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Rockford wins season opener


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Rams opened up the 2014 campaign with a 28-10 home win over Utica Eisenhower.


My Town Rockford: Gas leak leads to driving detours

My Town Rockford: Gas leak leads to driving detours

ROCKFORD, Mich.— Public Safety Officers are encouraging drivers to avoid a section of Rockford Tuesday, as utility crews work to seal a gas leak.

Public safety officers sent out an alert to drivers just before 8:45 a.m.  The leak is on Summit between Rockview and Riverchase.  That section of the road is expected to be closed to traffic until approximately 10:45 a.m.

It’s unclear what led to the gas leak.

U.S. 131 reopens at 10 Mile Road following crash


ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Northbound U.S. 131 has reopened at 10 Mile Rd. near Rockford following a crash Friday morning.

Michigan State Police say around 11:30 a.m.an SUV lost control and the camper it was towing flipped. The crash caused the vehicle to jack-knife and face on-coming traffic.

No one was seriously hurt.


West Michigan Miracle League looking for players


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM)—Registration is underway for the 2014 fall sports season for the West Michigan Miracle League, which provides kids with disabilities the chance to play baseball.

The fall 2014 season starts Sept. 6. Games will be played every Saturday through Oct. 4 at Nate Hurwitz Field, which is part of the Art Van Sports Complex in Rockford.

The West Michigan Miracle League is open to children ages 5-18 who have physical or mental disabilities. The registration fee is $40, and scholarships are available. Registration is open through Aug. 24. For additional information, visit the West Michigan Miracle League's website here.


My Town: New plans for former Gaslight Village restaurant

My Town: New plans for former Gaslight Village restaurant

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—New plans are in the mix for the former home of Ramona’s Table.

The owners of the former Gaslight Village restaurant have sold their space at 2232 Wealthy Street SE to the owners of Rio Grand Steakhouse in Plainfield Township.  It’s unclear if Rio Grand Steakhouse is planning to open a second restaurant, or move its current establishment at 5501 Northland Drive into the space.

Ramona’s Table moved to the corner of Squires and Bridge in Rockford, where it opened Aug 1.  The owners say their new space can accommodate more than 160 people- more than their old restaurant. Co-owner Jackie Ziehm also says Rockford also had a liquor license available, allowing Ramona’s Table to add Michigan beers and wines to its expanded farm-to-table menu.

My Town: Rockford Farm Market vendor enlists high school students

My Town: Rockford Farm Market vendor enlists high school students

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Local grower extraordinaire Jack Urben has come up with a way to sell his in-demand sweet corn at America's Favorite Farmers Market in Rockford on Saturday mornings.

Boasting the sweetest of sweet corn, hobby-farmer Jack Urben has built such a huge following of believers that he found it difficult to keep up with the demand of throngs of people who attend the iconic Rockford Farm Market every Saturday morning. In a collaborative venture with Rockford Public Schools, Urben has recruited six junior and senior student council members to staff his farm market stall during what appears to be a record corn harvest.

"These personable and enthusiastic students will be further educated by engaging in people-to-people skills the likes of eye-contact, greetings and thank yous, and money handling without having to resort to a computer or that "brain" that they carry around in their hands," said Urben. 

School rankings show districts' points of pride, areas for improvement

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan's annual school accountability scorecards are out.

 

The report ranks schools according to factors like attendance and how well they meet goals set by the state's education department.

 

Schools that fall in the bottom five percent of the rankings are considered "priority" schools and are placed under the supervision of Michigan's school reform officer. There are 138 schools identified as "priority" schools. Nearly half of them are on that list for the fist time.

 

At least two West Michigan districts with priority schools also have schools among the state's top performers: Grand Rapids Public Schools and Godwin Heights Public Schools.