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Jerald Horrocks, founder of Horrocks Farm Market, dies


DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Lansing State Journal) -- Jerald Horrocks, the founder of Horrocks Farm Market, died April 21 at his home in Ionia. He was 91.

Known for his kindness and as a pioneer in the Lansing business community, Horrocks began with a fruit stand the Lansing City Market in 1959 that grew into the thriving business Horrocks Farm Market is today at 7420 W. Saginaw.

Horrocks also has stores in Kentwood and Battle Creek.

Horrocks is survived by his wife, Patricia, three sons, Kim (Ana) Horrocks, Scott Horrocks and Kirk (Kay) Horrocks, as well as four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled at the Lake Funeral Home, 3521 S. State Road, Ionia, noon-4 p. m. on Thursday, April 24.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, 100 Michigan Street NW, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503.

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Field set for state legislature and congressional races

Field set for state legislature and congressional races

 

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The ballot is set for the Aug. 5 primary election to fill seats in Congress and both chambers of the state legislature.

 

Statewide, 926 candidates filed petitions before Tuesday's deadline. Winners of the August primary will face off in the general election in November.

 

Judicial candidates are also on the ballot, including seven lawyers seeking to replace retiring 63rd District Court Judge Steven Servaas. After 41 years, Servaas – Michigan's longest serving judge-- has decided to hang up his robe.

 

The candidates are Charles Boekeloo , Brent Boncher, Kristin Britt, Andrea Crumback, Jody Jernigan, Jeffrey O'Hara, all of Rockford, and Rock Wood of Cedar Springs.

 

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes:

My Town Kentwood: YMCA White Elephant Sale this weekend

My Town Kentwood: YMCA White Elephant Sale this weekend

KENTWOOD, Mich.—  A former Family Fare Store is once again packed with sale items as the Grand Rapids Y Service Club prepares for its YMCA White Elephant Sale.

This is the 76th year for the event, which will take place Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at the former Family Fare store at 52nd Street and Eastern Avenue. Volunteers have been stocking the store for the past 10 weeks.  Sale items include the largest collection of books volunteers have ever assembled- 8,000 books starting at $1.  Shoppers can also sift through new ceramic floor tile, fabric and carpet rolls and kitchen appliances.

Some volunteers have been working the sale for more than 50 years.  They hope to raise about $80,000 for scholarships and improvements to Camp Manitou-Lin.  Organizers say so far they’ve raised well over $3 million to support the camp.

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Man arrested having loaded gun at GR airport


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A Newaygo man was arrested Sunday when a loaded hand gun was discovered in his carry-on luggage at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

A TSA officer noticed the gun while checking the X-ray machine. Officers found a 9-mm Ruger P-95 hand gun, loaded with 15 rounds, with one chambered. The TSA contacted airport police, who confiscated the gun and ammunition and arrested the Kasey Kohlhoff, 27, on state charges. Kohlhoff has been released on bail.

Kohlhoff did have a Michigan concealed pistol license and was originally ticketed to fly to San Antonio through Detroit.

My Town: Guiding Light Mission to celebrate thrift store reopening

My Town: Guiding Light Mission to celebrate thrift store reopening

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Spring cleaning time is here and Guiding Light Mission needs your old items to help fill the shelves of its upscale thrift store.

Donations can be dropped off at the Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store, where donors can receive a tax deductible receipt for their contributions. The store is located at 1435 60th Street SE in Kentwood.

Guiding Light will celebrate the store’s grand reopening and a new partnership with Holland Rescue Mission on Thursday, June 17. The celebration will start at 12 p.m. at the store and appetizers and refreshments will be available.

Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store carries a variety of items for all ages, including dishes, hardware, sporting goods and jewelry, as well as new furniture and mattresses, which come with free delivery.

For information about how to volunteer for Guiding Light Mission, contact Marcia at (616) 451-0236 ext. 14.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”