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.
12:28 PM Jul 11, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren counties until 11:15 a.m. NWS meteorologists were tracking a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing hurricane-force wind gusts in excess of 75 mph. These storms were located over Lake Michigan at around 9:45 a.m. and moving east at 70 mph.
12:04 PM Jul 8, 2011
Ottawa County Undersheriff Greg Steigenga said there were no officers directly involved with assisting in the tragedy that played out in Grand Rapids on Thursday, but there were deputies stationed in squad cars at a few main roadways in the county.
12:02 PM Jul 2, 2011
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is accepting applications for its 2011 Citizens Police Academy. The 12-week course will be offered from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 14 to Dec. 7 at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex, 12220 Fillmore St. There will be a graduation ceremony during the last class. Class participants will get a behind-the-scenes look of the Sheriff's Department, including a ride-along in a sheriff's car. Potential candidates for the academy must meet the following criteria: - Minimum age of 18
5:44 PM Jul 1, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Ottawa County until 5:30 p.m. today. Heavy rainfall with rates of more than 2 inches per hour has occurred across much of the county late this morning and early this afternoon. Runoff from the excessive rainfall will cause minor flooding to occur, especially along small streams and near low water crossings, according to the weather bureau. A flash flood watch remains in effect for Ottawa, Muskegon, Kent, Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Mason, Lake, Oceana and Newaygo counties until 4 p.m. today.