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  • Snow Plow “Roadeo” in Plainwell today

    PLAINWELL, Mich. — More than 70 drivers from across Michigan competed in the 30th annual Snow Plow “Roadeo” in Plainwell Wednesday. The event included an obstacle course, classroom training, and a diagnostic exam on a variety of vehicles. The event was organized by the American Public Works Association and is sponsored by more than 60 vendors. The vendors also help plow drivers keep up with some of the latest technology inside the cab. Event organizers say today’s plows are easier […]

  • Could this season break the streak of warmer-than-average winters?

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The weather is still warm, but cold and snow are just around the corner. And many of you have been asking what to expect this winter.  Experts say it could be more severe than last year. Details of snowfall for an entire season are always tough to predict, but there are some factors that point to a more severe season than in the past.  First, the last two winters have been warmer than average, with last […]

  • Tropical Storm Nate makes landfall in Mississippi

    BILOXI, Miss. — Hurricane Nate has been downgraded to a tropical storm and continues to move quickly to the north/northwest after making landfall in Mississippi early Sunday morning. Although it’s not as powerful as Harvey, Irma, or Maria were when they made landfall in the U.S. and U.S. territories, it is still powerful enough to cause major damage in parts of the Gulf Coast tonight. Nate still has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, which is near the top of […]

  • Montcalm County woman looking for answers after her cat was shot

    SHERIDAN, Mich. — Lora Edgar is looking for answers after her three year-old black, outdoor cat was shot Tuesday morning. His left, front leg was broken in two places in the incident. Her cat’s name is Ryder, and she says he is normally very friendly and playful. So she doesn’t understand why anyone would do this. Edgar has been in contact with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, and plans to file this as a malicious destruction of property crime. In […]

  • New Chronic Wasting Disease case suspected in Montcalm County

    MONTCALM TWP., Mich — The DNR says a deer brought into a check station during Michigan’s youth deer hunting season is likely to have Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The deer was taken in Montcalm Township, and initial tests show it probably has CWD. Final test results are still pending from the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. This would be the tenth deer in Michigan known to have the disease, out of the more than 14 thousand that have been […]

  • On The Trail – Big Buck Photo Contest Returns

    FOX 17’s On The Trail feature is back this year, with help from Al & Bob’s Sports and once again, they’ll be hosting the Al & Bob’s Big Buck Photo Contest. Archery deer season begins this weekend, and the contest includes youth hunts that have taken place in recent weeks.  Each week will include an adult and a youth winner which will receive a $20 gift card.  The end-of-season award winners will get a $250 shopping spree and a hunting […]

  • Local crops taking the early fall heat

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The late season heat wave is presenting a unique challenge to West Michigan farmers, but it might not be what you think. Instead of hurting crop yields, the unusually high temperatures are accelerating the ripening process of apples and other fruits. This has many local orchards busier than ever. It also has their workers struggling to keep cool. “Our harvest crew… That’s heavy work and they have to work in it through the day,” said Tom […]

  • Four straight days of record highs

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Today’s high temperature of 94° at the National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids was good for another daily record high. The old record for the date was 91° set back in 2007. This was our fourth consecutive record high, and our fourth straight day with high temperatures of 90° or higher. This was also our ninth day of temperatures of 90° or above in the year 2017, which is about average for a calendar year. […]

  • Maria hammers Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico braced for Hurricane Maria this morning, as the storm made landfall around 6:00 AM near the city of Yabucoa. Maria had maximum sustained winds of around 155 mph when it first made landfall, which is near the top of Category 4 status. This is the strongest storm to hit the island since 1928, when a Category 5 hurricane occurred. Puerto Rico was also hit hard by Hurricane Irma two […]