In August of 2019, Muskegon’s district court saw 506 landlord-tenant eviction cases filed.

This August only 58 cases have been filed. Of those cases, only 20 ended with an eviction writ being issued.

According to national data compiled by Evictionlab in 2016 Muskegon county had the highest rate of evictions in Michigan.

Judge Ladas Hoopes said it’s a sign that so far Michigan’s eviction diversion program is working.

“I think Michigan has done an excellent job in figuring out what to do with the eviction moratorium cases,” she said.

Nearly three months later a number of businesses in Muskegon are open again for business. Monday marked a big day for a number of business owners and organizations along the Lakeshore, as restaurants, bars, libraries and museum opened their doors. Under Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order, businesses will have to comply with social distancing guidelines while, bars and restaurants will for the time being have to operate at 50 percent of normal capacity.


Heavy rains and flooding prompted Muskegon County officials Monday to declare a local state of emergency, as a number of Muskegon residents woke up Monday morning with flooded basements, and front yards, according to county officials. With pouring rain starting Sunday morning and continuing well into the evening, coupled with record water levels on Lake Michigan--and an already high-water table--officials say, even one day of heavy rain was enough to wreak havoc on the lakeshore. 

Community enCompass

Apr 6, 2020

  Muskegon's Community enCompass will forgive April rent for families in all 26 of its rental units in the City of Muskegon. We talk about the focus and response with Sarah Rinsema-Sybenga.

Hospital sign

Nurses at Muskegon’s Hackley campus of Mercy Health Partners say they’re not being provided the protective resources needed to treat an influx of COVID-19 patients.

There are approximately 450 bedside nurses working at Muskegon’s Mercy Health Hackley Campus. They’ve reached out to hospital leadership asking for proper protective equipment for frontline staff in advance of the spread of COVID-19.

“The protective equipment that is recommended is the N95 mask and another piece of equipment called a PAPR. It’s a purified air respirator system.”

Muskegon Family Care

Despite reports of its closing March 31st, Muskegon Family Care announced on Friday that it will remain open indefinitely. After multiple West Michigan news organizations, (including WGVU News) reported that Muskegon Family Care had eliminated 70 percent of its staff and would be permanently shutting its doors at the end of March, new CEO Daniel Oglesby told WGVU those reports are a "lie," and a false story being perpetuated by the media.

Muskegon Family Care

Two former employees of Muskegon Family Care have filed a class-action lawsuit against the health care provider, after 150 workers were unexpectedly fired last Friday. The lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court, and seeks 60 days’ worth of wages and benefits as well as compensation for remaining vacation time.

Shannon L. Hamilton is one of the names attached to the lawsuit. She says, the lawsuit represents all of the employees who were let go on Friday. Many, she said, who are single mothers, and many who were left without a job, and without health insurance.

Muskegon Riders

For the first time in history, women’s soccer will be played Saturday night at the Mercy Health Arena—formerly the LC Walker Arena, as the Muskegon Risers, the city’s first ever semi-professional women’s soccer team takes the field.

The team derives its name “The Risers” from the iconic Muskegon: Together Rising sculpture that sits in the heart of the city’s downtown corridor, and chosen to also represent the city’s recent resurgence and revitalization.


A Lake Michigan community has voted to spend $20,000 to kill as many as 30 deer at two parks in western Michigan. The unanimous vote by the Muskegon City Commission is an effort to control growing herds, although there are different opinions among residents.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports the cull by sharpshooters must be completed by March 31. “It’s an action, not an ultimate answer. We know that,” Mayor Stephen Gawron said Tuesday.

Mona Shores H.S. choir "Americas Tallest Singing Christmas Tree" photo
Patrick Center / WGVU

It's Christmas Eve. We ring in the holiday with the Mona Shores High School Choir and Orchestra's celebration of the 35th season of America's Tallest Singing Christmas Tree ffrom the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon.