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Driver's foot slips, vehicle runs into Whitehall store


WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Whitehall business is cleaning up after someone crashed into a storefront window Thursday afternoon.

Whitehall Police Chief Roger D. Squiers told WZZM 13 the crash was reported around 3:07 p.m. at the Dollar General at Colby and Covell.

A 75-year-old Whitehall woman was pulling into a parking spot when her foot slipped off the brake. Her vehicle went over a small curb, hit the building, and broke a large window.

No one was hurt in the accident.

Dollar General says the damage is still being assessed and the store will remain open during repairs.

My Town: Bill would protect veterans with service dogs on flights

My Town: Bill would protect veterans with service dogs on flights

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.--- Legislation that would protect veterans who use service dogs is making its way through a Michigan committee.

Holly Hughes, who represents the Montague and Muskegon areas, introduced House Bill 4313 this week.  The measure would make it unlawful to refuse service to veterans who use service dogs as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, closed head injuries and other service related conditions.  The bill would amend a current state law to specifically include veterans with service disabilities and add airplanes to the list of places that must accommodate service dogs.

Hughes proposed the changes after hearing the plight of veteran Eric Calley.  Hughes says Calley, who uses a service dog, was treated poorly on a recent flight.

“I want to make sure that Eric and others like him never have to endure similar treatment again,” said Hughes.

New lakeshore museum hiring for summer


WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) - There will be another tourist destination to attract visitors to Muskegon County this summer.

Michigan's Heritage Park at Hilt's Landing will allow visitors to walk through 10,000 years of history.

It is at the end of a quiet dirt road near Whitehall. The park's two largest buildings are nearly finished - an old farmhouse and the Visitor Center. Site Manager Jacob Woodcock has been busy all winter building rustic furniture for the park. The park opens in less than 100 days.

My Town Whitehall: Artists embrace the 'Change of Seasons' in juried exhibition

My Town Whitehall: Artists embrace the 'Change of Seasons' in juried exhibition

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A graphite and pencil drawing garnered top honors at Arts Council of White Lake’s Change of Seasons Juried Exhibition, by winning artist was Eleanor Goudreau. The youth division was full of tremendous paintings, collages and photographs.

Winners were announced at the show opening and artists’ reception February 27. It runs through March 28 at the ACWL building, 106 E. Colby Street, Whitehall.

The 2015 Change of Seasons show drew 74 adult entries, of which 63 were accepted. The youth show has 48 entries.

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

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Daylight Saving Time, the weekend of March 7-8, when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

The Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department have formed a partnership for preparedness and prevention to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. On March 7-8 teams will be canvassing Muskegon Heights neighborhoods from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact (231) 733-8893 to schedule a home visit.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said La Forice Nealy, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to: