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Sun Title Agency Named to Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies list

Sun Title Agency Named to Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies list

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Sun Title, Michigan’s most innovative, customer-focused, tech-savvy title companies, Wednesday announced it has been recognized on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country.

Sun Title made this prestigious list based on the company’s remarkable 123 percent growth rate over the past three years.  This is the first time that Sun Title has been named to the list.

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Masked man robs northeast G.R. motel


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Investigators are looking for a man who held-up a northeast Grand Rapids motel overnight.

It happened around 3:15 a.m. Friday at the Knights Inn on Plainfield Avenue NE by I-96.

Officers say the robber pulled a gun on the front desk clerk. The suspect was wearing a black ski mask, gloves, and a long dark-colored jacket.

No one was injured.

Investigators were reviewing surveillance video from the motel to get an idea of how the man got away. Grand Rapids Police and Kent County deputies are involved in the search.


G.R. dog owner to stand trial on cruelty charges


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A Grand Rapids woman was ordered today to stand trial on animal cruelty charges stemming from sub-par treatment of 39 dogs taken from her Northeast Side home in June.

Kimberly Savino was bound over to Kent County Circuit Court after Grand Rapids District Court Judge David Buter this morning found there was enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Criminal charges were dismissed Wednesday against her co-defendant, Susan Kay Strotheide.

Savino, 32, is charged with felony animal abandonment-cruelty. If convicted, she faces two years in prison and up to 300 hours of community service.

Animal control officers seized the dogs in June. They were put up for adoption on Friday after Savino was unable to come up with $106,000 to pay for their care. As of today, three of the dogs have been adopted.

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

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My Town GR North: Creston Neighborhood welcomes city's first hostel

My Town GR North: Creston Neighborhood welcomes city's first hostel

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two longtime Grand Rapids residents plan to transform a 150-year-old Victorian home into the city’s first hostel.

Cousins Mark and Phil Bouman plan to open the Grand Rapids International Hostel in 2015. The men recently purchased a home near Leonard and Plainfield for their pursuit.  The house, built in 1878 by a lumber baron, features four bathrooms and five bedrooms, which will welcome up to 30 people a night.

“The hostel experience is really one of community,” said Phil Bouman, co-owner of Grand Rapids International Hostel. “It’s about sharing space, food, knowledge and experience. Mark and I believe Grand Rapids has a lot to offer, and we want to share it with others.”

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

By Melinda Clynes
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

Thriving cities benefit from a mix of for-profit and nonprofit leadership, and Rapid Growth is taking a look at some West Michigan leaders who have left the corporate world for work in the social sector.

How investments in solar energy make for better business plans in West Michigan

How investments in solar energy make for better business plans in West Michigan

by Anya Zentmeyer
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth