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Rogue River floods in Rockford; crest expected after midnight

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Rogue River in Rockford has risen above flood stage and is expected to crest early Wednesday morning.

Food stage for the Rogue River is 8 feet in Rockford, and the river is expected to crest at 8.7 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The river is forecast to fall below flood stage Wednesday afternoon.

Minor flooding of homes is expected upstream of Rockford. The National Weather Service says this crest is comparable to a previous crest of 8.4 feet on May 31, 2010.

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My Town: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

My Town: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. --- A special election is being held May 6 for three Plainfield Township school systems:  Comstock Park, Northview and Rockford public schools.

Comstock Park Public Schools Superintendent Ethan Ebenstein said, “We are asking voters to renew our... sinking fund millage for another ten years on May 6.  This important source of special revenue helps the district make annual repairs and meet ongoing maintenance needs without taking funds from our operational classroom budget.” 

Ebenstein added, “We have an outstanding supportive community that takes great pride in our grounds and facilities, and we are seeking their assistance in helping maintain the facilities we have.”

Missing man from Kent County has been found

UPDATE (WZZM) - The Kent County Sheriff's Department has released information saying that Christopher Redding has been found. We'll have more information if it becomes available.

COURTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County deputies are asking for help in their search for a man who walked away from an adult foster care home.

Christopher Redding, 43, walked away from the home on Ramsdell Drive in Courtland Township around 5 p.m. Monday. He was last seen at a business on 14 Mile Road near Ramsdell Drive.

Deputies say Redding suffers from bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and is emotionally impaired.

Redding is a white man with gray hair and glasses. He was wearing a white shirt with brown stripes, a light colored jacket and light colored dress pants.

Anyone with information on Redding's whereabouts is asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff's Department at (616) 632-6100.

My Town: Rockford cleans up after winds topple trees, knock out power

My Town: Rockford cleans up after winds topple trees, knock out power

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Rockford residents were still cleaning up Sunday after a line of violent storms moved through the city about 5:15 p m. Saturday, downing trees and leaving hundreds of residents without power.

City police and fire crews responded to numerous reports of downed trees and power lines, which made several roads impassable. Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church held Palm Sunday masses without power and patrons of MVP Sports were notified by email that the health club was closed due to the power outage. MVP opened its doors Sunday afternoon when power was restored.

Outages were especially prevalent along and east of Myers Lake Avenue NE.

Party-goers seek shelter during storm

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- One Rockford family will never forget their loved one's birthday, which they were celebrating when a severe storm hit Saturday.

The Contreras family was outside, throwing a birthday party for their young daughter when the winds started picking up and the trees began coming down.

"We had to go inside so fast because it was taking us away, that's how bad the wind was," says father Domingo Contreras, making a waving motion with his hand. "We see the trees going like this and then we tell everybody to go down into the basement and trees start falling and hitting the house."

The family says about eight trees fell, ripping down power lines. One tree hit the house, and another landed on the family's shed. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Macatawa Bank Hosts Recycling Days April 21-25


HOLLAND, Mich., April 8, 2014 –Macatawa Bank is partnering with local West Michigan businesses, Rapid Shred & Comprenew to host a free event for the public to securely destroy documents and electronics. The event will take place during earth week, April 21-25.

Recycling Days will be held:

Monday, April 21: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 41 North State St., Zeeland Tuesday, April 22: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 1575 68th St., Grand Rapids Wednesday, April 23: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 3177 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids Thursday, April 24: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 12415 Riley St., Holland Friday, April 25: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 3191 44th St., SW, Grandville

Along with the Rapid Shred Truck and Comprenew, Macatawa Bank’s famous Mac Snack Wagon will be at each location serving snacks and handing out water from another local partner, Boxed Water is Better. Recycle totes will go to the first 25 people at each location.

Warmer weather spurs Steelhead fishing along the Rogue River

Warmer weather spurs Steelhead fishing along the Rogue River

Anglers have been converging on the Rogue River in Rockford as the spring Steelhead run gets underway.

Dozens of anglers fished beneath the Rockford dam over the weekend as warmer temperatures and partly cloudy skies offered ideal conditions.

The Rogue and the Grand River in Grand Rapids are producing nice steelhead catches, the state Department of Natural Resources reports.

Steelhead activity is expected to pick up this week and continue into early May.

Those fishing Sunday reported success using live bait and artificial lures. The Rogue is running higher than normal due to snow melting in its watershed, which drains about 234 square miles in Kent and Newaygo counties.

The river was running at 5.7 feet on Monday; flood stage is 8 feet.