July 20, 2017

Local graduate directs, produces first play at Wealthy Street Theater

You can say that theater is in Abby Pletcher’s blood and this month, the local high school graduate will make her directorial and producing debut with the production of “Little Women: The Broadway Musical.”

By:Dan Pletcher, WKTV Volunteer

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 13, 2017

Wyoming resident’s donation helps Tree Commission to jump start fundraising efforts

Longtime Wyoming resident Greg Bryan donates $10,000 to the Wyoming Tree Commission to help its efforts in planting trees within the city.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

July 12, 2017

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health hosts free day camp for cancer families

Education, emotional support, and fun activities planned for participants and families.

By:Jennifer Hoff, Metro Health

July 10, 2017

Wyoming to extend drop-off hours and assist residents with storm debris

The City of Wyoming’s yard waste drop-off site will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. through Saturday, July 15 to allow for storm damage clean up.

By:City of Wyoming

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

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health distributes free life-saving narcotic overdose kits

Metro Health Hospital Foundation provided the grant to all the distribution of the free kits.

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

July 7, 2017

Grace Bible College student ‘part of solution’ to local human trafficking problem

Grace Bible College’s Kate Shellenbarger is not your ordinary college student. No less a witness than a Wyoming police detective will testify to that fact.

By:K.D. Norris

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

Being environmentally conscious is just part of the city’s DNA, according to Wyoming mayor

When asked how the its reducing its greenhouse emissions, Wyoming City officials found the city has a lot in place to help reduce its carbon footprint and encourage sustainability.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

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

July 2, 2017

Wyoming police work with WAR, other groups to battle human sex trafficking

Michigan is one of the leading states for human sex trafficking, and the Wyoming police department is part of two groups battling the problem.

By:K.D. Norris

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 27, 2017

2011 Wyoming disappearance among cold cases highlighted by Silent Observer

Silent Observer, Wyoming police, Grand Rapids Police Department, and the Kent County Sheriff Department are asking for information on four missing individuals.

By:K.D. Norris

June 27, 2017

Wyoming lights up the sky with its annual fireworks at Concerts in the Park

Tonight’s event features a double concert with the Sweet J Band and the Brena Band.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

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 20, 2017

Wyoming City Council approves tax exemptions for owners, tenant of former Klingman building

The Wyoming City Council grants tax exemptions for The Hinman Company, which will be the owner of the former Rogers Department Store, and the site’s possible future tenant, Advantage Sales & Marketing.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

June 20, 2017

With first outdoor meeting a success, Wyoming eyeing next one for July

“This is just the type of forum we were hoping for,” said Mayor Jack Poll as several residents came up to the podium during the Wyoming City Council’s first outdoor meeting.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

June 20, 2017

Wyoming High names Hope College’s Sigler as new football coach

Wyoming high’s new head football coach is Irvin Sigler III, a Michigan Man who comes from Hope College but has had success at the local high school level.

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 16, 2017

Up next for Wyoming’s Concerts in the Park is the Tejano Sound Band

Originally based in Lansing, The Tejano Sound Band brings its unique style of music to Wyoming for the Concerts in the Park.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

June 16, 2017

School News Network: School barbershop builds self-esteem, community

Kent School Services Network community coordinator Duane Bacchus

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

June 15, 2017

On the move: Wyoming City Council heads to Lamar Park for its regular Monday night meeting

The Wyoming City Council heads outdoors for its meeting next week with plans to have it at Lamar Park. Come early, around 6 p.m., to meet the council and stay to see your local government in action.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

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 14, 2017

School News Network: Longtime local leader, school advocate steps down

After nine years as Godfrey Lee superintendent and 15 years with the district, David Britten maybe stepping down, but he will always be a ‘rebel’ at heart.

By:Erin Albanese. School News Network

June 14, 2017

Get ’em outside: Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center opens outdoor learning lab

Getting kids outside, and out exploring their world, is what the new project is all about.

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 13, 2017

It’s Ladies Night at the Wyoming Outdoor Concert series

The Wyoming Concerts in the Park continues tonight with a Ladies Night program featuring Kalamazoo-based country group Shelagh Brown Band.

By:WKTV Staff

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

School News Network: Godfrey-Lee’s new district chief values community diversity

The Board of Education has selected Kevin Polston, principal of Lakeshore Middle School, in Grand Haven Public Schools, as its new superintendent.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

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 6, 2017

School News Network: College Access Network help makes higher ed a reality for Godwin students

A total of 111 of the 137 Godwin Height High School seniors, or 81 percent, were accepted at 27 colleges including Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

June 6, 2017

Metro Health ‘gets with the guidelines,’ earns award

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award.

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

June 2, 2017

Be amazed, be amused as the Detroit Circus kicks off the Wyoming Concerts in the Park

A sure sign of summer is the Wyoming Concerts in the Park which kicks off Tuesday, June 6 and runs every Tuesday through Aug. 1.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

June 2, 2017

School News Network: For immigrant families, ‘There’s a lot of fear’

About 15 families attend a recent Kent School Services Network event at Wyoming’s West Elementary School where community resources were provided for immigrants.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

June 2, 2017

Wyoming’s Master Arts Theatre teams up with Van Singel for a special production of ‘Willy Wonka’

Auditions for Roald Dahl’s famous musical comedy are set for later this month, June 24 and 26.

By:Kathy Richards and Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

June 2, 2017

Get active by commuting via bike or The Rapid as part of Active Commute week

The Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition among others host the week to encourage area residents to learn more about commuting.

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June 2, 2017

Wyoming to begin Gypsy Moth mitigation spraying this week

The City of Wyoming’s annual efforts to mitigate Gypsy Moth infestation are scheduled to start June 5.

By:K.D. Norris

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

The splash pads are open! The splash pads are open!

Just in time for the 80-degree weather, the City of Wyoming announces that its splash pads will open today.

By:Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

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 29, 2017

School News Network: Wyoming grad shoots for the top

In its Grads with Grits series, School News Network features Wyoming Senior Donnie Alford who went from the projects of Chicago to graduating with a college scholarship.

By:Erin Albanese, School News Network

May 26, 2017

City of Wyoming hosts annual Memorial Day Ceremony May 29

Community members are invited to honor those who have given their lives in service to our country as the City of Wyoming holds its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 29.

By:WKTV Staff

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 22, 2017

Nine Wyoming area residents to showcase work in 2017 Legacy Trust Award Collection

The nine are competing with 134 others for a spot in ArtPrize Nine. Their work will be on display May 23 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum where the public may vote.

By:Legacy Trust

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