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Substitute Teachers are Desperately Needed in Michigan

Michigan is facing a shortage of substitute teachers and it's having a direct affect on schools.

The Detroit Free Press says the lack of substitute teachers,
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Bye, Bye Kmart and Other Grand Rapids Businesses

2016 was quite a year, huh? We elected, and will be swearing in, a new President very soon, had to say goodbye to so many movie stars, recording artists, and others, who have made a difference, or had an effect, in our lives. And, locally, we have seen many, popular, or formally popular, businesses close up. 

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New Pizza Place Coming to Grand Rapids!

You can never have too much pizza!

Coming in 2017, Grand Rapids will be getting a new pizzeria, Herb & Fire. This will be the second West Michigan location for the restaurant which will open at Celebration Village in Grand Rapids.

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Sheldon the Cat Visits for Wet Nose Wednesday

Sheldon the cat, came calling today.

Sheldon visited with Andy Rent as he talked about her on his Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Kent County

Now that Christmas is over your first priority might be to take your decorations and tree down. If you had a natural tree this year, different cities around Kent County are offering Christmas tree recycling programs...

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National tour of Pump Boys & Dinettes makes a pit stop in West Michigan

More great theater is coming to West Michigan, Byron Center, actually.

On January 26th, 2017, Pump Boys and Dinettes, moves into the Van Single Fine Arts Center for a one-night only performance of the “friendliest, happiest show in town.”

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Sparta Sports Complex Could Receive $150,000; Ionia up for $74,300

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has recommended that Sparta receive $150,000 for improvements to the new Sparta Sports Complex.

The City of Ionia could receive $74,300 for improvements to Robinson Park.

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Meijer Christmas Ad Makes Its Mark As One Of The Best In The US [Video]

A Meijer Christmas ad that was released last month has made several lists as one of the best Christmas ads of the season.

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Adopt Trailer Joe From Crash’s Landing

If you follow our weekly features on the cats available for adoption from Crash's Landing you know that each cat has a name that comes with a story.

Trailer Joe is no exception.

Please adopt Trailer Joe!

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Grand Rapids Men Win Treasure Hunt Worth $5000 [Video]

Chris Tongen and Steve Crockett found treasure snuggled in a tree in Oak Hill Cemetery, ending a three month long hunt.

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Top Baby Names for 2016 From Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health just released their list of the top baby names for 2016, and the list of popular boys’ names underwent more changes in 2016 than an infant’s diapers.

Seven new names popped up in the top 10―including one with presidential gravitas.

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Christmas Means Great Surfing In Grand Haven [Video]

The Rock Pile Gang, so named for the piles of rocks that line the Grand Haven Pier, have been winter surfers along Lake Michigan for years. So when the wind kicked up the surf and kicked down the wind chill, these brave souls jumped in the water to surf.

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