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Back to School Rally at Lighthouse Full Life Center Church

Back to School Rally at Lighthouse Full Life Center Church

Join Bishop Marvin L. Sapp and Lighthouse Full Life Center Church for the 18th Annual Back to School Rally on Saturday, August 22nd from 2 – 5pm on the academic campus. This is located in Kingdom Square, 600 Burton St. SE in Grand Rapids, MI. This includes students Pre-K through 12th Grade.

During this event, families in the community will receive free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, clothes, food, various games and much more. Please join the estimated 2000 people who will partake in this important event.

Additional information at 616-241-5448.

Deck with 12 collapses at G.R. Twp. home, 1 hurt

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews say 12 people were on a deck at a Grand Rapids Twp. home when the deck collapsed Tuesday evening.

The deck was about eight feet high, on the back of a home in the 900 block of Kenmoor Ave. SE.

It collapsed around 8 p.m.

One person was treated for injuries that firefighters said were not very serious.

Allegiant announces direct flights from G.R. to Punta Gorda

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Allegiant air announced Tuesday it is bringing back direct flights from Grand Rapids to Punta Gorda, Florida. The non-stop services will begin Nov. 4, 2015.

To celebrate the return of this highly anticipated route, Allegiant is offering fares as low as $49 one way.

"We're pleased to once again provide Grand Rapids travelers the opportunity to affordably vacation in Southwest Florida," said Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company senior vice president of planning. "The community has enthusiastically responded to our latest Florida flights, and we are confident that we will see the same response to our Punta Gorda service."

The flights will operate twice weekly and will fly nonstop between Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) and Punta Gorda Airport (PGD).

Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found at Allegiant.com.

Family and friends gather to celebrate David Warsen

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The David Warsen Legacy Team hosted their third annual 5k run and walk Saturday morning to honor the fallen Navy SEAL. Warsen was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan three years ago.

After the run, family and friends gathered at Peppino's in Kentwood for the Celebrate David Party.

Those in attendance were able to listen to music from Dennie Middleton and the Bimini Brothers while sharing stories and remembering the fallen hero.

Warsen's family says the event was not so much about competition, more about having fun, like David always did.

The money raised from Saturday's event will go to pay for care packages to be mailed to Navy SEALs and other forces deployed overseas.

Many Construction Improvements in the Ada/Cascade Area

Many Construction Improvements in the Ada/Cascade Area

There is a lot happening in the Ada/Cascade area with construction that started on July 27th and will run through October 31st.

In Cascade, near the original Town Hall, changes will be made to the Museum Gardens, redesigning it to encourage more interaction. There will be new trees planted along with new plants, a sculpture pad, musical interaction pieces, soft lighting and new seating.

Old 28th Street will be realigned to reduce speeds when approaching and entering Cascade Rd from the east. This intersection will continue to be a right turn only but closer to a 90 degree angle. New sidewalk will be included in this project also.

No more honking for drive-in church members

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- For more than four decades, parishioners of Woodland Drive-In Church have beeped their car horns as an expression of their faith during their Sunday morning service.

But following a noise complaint made to the city, churchgoers are no longer permitted to, "Honk for Jesus."

The Sunday service is broadcasted over radio and church members say they beep their car horns as a show of support and affirmation of faith in small increments. They said in total, maybe 15 seconds of an hour long service is scattered with short beeps.

"That's how people applaud from their car," said Marianne Wilkins, a regular attendee.

According to a church leader, when the drive-in community moved in the mid-1980's to its present location off Breton Road, an agreement was made with the city that parishioners would restrain from honking their horns as a symbol of their faith.

Child sex assault victim speaks out about crime

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three years ago, Jason Michael Spencer sexually assaulted an 8-year-old boy. On Thursday, July 16, Spencer pleaded guilty in Kent County Circuit Court to first and second degree criminal sexual conduct.

Now, the mother of the victim and the now 11-year-old boy speak out to help make sure this never happens again. The family asked us to hide their identity.

At her mobile home in Cutlerville, "My son was in his room sleeping at the residence," explains the victim's mother. "I was at work ."

Earlier, the victim's mother had a bad feeling about Jason Michael Spencer, a cousin to her then boyfriend. "I told my ex-boyfriend do not have him around my son," explains the mother.