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Your guide to what's happening in Grand Rapids area this Memorial Day weekend  MLive.com

This is an MLive file photo. A child walks among flags set at grave locations at a Memorial Day *service* at St. Patrick's Cemetery on Monday, May 28, 2018.



Sparta High School presents 'The Westing Game'  WZZM13.com

SPARTA, Mich — Do you love a classic 'whodunit?' Sparta High School Theatrics is presenting a murder mystery on stage this April. Based on the novel by Ellen ...



Lest we forget  cedarspringspost

Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those that gave their lives while defending our country. It's also a day to remember all those that have served and ...



Sparta set to unveil Spartan Stadium  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

SPARTA, Mich -- When the 2018 high school football season starts Thursday night, Sparta High School will have a brand new stadium to call home. "I expect ...



Adults with disabilities invited to ‘Best Prom Ever’  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

SPARTA, Mich. — Students and volunteers at Sparta High School are very busy this semester preparing for the Best Prom Ever. "This dance is called the Best ...



District named to AP honor roll for second time  School News Network

Sparta Area Schools has been named to the ninth annual AP District Honor Roll. The district is one of only 373 in the U.S. and Canada named by the College ...



West Michigan's Best Prom Ever!  WOODTV.com

Best Prom Ever is an event for adults and High School aged teens with disabilities.



Sparta High School top scholars  MLive.com

Denae MitchellSupplied Sparta High School announces the following top scholars for 2018: Denae Mitchell Parents: Troy and Judy Mitchell Activities and ...



Sparta High School sets 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony  MLive.com

A group of former athletes and coaches from Sparta High School will be inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, ...



Sparta High School seeking 'Hall of Fame' nominations  MLive.com

The Sparta High School Hall of Fame Committee is accepting nominations for the Sparta High School Hall of Fame.



Sparta High School honors student killed in crash with blood drive  WZZM13.com

16-year-old Alyssa Eggerding died a day after she was in a car that police say crashed into a tree at 110 miles per hour in April. Several other students from ...



Special Olympics recognizes Sparta High School for starting 'inclusive' sports teams  MLive.com

Sparta High School students gathered the Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving in the school's gym to watch a basketball game between two teams from ...



School Spirit Challenge: Sparta Area Schools  WZZM

In Sparta, it's not just the high school who participates in Toys for Tots. The entire district, every school, collects toys for kids in need -- and they've done so for ...



Newsweek Names Sparta High School Among Best in Nation  Patch.com

Hopatcong-Sparta, NJ - Annual rankings show local high school among elite in United States.



More guests and volunteers wanted for ‘Best Prom Ever’  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

SPARTA, Mich. -- The Best Prom Ever is a night that gives those with special needs the chance to enjoy a high school tradition, and with the event just days ...



Girls wrestling poised for explosive growth with Kent County Wrestling Championships providing a preview of new girls state tourney  MLive.com

GRAND RAPIDS - History was made at this year's Kent County Wrestling Championships. For the first time in the history of the premier high school wresting ...



Construction continues on Sparta's athletic complex  WZZM

Students head back to class at Sparta Area Schools on Tuesday, Sept. 5. And while they're hitting the books, construction crews will continue working on ...



Sparta senior paralyzed in crash beats the odds, walks at graduation  Fox17

SPARTA, Mich. -- There was a special moment at Sparta High School's graduation Thursday night, as one teen overcame the odds to get her diploma. Natalie ...



After a dozen years, 'The Best Prom Ever' continues to grow  MLive.com

Dominic Constant and Allison Cowell said they had a great time at this year's prom. The couple has attended the "Best Prom Ever" for several years. Jeffrey ...



U.S. News & World Report ranks several area high schools among the best in state, nation  MLive.com

Courtesy art U.S. News & World Report's "Best High Schools" ranking of the top high schools in Michigan is out for 2017 and several area schools made the ...



Kent, Ottawa high school SAT scores from lowest to highest  MLive.com

The Michigan Department of Education recently released the results for the 2017 SAT exam, which is taken by 11th graders.



Oh those 'summer nights': Press' Prom of the Week winner Sparta High School brings sunshine to annual affair  MLive.com

Prom season is underway in West Michigan throughout the month, and MLive and The Grand Rapids Press will cover as many as possible to highlight the ...



Best Prom Ever gives people with disabilities a chance to celebrate  WZZM13.com

Best Prom Ever is a free night of fun and festivities for people with disabilities.



Early morning break-in at Sparta school leads to arrests  Fox17

SPARTA, Mich. — Two people have been arrested following an early morning break-in at Sparta High School. The Kent County Sheriff's Office tells FOX 17 an ...



More than 1,000 people attend the Best Prom Ever  WZZM13.com

SPARTA, Mich. - On Saturday night, Best Prom Ever was held in Sparta for teens and adults with disabilities. The event was created as a way to make sure that ...



Historical Commission hosting 'Thank You, Veterans' event  MLive.com

Sparta area veterans will be honored with a special day on Saturday, Nov. 11, as the Sparta Township Historical Commission hosts its first "Thank You, ...



Sparta Community theatre performs CATS  WZZM13.com

Sparta Community Theatre is taking on a famous production this season. Starting on February 15, the theatre group will be performing CATS. The show will be ...



Running: Laura DeLea keeps on getting better  Daily Record

Laura DeLea of Sparta finished the season in second place in the highly competitive W50 division of the New Balance Grand Prix in 2018.



Sparta student dies from crash injuries, 4 teens remain hospitalized  MLive.com

Alyssa Eggerding, 16, a junior at Sparta High School, died Monday, April 10, from injuries sustained in a Sunday car crash in Alpine Township. Four other teens ...



Early Morning Rush: Sunday April 21, 2019  WZZM13.com

DEADLY EASTER SUNDAY BOMBINGS | Six bombings at three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka Sunday have killed at least 132 and injured hundreds ...



‘She had a beautiful soul’ — Family mourns Sparta teen killed in crash  Fox17

SPARTA, Mich. -- A family and West Michigan community are mourning the loss of a Sparta High School student killed Wednesday in a crash. The death of ...



Teens with disabilities cut loose at "Best Prom Ever"  Michigan Radio

Ten years ago, two women from west Michigan started something called the "Best Prom Ever." They were Sparta High School special education teacher Renne.



Robert D. McDonald, 82  thejournal-news.net

Robert D. McDonald, 82, of Fillmore died at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylor Springs.



Michigan teen gets 3-15 years for 110 mph crash that killed friend  Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Comstock Park teen whose car slammed into a tree at 110 mph last April, killing one passenger and critically injuring three others, ...



Hopes Francesca Buchanan poised for historical finish  HollandSentinel.com

HOLLAND — In the final week of the regular season, Hope College senior Francesca Buchanan has a chance to do something only three other players have ...



Students take action, lend voices to honor Florida school victims and plead for violence to end  School News Network

While many students across the nation honored victims of the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Florida by walking out of their schools, some Kent County students ...



Judge stands by life sentence for 'savage butchering' of teen in 1996  MLive.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Federico Luis Cruz was 16 years old when he said he murdered a fellow teen, cut his head off, and attempted to rip his heart out as a ...



Record-breaking year for ‘Best Prom Ever’  Fox17

SPARTA, Mich. — Sparta High School hosted their 'Best Prom Ever' on Saturday night, a free event for students with disabilities who may not be able to attend ...



Newton Business Keep the Luck Going on St. Patrick's Day  TAPinto.net

NEWTON, NJ—Multiple businesses on and surrounding Spring Street are keeping the luck going before, during, and even after the Annual St. Patrick's Day ...



Village Council appoints new member to fill vacancy  MLive.com

The Sparta Village Council has appointed Ryan Hayes to fill the seat on the Village Council vacated by Jayne Paasch in November.



161 Students From Across the Country Named 2018 US Presidential Scholars  U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their ...



Sparta Community Theatre presents: Shrek the Musical  WZZM

The Sparta Community Theatre is presenting Shrek The Musical starting Wednesday, February 21.



Sparta veteran reflects on time served at the 'Tomb of the Unknown Soldier'  MLive.com

For five months during parts of 1956 and 1957, Don Bradford, of Sparta, was a guard at the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" in Arlington National Cemetery.



Tech Center's 3D Autism Project a national finalist in Samsung 'Solve for Tomorrow' contest  School News Network

Students in 3D Animation are working on a huge project to help those with autism become more successful in social situations. These efforts are drawing ...



Campfire Stories: a “look before you leap” tale from Fenton camp  Michigan Radio

For many kids, summer camp is a rite of passage. It's the first time away from family for an extended period of time. There are new activities to explore.



Teen enters pleas in April crash that killed 1, injured 3 passengers  WZZM13.com

A Comstock Park teen is facing a minimum of nearly 2½ years in prison after pleading no contest to four felony charges stemming from a deadly crash in April ...



Lawn mower racing family from Sparta featured in new documentary  MLive.com

Jayson Mikula and his family are featured in an independent film that will be aired 8 p.m. Friday at Sparta High School.



Sports in brief: Zach Redmond; rugby; Gaylord St. Mary baseball  Traverse City Record Eagle

Redmond honored as AHL's top defenseman; Blues, Alliance host rugby doubleheader; Gaylord St. Mary to play at Comerica Park; Finnegan Invitational set for ...



Asleep at the desk: How school begins for many Michigan teens  Bridge Michigan

It may be the the simplest way to improve academic achievement. But starting school later in the morning is a surprisingly tough sell.



Kent County Land Bank plans to rescue Bedford Falls subdivision in Sparta  MLive.com

SPARTA, MI – Thanks to an intervention by the Kent County Land Bank Authority, there may be a wonderful life ahead for Bedford Falls, a "neo-traditional" ...



Grand Rapids 2017 high school football previews, schedules, more  MLive.com

The 2017 high school football season will kick off Aug. 24-26 for teams across Grand Rapids. Here's a rundown of area teams.



Comstock Park teen to stand trial for April crash that killed 1, injured 3  WZZM13.com

A Comstock Park teen has been ordered to stand trial for a deadly crash in April that killed a passenger and critically injured three others when his car slammed ...



Highs in the Mid-Sixties: Revue Spotlights West Michigan '60s Garage Bands and Fenton Records 45s  REVUE

When The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, teens across the country raced to local music shops, picked out guitars and hastily learned ...



Summerfield takes over Linden's wrestling program | Sports coverage for Fenton, Linden, Holly and Lake Fenton Schools  Fenton Tri County Times

When Kyle Summerfield was wrestling in high school, he had a successful career. The Hartland wrestler held a 181-40 career record and was a two-time ...



Soccer's version of 'The Blind Side'? Honduran orphan 'lifted up' by West Michigan family  MLive.com

SPARTA, MI – One of the first things Franklin Rodriguez did after settling in with his foster parents was ask if they could gather around the television and watch ...



Free Books for Students 'Means the World to Them'  School News Network

When she and her classmates recently gave more than 2,700 books to Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, Chianne TerHaar was happy to know she'd donated ...



Homebuilder promotes new way to build barrier-free houses on concrete slabs  MLive.com

SPARTA, MI - Homebuilder John Bitely says his company has come up with a new way to build a barrier-free house on a concrete slab that's less expensive ...



Baseball, softball hitting instructor Bob Simonson moves into larger training facility  The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com

The former Sparta standout offers tips to improve your swing.



School, Community Ties Lead to Sprucing  School News Network

Southeast Kelloggsville fourth-graders are planting roots in the community –- roots that will grow into big blue spruce trees. IIvet Sosa-Aragon, Daniel Juarez and ...



Sports talk radio's Bill Simonson takes 'The Huge Show' national  MLive.com

Popular Michigan fixture now hosts "The Saturday Night Huge Show" on Saturdays on CBS Sports Radio.



Son stabbed mother, himself in suspected murder-suicide, police believe  MLive.com

COURTLAND TOWNSHIP, MI - Police believe that a man fatally stabbed his mother before turning the knife on himself in a suspected murder-suicide.



How much each Ottawa County community has grown since 2010  MLive.com

As a whole, the county has added 18249 residents since 2010. See how much easy city, township and village has grown.



Vote now for Grand Rapids Press Prom of the Week May 9  MLive.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- For the past few weeks, West Michigan schools have soared with prom spirit in hopes to have a MLive and Grand Rapids Press ...



Kent City wrestling coach pleads not guilty to driving while intoxicated  The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com

Chad Kik KENT CITY -- A 35-year-old teacher and Kent City wrestling coach has been charged with misdemeanor drunken driving and is scheduled to have a ...



Searching for serenity: A Detroit family's quest for stability  Michigan Radio

Desiree Foster stands at her stove. She's cooking up some hamburgers and white rice for her two daughters. I'm hovering near her refrigerator when I notice.



New accounts signal that people with disabilities don't have to be poor to get help  Michigan Radio

The time is getting closer for launching special tax-free savings accounts for Michiganders with disabilities. It's called MI-ABLE , the Achieving a Better.



Tom Noreen  cedarspringspost

Two people are running for two City Council seats in the City of Cedar Springs: incumbent Rose Powell, and Jerry Gross, who was recently appointed to fill the ...



Summer camp encourages inclusion with films made by autistic youth  Michigan Radio

This summer marks the 10 th anniversary of a very special summer camp program at Oakland University in Rochester. It's the annual film camp for young.



Ginger Zee, TV hosts featured in new 'The Outer Vibe' music video  MLive.com

WOOD-TV8 hosts Jordan Carson and Rachael Ruiz also featured in music video.



tree lighting  cedarspringspost

Posted on 29 November 2018. Tags: Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce, Christmas tree lighting, Jingle Bell Fun Run/Walk, tree lighting ...



Group to push medical marijuana for autism, Parkinson's after state's rejection  Michigan Radio

Patients with autism and Parkinson's disease could use medical marijuana under a new effort to overhaul the system in Michigan. The Michigan Responsibility.



solon center wesleyan church  cedarspringspost

Fear is something that we all experience and struggle with at times. For some it may be fear of the unknown. For others, it may be fear of not having enough.



Several candidates running for judge  cedarspringspost

63rd District Court Judge Steven Servaas is retiring after 41 years on the bench. He was elected in 1972, and at age 27, was the youngest judge elected in Kent ...



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