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My Town Ada: Grand Rapids driver hits daycare facility

My Town Ada: Grand Rapids driver hits daycare facility

ADA, Mich.—A Grand Rapids driver who hit a daycare building in Ada says she mistakenly hit the wrong pedal.

Spilatha Medikonda, 33, was picking up her son from daycare at the business, located in the 7000 block of East Fulton, when it happened.  She says she pulled into a parking space and mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the break.  Her car lunged forward over the curb, hitting the side of the daycare center. 

Two 3-year-old children on the other side of the wall were hit with a small shelf that came off the wall when it was hit.  The children were treated at the scene by firefighters and paramedics.  The driver was not injured.

The car and building sustained minor damage.

Field set for state legislature and congressional races

Field set for state legislature and congressional races


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The ballot is set for the Aug. 5 primary election to fill seats in Congress and both chambers of the state legislature.


Statewide, 926 candidates filed petitions before Tuesday's deadline. Winners of the August primary will face off in the general election in November.


Judicial candidates are also on the ballot, including seven lawyers seeking to replace retiring 63rd District Court Judge Steven Servaas. After 41 years, Servaas – Michigan's longest serving judge-- has decided to hang up his robe.


The candidates are Charles Boekeloo , Brent Boncher, Kristin Britt, Andrea Crumback, Jody Jernigan, Jeffrey O'Hara, all of Rockford, and Rock Wood of Cedar Springs.


My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes:

YMCA traffic shouldn't be a problem at proposed location

Cascade, Twp. Mich. (WZZM) Cascade Township officials say they like the idea of a new YMCA but their biggest concern is the traffic that could come with it.

Monday night leaders of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids met with Cascade township officials to talk about a new facility at Kraft and Burton.

This is the second attempt to build a new Y-M-C-A. The first location, planned for Leonard and Crahen was turned down by Grand Rapids Township over traffic concerns as well.

The Cascade Planning Commission discussed those concerns and were told it shouldn't be a big problem, "You won't find any traffic jams to get into the Y, " said Ron Nelson, President and CEO of YMCA of Grand Rapids. "That's because, whether it's the law of averages or whatever, people seem to come and go in flux, so none of our branches have really created problems."

New steps Monday toward the approval of a new YMCA in Cascade Township

New steps Monday toward the approval of a new YMCA in Cascade Township

CASCADE TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - More steps will be taken Monday toward the approval of a new YMCA in Cascade Township. If approved, it will be the first of its kind in greater Grand Rapids, but there are some concerns the Township wants addressed first.

The roadblock now is concern over traffic congestion and safety. Before the final stamp of approval is given for the YMCA to begin building, a traffic plan has to be approved.

This is the same issue the YMCA ran into last summer; causing plans for a Grand Rapids Township location to be rejected. Now, the location under scrutiny is at the intersection of Kraft and Burton. The YMCA has obtained two signed purchase agreements for 36 acres of property at this location.

West Michigan marathoners leave for Boston

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Scores of West Michigan runners will participate in Monday's Boston Marathon; many left Friday.

Francine Robinson is looking forward to the race, despite extra security obstacles put in place after last year's bombing.

"It's just that whole marathon spirit. This week I've heard the words resilience, hope, courage, [and] perseverance. I've heard that over and over about runners going back. I compare it to marathon running -- those are the exact traits you have to have to finish," Robinson said.

Robinson has already run 111 marathons, but expects Monday's will be like no other.

"I suspect it'll be very emotional, it's gonna be a celebration, definitely," she added.

Early Friday morning, marathoner Kim Evans of Ada left Gerald Ford Airport, bound for Boston. Earlier this week, she said the race will be "incredibly special."

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.

Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.