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Pinwheel Garden Planted Monday to Recognize Children in Foster Care in Kent County

To recognize and bring awareness to the 1,059 children in foster care in Kent County in 2015, today, Monday, April 18, CASA of Kent County will be placing 1,059 blue pinwheels in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids to honor each of these vulnerable children.

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Kent County’s Rate of Binge Drinking Adults Among the Worst in Michigan

County Health Rankings has released their annual report which ranks counties in Michigan. This week, we are looking at what we learned about West Michigan from the report.

First, binge drinking in Michigan. Kent County has one of the highest rates in Michigan.

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Sanders Dominates, Trump Third in Kent and Ottawa Counties

Bernie Sanders pulled out a surprise, close victory over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's primary vote in Michigan while Donald Trump earned a much easier win.

The results were different in West Michigan.

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Grand Rapids Police Putting Officers on Horseback

On Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Police Department announced that they are partnering with the Kent County Sheriff's Department to begin putting officers on mounted patrol.

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Kent County Donors are Most Generous in Michigan

People from Kent County who donate to charitable causes are more generous than individual donors in the rest of the state, according to a new estimated report from the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. 

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Kent County Election Results – November 3, 2015

Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Lowell and other communities went to the polls on November 3. See the full election results.

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Police Have Found 34-Year-Old Missing Courtland Township Woman

UPDATE: Police say they have found missing Courtland Township woman, Heather (Lynch) Barcarella alive. She had sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Authorities have not revealed where Barcarella was found.

Kent County Police are asking for help locating a missing Courtland Township woman.

Fox 17 reports that 34-year-old Heather (Lynch) Barcarella  was reported missing by her family Friday evening.

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SiTE:LAB Taking Over Three Acres in Grand Rapids for Rumsey Street Project [Video]

SiTE:LAB is an all-volunteer organization which creates temporary site-specific art. Its venues at ArtPrize have been award-winning.

Now, SiTE:LAB is set to begin a two-year project with the City of Grand Rapids and Habitat for Humanity of Kent County called the Rumsey Street Project.

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Walks for Warmth Help Keep Michigan Families Warm [Sponsored]

Consumers Energy is encouraging the public this winter to take part in Walks for Warmth, which help raise money to keep Michigan families warm.

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Michigan Works! Engages for Kent, Allegan and Barry Counties [Sponsored]

Michigan Works! Kent, Allegan & Barry Counties works closely with employers across the three-county region of Kent, Allegan and Barry counties to match individuals with jobs.

If you’re unemployed, underemployed or are looking for a new career, Michigan Works! can help you take that next step.

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Whooping Cough in West Michigan

Kent County saw six cases of whooping cough in January.

That's almost half as many as in all of 2014.

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Rate of Flu in Kent County Highest Since H1N1 in 2009

 

The flu continues to spread quickly across Michigan and Kent County.

17% of emergency visits in Kent County last week were for flu-like symptoms, the highest rate recorded by the Kent County Health Department since 2009.

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