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Flags are at half-staff today & West MI soldiers come home from Iraq
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Flags Are At Half-Staff Today, Plus Troops Come Home!

Two special events are happening today in West Michigan to honor local soldiers who have volunteered to train and protect our country from danger.   The first is a funeral for U.S. Army Corporal Joseph A. Dreumel of Jenison.  The 32-year old soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan earlier this month.  His funeral begins at noon at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Grand Rapids.  Flags are at half staff today in his honor.

Meanwhile, 1436th Army National Guard Engineering Company is returning to Montague after serving in Iraq.    Currently, the soldiers are celebrating with family and friends at the Montague High School football stadium.

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Four victims of Grand Rapids shooting are buried today
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Four Victims From Grand Rapids Deadly Shooting Spree Are Buried Today

I will never know the tremendous grief the Heeren, Emkins and Dantzler families have been experiencing since 34-year old Rodrick Dantzler fatally shot eight people, including himself last week.

Today, four of the victims from the Heeren family are going to be buried following a  funeral service that is being held right now at Sunshine Community Church, located along the East Beltline in Grand Rapids.

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Betty Ford’s Funeral Is Today In East Grand Rapids [PHOTOS/Motorcade Map]

Thousands spent the evening waiting in silence outside The Ford Museum downtown Grand Rapids last night to pay his or her final respects for first lady Betty Ford.

Earlier in the day, her casket arrived at the museum via motorcade from the G.R. Ford International Airport.  A prayer service was held followed by remarks from Governor Snyder who shared a few remarks about her mighty legacy of service to her family, friends and country.

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Four First Ladies attend Betty Ford's California funeral.
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Four First Ladies Attend Betty Ford’s California Funeral [VIDEO]

Four first ladies honored the life and public service of  Betty Ford at her funeral in Palm Desert, California on Tuesday.

Roslynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama shared a pew with former President George W. Bush -- in for former first lady Laura Bush.

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Ford Museum unveils new statue of President Gerald Ford
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Gerald Ford Statue Unveiled At The Presidential Museum [VIDEO]

Plans to unveil the new Gerald R. Ford statue at the presidential museum were pushed up by a couple of days to clear the schedule for a much more somber event...the arrival of Betty Ford's body.

The former first lady died on Friday at the age of 93 and will lie in repose at the museum Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. 

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Steven Tyler celebrates the life and contributions of former first lady, Betty Ford
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Steven Tyler Thanks Betty Ford For Second Chance!

Hair feathers!  Musician and American Idol judge, Steven Tyler, is vocalizing his appreciation of former first lady Betty Ford.

According to Blabbermouth.net, Steven paid tribute to Mrs. Ford by saying, "Betty Ford took a risk at one of the worst times of her life and came forward to share a message of recovery in order to serve others," said Tyler. "Her vision, passion and amazing heart led to the Betty Ford Center, the gold standard of treatment facilities. She will be missed, but her work in recovery will live on." 

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Betty Ford Funeral Plans

Betty Ford passed away on Friday.  She was 93.  Funeral plans are now set.

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Liz shows us how to be late for your own funeral!
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Liz Taylor Is Late To Her Own Funeral!

The day after Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor died she was supposed to be buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California ... but, the late actress was nowhere to be found!

How is that possible?  According to Taylor's publicist, it was one of her last requests!

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Fennville continues to shine in the midst of losing one of its star atheletes
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Fennville Advances To District Final! [Video]

If you don't know this about me by now ... you will soon find out that I am sports challenged!  But, I can appreciate everyone else's talent and success.

Following the Fennville basketball team and Wes Leonard's family since he fatally collapsed of a heart attack last week has been bitterSweet with a capital 'S'.  Sweet because I have witnessed a loving community lift up Wes' family, friends and teammates.  People from all over have driven for miles, to attend both the boys first and second games, to cheer them on to victory.

Last night, Fennville advanced to the district final on Friday

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Thousands attend 16-year old basketball star Wes Leonard's funeral in Holland
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Wes Leonard, Remembered. [Video]

It's been a more than emotional week for Wes Leonard's family and community family as the Fennville High School star basketball player died of a heart attack after leading his team to the playoffs with a winning shot in overtime.

Fennville High School freshman Marlene Jaimes, 16, is pictured above and was one of over 3,400 people who packed DeVos Fieldhouse at Hope College on Monday to watch her team defeat Lawrence to advance in the MHSAA Boys Class C Basketball tournament.

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Fennville teammates play in State Tourney after death of star athlete!
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Fennville Boys Basketball Team Advances In The Playoffs!

Thousands rallied inside DeVos Fieldhouse at Hope College last night to support Fennville's boys basketball team as they faced Lawrence for their Class C district opener.

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