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Hopkins beats NorthPointe Christian in the OK Silver


HOPKINS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hopkins wins 37-20 over NorthPointe Christian in the OK Silver.


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ArtPrize pieces open at Meijer Gardens


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- ArtPrize doesn't start until September 24, but some of the pieces are already on display at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The "Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors" collection features works from 16 artists around the world.

"It's a really great exhibition, showcasing all sorts of different materials from neon to bronze, to one made with feathers," said public relations manager Andrea Wolschleger. "It's a great exhibition, also, for an ArtPrize exhibition."

The exhibit opened Friday and will remain through January 4.


Victim in wrong-way crash identified


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Gregory Gene Johnson, a 58-year-old Grass Lake man, was the person killed in a fiery wrong-way crash over the weekend. The driver who hit him is suspected of being drunk.

The crash happened around 3 a.m. September 14 on I-96 near the East Beltline. The wrong-way driver was eastbound in the westbound lanes when she hit another vehicle head-on.

Both vehicles burst into flames. The wrong-way driver was pulled from her vehicle and survived, but Johnson died at the scene.

This crash is the latest of seven wrong-way crashes this year in West Michigan. Michigan State Police Sgt. Aaron Sweeney says he's avoided some himself over the years.

"I don't see this year as any different," he said. "In my career, I've almost been hit, on duty, three times by drunk drivers."

Sgt. Sweeney says there are defensive maneuvers you can take.

Linda Otterbridge pushes women in business to Hook A Sista Up

Linda Otterbridge pushes women in business to Hook A Sista Up

by Matthew Russell
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

There are many resources out there for those starting their first or newest business, but few of them cater specifically to the position and challenges women face in today’s world.

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Grand Rapids plans new wayfinding signage to encourage more walking downtown

Grand Rapids plans new wayfinding signage to encourage more walking downtown

by Anya Zentmeyer
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

As organizers with Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. plan the installation of a new wayfinding system in the urban core of downtown Grand Rapids, they hope new signage will not only

2014 MidWest Ferret Fellowship Faire on September 20

2014 MidWest Ferret Fellowship Faire on September 20

The Midwest Ferret Fellowship invites the public the chance to see the judging of a variety of Ferrets at their best. 

This Faire takes place on Saturday, September 20 at 9:30am at a new venue, Whiskers University located at 2855 29th Street, Suite D in Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512.

This Faire is sanctioned by the American Ferret Association and proceeds will benefit the West Michigan Ferret Connection.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 7-15 yrs. Free for children under 7 with paid adult.

For details, visit www.midwestferretfellowship.org.

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

by Stephanie Doublestein, photography by Adam Bird
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

The days are getting shorter, but don't resign yourself to settling in for a long, lazy season inside. One of Grand Rapids' greatest assets is the natural beauty that surrounds this mid-size city, with amenities that you won't even find in many big cities.