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Courtland family loses home in fire


COURTLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A mother and her two children are without a home after a fire broke out while they were out holiday shopping.

Several fire departments responded to the blaze around 1:00pm Sunday.

When crews arrived on scene flames were coming through the two story home's roof.

Courtland's Fire Chief, Mickey Davis, says the fires appears to have started outside of the home but are still looking into what caused the initial spark.

The Red Cross is helping the family find a place to stay.


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My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

Rockford woodshop students give away toys for Christmas


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Everyone knows that wonderful feeling of getting a homemade gift.

Students at North Rockford Middle School have been hard at work all semester in their own North Pole of sorts: woodshop class.

On Thursday, the students gave away the rocking airplanes they made for kids in need.

Watch the video above to see what they had to say about making Christmas especially meaningful for others.


My Town: Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank celebrates record-setting year

My Town: Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank celebrates record-setting year
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.— With only a few weeks left in what will be its second record-setting year in a row, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is asking the community to remember families in need this holiday season.

 

 
“It’s painful to think that our neighbors are dealing with hunger issues at this time of year,” said CEO Ken Estelle. “We’re asking people to think about how they can get involved and make sure everyone is provided for.”
 

 

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Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—After more than three decades helping to educate hundreds of thousands of children, the superintendent of Kent Intermediate School District is leaving his post.

Tuesday, Kevin Konarska announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year. Konarska has worked for Kent ISD for nine years, helping the agency navigate through the Great Recession and deep funding cuts by the state, all while opening new education programs and a laboratory school.

"It will be very hard to see Kevin leave," Board President Claudia Bajema said in a news release to WZZM 13. "He has made such a difference in the schools we serve and in the opportunities available to the more than 100,000 students throughout our service region."

My Town: Rockford native joins Ferris State University Board of Trustees

My Town: Rockford native joins Ferris State University Board of Trustees

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LANSING, Mich. (Office of the Governor) – Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Ana Ramirez-Saenz, of Rockford, and Rupesh Srivastava, of Franklin Village, to serve on the Ferris State University Board of Trustees. Ramirez-Saenz and Srivastava will serve eight-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2022. Their appointments, effective Jan. 1, 2015, are subject to the confirmation by the Michigan senate.

“Ana and Rupesh are talented professionals and bring valuable experience to the board,” Snyder said. “I am confident they will do great work for Ferris State.”

My Town: Meadow Ridge Elementary students collect hundreds of Toys for Tots

ROCKFORD, Mich. -- WZZM 13 is celebrating the end to yet another successful Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge, thanks to an army of students scattered across West Michigan.

More than 40 schools participated in this year's drive, collecting more than 11,000 toys. Meadow Ridge Elementary students are donating 347 toys.

For additional toy totals and videos, visit the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots page.