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Grand Haven Township accident shuts down highway

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)- An accident in Grand Haven Township has sent two people to the hospital.

The crash happened on southbound U.S. 31 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The Ottawa County sheriff's department says 38-year-old Dale Johnson of St. Paul, Minnesota ran a red light at Ferris Street, hitting a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Kelli Brunette of Grand Haven.

The impact of the crash pinned Brunette inside her vehicle. Rescuers freed her and took her to North Ottawa Community Hospital with serious injuries. Her condition was stable Saturday night. Johnson was also taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital, where his condition was stable Saturday night.

The sheriff's department closed southbound U.S. 31 for 45 minutes to investigate and clean up the crash.

Grand Haven stays tied atop OK Red beating East Kentwood

GRAND HAVEN (WZZM) -- As one of the four teams tied atop the O-K Red, the Grand Haven Buccaneers needed a win over the East Kentwood Falcons Friday to keep pace in the league title race.

Some highlights: In the first quarter Adam Poel found Moke Moorehead in the endzone to put the Buccaneers on the scoreboard first.  They lead 7-0. 

Later in the first Dakota Smith found his way through a pile of Hawks for six points boosting Grand Haven's lead to 14-0.

In the end Grand Haven won 37-7.

Keller Ford Kia MVP - Week 7 - Keegan Wolter, Spring Lake

(WZZM) - Spring Lake Quarterback Keegan Wolter is the week seven winner of the Keller Ford Kia MVP award.

Wolter totaled 159 yards and threw for 3 touchdowns in the Lakers 39-21 win over previously undefeated Grant.

Congratulations to Spring Lake's Keegan Wolter, the winner of the Keller Ford Kia MVP award for week seven.

Spring Lake stomps Newaygo

NEWAYGO (WZZM) -- A win over the Newaygo Lions Friday would give the Spring Lake Lakers a share of the Lakes-8 crown.

Some highlights: Keegan Wolter to Ryan Walling for a touchdown.  Spring Lake lead 22-0.

The Lakers were in command and didn't let up. Wolter to Trevor Tidswell for another touchdown pass.  Spring Lake increased their lead to 28-14.

They won 55-14 and clinched a share of the Lakes-8 crown.

Special thanks to our "Hot Shot" Alex Sinn for providing the highlights.

Woman and boy hospitalized after three-car crash

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)- A Fruitport boy and a Spring Lake woman are hospitalized with serious injuries after a crash Friday afternoon at Cleveland and Kruegar Streets.

Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies say a pickup truck was towing a car with a rope around 3:30 p.m. Friday when a minivan hit it in the intersection. 

Tina Gust, 41, was steering the car at the time.  She was taken to Hackley Hospital with serious head and chest injuries.  At last check, she was in serious but stable condition.

The driver of the minivan, Jerome Acterhof, 26, was treated and released from North Ottawa Community Hospital with a minor chest injury.  Corbin Acterhof, 7, suffered a serious head injury and was flown to Spectrum Health.  At last check he was in serious, but stable condition.  Jordan Acterhof, 4, was also riding in the vehicle.  He was unharmed. 

Chamber of Commerce Partners with Next I.T. to Develop Website

From: Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce

(GRAND HAVEN, MI) The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg is proud and excited to announce the completion of the Boomerang Website thanks to a partnership with Next I.T.
 Boomerang is a career exploration event, started three years ago by a Chamber of Commerce Leadership Connect Class, who knew the development and retention of young leaders is a vital component to our community’s continued growth.  Of the students surveyed in 2009, almost 70% stated they planned on moving out of Northwest Ottawa County for various reasons.  Boomerang aims to change this mentality, and encourage students to bring their talent back to the area after further education.  To do this, Boomerang creates the opportunity for 11th grade students from Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Central High Schools to interact and ask questions about careers, education, skills, and training with local professionals.&

Grant awarded to environmental group for treating invasive plant species

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) -- An invasive plant species are infesting shoreline regions in West Michigan and causing problems for wildlife.

Phragmites, a form of giant reed grass, multiply at an alarming rate along the wetlands in Michigan.  They grow in thick, wall like groups of hundreds, taking over the habitats for plants and making them inhospitable for animals.

Currently, 15 foot plants are threatening the natural habitat on Grand Haven's Harbor Island.

The Grand Haven Community Foundation has awarded the environmental group "Wetland Watch" a $30,000 dollar grant to rid the island of the species.

"The east side of the state... there are just areas that are lost to Phragmities," said Wetland Watch VP Leslie Newman.  "On the west side, we have the option to, as a community, come together to be able to deal with the problem before it takes over."