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Wyoming Park 7, South Christian 14

Travis Gregg's one-yard touchdown run helped South Christian to a 14-7 win over Wyoming Park Friday night at Waddell Field.

The Sailors (1-1) trailed 7-0 at the half before rebounding with a pair of third quarter touchdowns.  South tied the score on a 21-yard pass from Hayden Youngs to Brandon Haan.

Wyoming Park's Lonnie Field opened the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.  The Vikings are now 0-2 to start the year.

Recycling on the rise in Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- People in Kent County are recycling more since the county opened its new recycling center.  Public Services Director James Hurt says the amount of recycled waste in the first three weeks of August was 25% higher than the same time last year.

The county recently finished distributing 35,000 recycling bins for its new processing plant.  The facility sorts recyclables so residents do not have to. 

People say they are more willing to take part in the easier system.  Resident Beverly Reid says, "I see more people using them now that they've been delivered to everyone.  I see more of the bins out, the large rolling bins than I did see the smaller bins, so I think more people are utilizing them now which is a good thing."

Over the next few weeks crews will visit homes that they missed during the recycle bin drop-off.  They will also swap out bin sizes.

Grand Rapids man going to prison for child pornography

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- A Grand Rapids man convicted on child pornography charges is going to prison.  A judge has sentenced 28-year old Nicholas Job Woodard to six years in prison.  The Grand Rapids man will also spend the rest of his life on probation.

The Department of Justice says Woodard used a computer to download and share thousands of lewd images of children. 

An undercover FBI agent arrested Woodard. He pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing child pornography.

Small Grand Rapids business owner waiting for economic recovery

GRAND RAPIDS - The president today urged senate Republicans to pass the small business legislation before them.  

 Business owner Ed Heerema says government intervention has helped his auto supplier survive the economy.  President Obama today welcomed news of private-sector job growth. But with the unemployment rate ticking upward, he said he'll roll out new plans next week to spur the economy. 

Heerma, owner of Arbor Gage and Tool, said the federal bailout of the auto industry, and the state's tax-free renaissance zones have helped his 25 person business survive.  "I'm not sure we'd be here today if it wasn't for that help so it's critical that that continue" he said Friday.  

GRPS - Last day of voting for Kohl's Cares initiative

Dear GRPS Students, Parents, Staff and Supporters:
Following our email yesterday, it was brought to our attention that Ken-O-Sha Elementary was not the only school involved in the Kohl's Cares initiative on Facebook. In fact, nearly every school in the district has applied! That means that ANY school in the Grand Rapids Public School district could win one of 20 $500,000 grants to improve their school.
Today is the last day of voting. All you have to do is log on to (or join, if you haven't already) Facebook and find the Kohl's page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/kohls?ref=ts. Click on the Kohl's Cares tab and search for your favorite GRPS school. Every vote counts, so vote multiple times for any and all of the GRPS schools involved!
Get the word out, post to your Facebook page and email all your friends! Show everyone how much you support GRPS and our ongoing success story.

GRPS to begin blended learning curriculum at high schools

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-  Starting Tuesday, high schoolers at Grand Rapids Public Schools will have to adapt to a blended learning curriculum. It's a new way of instruction and learning that has generated strong opinions from both supporters and opponents.

The blended model will offer two subjects, Social Studies and Math, in a blended form starting this school year. Students will operate on a three day schedule. On day one, students will meet in a traditional classroom setting where the teacher explains a concept. Days two and three the students will meet with one or more teachers and assistants and much of the work will be technology based.

Ottawa Hills @ Muskegon

MUSKEGON (WZZM) -- Facing a rare 0-2 start, the Big Reds of Muskegon hosted the always dangerous Ottawa Hills Bengals at Hackley Stadium.

On the opening kickoff, Ottawa Hills' Devon Ivey showed his moves and took the ball all the way downfield for a 6-0 lead.  Ottawa Hills missed the extrra point.

Muskegon then came back.  Kavonte Keyes ran through the line on a keeper, scoring on a 52 yard run.  The two point conversion put the Big Reds on top.

Then it was all Muskegon. The final, Muskegon 59, Ottawa Hills 6.