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

November 13, 2017

Ford International Airport preps for Thanksgiving with ‘Operation Handshake’

Family members encouraged to contact the Patriot Guard Riders of returning military members’ arrival times and flight information so they can receive warm welcome home.

By:Tara M. Hernandez, Gerald R. Ford International Airport

November 13, 2017

School News Network: New Middle College Program to Provide Associate Degrees

A goal at the high school is for every student to receive college credit from at least one class before they graduate, said Evan Hordyk, the district’s executive director for secondary education.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

November 10, 2017

School News Network: ‘I Show Them Another Way, and Another Way, and Another Way’

A bank was robbed. Fifteen suspects – all middle-school staff members – had their mugshots taken, each holding a dollar bill up to their forehead. Algebra students were notified.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

November 9, 2017

Gerald R. Ford International Airport opens Military Welcome Center

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) welcomes thousands of military members and veterans each year, and now there is a special place at the airport for them to call their own.

By:Tara Hernandez, Gerald R. Ford International Airport

November 8, 2017

Wyoming, Kentwood (barely) vote in favor of approved millage extension for The Rapid

The Rapid transit system will continue to collect a property tax millage for 12 more years after the current one expires in 2018.

By:K.D. Norris

November 8, 2017

Kepley wins bid for re-election, Bridson takes 1st Ward City Commission seat

Challenger Emily Bridson wins over incumbent Gerald DeMaagd by 439 votes while Mayor Stephen Kepley keeps his seat with a 1,420-vote lead over challenger Scott Urbanowski.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

November 7, 2017

Michigan food specialist Lisa Rose talks medicinal plants, how to find them

With its wealth of botanical diversity, the Midwest provides an abundance of healing herbs accessible to all. The trick is know who to forge and use them.

By:WKTV Staff

November 6, 2017

Veterans’ problems, solutions are center stage on latest WKTV Journal: In Focus

With Veterans Day coming this week, and veterans issues important every day, the latest episode of WKTV Journal: In Focus, WKTV’s public affairs show, hosts the Kent County director of Veterans Services.

By:WKTV Staff

November 6, 2017

November high school sports transition from fall to winter action

November will not only bring the Thanksgiving holiday, but also a closeout of the high school sports fall seasons and the beginning of winters seasons.

By:Mike Moll/WKTV volunteer sports director

November 6, 2017

Lead poisoning on the rise in Kent County — 40% rise in zip code 49507

There is a correlation between the current housing crisis and the increase in lead poisoning. With West Michigan’s robust real estate market, it’s harder now to find healthy homes to live in.

By:Paul Haan, Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan

November 6, 2017

Kentwood 50: Comcast celebrates the city’s history with an eye toward the future

For the past 15 years of Kentwood’s 50-year history, Comcast has been proud to serve the city’s residents and businesses with internet, TV and voice service.

By:Jeffery Snyder

November 4, 2017

WKTV reviews the candidates and millage proposals for the 2017 elections

Tomorrow is election day with Kentwood residents electing city officials and Wyoming Public Schools and The Rapid both seeking millages.

By:WKTV Staff

November 3, 2017

Local legislators, parties weigh in on defeat of latest attempt at no-fault insurance reform

The Nov. 2 defeat of the house bill brought conflicting reactions from local and statewide officials.

By:K.D. Norris

November 3, 2017

Kentwood 50: City hosts first-ever Ugly Sweater 5K

Runners and spectators are encouraged to dress up for this fun 5k and show off their ugliest sweater. After the race, there will be an awards ceremony for both runners and the ugliest sweaters.

By:WKTV Staff

November 2, 2017

Michigan author Jim C. Hines releases new book, heads to Schuler for visit

Michigan fantasy/sci-fi author Jim C. Hines returns to Schuler Books & Music this month to kick off his  new sci-fi series, “Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse.”

By:WKTV Staff

October 31, 2017

WKTV Journal: In Focus offers discussion on local school, transit millage requests

Wyoming Public Schools’ superintendent and a representative of The Rapid public transition system talks about the importance of their organizations’ request for continued public support.

By:WKTV Staff

October 30, 2017

Kentwood Police seeking assistance in identifying suspect in home invasions

A series of home invasions in the area of 52nd Street and Eastern Avenue have the Kentwood Police Department asking for the community’s help to identify and locate the suspect(s) who may be responsible.

By:Cindy Stevens, Kentwood Police Department

October 26, 2017

We the People: Kentwood’s 1st Ward Commission Candidates

Incumbent Gerald DeMaagd faces challenger Emily Bridson in the City of Kentwood’s 1st Ward Commission race in the general election set for Nov. 7.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

October 26, 2017

We the People: Kentwood Mayoral Candidates

Incumbent Stephen Kepley faces challenger Scott Urbanowski in the City of Kentwood’s mayoral race at the general elections Nov. 7.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

October 25, 2017

Kentwood Police hosts drug take back event Oct. 28

The Take Back Day event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Kentwood Police Department, 4742 Walma Ave. SE.

By:Cindy Stevens, Kentwood Police Department

October 24, 2017

The Rapid seeks a 1.47 millage renewal to keep buses running through Kentwood, Wyoming

The Rapid public transit system will face severe cutbacks in service to Wyoming and Kentwood if its millage renewal request is denied.

By:Hannah Haviland, WKTV Editorial Assistant

October 23, 2017

School leaders tally wins, losses of Michigan schools ‘Count Day’ results

Some local school leaders were braced for bad news, some confident of good news, when it came to the count and state funding.

By:K.D. Norris

October 23, 2017

WKTV’s playoff football coverage & complete local sports schedule

This week’s featured game will be a rematch as Wyoming Godwin Heights (7-2) again travels to Wyoming Kelloggsville (9-0) for an opening-round Division 4 game.

By:Mike Moll/WKTV Volunteer Sports Director

October 20, 2017

East Kentwood marching band to host 20-school competition Saturday 

This East Kentwood High School Falcon Marching Band Invitational, a marching band competition, and will be Oct. 21 from 2:30-10 p.m.

By:Kelly Arganbright/Kentwood Band and Orchestra Booster

October 16, 2017

Home-based lead poisoning, other child health hazards, discussed on latest WKTV Journal: In Focus 

Paul Haan of Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, a group which works to identify and address environmental health hazards in homes with young children.

By:WKTV Staff

October 16, 2017

WKTV’s local high school football update, complete sports schedule

The high school sports fall season is wrapping up, we have the complete week’s schedule but WKTV’s featured coverage will have football as South Christian travels to East Grand Rapids.

By:Mike Moll/WKTV volunteer sports director

October 16, 2017

Kentwood 50: Kentwood’s fifth graduating class celebrates its 50th anniversary

Kentwood’s fifth graduating class reunites to celebrate its golden anniversary, and former classmates share their stories about what it was like to graduate the year that the City of Kentwood was founded.

By:Hannah Haviland

October 16, 2017

Residents encouraged to ‘step forward,’ take advantage of home assistance program

Kent County Treasurer Kenneth Parrish, along with treasurers for Allegan and Ottawa counties and officials from the state of Michigan, discuss the benefits of the Step Forward Michigan program.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

October 13, 2017

Four local residents celebrate the wisdom of Dr. Seuss in Civic Theatre production

Three Wyoming residents and one from Kentwood bring the stories of Dr. Seuss to life this month in Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s production of “Seussical the Musical.”

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

October 12, 2017

Kentwood hosts Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 21

Trunk or Treat will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21, at Kentwood Department of Public Works, 5068 Breton Road SE, Kentwood.

By:City of Kentwood

October 9, 2017

WKTV has your weekly local high school sports schedule

WKTV will continue its featured high school sports coverage this month as fall sports wrap up and winter sports are on the horizon.

By:Mike Moll, WKTV Volunteer

October 9, 2017

School News Network: When Trouble Came to Find Me, She Was There

Lexis Pearson was a self-described troublemaker when she was in seventh grade. Her poor choices led her to the office of social worker Brooke Davis.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

October 9, 2017

State action on auto insurance reform leads Chamber’s October WKTV Government Matters discussion

Michigan lawmakers are at work tackling reform of the state’s no-fault auto insurance law, but there is no quick fix.

By:K.D. Norris

October 6, 2017

Government Reports: Sen. Stabenow supports state’s agriculture; Rep. Huizenga backs balanced budget

What have our legislators been up to lately? Find out right here.

By:WKTV Staff

October 5, 2017

Harvest Celebration brings Kentwood Farmers Market to a close

Saturday is the last day for the Kentwood Farmers Market with a few special activities planned to help wrap up the annual event.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

October 2, 2017

‘VOICES: a community history project’ rolls out red carpet at ArtPrize Nine

Participants tell their stories of hardships and successes, of what shaped them and their families into the kind of people they are today.

By:Victoria Mullen, WKTV

October 2, 2017

School News Network: ‘Basics of Life for Some Kids Are Not Basic’

At Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, the Kent County district with the lowest family income, the correlation between M-STEP scores and poverty is stark.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

October 2, 2017

WKTV Journal: In Focus offers discussion of roadway work zone safety

On the latest episode of WKTV Journal: In Focus we talk with than the deputy managing director of the Kent County Road Commission as he discusses the public’s role in work zone safety and winter driving safety.

By:WKTV Staff

September 29, 2017

WKTV offers City of Kentwood candidate forum on cable, on-demand

The candidates for two elected city positions were at the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce candidate forum — and WKTV was there too.

By:K.D. Norris

September 27, 2017

Ford Airport marks completion of phase one of gateway transformation

Construction on the first phase of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport’s (GFIA) Gateway Transformation Project started in December 2015, and concluded today with a ribbon-cutting celebration.

By:Tara Hernandez, Gerald R. Ford International Airport

September 27, 2017

More than 80 vendors scheduled for this year’s South Kent Community Expo

The South Kent Community Expo is set for this Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Kentwood high School, 6230 Kalamazoo Ave. SE.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

September 26, 2017

New WKTV sports volunteer finds ‘great experience’ behind camera

One of the newest WKTV sports coverage volunteers, occasionally working as part of the video crew for high school football games, is enjoying learning to be a cameraman.

By:WKTV Staff

September 25, 2017

School News Network: Tips to Parents: How to Help Your Child’s Reading

Plenty of books in the house. Nightly story time. Exposure to words, words and more words. Those are three components that help a child develop reading skills from birth on, and the more a child reads the better it correlates with achievement.

By:Erin Albanese and Morgan Jarema, School News Network

September 25, 2017

Several area schools have half days, cancel games due to heat

UPDATE: Due to the heat, Kentwood Public Schools has canceled all after school activities and athletic events accept for the water polo game which will take place as scheduled. The East Kentwood Choir concert also has been canceled.

By:WKTV Staff

September 21, 2017

Fishes, color-in-art, just some of the ArtPrize offerings from Kentwood, Wyoming artists

Kentwood students create a wave of fishes while a Wyoming High School mentor hopes to encourage youth to use their voices in the year’s ArtPrize competition.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma