April 24, 2017

Fast Track to Success: the Sekayi Bracey Story

Kentwood native Sekayi Bracey was just 8-years-old, her elementary gym teacher encouraged her to pursue running. She is now a freshman at Purdue with a full-ride scholarship.

By:Jacquelyn Zeman, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

April 24, 2017

Kentwood Police plans annual Drug Take Back day for Saturday

Residents will be able to turn in medications no questions asked during the Drug Take Back day on Saturday, April 29.

By:WKTV Contributor

April 24, 2017

Water polo scheduled for WKTV’s featured high school coverage

The WKTV truck and the crews will continue to bring various events to the airwaves this spring and this week we will be at East Kentwood covering girls water polo — twice!

By:Mike Moll

April 20, 2017

Kentwood makes emergency repairs at 44th and Division, drivers should seek alternate routes

Those who travel through that intersection are encouraged to find an alternative route.

By:WKTV Contributor

April 19, 2017

Two GVSU students from Kentwood received scholarships to study abroad

Shukri Bana and Holly Miller, both from Kentwood were recipients of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

By:Nate Hoekstra, GVSU

April 17, 2017

Baseball, softball scheduled for WKTV’s featured high school coverage

The week, WKTV will be at South Christian for a baseball game and at Godwin Heights for a softball, and next week’s schedule includes water polo!

By:Mike Moll

April 17, 2017

School News Network: East Kentwood’s robotics team earns award at Lakeview district competition

East Kentwood High School’s Red Storm FIRST Robotics team earned the district Chairman’s Award at the recent Lakeview district competition

By:School News Network

April 14, 2017

Salvation Army to hold energy assistance events at Kroc Center

Customers of DTE Energy who are having difficulty making their utility payments can apply for relief in two events at The Salvation Army Kroc Center [Read More]

By:Jon Shaner, The Salvation Army

April 14, 2017

The author of the ‘The Space Between Us” makes a stop at Kentwood’s Schuler Books & Music

The poignant story of a privileged woman and her servant has gained national attention for author Thirty Umrigar, who visits Schuler Books & Music this month.

By:Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books and Music

April 13, 2017

Former mayor appointed to fill vacancy on Kentwood City Commission

Former Kentwood Mayor and City Commissioner Richard Clanton has been appointed by the Kentwood City Commission to fill a commissioner-at-large vacancy.

By:WKTV Contributor

April 13, 2017

Be prepared by attending Kent County’s ‘Operation: Safe and Secure’ expo

After facing two tornados and a flood in less than four years, the county officials are working to make everyone more prepared on how to handle an emergency.

By:Lisa LaPlante, Kent County

April 13, 2017

Spotlight on Seniors Health and Fitness Expo returns to Kentwood Activities Center

The event, which is Tuesday, April 18, has become a source for the latest information on a variety of senior services.

By:Nancy Welsch

April 12, 2017

School News Network: Growing Produce from the Ground, er, Air Up

Kentwood Public School’s Discovery Elementary fifth-graders are growing up –– with leafy, green plants on their Tower Garden.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

April 12, 2017

Go Saints: WKTV to air Ellington Academy basketball special 

WKTV will air the Ellington Academy Saints Basketball Special on April 17 and April 21 on WKTV Comcast Channel 25 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

By:WKTV Sports Contributor

April 12, 2017

Civic Theatre’s ‘Fancy Nancy’ features Kentwood resident in lead

Fancy is about making the world a better place according to Amelia Moody, a Kentwood resident who plays Fancy Nancy in Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s upcoming production.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

April 11, 2017

Kent County gets ‘Smart911’ with the goal of improving emergency response

The nationwide program, Smart911, has been credited in helping to reduce response time by providing critical information to 911 call takers and responders.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

April 11, 2017

Kentwood 50: Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday at City Hall

To celebrate the Kentwood 50, there will be some special golden eggs hidden in this year’s Easter Egg Hunt set for April 15.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

April 10, 2017

Local high school sports schedule: April 10-17

Looking for a Wyoming and Kentwood area high school varsity sports event to get out to?

By:Mike Moll

April 7, 2017

After exciting winter of high school sports, WKTV’s spring coverage starts

WKTV truck will continue to bring high school sports to the airwaves this spring and including, for the first time, in addition to baseball and softball, girls water polo.

By:Mike Moll

April 6, 2017

County Action Agency to merge with Kent County

The Board of Commissioners recently authorized a plan to merge Area Community Services and Employment Training Council’s Community Action Agency Division with the Kent County Community Development/Housing Commission Department.

By:Lisa LaPlante, Kent County Community Liaison and Communications Director

April 4, 2017

Kent County to start testing of tornado/high winds warning sirens in April

Starting Friday, April 7, and continuing on the first Friday of every month at noon through October, tornado alarm testing will be heard in Kent County homes and businesses.

By:Lisa LaPlante, Kent County

April 4, 2017

American Airlines starts nonstop service from Grand Rapids to Reagan National Airport

Nonstop service from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) began today. The service features 13 weekly round trips.

By:Tara M. Hernandez, Gerald R. Ford International Airport

March 31, 2017

KDL starts accepting submissions for its annual poetry contest

The KDL Kentwood Branch will once again be the hosting site for the 2nd Annual Spoken Word Competition, part of KDL’s poetry competition.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

March 30, 2017

Ford Airport partners with Kendall College for gateway mural

The Airport approached KCAD to cover its blank construction wall, and a team of three KCAD students – with the support of five other students and staff – designed, created, and installed a horizontal world map.

By:Tara M. Hernandez, Gerald R. Ford International Airport

March 30, 2017

Meijer Gardens expansion includes expanded learning center, local community education opportunities

The expansion plans of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announced last week will include an expansion the institution’s learning center, already a favorite of several Wyoming and Kentwood community organizations.

By:K.D. Norris

March 29, 2017

School News Network: Kelloggsville students urged to ‘Find What You Love’

If someone had told Greggory Hampshire how clinical psychologists spend their days (with lots of paperwork), he might not have pursued it as a career.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

March 28, 2017

WKTV Newscast: Kentwood’s 50th celebration continues

Our March 16 newscast highlights the Wyoming Department of Public Safety Awards along with what is new at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

By:WKTV Staff

March 27, 2017

Local high school sports schedule: March 27-30

Looking for a Wyoming and Kentwood area high school varsity sports event to get out to? Here is your weekly list.

By:WKTV Contributor

March 24, 2017

Ford Airport hosts spring break passenger appreciation days; TSA offers advice for faster screening

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) is preparing for its busiest time of year with helpful travel reminders, and a bit of fun mixed in.

By:By Tara Hernandez, Gerald R. Ford International Airport

March 24, 2017

School News Network: Kentwood fifth-grade author keeps turning out new fiction

Oummu S. Kabba says no matter what she does or where she goes in life, she will always make time for writing.

By:Erin Albanese

March 23, 2017

Patti Sevensma exhibit opening at Pine Rest Leep Art Gallery

The work of local artist Patti Sevensma will be featured at the gallery starting March 27 in the exhibit “Innovative Artistry.”

By:Colleen Cullison, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

March 23, 2017

Kentwood 50: City recognizes establishments that have been part of the community for 50 years or more

At a Kentwood 50 breakfast Thursday morning, Kentwood officials and leaders recognized about 23 local establishments that have been part of the city since its incorporation in 1967.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

March 21, 2017

School News Network: District faces deficit, hopes to maintain staffing

School News Network sits down with Wyoming Superintendent Thomas Reeder to discuss the May 2 Kent Intermediate School District 0.9 mill tax for local school districts.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

March 16, 2017

Kentwood 50 talent show gives out ‘Golden Tickets’ to finalists

The City of Kentwood’s Kentwood’s Got Talent contest on Wednesday gave 11 finalists their “Golden Tickets” to the August finals.

By:WKTV Staff

March 15, 2017

Kentwood woman accepted for national philanthropy program

Johngerlyn “Jonse” Young, Director of Philanthropic Services at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, has been selected to participate in the Council on Foundations’ 2017 Career Pathways program.

By:By Roberta F. King, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

March 15, 2017

School News Network: Drive-up DNA Lesson delivers STEM to school’s front door

During the lesson taught by Lindsay Grasman, a science lab educator at Food, Agriculture & Resources in Motion (FARM), fifth-graders learned about agriculture, and how genetics play a role in all living things including the crops raised by Michigan farmers.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

March 14, 2017

Kent County Board approves funding for mental health court study

The Kent County Board of Commissioners recently voted to accept a $33,000 Mental Health Court Planning Grant from the State Court Administrative Office.

By:Lisa LaPlante, Kent County

March 13, 2017

Local high school sports schedule: March 13-18

Your weekly list of Wyoming and Kentwood area high school varsity sports events to get out to.

By:WKTV Contributor

March 7, 2017

National author Jonathan Friesen brings his message of acceptance to the Greater Grand Rapids area

Jonathan Friesen, author of the acclaimed book ” Jerk, California,” comes to Woodland’s Barnes & Noble Thursday to discuss his new book “Unfolding.”

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

March 7, 2017

Video: Kentwood kicks off 50th anniversary celebration

If you were not able to attend the Kentwood 50th Anniversary kick-off, here is WKTV broadcast of the program.

By:WKTV Staff

March 6, 2017

Taste of Kentwood provided residents a chance to discover what’s in their own backyard

Taste of Kentwood featured almost 17 different restaurants celebrating the city’s culinary scene.

By:WKTV Staff

March 6, 2017

Game on: WKTV’s featured games for March 6-10

WKTV’s coverage crew will be at Godwin Heights Monday, March 6, for the boys basketball game between Grand River Prep vs Kelloggsville.

By:K.D. Norris

March 6, 2017

Local high school sports schedule: March 6-13

Looking for a Wyoming and Kentwood area high school varsity sports event to get out to? Here is your weekly list.

By:WKTV Staff

March 6, 2017

School News Network: Tuesday Job Fair Seeks Teachers, Support Staff

Area school officials hope a job fair Tuesday, March 7, will help to increase the substitute teachers and support staff local districts badly need.

By:School News Network

March 3, 2017

Wyoming’s Hoop Heaven Basketball Academy announces youth programs

Wyoming’s Hoop Heaven Basketball Academy recently announced several youth basketball programs, including a Biddy Ball (K-2) program starting in April.

By:WKTV Staff

March 2, 2017

Kentwood 50: Railtown’s golden ale a natural fit for celebration

The City of Kentwood’s year-long Kentwood 50 celebration kicked off this week with the reception at Railtown Brewing Company; the beer of choice was — a golden ale of course.

By:K.D. Norris

March 2, 2017

Kentwood 50: Opening celebration brings dignitaries to town

National, state, county and local officials turned out to help kick off the City of Kentwood’s 50th Anniversary.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

March 1, 2017

LocalFirst recognizes business owner for contributions to the Grand Rapids/Kentwood community

Because of Jojo White’s dedication to building a better community, she was recently named of one of nine LocalMotion Award recipients by LocalFirst of West Michigan.

By:Bre Wilson

February 28, 2017

Title Time — High school sports schedule: Feb. 28 to March 6

Starting this week and weekend, the sports schedule is busy with state championships, and WKTV will be covering local teams in action.

By:Mike Moll

February 24, 2017

Kentwood 50: Registration deadline for Kentwood’s Got Talent coming up quickly

The registration deadline for the Kentwood’s Got Talent is March 3. The first round auditions take place March 9.

By:WKTV Staff