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My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes:

My Town: U.S. 31 construction work means traffic slowdowns

My Town: U.S. 31 construction work means traffic slowdowns

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Winter is over, which means construction season is here.

Crews began work on more than 12 miles of U.S. 31 on Monday.  Workers are resurfacing  the southbound lanes, from Ferris Street to Quincy Street. 

The project is expected to run through June.  Drivers can expect traffic slow-downs in the affected area.  Intermittent single-lane and shoulder closures are planned.  All lanes should be open from 6 a.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday and weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Judge calls convicted murderer a "cold-blooded killer"


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - A man convicted of killing his sister and her husband in 1987 will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Ryan Wyngarden was sentenced to two life terms Monday in Grand Haven court. Judge John Hulsing, in pronouncing the sentence, called Wyngarden "a cold-blooded killer."

Wyngarden was convicted in March in the case that had gone cold. Prosecutors convinced the jury that Wyngarden had killed his sister and her husband to cover up a sexual relationship he had with his sister while they were minors.

Click here for the previous story of the conviction

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings


(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.



Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

Holland-Grand Haven named healthiest in U.S.

Holland-Grand Haven named healthiest in U.S.


Holland (WZZM) - We have told you that a West Michigan county is the healthiest in the state, but now two of the cities in that area have been named the healthiest in the entire country.

The Holland-Grand Haven area was named the healthiest place in the nation according to 24/7 Wall Street. The area scored 80.9 on a physical health index with the 44th lowest obesity rate in the nation and 37th lowest poverty rate.

Despite the ranking, the study found Holland area residents exercised less than the majority of Americans and were less likely to eat healthy all day.

Coast Guard officer accused of assault


MILWAUKEE (AP) - A U.S. Coast Guard officer is accused of having abusive sexual contact with a female colleague while he was stationed in Milwaukee last year.

The Coast Guard identifies him as Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua M. Raymond, a 30-year-old from Deerfield. Raymond also faces tentative charges of attempted sexual assault and making false statements during the investigation. He now faces an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury hearing.

Coast Guard spokesman Christopher Yaw says the outcome could range from having the charges dropped to initiating court-martial proceedings. Raymond's defense attorney, Grover Baxley, says his client intends to plead not guilty to all charges.

Raymond had been assigned to the Lake Michigan facility in Milwaukee. He was transferred to Station Grand Haven, Mich., after the investigation.


My Town: Coast Guard officer accused of assault transferred to Grand Haven

My Town: Coast Guard officer accused of assault transferred to Grand Haven

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A U.S. Coast Guard officer is accused of having abusive sexual contact with a colleague while he was stationed in Milwaukee last November.

The Coast Guard said in a news release Tuesday the officer was assigned to the Lake Michigan facility in Milwaukee. The release doesn't describe the alleged contact but says the man is also accused of attempted sexual assault and making false statements during the investigation.

His case has been referred to an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury hearing. Coast Guard spokesman Christopher Yaw says the outcome could range from having the charges dropped to a court-martial.

The man was transferred to Station Grand Haven, Mich., after the investigation. A message left for him there was not immediately returned.