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Plans to remove old tree gets backlash from Spring Lake alumni

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's a deep-rooted debate in Spring Lake over plans to knock down a century-old tree for a school construction project. The Spring Lake superintendent says plans to build a new car lane outside the middle and intermediate school building would improve traffic and safety.

Life often takes unpredictable turns, but the large Oak tree has been on the same path for at least a century. Currently, the tree is just outside the Spring Lake middle and intermediate school building.

"It's a real survivor," says Mark Miller, an alumni of the Spring Lake School District.

Now, the tree's survival is at a cross roads, as it stands in the middle of a planned construction project at the Spring Lake School District.

"I think it would be a real shame to take that down," says Miller.

Talented Student, Rachel Myszak, designs Coopersville C of C Logo

Talented Student, Rachel Myszak, designs Coopersville C of C Logo

Rachel Myszak, a senior in Graphic Design at Coopersville High School, was recently recognized by the Coopersville Chamber of Commerce for her logo design. The logo was designed for the Chamber of Commerce marketing campaign; “Shop, Live, Love, Coopersville.”

This partnership between businesses and the Ottawa Area schools and the Community, is an initiative for “Doing More Together” and will offer more educational opportunities for area students.

Rachel states, “My first graphic design class in high school opened my eyes to design and my passion for it. Creating art is a personal process and knowing that people enjoy the completed piece in rewarding.”

Weekly summer car shows underway in Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Viper, Corvair, Galaxy, Camero -- all on display Thursday night in Grand Haven.

Culver's in Grand Haven holds a classic car show in its parking lot every Thursday throughout the summer. This week's show kicked off the shows' eighth summer. People from up and down the lakeshore bring their cars to show off.

"We allow anyone that's proud of something they drive to come on in, classics, rods, customs," said show coordinator Jeremy Leski. "I have a lot of fun doing it, and the people here enjoy it."

The classic car shows are 5-8 every Thursday night through August. They're free to attend and to display your car. The lot opens at 4 for people who want to show off their wheels.

Fire-damaged bathrooms in Grand Haven being repaired

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A public restroom in Grand Haven that was destroyed by fire two months ago is going to be repaired.

Our partner the Grand Haven Tribune reports city leaders have approved an agreement to rebuild the facility at Chinook Pier.

Investigators say an electrical problem may have started the fire on April 2. On May 29, the city's insurance company determined the building can be salvaged.

This week, city leaders reached an agreement with a consulting firm to get the rebuilding process started.

Nerd Wallet: Grand Haven in top Mich. cities to start businesses

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A lakeshore community is named one of the best Michigan cities for entrepreneurs, according to the website Nerd Wallet, which ranked Grand Haven among the top 20 Michigan cities to start a business.

The site uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. They say Grand Haven has about 15 businesses for every 100 people who live there. Those businesses have an average revenue of just over $1 million.

Auburn Hills topped the list. Traverse City took second place.

Woman sentenced for deadly wrong-way I-96 crash

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) --Family members of a man killed in a wrong way crash on I-96 say justice has been served. Monday morning, an Ottawa County judge sentenced the drunk driver, Heather Luke, to between seven and 15 years in prison for her role in William Foster's death.

Outside of court, a family that's hit rock bottom was beginning to find higher ground. William Foster's brother was emotionally moved by a sense of justice.

"We were told not to yell out in the courtroom, but I just wanted to scream, 'Yes'," says Paul Foster.

Paul Foster is applauding the judge's sentence for the woman who killed his brother.

In court, Heather Luke offered a brief apology.

"To the family, I am truly, truly sorry I never meant to hurt anybody that day," Luke said in court.

Spring Lake residents sue over church driveway

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A proposed driveway is at the center of a legal dispute among a group of Spring Lake residents, a local church, and the local government.

Sixteen people have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop All Shores Wesleyan Church from building a driveway through their neighborhood on Fruitport Road.

"This isn't zoned for anything other than residential use," said neighbor Anita Moon, referring to property where the church plans to demolish a home it owns and build that driveway. She's afraid that will bring some of the heavy traffic from the church into the neighborhood.

"Anywhere from 300 to 400 vehicles turn west out of their driveway every Sunday morning," said Moon. "The traffic would be substantial, and, also, we would lose all of our privacy."