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

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 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 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

May 1, 2017

WKTV Newscast: Golden Gloves and The Vibe

Kentwood Parks and Recreation gala, The Vibe, is just around the corner.

By:WKTV Staff

May 1, 2017

Kentwood, Wyoming residents head to the polls tomorrow for millage proposals

Kentwood and Wyoming residents will cast their vote on a proposed countywide millage for all Kent County schools and Wyoming residents will decide on flexible funding for its parks.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

April 28, 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 26, 2017

Dancing with the Stars alum and military hero set to visit Schuler Books & Music

Noah Galloway is set to share his story of overcoming the lost of his leg and arm along with conquering the Dancing with the Stars ballroom.

By:Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books & Music

April 25, 2017

Kent County selects new voting machines; plans roll-out by November

Kent County, and the cities of Wyoming and Kentwood, will have new voting machines in place by later this year as part of a Michigan state-wide upgrade of voting machines.

By:K.D. Norris

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

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