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Grand Haven rallies past Fruitport

FRUITPORT, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Haven scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and rallied past Fruitport 17-14.

Jacob Kostner provided the game-winner with a 25-yard field goal.

The Buccaneers trailed 14-7 entering the final quarter.

Two hospitalized after Ottawa Co. crash

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries following a Tuesday evening crash in Ottawa County.

A 33-year-old Spring Lake woman was driving south on 152nd Ave. around 6:41 p.m., when she ran the stop sign at Leonard. She crashed into another vehicle, injuring the 49-year-old Spring Lake man driving it and a child passenger.

The child's injuries were treated at the scene. The two drivers were taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital.

Elwood holding hiring event in Grand Haven Friday

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) Elwood Staffing is looking to fill 30 positions Friday morning.

There will be a hiring event today at the Ottawa County Michigan Works Grand Haven Service Center on 6th Street. It runs from 8:30 am until noon... and then again from 1 to 4 pm.

They're looking for hi-lo drivers, bin loaders, machine operators, material handlers, line operators, and supervisors.

If you're interested you're asked to bring your resume and be ready to talk to recruiters.

Construction of Ottawa County expressway hits milestone

NUNICA, Mich. (WZZM)—Construction of the new M-231 bypass in Ottawa County hit a milestone Thursday morning.

Crews with the Michigan Department of Transportation set steel beams for the bridge crossing the Grand River, as part of the new highway. Workers previously finished laying an asphalt base for the bypass from M-104 south to Cypress Street.

M-231 will connect Interstate 96 to Lake Michigan Drive, providing an alternative north-south route to driving through Grand Haven on U.S. 31. The bypass is expected to open to traffic in the spring of 2016.


G.H. school board member who stole running again

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- An open two-year seat on the Grand Haven School Board is attracting one write in candidate who hopes to get back on the board and another who wants to stay on the board. It's a race that will get extra attention because of one of the candidates has a criminal past.

Brandon Hall says he decided to run as a write-in candidate for the school board only after no one else did.

"I just had a feeling in my heart to put myself out there," Hall said. "I never wanted to leave my term in the first place. I always wanted at some point to come back to the board."

In 2008, Hall was elected to the school board, but two years later he resigned after being convicted of stealing money from a school fundraiser. Then Hall violated his probation by using marijuana and spent three weeks in jail.

My Town Coopersville: Diocese appoints new pastor to parish

My Town Coopersville: Diocese appoints new pastor to parish

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A pastor in Coopersville is taking his spiritual lessons to Spring Lake.

Bishop Walter Walkowiak  of the Diocese of Grand Rapids has announced Rev. David C. Gross of St. Mary Parish in Marne and St. Michael Parish in Coopersville will take over as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Spring Lake.  His appointment takes effect Sept. 17.

Bishop Walkowiak has appointed Rev. D. Anton Tran to take over Gross’ duties at the parishes in Marne and Coopersville, beginning Sept. 17.  Tran is the current pastor of St. Mary-St. Jerome Parish in Custer. 

Girl mauled by raccoon finishes surgeries

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - A western Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby is celebrating the completion of two years' worth of reconstructive surgical procedures.

Charlotte Ponce had her upper lip repaired, her nose rebuilt and last month she got a new ear.

The 12-year-old from Spring Lake has spent a lot of time at Beaumont Hospital in suburban Detroit since 2012.

On Monday, the doctor who performed her surgeries looked back on Charlotte's journey.

Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate tells WXYZ-TV he kept his word. He says he told Charlotte she would get her nose, lip and ear back, and she did.

During a procedure last week, Chaiyasate surprised his patient by piercing her new ear and fashioning a makeshift earring from IV tubing.