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  • ‘Shields of Hope’ surprises Ottawa County reserve deputy fighting cancer

    OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. – Grant Gerig is in the fight of his life against cancer. But on Tuesday, he learned that he isn’t doing it alone. Gerig is an Ottawa County Sheriff’s reserve deputy who found out just a few weeks ago that he has rectal cancer. Now, the sheriff and his deputies are making sure Gerig knows they have his back. To help remind him he has plenty of support, the sheriff and a large number of the department surprised […]

  • Forest Hills changing abstinence-only sex ed curriculum

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Forest Hills Public Schools has decided to make changes to its sex education program, pulling the plug on its “abstinence only” curriculum.  The changes were announced at a Monday board meeting. The Pregnancy Resource Center was at the heart of the issue.  For the past 15 years, concerned parents say they’ve been teaching abstinence only. Some parents say students were even sent home with virginity pledge cards. “What they were doing here was ‘abstinence only’ education,” […]

  • Artists gear up for ArtPrize 9

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Just days away from the start of ArtPrize 9 and this year’s show is already hitting the streets of downtown Grand Rapids. Hundreds of artists getting their projects set up as they work out the last minute details. FOX 17 News talked with several artists excited about showing the world what they’ve been working on. “It’s not just a sculpture you look at,” says Oscar Luna, Artist of ‘Sticks & Stones’. “You actually walk into it […]

  • Three governor candidates speak in West Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN – The Michigan governor’s election is still more than a year away, but more than a dozen candidates are already eyeing the office. Candidates are already stumping around the state, including state Attorney General Bill Schuette, who announced his candidacy Tuesday. “Michigan needs to be about uniting, not dividing,” says Bill Schuette. “I’m running for governor because it’s time for Michigan to lead and have an era of prosperity and opportunity in jobs that is second to none.” […]

  • Eastbound M-6 reopening ahead of schedule

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Motorists who have been missing the convenience of M-6 won’t have to wait much longer to get that shortened commute back. The Michigan Department of Transportation  says reconstruction on the eastbound lanes is ahead of schedule and will be ready Thursday, Sept. 14. The $9.5 million dollar project started in July, and crews have been busy paving the way for a smoother ride on what’s been one of West Michigan’s biggest disappointments when it comes to highways. […]

  • Spring Lake Township board votes against ‘No Wake Zone’ proposal

    SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Spring Lake Township made waves Monday by voting against a measure that would have put a “No Wake Zone” in a small section of the Grand River. It’s a thought that had the community split on what to do about large wakes on parts of the river.  The proposal would have made a 26-foot rule where boats that large would have had to slow down enough to reduce the size of wakes. “Biggest concern as […]

  • Trucks from Michigan loading up and heading to Florida

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – While millions of Florida residents deal with Hurricane Irma, people in West Michigan are gearing up to help in relief efforts. B & B Trucking in Kalamazoo is holding a truck-loading relief effort. They’re taking donations for essential things like water, batteries, sunscreen, and other non-perishable items. “We are looking for generators; somebody dropped off four generators yesterday,” said Josh Borter at B & B Trucking. “We’re looking for tarps, we’re looking for work gloves. These are […]

  • GR Public Schools stands against president’s decision to end DACA

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools wasted no time Tuesday letting everyone know where the district stands on the president’s decision to end DACA. DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an executive order issued by fPresident Obama in 2012 that protected undocumented people from deportation if they came into the country as children. At a rally on Tuesday, GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal called on Congress to take action for the 800,000 people under […]

  • Loved ones remember young mother killed one year ago in Muskegon

    MUSKEGON, Mich. – A family scattering the ashes of a loved one on Sunday, a year after 22-year-old Barbie Dailey was killed. Her boyfriend, Joshua Salyers, charged with open murder in her death after he admitted to police that he killed her on September 4th, 2016. “It’s hard it’s been almost a year,” says Wendy Varela, Barbie’s mom. “Closure, I don’t think there will ever be closure because this was senseless. There was no reason for this and I don’t […]