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SCAM ALERT: Callers “Spoof” Kent County Sheriff’s Department Phone Number

Kent County authorities say scam artists are calling people and impersonating members of the Sheriff's Department and trying to con people out of their money.

Police say that the scammers are using the name of an employee of the department, and that they've also "spoofed" the department's phone number, which makes it so that when they call, the Sheriff's Department's number appears on caller ID.

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Ventra to bring up to 144 Jobs to Ionia

The Ionia County Economic Alliance and The Right Place, Inc. announced today that Ventra plans to invest up to $8.5 million to expand operations in the City of Ionia.

The expansion is expected to create up to 144 jobs.

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Founders Brewing Co. Announces New Beer To Benefit ArtPrize

Founders Brewing Co. will again team with ArtPrize for a special beer.

This year's ArtPrize beer is a "clean, rich, golden beer" named Mosaic Promise.

It's sales will benefit ArtPrize.

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Florida the Cat Visits on Wet Nose Wednesday [Sponsored]

Trudy Ender, executive director of the Humane Society of West Michigan visited for Wet Nose Wednesday and brought Florida with her.

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Grand Rapids Public Schools Talks Budget Cuts [Video]

Facing a $13.5 million deficit due to a projected enrollment decline of 400 students, Grand Rapids Public Schools may have to make some tough decisions.

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Berlin Fair is This Week

One of Michigan's oldest fairs kicked off Monday in Marne.

Everyone can check out agriculture and craft shows while catching a ride or a show throughout each day of the week long festival.

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Byron Township Outlet Mall Sets Date for Groundbreaking

The outlet mall planned for Byron Township will take a big step forward this summer.

The Tanger Outlet Mall groundbreaking ceremony will take place on August 21.

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Midwest League All-Star Classic: Tigers Great Willie Horton Appearing; Whitecaps’ Jonathan Crawford Starting Pitcher

For those of my generation, the 1968 Detroit Tigers will always have a special place in our hearts.

So, it was great to see that the star leftfielder from that team, Willie Horton, will be making an appearance at Tuesday's Midwest League All-Star Classic.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ’22 Jump Street’ Schools ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′

Everyone expected '22 Jump Street' and 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' to open well, but you won't find many people who expected the raunchy R-rated comedy to open bigger than the family friendly animated adventure. But here we are! Both films opened well, but '22 Jump Street,' like the first film, is has taken a hammer to all expectations.

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Sun of a Beach Festival Brings Sand and Fun to Downtown Grand Rapids [Video/Photos]

Friday was a fun day for Grand Rapids as the beach moved downtown for Sun of a Beach Festival!

We brought the sand, the beer, the food, music and, heck, even a party boat!

The day was beautiful, the beer was cold, the elephant ears were massive and the bands played for hours! There was a dancing, drinking and fun had by everyone who came out to 50 Monroe NW for our party!

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Standale Summer Concert Series Returns for Second Year

Last year, the Standale Summer Concert Series brought hundreds to Walker Community Park for free live music and kids activities.

The concert series is returning this summer and the lineup has been announced.

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Be Weather Ready [Sponsored]

Many look forward to relaxing and playing out on the water.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, says to keep you and those around you safe on the water when boating.

Michigan Safe Boating Week runs through Saturday and National Marina Day is Saturday.

In embracing those campaigns and seeking to help you enjoy getting out on the water for relaxation, recreation and to enjoy the great outdoors, here's another boating tip to help you stay safe out there.

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