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My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

LOWELL, Mich.-- The community is invited to this hilarious comedy production written by Linda Daugherty.

Daugherty combines three classic fairy tales, “The Three Little Pigs”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff" and includes some surprising twists. A cast of 16 local students and adults from Lowell, Saranac, Grand Rapids and Belding brings this fun production to life.

This comedy takes place Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, located at 11700 Vergennes.

Admission is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://threelittlepigsjan24.eventbrite.com.

My Town: WMU-Cooley Law honors the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

My Town: WMU-Cooley Law honors the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, WMU-Cooley Law School and the school’s Black Law Student Association hosted a viewing of the documentary Martin Luther King Jr. – The Man and The Dream.

Following the documentary, a discussion was held about the impact King has had on individuals, the community and society. Leaders of the group discussion also contemplated what society would be like today if King was not assassinated 47 years ago.

“It’s important to reflect back on the work Dr. King accomplished almost 50 years ago and to consider what else we can do in terms of establishing equality,” said Te Smith, president, WMU-Cooley Black Law Students Association. “We all enjoyed celebrating his legacy together and the impact he has had on society.”

 

Black Lives Matter: Grand Rapids holds meeting


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The local chapter of the group Black Lives Matter held a meeting Thursday night in Grand Rapids.

The organization is a response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin's death and also gained national attention after violent confrontations with police in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.

The group's co-founder, Anita Moore, says members don't have faith in the current system and are looking to the community for solutions.

"We believe that there's a lot of racial disparities here in Grand Rapids that go unnoticed by our public officials, not unnoticed, but ignored by our public officials. We have an issue with that. So this is what we're going to be working on, planning on how we can directly reach the community and build relationships."

Final beam raised for Medical Mile hotel


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Medical Mile along Michigan St. near downtown Grand Rapids is certainly helping the area's economy, and Thursday saw a milestone for the first hotel going up in that part of town. The final beam for the 142-room Hampton Inn & Suites under construction was set in place during a morning ceremony.

Construction crews, hotel operators, and developers all signed the beam before it went up.

Third Coast Development partner Max Benedict said it's an important milestone, too, for Medical Mile in general.

"It's really going to put a lot of activity here on the streets of midtown," he said. "We're really excited about how it's going to create a more vibrant neighborhood, the whole Michigan St. corridor here. You're going to see more restaurants popping up."

The $28 million, five-story hotel is scheduled to open in September.


GRPD search Grand River for missing woman


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Police used a watercraft to search the Grand River downtown late Thursday morning in the area of the Gillette Bridge and Pearl Street NW.

A Grand Rapids woman has been missing since Tuesday morning. A purse was found along the river near the Ford Museum with footprints leading into the river but no footprints coming back. Authorities say Kimberly Haymon, 55, is schizophrenic and is without her medication.

RELATED: Missing woman may have fallen into Grand River

Missing woman may have fallen into Grand River


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are searching for a woman with mental health issues who may have fallen into the Grand River.

Kimberly Marie Haymon, 55, was last seen getting off a bus at Fulton Street and Division Avenue at approximately 9:50 a.m. Tuesday. Police say she is schizophrenic and does not have her medication.

At 2:45 p.m., officers responded to the Ford Museum at 303 Pearl Street NW, on a report of a found purse in the walkway near the edge of the river. The walkway had footprints leading to the water's edge and appeared to lead into the river, but no
footprints were found leaving that area.

Police are searching along the river and surrounding area.

Soup's On tickets for sale to help God's Kitchen


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Warming the hearts of thousands, while helping to provide a hot meal for those in need. That's the driving force for the annual Soup's On For All event. It's taking place at the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids. The fundraiser raises more than $100,000 annually for the food & pantry programs of God's Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities of West Michigan.

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event to sample soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants. Throughout the year, volunteers hand paint thousands of soup bowls. Guests get a bowl as a souvenir of the evening as a lasting reminder that hunger is a reality for many in the West Michigan community.