6:00 PM Aug 23, 2011
State Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, will hold office hours in Holland and Allendale in September. Meekhof is planning additional office hours in Hudsonville, Holland and Grand Haven in October. In November, the senator plans to meet with constituents in Jenison, Coopersville and Zeeland.
4:00 PM Aug 22, 2011
The following USDA commodities will be distributed to low-income families in Ottawa County on Friday, Aug. 26: apple juice, applesauce, apricots, low-fat bakery mix, beef stew, corn, creamed corn, egg noodles, macaroni and peaches. The commodity distribution, coordinated by the Ottawa County Community Action Agency, will take place at the following sites at the times listed below: - St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 920 Fulton St. in Grand Haven 10 a.m. to noon. - VFW Post 5598, 511 N. 68th Ave. in Coopersville, 10 a.m. to noon.
10:53 AM Aug 18, 2011
A judicial staffing report shows that the Ottawa County court system is understaffed, but there are no immediate plans to add another judge. The report, issued by the State Court Administrative Office on Wednesday, indicates that there should be 9.8 judges to serve Ottawa County. There are currently nine Circuit Court, District Court and Probate Court judges in Ottawa County.
10:42 AM Aug 18, 2011
A father and son team was arrested early Wednesday after a traffic stop in Holland revealed the men had more than $30,000 worth of stolen property in their vehicle, said Lt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. Holland Police stopped the 1999 Jeep Cherokee for a traffic violation about 4:20 a.m. Wednesday, Bennett said. Police noted suspicious property in the vehicle and, upon investigation, saw a tag from Sawyer Nursery on one of the items.
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.

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