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Walker house fire ignited by smoldering charcoal

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Smoldering charcoal in a garbage can ignited a home in Walker Saturday morning.

The fire broke out on the 4000 block of Shannon Street.

The Walker Fire Captain tells WZZM 13 the coals were used Friday night and dumped into the trash can on the side of the home.

The coals started on fire Saturday morning in the garbage and spread to the home, causing extensive roof damage.

No one was injured.

Independence Day message from your American Legion Clubs

Independence Day message from your American Legion Clubs

Happy Independence Day


This message is from your local American Legion Clubs all over our Nation:


We, as Americans, are blessed to live in the “Home of the Brave.” Join us this Independence Day in celebrating the freedoms we hold so dear, while thanking the brave men and women who fought at home and abroad, and their families who sacrificed along with them, to allow us this privilege.

On Independence Day and every day, display your American flag prominently and your American Legion Auxiliary membership proudly to spread your passion and dedication to our nation’s veterans and to the best and largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world!

May God bless America and each one of you. Happy Independence Day!

Concerns voiced about Walker motel

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's a dangerous place and is a threat to their neighborhoods, concerned Walker neighbors said Monday night about a motel that's been the scene of several crimes.

People who live near America's Best Value Inn and Suites shared their concerns Monday night with city council members. They said they want something done about violent crime that's happened in that motel at the corner of Alpine and Three Mile.

In February, a meth lab exploded. A man was killed there in December, and another man was killed there in August 2010 when the location was a Motel 6.

The current owner of the motel said illegal activity hurts him the most and he plans to increase security. There have been patrols overnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Now, security guards will be there more often during the week.

Summertime Blues Series moves location, adds beer

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- The popular "Blues on the Mall" concert series has moved locations and changed its signature name. The opening concert kicks off Wednesday night at the Delta Plex.

The 97LAV Summertime Blues Series' new location allows attendees more space for parking, roaming the area and enjoying new brews. This is the first time beer will be served in the 23-year-old concert series.

In the past, the concerts closed during inclement weather, but officials say the new location will allow the series to move indoors during rain.

All concerts are scheduled to start each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

June 17 - Jarekus Singleton

June 24 - Wayne Baker Brooks

July 15 - Larry McCray Band

July 22 - Nick Moss

Thief assaults clerk at Walker store

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are searching for the suspect they say assaulted a convenience store worker early Monday morning.

Officers were called out to the Speedway station near the corner of Alpine Avenue and 3 Mile Road about 10 minutes before 2 a.m. on a report of retail fraud.

They say a man shoved the clerk before running north toward the America's Best Value Inn and Suites across the street. There's no word on whether he was able to get away with anything from the store.

Police never found the suspect. The clerk was able to provide a vague description of the man, saying he was a black man around 6-feet tall wearing a grey hoodie and black pants.

If you know anything about the assault you're asked to call Walker Police or Silent Observer.

Let's go to Bat for Kids Ballgame June 25th

Let's go to Bat for Kids Ballgame June 25th

Let’s Go to Bat for Kids!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015 is the day to be at 5/5 Ballpark at 5:30. Bring all the kids, admission is FREE. Parking is $6 per car but the evening includes children’s games and activities along the concourse, local mascots and a fun night at the ballpark.

In 2014, Catholic Charities of West Michigan welcomed over 4500 West Michigan fans for this event. Let’s see if we can break that record this year, 2015. This event benefits the family strengthening programs of CCWM that help keep families together here in our community.

This ballgame is played by clergy, religious leaders on the Padres team and media celebrities on the Media Giants team.

Come on out to the Ballpark located at 4500 W. River Dr. NE in Comstock Park, MI 49321. More info at bstowe@ccwestmi.org or phone 616-551-5663.

ChoiceOne Bank awards Scholarship Money

ChoiceOne Bank awards Scholarship Money

ChoiceOne Bank awarded scholarships to seniors from 11 different high schools again this year including Sparta, Kent City, Rockford, Cedar Springs, Kenowa Hills, Eggleston, Oakridge, Ravenna, Newaygo, Coopersville and Grant. One senior from each school won a $500 scholarship after writing a 300 word essay, “What does your community mean to you?”

“We value the youth in our communities,” said James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “It is our hope that our students return to their roots to raise their families once they have completed their college studies and grow their businesses. This scholarship contest helps our youth to think about the importance of community, especially as they graduate from high school. It’s a local thing.”

Included in this article are just 5 of the 11 students who received scholarship money. Congratulations to all students who participated.