July 13, 2017

Southern Senior Little League to defend state title in weekend tournament

The state Senior Little League tournament will be hosted by District 9 Southern Little League this weekend — and WKTV will be broadcasting it.

By:K.D. Norris

July 12, 2017

Kentwood Concert Series continues with Kalamazoo’s The Mainstays

After a week break, the Kentwood Summer Concert Series picks up again this Thursday with funk and solo group The Mainstays.

By:WKTV Staff

July 12, 2017

School News Network: Student Talent plus Technology Tackle Pollution Problem

Welcome to 21st-century biology, where students have tools like drones for snapping photos from a bird’s eye view, 3-D printers for creating three-dimensional models and smartphones to create video.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

July 11, 2017

School News Network: “Am I in America, really?” Refugee students leave terror behind, LOOK TO FUTURE

Gloria Tungabose’s eyes flash as she tells of her father, killed in Burundi. Her mother’s ethnicity was Tutsi and her father’s was Hutu, and the two groups were engaged in a bloody civil war.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

July 10, 2017

Chamber’s July Government Matters meeting brings federal issues to WKTV

At the July 10 meeting U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga’s representative gave a status report on health care reform.

By:K.D. Norris

July 10, 2017

Gerald R. Ford International Airport joins ArtPrize venue lists

For the first time, the Gerald R. Ford international Airport will be a venue for ArtPrize.

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

July 7, 2017

Kent County storm damage UPDATES

Kentwood and Wyoming are posting real-time updates on their Facebook pages. The City of Wyoming has temporarily extended its yard waste drop-off site hours.

By:Kent County Sheriff Department, City of Wyoming, City of Kentwood

July 3, 2017

First-ever Runway 5K at Gerald R. Ford International Airport coming this fall

Lace and gear up your sneaks and get ready for the first ever Runway 5K, starting this fall at the Gerald R.Ford International Airport (GFIA)

By:Montae Harris, WKTV Staff

July 3, 2017

Salvation Army Kroc Center offers free family fun and fitness nights

Starting this week, the Salvation Army Kroc Center will be hosting a series of family fun and fitness nights on Wednesdays during the month of July.

By:John Shaner, Salvation Army Kroc Center

June 30, 2017

Kentwood celebrates Fourth of July with a day full of activities

A pancake breakfast, 5K run, carnival games and of course, fireworks, all adds up to one event — the City of Kentwood’s annual July 4th Celebration.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

June 29, 2017

Kent County Issues Refunding Bonds, Projected Savings of $4.0 Million

Kent County is taking advantage of both its Triple A Bond Rating and favorable interest rates to save an estimated $4.0 million in interest payments on two older bonds.

By:Lisa LaPlante

June 29, 2017

Wyoming’s Michigan Prestain acquired by Lumberman’s

The sale involving the local companies was finalized June 9 with the merged entity producing and distributing products under the “Great American Spaces” brand.

By:Steve Petersen, Lumberman's

June 26, 2017

School News Network: So Long Lunch Lady – But Not For Long

At age 87, and with nearly a half-century spent in the district’s cafeterias, Fischer fed a lot of children, and got to know generations of them as they passed through her lunch line.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

June 26, 2017

Golf outing scheduled for annual Korhorn scholarship fundraiser

Registration is still available for the four-person scramble at Cedar Chase Golf Course.

By:WKTV Staff

June 22, 2017

Road work causes Kentwood to shutdown westbound 44th Street

Westbound 44th Street will close at 7 p.m. on Friday night until Saturday morning to minimize impact on travelers.

By:City of Kentwood

June 22, 2017

Guitarist Tom Cutts was featured performer at Kentwood’s Summer Concert Series

The award-winning guitarist has performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

By:WKTV Staff

June 21, 2017

Chamber’s monthly Government Matters meeting brings leaders to WKTV

This month’s meeting had discussion that Kent County is in the search process for a new county administrator.

By:K.D. Norris

June 19, 2017

Restaurant Week finalizes lists, adds lunch option

There are several restaurants in and around the Kentwood and Wyoming areas that will once again participate in the annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids set for Aug. 9 – 20.

By:Sally Zarafonetis

June 17, 2017

School News Network: Six area teachers seek National Board Certification

Of the six, one is from Wyoming Junior High School and another is from East Kentwood High School.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

June 15, 2017

Exalta Health on mission to provide medical care to underserved community

Exalta Health is a south Division Avenue based healthcare provider serving patients who “have no place else to go.”

By:K.D. Norris

June 15, 2017

The Crane Wives gets Kentwood’s Summer Concert Series off to a rockin’ start

Food, fun and music as the popular The Crane Wives kicks of the Kentwood Summer Concert Series tonight.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

June 14, 2017

Opening of airport’s new viewing area a personal story for two

Two personal stories were told as the Gerald R. Ford International Airport’s celebrated the $1.1 million renovation of its viewing area.

By:K.D. Norris

June 13, 2017

NFL player Veldheer hosts local football camp for a cause

NFL player Jared Veldheer will return to the area to host the Metro Health – University of Michigan Health’s Jared Veldheer Football Camp.

By:Jennifer Hoff, Metro Health – University of Michigan Health

June 12, 2017

School News Network: Kentwood, Wyoming school leaders join others in speaking out against educational cuts

School districts in Kent ISD are responding with alarm to the proposed $9.2 billion in cuts to the U.S. Education Department budget, which is now being taken up by Congress.

By:Charles Honey and Erin Albanese, School News Network

June 8, 2017

Local police departments remind public to lock their car doors when left unattended

A recent rash of larcenies in both Kentwood and Wyoming has local law enforcers reminding residents to lock their car doors when leaving a vehicle unattended.

By:Lt. Mark Easterly, Wyoming Department of Public Safety

June 7, 2017

VoiceGR community survey becomes VoiceKent, will cover entire county in 2017

As VoiceKent, the survey will gather critical public health information from all areas of Kent County’s more than 600,000 residents.

By:Nate Hoekstra, GVSU

June 1, 2017

Kelloggsville student finalist in 2017 Meijer Great Choices Film Festival

Kolton Toothman is in the running for prizes that total more than $21,000. Awards will be announced this Saturday.

By:Kathy Richards, Van Singel Fine Arts Center

June 1, 2017

WKTV has your list of high school live action available this week

The month of June may not have many scheduled high school sports events but each will be MHSAA State tournament events.

By:Mike Moll, WKTV Community Writer

May 26, 2017

Kentwood’s Amvets Post to host annual Memorial Day Parade

The City of Kentwood will mark Memorial Day with a parade on Monday, May 29, which will be rebroadcasted by WKTV 25.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

May 26, 2017

Play smart: Summer is here, and so is tick-carried Lyme disease

Memorial Day weekend brings outdoor adventures — and Michigan’s deer tick season.

By:K.D. Norris

May 24, 2017

School News Network: A ‘Thank You’ from KISD

Kent County voters on May 2 turned out to the polls and expressed confidence in their schools by approving a ballot proposal that will provide crucial support to all 20 districts in Kent ISD.

By:Ron Koehler, KISD Assistant Superintendent

May 23, 2017

School News Network: Kentwood’s Luke Wilcox named Michigan Teacher of the Year

Math teacher Luke Wilcox, who is credited with playing a large role in creating a culture of success at East Kentwood High School, is the 2017-2018 Michigan Teacher of the Year.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

May 19, 2017

School News Network: Grant, donation makes outdoor lab a reality at Godfrey-Lee Public Schools

Buffered between Godfrey-Lee’s Early Education Center and an industrial building is a swath of wilderness complete with trees, brush and a winding creek.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

May 18, 2017

School News Network: Rockets, Welcome to Your New (Pretty Much) School

Kelloggsville High School students now have a sparkling addition to their building, complete with a repositioned entrance, new gymnasium, two-story media center and classrooms, and plenty of open space.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

May 17, 2017

44th Street to be closed this weekend, traffic will be re-routed

The portion between Breton Road and Walma Avenue will be closed going both directions so water and gas services may be installed for the retirement village located nearby.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

May 17, 2017

Metro Health hosts newly combined Kentwood/Wyoming Relay for Life event

The event kicks off at noon Friday at the Metro Health Village, 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW

By:By Jennifer Hoff, Metro Health Hospital

May 16, 2017

Summer Reading returns to the Kent District Library

Both the KDL Wyoming and Kentwood branches will be participating in the summer reading program, which kicks off June 5.

By:Katie Zuidema, KDL

May 15, 2017

WKTV’s high school coverage takes week off, but live action available

There are plenty of local high school sports events to check out this week, including the beginnings of state playoffs for tennis and track.

By:Mike Moll

May 15, 2017

Kentwood, Wyoming celebrates National Public Works Week with open houses

Residents have a chance to explore some of the cities’ public work vehicles along with learning about all that the Public Works Department does for its city and residents.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

May 12, 2017

School News Network: ‘I Just Made Them My Friends’

Kelloggsville Middle School students serving as school mentors have welcomed 41 new students this year, making the school a welcoming place.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

May 12, 2017

Local international market Russo’s to return ‘home’ downtown, open 2nd location

Russo’s International Market, located on 29th Streeton the City of Kentwood border, has announced plans to open a second location in downtown Grand Rapids.

By:K.D. Norris

May 12, 2017

Law enforcement charity hockey game to benefit 9-1-1 dispatcher

The Old Time Hockey Game to benefit a 9-1-1 dispatcher battling cancer will be Saturday, May 20, at Byron Center’s Southside Ice Arena.

By:K.D. Norris

May 10, 2017

Kentwood native named new CEO of Catholic Charities West Michigan

Kathleen M. Allen recently was named the chief executive officer of Catholic Charities West Michigan by the organization’s board.

By:Annalise Laumeyer, Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids

May 8, 2017

WKTV’s featured high school coverage hits local baseball diamonds

There are plenty of local high school sports events to check out this week, and the weather is supposed to take a turn for the better.

By:Mike Mull, WKTV Community Writer

May 5, 2017

OK Kentwood residents, now it’s your turn to purge

City of Kentwood hosts annual Community Clean Up Day this Saturday at the Kentwood Recycling Center located on Breton Road.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

May 4, 2017

Local author and Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt visits Schuler Books & Music

Schmidt will discuss his young adult fiction book “Orbiting Jupiter” at a presentation set for Friday.

By:Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books

May 4, 2017

Local Vietnamese-Americans share their stories in documentary

“Newcomer Legacy: A Vietnamese-American Story” focuses on nine individuals from the West Michigan area, ranging from ages 30 to 70, who share their stories about leaving Vietnam and making West Michigan their home.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

May 3, 2017

Kelloggsville students get a real ‘tree-t” on Arbor Day

Fifty-four upper elementary students from Kelloggsville Public Schools traveled to Ideal Park on Arbor Day, April 28, to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the importance of planting more trees in our communities.

By:Estelle Slootmaker, WKTV Community Writer

May 2, 2017

Baseball dominates schedule for WKTV’s featured high school coverage

Summer break is coming: Get out and watch one of the high school contests while you still can this month

By:Mike Moll

May 2, 2017

Grant from Steelcase Foundation allows Kent District Library to bring back the Bookmobile

Kent District Library is pleased to announce that it has received a $208,000 grant from the Steelcase Foundation to design and offer a bookmobile to the KDL community.

By:Katie Zuidema