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My Town: Farm-to-table favorite opening in Rockford Aug. 1

My Town: Farm-to-table favorite opening in Rockford Aug. 1

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Final rounds of training are underway at the newest restaurant opening in Rockford.

Ramona’s Table will welcome its first guests Aug. 1, beginning at 11 a.m.   The restaurant is located at the corner of Squire and Bridge, which was formerly the home of A Charmed Life boutique.  The building dates back a century, when it used to be a grain elevator and the White Pine Trail was a thoroughfare for cargo-laden trains.

Construction workers have been working on renovating the space since January.  The restaurant

pays homage to the building’s history, with the original beams, wood floors and parts of the pulley wheel on display.  Owner Jackie Ziehm says the restaurant also features a three-story atrium with skylight, as well as seating for 92 people inside and 70 people on an outdoor patio.

2 people are seriously injured after crash on Belding Road.


CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Police and fire crews are responding to a serious motorcycle crash at M-44 and Sunfish Lake Avenue. The crash happened just before 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department says two victims were seriously injured. Parts of Belding Road and Sunfish Lake are closed while authorities investigate the crash.

WZZM 13 has a crew on the scene and will have more information as it becomes available.


My Town: Date set for Art Van Sports Complex grand opening

My Town: Date set for Art Van Sports Complex grand opening

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A $7.8 million project nearly two years in the making will open to the public next week.

The grand opening for the Art Van Sports Complex is scheduled for Aug. 1.  The 60-acre complex is located at 3300 10 Mile Road in Plainfield Township.  Crews broke ground on the project in October of 2012; so far they’ve finished the first phase of work, which included eight diamonds for baseball and softball and a Miracle Field for players with disabilities.  Four additional fields are planned for phase two of construction.

The President of the West Michigan Sports Commission expects the facility to create an economic impact of more than $10 million during its first five years of operation. The Art Van Complex manager says ball diamonds are already booked for tournaments during 23 of the 27 weekends on the 2015 schedule.

My Town: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

My Town: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Authorities are looking for a West Michigan trio wanted for a series of crimes, including stealing a Rockford woman’s vehicle.

The incident happened July 20 outside the Meijer in Greenville. Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr., 25, Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of Wyoming, and Kevin Michael Seely, 25, of Belding are all wanted on carjacking charges.

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My Town: Farmers who lost 2012 crop during freeze now eligible for funding

My Town: Farmers who lost 2012 crop during freeze now eligible for funding

SPARTA, Mich.—Fruit farmers whose crops were devastated because of the unusual spring weather in 2012 are now eligible for federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin taking applications Tuesday for Michigan farmers who lost their fruit crops due to the freeze.  The funding is available through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program,  which was authorized in this year’s Farm Bill.

 “After the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted into law, USDA expedited the restart of disaster assistance programs as a top priority,” said FSA Administrator Juan Garcia. “Fruit producers experienced significant financial losses from weather-related damage in 2012. NAP provides them with long-awaited disaster relief.”

Two injured in Cannon Township crash


CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two people have been taken to the hospital after an early morning crash in Kent County.

It happened around 2:30 on Courtland Drive south of 10 Mile Road in Cannon Township, just outside of the Rockford city limits. Sheriff's Deputies tell WZZM 13 a car hit a pole. No other cars were involved in the crash.

Deputies say the victims are expected to live. There's no word on the extent of their injuries.


Wolverine Worldwide closes 140 stores in 'strategic realignment'


ROCKFORD, Mich. (Grand Rapids Business Journal) -- The Rockford-based footwear maker Wolverine Worldwide is planning to close 140 stores as part of a new "strategic realignment plan."

Stride Rite stores

The company said yesterday the store closures would take place over the next 18 months and by the end of 2015, with 60 occurring by the end of this fiscal year.

Most of the closures involve the Stride Rite brand.

The closures are a result of a consumer shift to online purchasing versus in-store buying.