9.23.15:  Holland will open a new facility to help hungry kids



The Kids’ Food Basket will hold a Grand Opening and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Wednesday morning for its new location in Holland.


Their goal is to host and empower the community to ensure that every child has access to good nutrition and try to fill a gap that schools and families often can’t meet.


This new facility will be located at Peace Lutheran Church on James Street.


Currently over 83-hundred children in Ottawa County are living in poverty.

8.14.15:  School’s used Apple products sell in less than 2 hours


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A Holland high school turned out to be a popular unofficial Apple store.

With 200 people in line by dawn, the Holland school district sold hundreds of used Apple products before the doors were supposed to open at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Superintendent Brian Davis says some people camped Wednesday night. He tells the Holland Sentinel that he decided to start selling 90 minutes before the scheduled opening. He compared it to the annual Thanksgiving shopping blitz.

Davis says anyone who wasn’t at Holland High School by 7 a.m. wasn’t going to get anything. The district was selling computers and tablets to the public to make room for new technology.

Some people were disappointed. Gregory Purple Junior, a third-shift worker, says he was too late to buy.


8-6-15 Teens Accused of Christian School Break-in

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say five teenagers stole laptops after breaking into an elementary school in western Michigan.

The teens, ages 13 to 16, were caught this week following the break-in early Tuesday at Rose Park Christian School in Ottawa County’s Holland Township.

Sheriff’s Capt. Mark Bennett says a deputy on patrol spoke with three young people who were spotted running across the street from the school and thought their behavior was suspicious.

The break-in was reported shortly afterward.

Detectives executed a search warrant at a home of one of the teens and evidence was recovered. The stolen items also were found.

Breaking-and-entering charges are expected. Detectives also are investigating the possible involvement of the teens in other crimes in recent weeks.


7-20-15 Plane Crash near Holland State Park

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 66-year-old man walked away with only minor injuries after crash landing a small plane on a Lake Michigan beach.

WGHN-AM reports Steven Stam told officers he was flying Sunday evening along the lakeshore in western Michigan when the plane’s engine began having trouble. He brought the plane down in dune grass in Ottawa County’s Park Township, near Holland State Park.

No one else was in the plane and no one on the ground was injured. The plane’s nose ended up in the sand with its tail in the air.

Jackee Thompson told MLive.com “something didn’t sound right” before the plane went down. She says “the next thing you know, everyone is running to the crash site.”

The Detroit News reports the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.


7-10-15  Chicago Area Credit Card Ring Operating in West Michigan

Three Chicago area residents were arraigned in Holland on credit card fraud charges. The trio was caught shortly after buying electronics at the Best Buy on West Shore Drive on Tuesday. Investigators say they found numerous credit cards inside the vehicle and they’re trying to determine if they’d been altered.

7-9-15  It’s Finally Coming to West Michigan!!!

A lot of people are rejoicing over a decision to put up a Chick-Fil-a in Holland. The chicken conglomerate with over 19-hundred stores, plans to transform the former Perkins restaurant on North Park Drive into one of their trademark stores.

Social media has been lit up with posts about the new store going up in West Michigan. Facebook and Twitter were filled with posts of excited individuals who couldn’t wait to travel a shorter distance for one of their trademark sandwiches.

Chick-Fil-a already has several stores on the east side of the state.

7.1.15:  $2M donation for Holland Civic Center renovation plan



HOLLAND, MI (Mlive) –A $2 million donation is moving up plans for a long-needed renovation of Holland’s 61-year-old Civic Center, a property that will also see a dramatic change outside it doors as the city transforms an asphalt parking lot to a park-like setting.


City leaders announced an $11 million plan for bringing the city facility, at 50 W. Ninth St., into the 21st century.  Upgrades include adding air conditioning and renovating restrooms, doors and windows and making it accessible for those with disabilities.


The parking lot will turn into an outdoor venue with reflection pool that becomes a skating rink during the winter, children’s sculpture garden, performance stage, terraced seating area and a splash pad.


The property is next to the Eighth Street Market, home to the city’s twice-a-week Farmer’s Market, featuring 80 local farmers and food artisans.


The benefactor’s identity will be revealed at a later date when the new name of the facility, which will bear the donor’s parent’ names, is announced.


The timing of the announcement coincides with a major private investment being eyed for Eighth Street, between River and Pine Avenues.


Despite its condition, the facility is used for 500 events a year from sports games to meetings.

Still, a lack of amenities have kept the facility from fully being used.


7.1.15:  Hope College’s new art museum to feature major donation



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A donation of Asian art worth more than $1.2 million has significantly boosted the collection of a new museum opening at a liberal arts college in western Michigan.

More than 500 artworks and 7,000 art-related books, publications and catalogs donated by two California residents have increased Hope College’s collection by about 30 percent. The school’s Kruizenga Art Museum is set to open Sept. 8, with many pieces on display that have never been seen by the public before.

Construction on the $3 million building in Holland began in May 2013 and was completed this June. The museum will feature two galleries, with one displaying European and American art, and the other displaying Asian art.

Art will be installed in the building in July.



6.26.15:  Holland plant to expand and add jobs



LG Chem advanced battery plant of Holland says they will be adding another 100 employees this next year.    That is due to a new automotive customer and a plant expansion.

The company produces automotive battery cells.

They plan to hold a job fair next week in the Grand Rapids area to fill the positions they need.

The Job Fair will take place, Tuesday, June 30th from 9am – 6pm at Crossroad Conference Center on Clay Avenue in Wyoming.

6.24.15:  Land in western Michigan becoming wetlands, education site



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Officials say 70 acres of unused property in western Michigan will be transformed into wetlands, a butterfly habitat, a farm and a hands-on science classroom.

The Holland Sentinel and The Grand Rapids Press report Holland-based office furniture maker Haworth Inc. is donating the land to the $12 million watershed restoration effort known as Project Clarity. A groundbreaking is next week and wetland vegetation will be planted by fall.

Haworth bought the land in the 1980s with plans for a manufacturing expansion, but that didn’t happen. It was estimated to be worth about $500,000 before Haworth donated it to Outdoor Discovery Center-Macatawa Greenway’s Project Clarity.

Wetlands will capture water from agricultural and industrial properties as well as overflow from the nearby north branch of the Macatawa River.