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Catholic Central @ Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, MI (WZZM) -- The 13 On Your Sidelines Game of the Week featured a pair of week one victors, Grand Rapids Catholic Central and Coopersville.

The Catholic Central Cougars defeated Traverse City St. Francis last week, ending the state's longest win streak.

The Cougars kept up their momentum Thursday night.  On their first possession, Catholic Central's Miles Morrissey rolled to his left and found Ryan Bradley for a 64 yard touchdown.

On the Cougars' next offensive possession, a handoff to Bronson Hill resulted in a 65 yard scoring run to put the Catholic Central up 16-0 in just four minutes.

This was not a night for the Coopersville Broncos.  The final score - Grand Rapids Catholic Central 30, the Coopersville Broncos 0.

B.O.B. expansion gets initial approval - 150 new jobs

GRAND RAPIDS - You've heard of the B.O.B.  Now, get ready for Bobville.  

The owner of the Big Old Building, or B.O.B., won initial approval today for his plan to build a new, four story building adjacent to the B.O.B. 

It will include a variety of uses, including entertainment, retail,  and hotel condo suites.  The project is expected to create 150 new jobs as well as a significant number of construction jobs.  Owner Greg Gilmore hopes to start construction next year and open Bobville in December of 2012. 

"It's just another catalyst - it's another component that will bring people downtown and round out the entertainment options in the region," Gilmore said.

The approval came in the form of brownfield tax credits. 

West Michigan schools receive federal improvement grants

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - Twenty-eight of Michigan's lowest achieving schools have been awarded federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds to help them increase student achievement, including seven schools in West Michigan.

The funds are from the federal School Improvement Grant, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) signed into law by President Barack Obama last year.

In West Michigan, the schools getting grants are:

August & Summer 2010 Weather Stats

Grand Rapids

Temperatures last month averaged 74.9°F, 5.5°F above average, and 5.9°F warmer than last year (69.0°F), making it the sixth warmest August on record, and the warmest since 1959 (75.5°F). Twenty seven days were warmer than usual; three were cooler, and one was average. The highest temperature occurred on August 29 with 93°F while the lowest temperature occurred on August 27 with 51°F. Temperatures for the summer season (June, July and August) averaged 73.2°F, 3.9°F above average, and 5.3°F warmer than last summer, tying for the fifth warmest summer on record, and the warmest since 1934 (73.3°F).

Woman charged with killing foster daughter appears in Court

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A foster mom accused of killing a 5-year old girl appeared in court today.

Authorities say Emily Meno died from traumatic head injuries caused by 30-year old Joy Heaven.

Family members of 5-year old Emily Meno were holding back tears as they listened to painful testimony from investigators, and watched as prosecutors offered Joy Heaven a plea deal.

"She was a happy go lucky little girl and now she's gone."

For mother, Lori Meno, emotions ran deep in court, as one by one investigators gave their testimony about 5-year old Emily Meno's death.

A detective with Kent County Sheriff's Department testified heaven confessed to striking Emily only after being presented autopsy results.  Officers say Joy Heaven claimed she was frustrated with Emily for wetting her pants and being in the way.

"She then indicated with one hand she thrust forward hitting Emily in the chest causing her to be airborne."

Cornerstone University students are welcomed in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Hundreds of students are back in Grand Rapids ahead of a new school year.  Cornerstone University welcomed back more than 400 students Wednesday.  Organizers helped them move into their new home.  This year's class comes from 20 states and 14 nations.

Cornerstone University President Joe Stowell says, "Every class is different, but every class is valued.  Every one of these lives have been prepared to come and experience Cornerstone University so we value them individually and we're thrilled to have them as a class"

Classes at Cornerstone will begin next Wednesday.

Former addicts help church members build a Habitat for Humanity home

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Some former drug addicts who are rebuilding their lives are also building a future for a family in Grand Rapids. 

Men from Guiding Light Mission's recovery program joined members of Westminster Presbyterian Church Wednesday to help build a home for Habitat for Humanity.  They spent several  hours hammering together a home on Merrill Southwest. 

Volunteers said they didn't mind Wednesday's rain or high temperatures.  Volunteer Patrick Weber says, "Giving back to the community, it helps a lot. I feel really good about it."

Church member Ron Hoekman says, "It's really a joy to have them working here to be able to work along side them."

The men from Guiding Light Mission have helped with a variety of events and organizations in the past including the Mental Health Foundation and Picnic Pops.