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Funeral services set for Forest Hills teen


ADA, Mich. (WZZM) - Visitation and funeral plans have been announced for a Forest Hills student killed Friday morning when he was hit by a car.

Lucas Vansprange died Friday morning in the accident on Cascade Road. He was hit by a car while crossing the road to meet his school bus. He was a freshman at Forest Hills Central High School.

RELATED: Forest Hills Central student dies after being hit by car

Forest Hills Central student dies after being hit by car


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Forest Hills Central High School student hit by an SUV Friday morning has died.

Lucas Vansprange, 15, was crossing Cascade Road SE around 7:15 a.m. to catch a school bus. The boy's stepfather dropped him off in the center turn lane in front of the Manchester Hills subdivision and across the street from the Watermark Country Club.

Kent County Sheriff's deputies said Vansprange walked behind his stepfather's vehicle and crossed in front of an SUV; he wearing dark clothing. The district says the school bus was not yet at the stop at the time of the accident and several students waiting for it witnessed the accident.

The SUV driver, a 66-year-old man, was not speeding and alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

GR-based ministry changes name


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - An internationally-known Grand Rapids-based ministry underwent a name change Thursday.

RBC Ministries changed its name today to Our Daily Bread Ministries. The 76-year-old nonprofit has published the Our Daily Bread devotional since 1956.

"The familiarity of this name will help our entire ministry better connect with people around the world and expand the reach of all our Bible-based resources," said Rick DeHaan, president of Our Daily Bread Ministries in a press release.

All the ministries efforts, including Discovery House Publishers and more than 20 ministry websites and apps, will all make the name change with a new single logo mark.


Pit Stop BBQ opens restaurant


(WZZM) - There's a new restaurant in Grand Rapids for anyone who has a taste for barbecue.

The Pit Stop Barbecue celebrated it's grand opening in Grand Rapids this week. The new restaurant is on 28th Street near Thornhills Avenue.

The owners started catering a few years ago. Recently, they were ranked as the tenth best in the country for barbecue catering.

The Pit Stop BBQ restaurant will be open Wednesdays through Fridays.


Amash calls for changes in Washington

Amash calls for changes in Washington


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Congressman Justin Amash says Washington D.C. needs changes. Amash added that he doesn't think House Speaker John Boehner is the right man to lead the changes.

Amash made those remarks during a town hall meeting at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Saturday morning. This was his first meeting with the public since the new congress convened on Tuesday.

The Republican from Michigan's 3rd Congressional says despite the fact that he likes House Speaker John Boehner, he wants to see more get done. Amash said, "unless someone really wants to go out on a limb it's very hard to change the system, and I think unfortunately Speaker Boehner is not willing to do what it takes to change the system, and that is the biggest problem we have right now. We need someone in there who will go there and say I don't care if I upset a bunch of special interest."

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: Downtown student population doubles as WMU shuts down Beltline campus

My Town: Downtown student population doubles as WMU shuts down Beltline campus

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds more college students will pack downtown Grand Rapids starting next week, as Western Michigan University temporarily shuts down its Graduate Center-Beltline location.

The campus on East Beltline is expected to remain closed for seven months during extensive renovations, displacing approximately 550 students.   Beginning Jan. 12, those students will take spring classes at WMU’s Graduate Center-Downtown, doubling the WMU population at that location.

"We're excited to welcome Beltline students and faculty to the downtown location," says Roxanne Buhl, regional director, WMU-Grand Rapids. We're certain they will enjoy everything the downtown area has to offer, while local businesses will have the opportunity to serve new customers with the increase of students over the next seven months."