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  • Watch for tow trucks this winter

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Tow truck drivers and other emergency vehicles have this reminder for drivers this winter: Slow down and move over. It’s part of a statewide campaign to reduce the number of accidents between cars and emergency vehicles. Andrew Heykoop of Eagle Towing in Muskegon says one tow truck driver is killed every six days nationally. He says this number would decline if people simply followed state law. “People are in a hurry or not paying attention,” said Heykoop. “They […]

  • Ottawa Co. business dealing with 3rd instance of vandalism in 2017

    GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A local business is cleaning up after it was tagged with graffiti for the third time this year. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says that the suspect or suspects may have a grievance against the business, because it is the only business in the area that is dealing with the problem, but right now there are now suspects. Kirk Scharphorn of Professional Code Inspections says he doesn’t know why it is happening.  The business is located […]

  • West Michigan road commissions ready for snow

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — The first measurable snowfall of the season has already fallen in parts of West Michigan, but tonight will be the first measurable snow for much of the lakeshore and some areas south of Grand Rapids. And although the Ottawa County Road Commission isn’t sure that they’ll need to treat the roads just yet, they will be on standby. “We’ve got to be ready for whatever it ends up being,” said Zach Russell, Communications Administrator for the […]

  • First measurable snow on the way for some

    WEST MICHIGAN — After a quiet Wednesday with plenty of sunshine, more rain and snow is on the way to West Michigan. In fact, Thursday night we could see the first measurable  snowfall of the season for parts of the FOX 17 viewing area. Of course, Grand Rapids and many other areas had their first measurable snow of the season on Halloween, with 0.4″ reported officially at the Grand Rapids Airport. But places like Muskegon and South Haven have yet […]

  • On the Trail: Helping the youth hunt

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – More young people are becoming interested in hunting and there are some special ways to help them get involved in the sport. Watch the video above for details. If you get a big buck, enter your photos in the Al & Bob’s Sports Big Buck photo contest on their website or on their Facebook page. The winners of this week’s Big Buck Photo Contest are James Bauman and Mike Arthur.

  • Road Commission: Shake your mailbox before the snow flies

    IONIA, Mich. — Winter is already in the air across West Michigan, with the first flakes of snow coming Tuesday for most of us. Even though the snow may not be enough to plow, the Ionia County Road Commission says now is the time to get ready for snow plows, and the weight of snow they shove into your driveway and onto your mailbox. The Ionia County Road Commission says they get several complaints each year from people who say […]

  • Possible health impacts of Wolverine Worldwide dump sites

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A variety of health issues could possibly surface for years to come as a result of contamination left at Wolverine Worldwide dump sites. The main culprit could be a substance known as Scotchgard, which contains a fluorinated chemical known as PFOS. Scotchgard was used to protect leather and other fabrics from water and grease, until an EPA study found it to be potentially harmful to public health in a 2000 study. PFOS has been linked to […]

  • Jenison man left Wall Street for fishing and music

    GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Jeff Troutman turned to fly fishing and music for an escape from everyday life, and is now getting national recognition. Troutman has his own podcast, and a new album titled, ‘Songs About Fly Fishing.’ In his podcast, Troutman has interviewed some big names in the fishing world, including Rick Pope — owner of Temple Fork Outfitters, a nationally known fly rod maker. He’s also interviewed Brad Befus, President of Scientific Anglers. In ‘Songs About Fly Fishing,’ […]

  • On The Trail: Practicing your aim

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – An accurate shot can help you land that big buck this hunting season, especially if you hunt with a bow and arrow. The right tools and some instruction can help you tremendously.  Merle Shoemaker at Al & Bob’s Sports shared tips of some of the accessories that can help your aim, and also, how and where to practice. If you get your aim in line and get that big buck, submit a picture of it to […]