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Sparta High School top scholars

Sparta High School announces the following top scholars for 2018: Denae Mitchell Parents: Troy and Judy Mitchell Activities and awards: Valedictorian, National ...

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 ...

Sparta High School sets 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony

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

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

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 ...

School Spirit Challenge: Sparta Area Schools  WZZM

The WZZM 13 Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge is coming up's just 2 weeks away on Friday, December 15. This year we're highlighting some of the ...

More than 1,000 people attend the Best Prom Ever

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 ...

Sparta Community Theatre presents: Shrek the Musical  WZZM

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

Sparta High School honors student killed in crash with blood drive

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 ...

Best Prom Ever gives people with disabilities a chance to celebrate

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

Dirty Dining: Back to school edition

A back to school warning for parents: some Kent County cafeterias are not getting a top grade when it comes to food safety.

Historical Commission hosting 'Thank You, Veterans' event

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 VFW Offers Scholarship to Sussex County Military Families

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta VFW Post #7248 is accepting applications for a scholarship established in the name of Korean War Veteran Ralph Rojas.

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 ...

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

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 grade.

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

After the 2016 "Best Prom Ever," Sparta High School teacher Renee Wyman said she didn't know if the event could get any better. But after the event celebrated ...

Village Council appoints new member to fill vacancy

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

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 ...

Newsweek Names Sparta High School Among Best in Nation

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

Sign-up deadline set for 2017 version of 'Best Prom Ever'

While the actual date of the 13th annual "Best Prom Ever" isn't until April 22, registration for the popular prom for students and adults with cognitive 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 ...

Sparta student dies from crash injuries, 4 teens remain hospitalized

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 ...

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 ...

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

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.

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 ...

‘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 ...

Sparta hires Mark Chapman to coach football team

Veteran Comstock Park football coach Mark Chapman has accepted the head coaching position at Sparta. Sparta principal Matt Spencer said the hire will ...

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.

Up close with Sparta wheelchair basketball player Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright has signed her National Letter of Intent to play wheelchair basketball at the University of Illinois.

Sparta hires new varsity softball, volleyball coaches

SPARTA -- The Sparta Athletic Departments is excited for its upcoming seasons, with a couple of new hirings for their girls sports. Former junior-varsity coach ...

ELECTION PREVIEW: Questionnaires for city, village and school board races  Greenville Daily News

Questionnaires for city, village and school board contested races: 1. Name, age and city/village/township of residence? 2. Current employment (or former ...

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 ...

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, ...

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

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 ...

Sparta Town and Country Days – July 19-22, 2017 – Schedule of Events  Rockford Squire

*Schedule is subject to change. Wednesday, July 19. Community Night. 4:30 pm to 7pm Lion's BBQ Chicken Dinner. At the Sparta Civic Center. Hosted by the ...

Sparta Community theatre performs CATS

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 ...

Michigan's first top 25 boys basketball team rankings for 2017-18

This is the first edition of the MLive's top 25 boys basketball rankings for the 2017-18 season. The rankings will resume in January.

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

Lawn mower racing family from Sparta featured in new documentary

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

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

The land bank, which acquired 32 vacant lots for back taxes owed to the Village of Sparta, plans to give the lots to homebuyers who build homes in the ...

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

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 ...

Pregnant mother, unborn child killed in M-37 crash; friends share memories, admiration  The Grand Rapids Press -

Young mother, who was also 22 weeks pregnant, overcame odds after dropping out of high school by continuing education and pursuing college degree.

Sparta's Ben Sheckler called up to San Diego Padres

Ben Sheckler of Sparta was taken in the eighth round by the San Diego Padres. He's the 234th player selected in the Major League Baseball entry draft.

New artistic director at Grand Rapids Ballet wants to spotlight city's “world class” company  Michigan Radio

James Sofranko has spent decades dancing on stages from Florida to New York to San Francisco. After growing up in Cincinnati, he went on to study at.

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 ...

Sparta's Sheckler helps Tincaps beat Whitecaps

Ben Sheckler isn't wasting any time making an impression in pro baseball.

2017 Veterans Day events in West Michigan

Saturday is Veterans Day, and several events will be held across West Michigan to honor those who have or are serving in the military.

A Little Dirt Never Hurt: Third Annual Sparta Mud Run Benefits Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County

SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta Mud Run, hosted by Sparta Evangelical Free Church is an annual event to help raise funding and awareness for Project ...

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.

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 ...

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.

Sixteen schools participate in Wallkill Valley Art Show  New Jersey Herald

HARDYSTON -- The fifth annual Wallkill Valley Invitational Art Show was held Friday.

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

The former Sparta standout offers tips to improve your swing.

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

The new technology uses a thick foam-type border dug into the ground to protect the slab from frost damage, said John Bitely, president of Sable Homes LLC.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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

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

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

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 jury ...

memorial day  cedarspringspost

Posted on 04 June 2018. Tags: Avenue of Flags, Cedar Springs Historical Society, cemetery walk, Elmwood Cemetery, Glen Hill American Legion Post, ...

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

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

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

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

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.

american legion  cedarspringspost

The American Legion Post #287 in Cedar Springs is proud to welcome their State Commanders and Presidents to our Post home for the annual Early Bird ...

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.

Death of man inside Plainfield's Lazy T Motel ruled accidental  The Grand Rapids Press -

An autopsy has confirmed that William Tramper, the 45-year-old found dead inside his room Sunday night at the Lazy T Motel on Plainfield Avenue NE, fell and ...

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.

Will Michigan have a White Christmas? We check the odds

In Michigan, usually 61 percent to 75 percent — although this year it's more like 100 percent. Now if you live in Fairbanks, Alaska, it would be guaranteed, ...

Mingle with Kris Kringle  cedarspringspost

Tags: american legion, Calvary Assembly of God, Cedar Springs Community Library, Chamber of Commerce, Christmas Concert, Dance Extravaganza, Kent ...

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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