3.2.15:  Rev. Dr. Maurice Jones dies over the weekend


A longtime pastor at a Grand Rapids church has died.

Rev. Dr. Maurice Jones died Saturday.  He was 85 years old.

Rev. Jones was a pastor emeritus at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist church.  he had served there for 44 years.

He retired in 2009 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

A community tribute will be held for Rev. Jones on Friday at the church located at 510 Franklin Avenue.  The 6 p.m. service will be held for family and the congregation and then at 7 p.m. the community will be invited.

3.2.15:  Mom in her 20′s killed in fire


Family and friends are mourning the death of a Muskegon heights woman.

Firefighters were called to the rental home on 6th Street on Saturday.

They found the woman unresponsive in the living room.  The victim has been identified as Charmena Levelston.

At this point the fire does not appear to be suspicious but it apparently started in the kitchen of the house.

3.2.15:  Michigan communities get funding for water trails projects


SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Several Michigan communities along the Great Lakes are getting a share of nearly $185,000 to create and improve water trails.

The state Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of the Great Lakes recently announced the funding.

The Land Information Access Association is getting more than $70,000 to help up to 10 communities with trail work.

South Haven is getting $50,000 to install a paved pathway and floating launch. The Saginaw Bay area is getting $12,500 to prepare sites in Arenac and Bay counties as well as more than $45,000 to develop marketing materials including a Saginaw Bay trail website.

Officials in St. Clair County are getting $5,000 to host a gathering of water trail officials.

An earlier phase of funding provided more than $340,000 in grants.

3.2.15:  AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 11 cents in past week to $2.42


DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Triple A Michigan reports statewide gas prices have increased by about 11 cents a gallon within the past week.

The auto club says the average price per gallon of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.42 on Sunday. That’s about $1.27 less than it was a year ago.

It marks the fifth consecutive week the statewide average has risen above $2 a gallon.

Dearborn-based AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel costs at 2,800 Michigan gas stations. It says the cheapest price was about $2.38 a gallon in the Detroit area, while the highest price was about $2.49 a gallon in the Traverse City area.

3.2.15:  February brought record cold, snow to Northeast


AP) — February 2015 was one for the record books in the Northeast — the coldest month ever for four cities in New York and the snowiest ever for Boston.

The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University says the New York cities of Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Ithaca shivered through their coldest months ever.

The average temperature was 10.9 degrees in Buffalo, beating the 1934 record of 11.4. The monthly average was 9.0 in Syracuse, 12.2 in Binghamton and 10.2 in Ithaca.

Boston’s 64.8 inches of snow easily beat the city’s old record of 41.6 inches.

The month also set February records elsewhere. Record lows for the month were also set in Hartford, Connecticut, at 16.1; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at 20.9; and Portland, Maine at 13.8.

Providence, Rhode Island, had a February record 31.8 inches of snow.

After cold and snow that set February records, southern New England is entering March with another round that could push Boston over its 20-year-old season record.

With 102 inches, Boston needs 5.7 more to break the 1995-1996 record of 107.6.

Snowfall of 4 to 6 inches is expected by early Monday across the area, with up to 8 inches in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Less is expected in northern Massachusetts and New York state, and on Cape Cod.

Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 20s and lower 30s, moving out of the deep freeze that hit the Northeast last month.

Elsewhere, heavy snow is expected in the Rockies, and heavy rain in the Southwest. Snow was falling from the Ohio Valley into the Northeast, with freezing rain in the Mid-Atlantic.

3.2.15:  Consumer spending drops 0.2 percent in January


WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending fell for a second consecutive month in January, weakness that was expected to be temporary. Income grew, reflecting strong job gains during the month.

The Commerce Department says consumer spending fell 0.2 percent in January following a 0.3 percent drop in December. Economists had expected a dip, reflecting a big drop in gas prices during the month. That decline should prove to be a positive for the economy going forward, giving consumers more money to spend on other goods.

Income grew 0.3 percent in January as wages and salaries increased a strong $42.4 billion. Analysts expect that solid job gains and low unemployment will bolster consumer spending and lift economic growth this year to what they predict will be the fastest pace in a decade.


3.2.15:  Kaminsky, No. 5 Wisconsin beat Michigan State 68-61


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Frank Kaminsky scored 31 points in his final home game, sophomore Nigel Hayes added 14 and No. 5 Wisconsin clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a 68-61 victory Sunday over Michigan State.

Kaminsky celebrated Senior Day with a dominating performance, going 11 of 17 from the field for the Badgers (26-3, 14-2).

The Spartans (19-10, 10-6) trailed by 22 points before rallying in the second half. Bryn Forbes’ open 3 from the corner got them within 64-53 with about 2:30 left.

But Michigan State had no answer for Kaminsky.

He banked a short jumper off the glass for a 13-point lead with 1:52 left before blocking a shot on the other end to whip the crowd into a frenzy.

Forbes finished with 21 points.


2.27.15:  Job openings for The Rapids bus service   Grand Rapids – The Rapids will host a job fair on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Rapid Central Station located at 250 Grandville Ave. SW on the second floor community room. The Rapid seeks exceptional candidates that excel in customer service to fill Bus Operator positions to start training in May and June. All bus operators start in a part-time status and starting rate of pay is $17.91 per hour.

Click here for more information.

2.27.15:  Criminals are asking for pre-paid cards


Authorities are telling us to be on the lookout for criminals that want to steal our money and they tend to particularly target seniors.

Taxes are due and utility bills are higher and thieves are looking to take full advantage.

Crooks are calling area tax payers and claim they are from the IRS.  They are threatening legal action unless money is sent on a pre-paid card.

Consumers Energy also says they have people calling to say they have been contacted and will have service shut off unless they pay up.

One tip:  if you suddenly have an email that pops up and it has a link that directs you somewhere else, that is a major danger sign.

2.27.15:   Otsego says let your water run


The city of Otsego has issued an alert about frozen water pipes.

They have had many frozen water service reports and to prevent more from freezing they want city residents to leave their water running…about a small pencil stream.

Those who let the water run will get a credit on their utility bill.