sports and weightlifting.

The opening ceremony takes place at Cannonsburg Ski Area, northeast of Grand Rapids, and is expected to include fireworks, lighting of the cauldron and an exhibition with professional skiers and snowboarders.

The inaugural winter games were held earlier this year.

Modeled after the Olympics, the Meijer State Games aims to draw athletes regardless of age or ability. In 2013, the Summer Games offered 34 sports and attracted more than 6,500 athletes.


My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.