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 15, 2017

New Godfrey-Lee district board member brings Latinx perspective to educational leadership

Jackie Hernandez hopes to bring a more ethnically diverse presence to leadership of a school district with a Latino/Latina students in the majority.

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 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

Wyoming Public Safety Department seeks assistance in identifying robbery suspect

The Wyoming Department of Public Safety is looking to identify a suspect who was involved in a Nov. 7 robbery at Clyde Park Foods.

By:Lt. Mark Easterly, Wyoming Department of Public Safety

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

Wyoming Public Schools now ready for future after gaining millage extension

Wyoming Public Schools district voters Tuesday approved what is essentially a $79.5 million school facility improvement plan.

By:K.D. Norris

November 7, 2017

School News Network: Students put design thinking to use with voters

To learn about an upcoming school bond proposal, high school business students are zeroing in on their neighbors by using the Design Thinking process.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

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 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

One of the most decorated Michigan veterans keynote speaker at Wyoming’s Veterans Day event

Wyoming plans annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10; Wyoming Public Safety Department collects items for Veteran’s Home throughout the month.

By:Krashawn Martin, City of Wyoming

November 3, 2017

56th Street, Wilson Avenue rezoning proposal pulled from Wyoming City Council agenda

Per the request of the developer, a proposed rezoning for the 56th Street and Wilson Avenue area has been taken off the Wyoming City Council’s agenda for the upcoming Monday night meeting.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

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

Public comment welcomed as Wyoming’s Public Safety Department seeks accreditation

The City of Wyoming Department of Public Safety invites public comment as part of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies review.

By:Wyoming Department of Public Safety

October 30, 2017

School News Network: When Monsters Call and Teachers Read, Students Listen

The shared love of a book was on display in English teacher Shantel VanderGalien’s eighth-grade honors class as she read aloud from “A Monster Calls.”

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

October 26, 2017

With city and commercial cooperation, grand opening of 28 West Place more than ribbon-cutting 

A key part of the redevelopment of the center was the city putting in a special street  — 28 West Place Street — to allow better access to the businesses.

By:K.D. Norris

October 25, 2017

Wyoming Public Schools seek millage extension to modernize buildings, expand high school

Wyoming Public Schools superintendent Thomas Reeder: “We have to be able to set our schools up for the next couple of decades.”

By:K.D. Norris

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 24, 2017

School News Network: Tireless Go-getter Makes Her Community a Better Place; Dreams of a Brighter Tomorrow

Maria Aguirre likes to help other people’s dreams come true: making sure a child has presents wrapped under the tree on Christmas morning, doing her part to fund cancer research, helping distribute grants to organizations doing good in her Wyoming community.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

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 20, 2017

Ribbon cutting celebrates redevelopment of former Wyoming Village Mall to 28 West Place

Through the redevelopment of the mall, the city was able to complete the first phase of its 28 West Street project. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

October 19, 2017

Wyoming Wolves basketball coach Vander Klay honored for 300th win

Vander Klay was inducted into the 300+ Varsity Century Club at the BCAM Hall-of-Fame/Clinic week-end at Oakland University.

By:K.D. Norris

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

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 10, 2017

Wyoming gets ready for 14th Annual Pumpkin Path

Set for Oct. 14, the Wyoming Pumpkin Path draws more than 6,000 children, parents, and grandparents to trick and treat at Lamar Park.

By:Krashawn Martin, City of Wyoming

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

Wyoming football team learning, growing under new coach’s guidance 

With the team’s first win last week — 33-21 against conference foe Middleville Thornapple Kellogg — the coach thinks his team is close to flourishing.

By:K.D. Norris

October 4, 2017

School News Network: I Get How Hard It Is

Teresa Dood, Parkview Elementary’s Kent School Services Network coordinator, brings an awareness that is deep and real to her job linking families with resources.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

October 4, 2017

Intersection of 56th and Ivanrest scheduled to get traffic signal

Reconstruction plans for 56th Street include a traffic light at the intersection of 56th Street and Ivanrest Avenue.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

October 4, 2017

Train derailment causes rerouting on 36th Street

According to the Wyoming Department to of Public Safety, there was a train derailment on 36th Street near Clay Avenue. 

By:WKTV Staff

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 28, 2017

Wyoming resident steps down from city service after 45 years

City of Wyoming officials hope Lyle Converse’s dedication will inspire others to serve on city boards and commissions.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

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

Godfrey-Lee’s new school superintendent on latest WKTV Journal: In Focus 

On the latest episode of WKTV’s public affairs show, new Godfrey-Lee Public School superintendent Kevin Polston about the opportunities — not challenges — his district offers.

By:WKTV Staff

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