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.
12:00 PM Jul 20, 2011
Today has been declared an Action Day for elevated levels of ozone - resulting in poor air quality - for several West Michigan counties, including Ottawa County. Pollutants are expected to be in the "unhealthy for sensitive groups' range on today, according to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The area affected also includes Muskegon, Kent, Allegan, Kalamazoo, Mason, Oceana and Van Buren counties.
9:31 PM Jul 17, 2011
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment has declared Sunday as an Action Day for elevated levels of ozone in Ottawa, Allegan, Kent, Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Van Buren counties. Pollutants are expected to be in the "unhealthy for sensitive groups' range. People and businesses are urged to avoid activities which lead to ozone formation. These activities include refueling vehicles or topping off gas tanks, using gasoline-powered lawn equipment, and using charcoal lighter fluid.
10:15 AM Jul 18, 2011
An effort to recall the state senator that represents Ottawa County has been given the green light to proceed. The Ottawa County Election Commission approved the most recent version of recall language filed by a Spring Lake man with a 3-0 vote at a hearing on July 13. That clears the way for the petitioners to circulate petitions in the state Senate 30th District, which includes all of Ottawa County and a small portion of western Kent County, with the goal to put a proposal before voters to remove Sen. Arlan Meekhof from office.
2:00 PM Jul 15, 2011
Kevin Bowling, the administrator of the 20th Circuit and Ottawa County Probate courts, was recently elected president of the National Association for Court Management. The association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice. With about 2,000 national and international members, it is the largest organization of court management professionals.
2:49 PM Jul 12, 2011
Spring Lake varsity girls basketball coach Rich Hyde said his team was probably in the best place they could be when the second round of storms swept through Holland on Monday morning. The Spring Lake High School varsity and junior varsity squads were participating in a camp on the Hope College campus. The JV players had just come in to DeVos Fieldhouse when the high winds hit the area, uprooting and topping off many trees in the area. Hyde said everybody was safe at the time.
7:12 AM Jul 12, 2011
A coastal flood warning is in effect for West Michigan's Lake Michigan shoreline, including Ottawa County, until 8 tonight. The National Weather Service said dangerously rapid changes in water levels are expected this afternoon, in response to the line of severe thunderstorms that crossed Lake Michigan this morning. Water levels will have large fluctuations through at least early this evening - most notably along all coastal beaches. Beach-goers should expect dangerous rip currents, too.

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