5:46 PM Aug 13, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch through 8 p.m. Saturday for much of the southern half of the Lower Peninsula, including Ottawa County. For up-to-the-minute weather information, visit www.wzzm13.com/weather .
1:00 PM Aug 12, 2011
Shannon Morton always looks forward to the agency's Day of Caring. She knows that many people and agencies are going to get much-needed help on that day. Morton, director of volunteerism for the Greater Ottawa County United Way, said she is hoping to exceed last year's number of 735 volunteers for various projects throughout the county. More than 500 volunteers have already signed up for this year's Day or Caring, which will be held on Sept. 15.
1:10 PM Aug 11, 2011
The Ottawa County Health Department offers parents help with back to school health care needs. Services include hearing tests, vision screening, immunizations, dental services, and free or low-cost medical coverage to eligible families. Learn more about the available services and schedule an appointment by calling 846-8360 in the Grand Haven area, 616-396-5266 in the Holland area or 616-669-0040 in the Hudsonville area; or visit miottawa.org/health.org.
6:00 PM Aug 10, 2011
Funds originating from penal fines collected during the past year have been disbursed to the public library boards in Ottawa County. Distribution is done annually after the Library of Michigan has identified and certified the legal population for each library. Local libraries receiving funds include: - Allendale Township, certified population 19,923, total distribution $80,673.85. - Coopersville Area District, certified population 11,846, total distribution $47,967.80.
11:41 AM Aug 4, 2011
Rip currents that took hold of more than 20 people at Holland State Park on Wednesday weren't as severe in Grand Haven, officials said. Melissa VanderVelde, the acting supervisor for Grand Haven State Park, said the issues that plagued Holland State Park on Wednesday did not effect Grand Haven's beach. "The wind was coming out of the north, so the pier was protecting us,' she said.
3:24 PM Jul 30, 2011
Ottawa County's jobless rate jumped by more than half of percent from May to June. Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates rose in 15 of Michigan's 17 major labor market areas in June, according to the state's Department of Technology, Management & Budget. The Holland-Grand Haven metropolitan statistical area, which is Ottawa County, rose from 8.4 percent in May to 9 percent last month. It was 11.3 percent in June 2010.
7:06 AM Jul 29, 2011
UPDATE (Friday 7 a.m.): CANCELED A flash flood watch remains in effect through Friday afternoon for much of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, including Ottawa County. A flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable for flash flooding, the National Weather Service says, and residents of the watch area should be prepared to take action should heavy rain occur in their area or if flash flood warnings are issued.
11:23 AM Jul 28, 2011
A flash flood watch is in effect for portions of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, including Ottawa County, through Friday afternoon. A flood advisory is in effect for Ottawa and Clinton counties until 8:30 this morning. Runoff from excessive rainfall earlier this morning may cause minor flooding to occur, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy rainfall occurred overnight and is expected for later this morning. Some areas have already seen 2-6 inches of rain over the past 24 hours.
12:00 PM Jul 22, 2011
The "No Cigs for Our Kids' campaign partnered with law enforcement agencies from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Spring Lake-Ferrysburg Police Department and the Holland Department of Public Safety last month to ensure stores do not sell tobacco to those under age 18. The 54 undercover tobacco compliance checks in June resulted in sales to an underage decoy at two Ferrysburg stores: the Reef Party Store and JD's Shoreline Super Stop.
7:16 AM Jul 22, 2011
Today is another Action Day for elevated levels of ozone, as pollutants are expected to be in the "unhealthy for sensitive groups' in West and Central Michigan. The air quality alert issued by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality includes Ottawa, Muskegon, Kent, Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.

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