January 19, 2018

Kentwood resident helps bring the story of the Civil Rights Act to life in Civic Theatre production

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre takes a look at how politics is played on Capital Hill in its current production of “All the Way,” the story of Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

January 19, 2018

County’s mental health services being cut as state distances itself from funding shortfall problem

Department of Health and Human Services says funding shortfalls for Kent County’s community mental health provider is part of agreed “contract”. 

By:K.D. Norris

January 17, 2018

School News Network: Getting Real with Straight Talk

As part of a recent Student Council-designed Culture Week, East Kentwood High School students gathered on two days for Straight Talk during lunch periods.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

January 16, 2018

State Sen. MacGregor, Migrant Legal Aid program featured on latest WKTV Journal: In Focus

Michigan State Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-28th District, which includes the City of Wyoming) is working on a problem often faced by the state’s foster care providers.

By:WKTV Staff

January 15, 2018

OK Red boys basketball showdown on WKTV featured games schedule

WKTV’s sports crew will be on the road early this week with an OK Red conference boys basketball showdown as West Ottawa visits East Kentwood on Jan. 16.

By:Mike Moll, WKTV Volunteer Sports Director

January 14, 2018

Kentwood community celebrates MLK day with food drive, special program

City collects food for little free food pantry which has been so successful, Mayor Stephen Kepley indicates Kentwood may add a second location.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

January 12, 2018

School News Network: Limbs lost, she gives back with her heart

With the help of East Kentwood High School engineering students, social worker Pam Buschle made it possible to literally give a hand –- a 3-D-printed prosthetic one — to a child in need.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

January 9, 2018

Local leaders start new year at Chamber’s January WKTV Government Matters meeting

Discussion ranging from national security to local mental health care were presented Jan. 8 as part of the Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.

By:WKTV Staff

January 8, 2018

Responding to funding shortfall, Kent County’s mental health provider begins cuts, service reviews

Network180 has already made internal staffing reductions and will likely cut funding from several community-service groups.

By:K.D. Norris

January 8, 2018

Wyoming vs. S. Christian hoops doubleheader on WKTV featured schedule

Key conference games, as well as Wyoming Lee’s annual Hall of Fame games, are on the schedule this week as WKTV’s sports crew will be on the road at Wyoming High School.

By:WKTV Staff

January 5, 2018

Wyoming approved tower for updated countywide dispatch system

As part of the surcharge for the 911 dispatch – approved by voters in 2016 – Kent County asked the City of Wyoming for space on the Gezon Water tower for new antennas as part of its new countywide dispatch services.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

January 4, 2018

South Christian students lead effort to honor veterans at recent basketball game

South Christian High School pushed honoring America, and American service members and veterans, to an whole other level.

By:K.D. Norris

January 2, 2018

Kent County DPW complete expansion of methane collection system in Kentwood

Field work is now complete on the expansion of the methane gas collection system at the closed Kentwood Landfill.

By:Kristen Wieland, Kent County

January 2, 2018

New year, new WKTV featured games part of upcoming sports schedule

The New Year has started and with it most local high school basketball teams began the conference portion of their schedules. 

By:Mike Moll, WKTV Volunteer Sports Director

December 28, 2017

Making a difference: Local state legislators’ key public policy efforts in 2017’s

Michigan state legislators often have focal points for their efforts, legislative bills which they champion, often for personal reasons.

By:K.D. Norris

December 27, 2017

Deltaplex’s high school basketball tourney highlights WKTV’s sports schedule

Several local basketball tournaments are scheduled including a special small-high-school basketball tournament at a big-time venue — The Drive Winter Classic at The Deltaplex Arena in Grand Rapids.

By:WKTV Staff

December 21, 2017

2017 Holiday Greetings

City officials from both Wyoming and Kentwood wish everyone a happy holiday in WKTV’s annual Holiday Greetings.

By:WKTV Staff

December 21, 2017

On Tap: Railtown takes over Ionia, 57 Brew Pub sold, beer & doughnuts

Railtown Brewing Company will bring several holiday variations of its Good Mooed milk stout to a Tap Take Over at the Craft Beer Cellar.

By:K.D. Norris

December 18, 2017

Kentwood’s newest commissioner, disability advocate on latest WKTV Journal: In Focus

On set are Tom McKelvey, who in November won the 2nd Ward position on the Kentwood City Commission, and Madeline Schaab, a project specialist for local non-profit Disability Advocates of Kent County.

By:WKTV Staff

December 18, 2017

WKTV coverage of WMA vs. Lee doubleheader part of high school sports schedule

The WKTV sports broadcast schedule will give you three games over two nights as our coverage truck makes visits to East Kentwood and West Michigan Aviation this week.

By:Mike Moll, WKTV Volunteer Sports Director

December 18, 2017

Government Report: Sen. Peters blasts, Rep. Huizenga backs FCC ‘net neutrality’ vote

It is no surprise that the two local federal government leaders take very different views on the Federal Communications Commission’s vote last week.

By:K.D. Norris

December 15, 2017

Kelloggsville, KDL join together to open high school library to the entire community

The new state-of-the-art library at the Kelloggsville High School will officially open in January and marks the first partnership between Kent District Library and a school district.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

December 14, 2017

Frontier Airlines officially returns to Grand Rapids

It may have been a snowy morning yesterday, but that did not stop Frontier Airlines from landing its first flight from Orlando.

By:Tara Hernandez, Gerald R. Ford International Airport

December 13, 2017

WKTV Journal: Kelloggsville and KDL form a partnership, Mark Wood visits Kentwood Public Schools

Topics in the most recent WKTV Journal newscast include the new library at Kelloggsville High School, the annual holiday display at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Mark Wood’s visit to Kentwood Public Schools.

By:WKTV Staff

December 12, 2017

Citizen group opposed to voting district gerrymandering on latest WKTV Journal: In Focus

Michigan’s politically directed voting redistricting system — often called gerrymandering — is being opposed by a group seeking to place a ballot initiative before the voters in 2018.

By:WKTV Staff

December 11, 2017

City, state leaders clash (politely) at Chamber’s December WKTV Government Matters discussion

One of the unique aspects of the Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Government Matters meetings is that you sometimes get differing views on the same issue.

By:K.D. Norris

December 7, 2017

Kentwood kicks off holiday season with tree lighting

The Friday night event will include caroling, a parade and lots of activities at the Kentwood Library.

By:City of Kentwood

December 7, 2017

Kentwood Activities Center’s renovations start today

Kentwood Parks and Recreation staff has moved to city hall as renovations to the Kentwood Activities Center take place.

By:City of Kentwood

December 4, 2017

School News Network: Districts scramble to find bus drivers

Area schools are experiencing the nationwide shortage of bus drivers, putting transportation departments in a pinch to get students on the bus in the morning and back home after the final bell at a reasonable time.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

December 4, 2017

Innovative new Kent County mental health court on latest WKTV Journal: In Focus

A new county Mental Health Court program involving law enforcement, courts and the county’s pubic mental health services provider, Network 180, aims to change the system for the betterment of all.

By:K.D. Norris

December 4, 2017

Boys basketball debuts on high school sports schedule; WKTV coverage close behind

With Christmas and Christmas break this month, the December schedules are a bit thinner than a normal winter month, but boys basketball tips off this week.

By:Mike Moll, WKTV Volunteer Sports Director

December 4, 2017

City of Kentwood now offers DWLS Resolution via Matterhorn

First-time offenders of Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) will now have the opportunity to use a free online program to restore their license.

By:City of Kentwood

December 1, 2017

Annual Santa parade set to take place along Division this Saturday

More than 60 groups will participate in this year’s parade including five local bands.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

December 1, 2017

Metro Health’s Child Life Services hosts toy drive

Twistable color pencils, Matchbox cars and VTech items are just some of the things on this year’s wish list for Child Life Services at Metro Health: University of Michigan Health.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

November 30, 2017

After retirement of Kent County elections director, county clerk names replacement 

Gerrid Uzarski, who served as a regional representative for ElectionSource, a company based in Grand Rapids, will take over for the recently retired Susan deSteiguer.

By:K.D. Norris

November 29, 2017

Ginger Zee comes to Barnes & Noble to celebrate release of new book

The ABC meteorologist, who hails from Rockford, will be discussing her new book “Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I Am One.”

By:WKTV Staff

November 28, 2017

Update: Kent County leaders approve $417 million budget for 2018

The county budget funds the sheriff’s office and courts, social services, the county’s elections, and veterans services.

By:K.D. Norris

November 27, 2017

Wyoming-Kentwood chamber happenings on latest WKTV Journal: In Focus

The Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce is busy this time of year, including advocating for business development in the area, its annual Santa Parade and its monthly Government Matters co-production with WKTV.

By:WKTV Staff

November 27, 2017

Kentwood students perform with original member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Emmy Award-winning Mark Wood performs with the Kentwood Middle School Orchestras as part of Wood’s 2017-2018 Electrify Your Strings! “No Limits Tour.”

By:Ryan Wallace, Kentwood Public Schools

November 24, 2017

School News Network: What’s in the water? Students wade in to learn

Southeast Kelloggsville teacher Lynnea Roon lifted up a vial containing water that had turned a bright blue, taken from a portion of Buck Creek that flows through the schoolyard.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

November 22, 2017

Kentwood’s Operation P.R.I.C.E. Steps up Security during the holidays

Kentwood program reduces retail theft, equips employees with tools to hand shoplifters.

By:Cindy Stevens, Kentwood Police Department

November 21, 2017

Two local theater groups sweeten up the holidays with ‘Willy Wonka’ the musical

A unique partnership between Wyoming’s Master Arts Theatre and Byron Center’s Van Singel Fine Arts Center brings a special holiday treat to residents: “Willy Wonka the Musical.”

By:Hannah Haviland

November 21, 2017

Shopping on Small Business Saturday good for buyers, businesses, communities

Why shop local and shop small, on Small Business Saturday and all year long? Wyoming businessman Keith Morgan tells you.

By:K.D. Norris

November 20, 2017

Habitat for Humanity and veterans housing on latest WKTV Journal: In Focus

On the latest episode, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County executive director Bri McKee talks about her program’s religious foundations, its worldwide scope, but also its local neighborhood results.

By:WKTV Staff

November 20, 2017

Wyoming, Kentwood host a variety of community holiday celebrations

Candy cane hunt, tree lighting, a parade and a very special community celebration are all part of this year’s holiday events.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

November 18, 2017

City, county clerks report issues, but quick solutions after voting equipment change

Nov. 7 produced the as-expected small voter turnout while also revealing a few issues with the new equipment now easily remedied before elections in 2018.

By:K.D. Norris

November 17, 2017

Wyoming, Kentwood residents attend beatification mass for Father Solanus Casey

It will have about the same number of attendees as the Super Bowl, it has its own Snapchat filer, and is perhaps rarer than the Olympics being hosted in the United States. It is tomorrow’s beautification mass for the Venerable Father Solanus Casey.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

November 17, 2017

Local resident takes the Civic Theatre stage in upcoming production of ‘Annie’

Kira Alsum is no stranger to the part of Grace Farrell or the musical “Annie,” having been involved in three different shows which includes Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s upcoming production.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

November 14, 2017

‘Christian conservative’ state Rep. Steven Johnson on latest episode of WKTV Journal: In Focus

The first-term representative, whose district includes the City of  Kentwood, wears the title of being a Christian conservative with pride.

By:K.D. Norris

November 13, 2017

County budget planning part of Chamber’s November WKTV Government Matters discussion

At the meeting at Kentwood City Hall, one topic was Kent County’s $417.6 million budget, set to be approved at a board meeting Nov. 30.

By:K.D. Norris