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New Exhibit at Grand Haven’s Fire Barn Gallery Draws Protests & Lawsuits

A controversial new art exhibit at Grand Haven’s Fire Barn Art Gallery has triggered protests and lawsuits from local activist-groups as well as The Grand River Times, raising doubts as to whether the gallery’s red-carpet Opening Night Gala Event will still take place at 6:00 pm on Thursday evening (July 16). Three separate lawsuits against…

M.I.L.F. Opposes Effort To Remove Cross From Grand Haven’s Dewey Hill

After WZZM13 aired a story Friday about a new Facebook-driven protest movement attempting to force the removal of a Cross from Grand Haven’s Dewey Hill, local civic-activist group M.I.L.F. (Morally Indignant Liberty Foundation) issued a statement this morning protesting the new protest and vowing to oppose any and all efforts to remove the Cross. “The…

Launch-Party For Grand River Times Gift Shop Marred By Police Raid & Arrest of Editor

Grand River Times Editor-in-Chief Duncan J. Stuart III anticipated that he might wake up this morning with a post-celebration hangover, but he never expected to spend the night in the Ottawa County Jailhouse, or to wake up facing arraignment in front of Chief Circuit Court Justice Edward Post. After launching the new Grand River Times…

Tri-Cities YMCA Facing Backlash After Name-Change to LMAO

Less than a week after changing their name to the Ladies’ & Men’s Athletic Organization (LMAO), Directors of the former Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) are working to address the community outrage and public-relations disaster triggered by their recent name-change. In a Press Release accompanying last Thursday’s introduction of new business cards, letterhead and outdoor…

Electric Cart Casualties May Lead To Traffic Lights In Retail Superstores

In a comprehensive report released this morning, The Federal Transportation & Traffic Administration (FTTA) is recommending to Federal and State lawmakers that retail superstores be required to install in-store traffic lights and stop signs for electric-carts. The FTTA Report follows a 14-month investigation into the alarming rise in electric-cart casualties and associated incidents of violence…

Recent Sightings of ‘Spring Loch Monster’ Exposed As Hoax – Perpetrator Arrested

After a four-day frenzy of reactions to reported sightings and photographs of a large, unidentified creature living in Spring Lake, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department announced this afternoon that it was all a well-planned and meticulously orchestrated hoax, and that a 13-year-old Grand Haven boy has been arrested in connection with the incident. When the…

Delays & Cost Overruns Force Local Woman To Suspend Self-Help Project

In a Facebook posting that surprised and saddened many of her 486 friends, family, and casual acquaintances, 39-year-old Bobbi Jo Lenmen has announced the temporary suspension of a two-year self-help program she began as a New Year’s Resolution in January 2013. Citing project delays and cost-overruns, the Forest Hills resident and mother of two wrote…

96-Year-Old Japanese Soldier Released From Hospital – Flown ‘Home’ To South Korea By Mistake

After more than three weeks of medical treatment and recuperation, including extensive debriefing sessions with both Japanese and U.S. diplomats, the 96-year-old Japanese soldier found last month behind Butch’s Beach Burritos was released yesterday from North Ottawa Community Hospital. The soldier’s name continues to be withheld, as Authorities discovered the he has an older brother…

Clover Bar Announces Takeover of Fricano’s Pizza

In a move that immediately created shockwaves, followed by a number of ripples and several strong reverberations across the western Michigan area, Clover Bar has announced a takeover of Fricano’s Pizza, effective immediately; abruptly ending the Grand Haven ‘pizza war’ that has divided local pizza-lovers for half a century. Because devotees of the two establishments…

F.D.A. Approves Cooties Vaccine

In a major decision yesterday, and one that surprised many industry-watchers, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved the much publicized Cooties Vaccine, first announced in April 2012 by pharmaceutical giant fPizer PillCorp, Inc. The prospect of a permanent cure for Cooties, the world’s oldest known sexually-transmitted disease, created a media frenzy two years ago,…

Ranch-Flavored Vandalism Hits Ottawa County

Samuel Heimenberg, a 55-year-old local resident, and a carpenter who recently opened Heimenberg Plumbing on Mercury Drive, became the latest victim in a spate of recent vandalistic crimes.  Upon leaving his home in Robinson Township for work yesterday, Heimenberg was shocked to find all the windows of his car covered with a smooth and creamy substance,…

Chinook Pier Mini Golf is TOP-3 FINALIST For Putt-Putt Course of the Year

Following more than a decade of diligent efforts to create a uniquely challenging and thrill-packed putt-putt golf experience, Grand Haven’s renowned waterfront course has been named a Top-3 Finalist for Midwest Putt-Putt Course of the Year, the annual award to be presented in July by Putt-Putt Monthly Digest. “It’s some long-overdue recognition for us”, says…

Meteorologist Trapped in WZZM13 Weather-Deck Collapse Rescued by WOTV StormTeam8

Emergency workers, gathered friends & family, as well as the thousands of concerned folks holding an all-night candlelight vigil for WZZM13 meteorologist Lance Doppler, breathed a collective sigh of relief just before dawn this morning, when WOTV’s StormTeam8 arrived on the scene and staged a dramatic rescue.  Members of the elite squad raced from their…

Kite Festival Melee Turns Into Fracas – Police Intervention Prevents Brouhaha

Again this year, tragedy, or certainly severe unpleasantness, struck the annual Kite Festival held at The Grand Haven State Park (conveniently located in Grand Haven), when a melee erupted between two rival kiter-gangs. This traditionally tranquil event, usually a fun, safe, family-values-type-outing, has in recent years become a seething hot-bed of rivalries between the ever-growing…

96-Year-Old Japanese Soldier Found Behind Butch’s Beach Burritos

Owners and employees at Butch’s Beach Burritos in Grand Haven were as surprised as anyone else in town to discover a 96-year-old Japanese soldier from World War II living behind their popular establishment.  When part-time burrito-wrapper Jason Sunderson took a bag of trash to the dumpster behind the restaurant, he saw an elderly man trapped under…