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Regulators say credit union in Grand Haven may be scam

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan regulators say a Grand Haven-based credit union called Whitestone Credit Union may have been operating a scam.

The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation announced Tuesday that it has ordered Whitestone Credit Union to stop doing business.

The agency says it believes Whitestone used a website and telephone answering service to pose as a legitimate credit union and may have been attempting to steal consumers' money and identity information.

A telephone listing for Whitestone wasn't working Tuesday morning. Its website also wasn't working.

The state says Whitestone was encouraging customers to apply for loans by providing personal information including social security and financial account numbers.

You're Invited - Harvest Bible Chapel - Spring Lake

If you are at all interested in the ministry of Harvest Bible Chapel Spring Lake, please come to our upcoming open house! The open house will be a time where we will give you a brief history of the church, the vision of Harvest Bible Chapel, and an opportunity for you to consider being a part of our Launch Team. We are currently in the process of building and equipping our Launch Team and would love for you to come and check us out. Prayerfully consider being part of what the Lord is doing at Harvest Bible Chapel Spring Lake!

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Grand Haven's city council to vote on ordinance allowing homless shelters

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Haven's city council is expected to decide on an ordinance allowing and regulating homeless shelters within the city.

The ruling would allow local ministry Love INC to finalize its plans for the city's first shelter. 

Love INC Executive Director Eric Morgan says the facility will offer future residents everything they need to get back on track and require a big commitment in return - a step toward a new life.

"They will have their own room and bathroom and that is different than a typical shelter," says Morgan. "This is not a place for someone to bunk for awhile. I am also willing to take that next step."

Morgan says he's envisioned the center at a former, vacant hospice facility on S. Despelder for nearly two years. But he says there are many in the community who don't like the idea.

A Typical Week at International Aid:

Content provided by: Katherine Averill

On the Web: www.internationalaid.org

When people ask me what I like about working at International Aid, my common response is this: “I love working at a place where I can see God’s moving every single day.”

While some people might believe me, most people usually give a “That’s cute—did you steal that from a Hallmark card” type of look and then quietly excuse themselves from the conversation. But even though it might seem cheesy, it’s true.

Grand Haven ArtWalk to kick off this week


For visitors looking to expand their Grand Rapids' ArtPrize experience, Grand Haven, Michigan, on the west coast of Lake Michigan, is the place to go. A half-hour drive from Grand Rapids, Grand Haven is home to many painters and sculptors, and to a beautiful beach!
Grand Haven ArtWalk takes place from September 22 through October 9, 2010, and is planned to showcase artistic efforts from the local area and beyond. There will be outdoor sculpture along the Grand River Waterfront, in Central Park, and in other locations around town. Paintings, mixed media, indoor sculpture and photographs will be on view in businesses and community buildings throughout Downtown, CenterTown, and the Waterfront.
Visitors to Grand Haven can easily reach these areas on foot, experiencing a walking art tour and the local charm of Grand Haven at the same time.

Two Muskegon teenagers hit by school bus

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)–Two Muskegon teenagers are recovering at home after being hit by a Grand Haven school bus.

The accident happened at Grand Haven High School shortly before 3 p.m. Friday. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says 19-year-old Megan Grand and 18-year-old Victoria Morgaine were riding their bicycles between two buses when a third bus pulled out and hit them. The bus driver could not see the girls.

The teenagers were treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries, then released.

Grand Haven hands Rockford first loss

GRAND HAVEN (WZZM) -- In a back-and-forth game, the Grand Haven Buccaneers knocked off the Rockford Rams, 26-23.

The Rams opened the scoring in the second quarter on a Connor Darby TD run. The Bucs would answer quickly when Trent Hitsman ran in for a score.

The game was delayed 30 minutes with Grand Haven's Alec Smith was hurt after making a catch at the Rockford 2-yard line. Rockford would take a 16-14 lead to the half.

Grand Haven quickly regained the lead when Dalton Stenberg scored on a touchdown run, to make it 20-16. The Rams would answer when Mark LaPrarie hit Neil VanderLaan on an 83-yard touchdown strike.

The Bucs took the lead for good when Stenberg ran for his third touchdown of the night. Both Grand Haven and Rockford are now 3-1.