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Airport launches new logo, tagline


CASCADE, Mich. (WZZM) - The Gerald R. Ford International Airport has a new logo.

The new look was unveiled Wednesday morning after the airport board meeting. The new logo was inspired by the shape of the airport's parking canopy.

They also unveiled a new brand promise trying to get people to think about the airport in a new way: Getting there is better here.

The airport recently announced a $95 million investment for capital improvements. The work is scheduled to be done between next year and 2020.


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Heroes take students on a holiday shopping spree


CASCADE, Mich. (WZZM) – A group of Grand Rapids area children got some help with filling the space under their Christmas trees on Tuesday.

A dozen children from Coit and East Leonard elementary schools met up with Grand Rapids police officers and firefighters to "Shop with a Hero." Each child was given a $100 Meijer gift card to purchase holiday gifts for family and friends at the Meijer store at 1997 E. Beltline Ave. NE. Community Officer Neil Gomez says the children chosen to participate work hard in school while facing financial hardships at home.

This is the third year Grand Rapids police and firefighters have teamed up with Meijer for the event. Including this year, Meijer has donated $4,000 to the event, helping 40 children.


Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—After more than three decades helping to educate hundreds of thousands of children, the superintendent of Kent Intermediate School District is leaving his post.

Tuesday, Kevin Konarska announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year. Konarska has worked for Kent ISD for nine years, helping the agency navigate through the Great Recession and deep funding cuts by the state, all while opening new education programs and a laboratory school.

"It will be very hard to see Kevin leave," Board President Claudia Bajema said in a news release to WZZM 13. "He has made such a difference in the schools we serve and in the opportunities available to the more than 100,000 students throughout our service region."

My Town: A dozen children to 'Shop with a Hero' for the holidays

My Town: A dozen children to 'Shop with a Hero' for the holidays

CASCADE, Mich. – A group of Grand Rapids area children is getting some help with filling the space under their Christmas trees.

Tuesday, a dozen children from Coit and East Leonard elementary schools will meet up with Grand Rapids police officers and firefighters to “Shop with a Hero.”  Each child will be given a $100 Meijer gift card to purchase holiday gifts for family and friends at the Meijer store at 1997 E. Beltline Ave. NE. Community Officer Neil Gomez says the children chosen to participate work hard in school while facing financial hardships at home.

This is the third year Grand Rapids police and firefighters have teamed up with Meijer for the event.  Including this year, Meijer has donated $4,000 to the event, helping 40 children.

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My Town: Ford Airport prepares to unveil new logo

My Town: Ford Airport prepares to unveil new logo

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is getting ready to revamp its logo and brand.

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, airport officials will unveil a new logo and brand promise that supports the airport's marketing campaign for 2015.  The event will also include a cake adorned with the airport's new logo.

Ford Airport's current logo highlights the travel hub's 50th anniversary.  The airport hit that milestone in 2013.

My Town: Businesses hold holiday drives to feed families in need

My Town: Businesses hold holiday drives to feed families in need

CASCADE, Mich.—If you’re looking to give more than gifts to loved ones this holiday season, several businesses are accepting cash and canned food donations for families in need.

The food and funds will be shipped to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. 

  • Nov. 24 - Dec. 19: Goldfish Swim School, 2845 Thornhills Avenue, Suite S, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Nov. 24 - Dec. 22: KoKo FitClub 2845 Thornhills Ave. SE, Cascade, MI 49546
  • Dec. 1- Dec. 31: Hampton Inn and SpringHill Suites (5200 28th Street SE and 5250 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512)

For a list of most-needed food items, visit Feeding America West Michigan’s website.

Deputy: Don't be an easy target

Deputy: Don't be an easy target

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- Don’t be an easy target. That’s the message from Kent County Deputy Ryan Roe to drivers, after a series of thefts from vehicles in Ada, Grand Rapids and Cascade townships.

The crimes took place in the early morning hours during the week of Thanksgiving.  Investigators say the thieves targeted unlocked vehicles parked in driveways and inside garages. 

Drivers are encouraged to take all valuables out of their vehicle and lock it before leaving.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at (616) 632-6357.