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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.

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.


Musicians mourn death of GVSU saxophone student


Allendale, MI (WZZM) - Impossible to replace. A mentor and role model. The heartbeat of a saxophone quartet.

Those are some of the ways classmates and teachers at Grand Valley State University are remembering Alex Aninios.

"It's impossible to replace someone of Alex's caliber," says friend and classmate Mike Mitrovich. "We went to high school together at Walled Lake Northern. We were very close.


The 22 year old Grand Valley senior was killed Monday morning when his car collided with a semi, on Belding Road in Cannon Township near Rockford.

Rockford teaching assistant killed in Belding Rd. crash


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Metro Detroit man has died after his vehicle was broadsided by a semi truck on Belding Road near Ramsdell Avenue NE.

Kent County Sheriff's deputies say Alexander Aninos, 22, from Commerce Township, was leaving the Bostwick Bakery and Coffee Shop around 8 a.m. Monday when he turned into the path of a truck on Belding Road.

The force of the crash pushed his white car into a yard across the street and snapped a power pole. Utility trucks were on the scene working to repair the downed wires.

The truck driver was not seriously hurt. Belding Road was closed from Young Avenue to Ramsdell for several hours.

Aninos was a student at Grand Valley State University and a music teaching assistant at Lakes Elementary in Rockford.

First annual Rockford Ninja Warrior competition underway


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The first annual Rockford Ninja Warrior competition is underway this weekend. The most serious competitors are finishing the final day of an intense obstacle course.

The Competition runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. today on Childsdale Avenue, near the site of the old paper mill on the Rogue River. Admission is free to spectators.


For more information visit the Rockford Ninja Warrior website at http://www.rockfordninjawarrior.com/.


Rockford rallies for OT victory over Grand Haven


GRAND HAVEN -- Rockford rallied for a thrilling 27-21 overtime win over host Grand Haven Friday night.

The Rams trailed 21-14 early in the fourth quarter, but tied it and then won it with a score in overtime.

Rockford (6-1) now leads the OK Red Conference.