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My Town: Firefighters battle flames at Montague farm

My Town: Firefighters battle flames at Montague farm

MONTAGUE, Mich.-- Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a fire at a Montague farm.

Just before 4 p.m. Monday, crews were called to Windy Acres Dairy Farm, located at 9691 Sikkenga Road.  A member of the fire department says the initial call was for a building on fire.  Firefighters were still on scene more than an hour later.

It's unclear what caused the fire or the extent of damage.

South Christian wins regional title

BYRON CENTER, Mich. (WZZM) -- South Christian defeated Whitehall 49-14 to win a regional title.

The Sailors will face Edwardsburg on Saturday, November 22 in the state semifinals.

Whitehall rallies past Comstock Park

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Whitehall staged a furious second-half comeback and defeated Comstock Park 41-36 Friday night to claim a Division 4 district title.

The Vikings trailed 30-13 at halftime, but outscored the Panthers 28-6 in the second half to pull out the win.

Whitehall faces South Christian in next week's regional final.

Big Crunch sets apple-eating record

MONTAGUE, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon County schools have reclaimed their apple-crunching record.

West Michigan's Big Crunch USA had 30,008 students and staff from area school districts all bite into an apple at the same time - October 24 at 1:00pm. That breaks a record set by New Zealand schools in 2013. The 1 in 21 Healthy Muskegon organization had set the record previously with 19,087.

Whitehall opens postseason with shutout win

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Whitehall blanked Spring Lake 21-0 Friday night in a a Division 4 playoff opener.

It was the Vikings' first playoff win since 2006 as they continue their stunning turnaround from last year's 1-8 campaign.

Whitehall hosts Comstock Park in next week's district finals.

White Lake toxic cleanup celebrated

MONTAGUE, Mich. (AP) - Local leaders and activists are celebrating the removal of White Lake in Muskegon County from a list of toxic hot spots in the Great Lakes region.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that prolonged cleanup and restoration work has been completed and the site restored.

White Lake was declared a Great Lakes "area of concern" in 1985 because of severe environmental degradation, primarily from industrial and municipal wastes. The area includes wetlands at the river mouth and extends to Lake Michigan.

A celebration was held Thursday evening at the Book Nook in Montague.

On the program were a presentation on White Lake's pollution history and recovery and remarks from dignitaries. Area school pupils participated, as well.

Second victim in Whitehall crash dies

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- A crash that claimed the life of one Whitehall teenager has claimed another.

Colton Wood, 16, died Sunday afternoon at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. Wood had been hospitalized since the August 28 crash.

Jordyn Garza, 18, was behind the wheel of the car. Police say Garza admitted to driving at high speeds and running a stop sign when he crashed in an alley between Mears and Division in Whitehall.

Makayla Stever-Knapp, one of four passengers in the car, died from her injuries.

Police say alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor.

Wood's death will be reported to the Muskegon County Prosecutor. That means the charges against Garza will likely be amended.

Charges as they stand mean Garza could spend up to 15 years in jail.