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.
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.

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