3.17.15:  High school diver hospitalized after being pulled from pool


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy from the Detroit area is hospitalized after being pulled from a western Michigan pool during a swim meet.

Nolan Gutenschwager was in critical condition Monday at an area hospital.

The Wyandotte Roosevelt High School student was resuscitated after he was pulled Friday from the water at the Holland Community Aquatic Center. State high school swimming and diving championships were being held at the center.

The Holland Sentinel reported that he was taking part in diving warmups and may have suffered a medical emergency. The boy was pulled from the water by a lifeguard and a swim coach. The lifeguard performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Aquatic Center Executive Director Jack Huisingh told the Holland Sentinel that the boy has a history of seizures.

3.10.15:  Holland company recalls turkey lunch meat for contamination


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Food safety officials say that a western Michigan company is recalling turkey lunch meat because of bacterial contamination.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture announced the recall Monday. It says that Earl’s Meats in Holland is making the recall after a sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The state says that eating food contaminated with Listeria can have high fevers, severe headaches, neck stiffness and nausea. The disease is sometimes fatal.

The recalled meat was sold from the retail cooler at Earl’s Meats in Holland and is has sell-by dates from Feb. 24, 2015 to March 3, 2015.

3.9.15:  Ottawa County to consider banning drones in county’s parks


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Ottawa County officials are considering a ban on drones at the county’s parks.

Parks & Recreation Director John Scholtz says drones should be covered by the county’s ban on motorized model airplanes, cars and boats. He says he plans to investigate the issue further and speak with an attorney representing the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission before a decision is made.

A legal analyst with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the state doesn’t have specific rules regarding drones at its parks. But he says that could change when the Federal Aviation Administration issues final rules on drones in the next couple years.

Drones were banned from national parks in June.

2.10.15:  13 year old falls through ice on Lake Macatawa


A 13-year-old Holland boy was pulled from Lake Macatawa near Holland Monday afternoon.

The boy was chasing his dog when he ran onto the ice near Dutton Park.  The dog was able to get out but the boy could not get himself out of the water.

Crews threw the boy a rope and then a DNR conservation officer pulled him to thicker ice where he was pulled to safety.

He was treated for hypothermia.


Police are urging caution when going out on frozen water.

12-30-14 Crash Sends One to Hospital in Holland


Holland police report one person was sent to the hospital after a three car crash on US31. According to reports, 59-year old Veng Chheng was traveling south on US31 at Felch Street when he apparently failed to stop for a red light. He then collided with one car and was pushed into another. Chheng was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. One other driver was slightly injured.

12.19.14:  Holland area woman dies in traffic accident


Ottawa County authorities report that a Holland woman died in a traffic crash Thursday afternoon.

Delores Slikkers was on East 24th Street when she attempted to pass a vehicle.  That vehicle then attempted to turn left into a private drive when the two collided.

The Slikkers vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.

11.24.14:  Rhodes scholars include Michigan man


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A University of Michigan student from western Michigan has been named a Rhodes scholar.


David Moore of Holland is pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering after getting his bachelor’s degree in the same field last spring.


Moore will enter Oxford University in England next October with 31 other U.S. men and women. The value of the prestigious scholarship averages about $50,000 per year.


Moore has created a mechanism that allows wheelchair users to use a backpack with greater ease. He’s also a former captain of the Michigan men’s swim team.

11.6.14:  Prayer Summit to be held at Calvary CRC in Holland


An area wide Prayer Summit is taking place Friday and Saturday in Holland.


Organizers believe prayer makes a difference and they are trying to encourage others in their own prayer life as well as reaching out to their community.


The event is open to the public and will be held this weekend at Calvary CRC in Holland.  There will be special speakers and break-out sessions.

The organizers are hoping to target those who are interested in being involved in a prayer movement. They are encouraging college students to join them and there is no fee for their registration.


10.20.14:  Man dies in house fire in western Michigan


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A 29-year-old man has died in the first fatal fire at a Holland house since 1996.


The cause still is being investigated, although the fire appears to have started in the back of the two-story home along West 13th Street early Saturday in western Michigan.


The victim was identified as Jeremiah Donald Smith. Fire Lieutenant Andy Stokes says three other people inside the house survived, including a toddler.

10.16.14:  Michigan ArtPrize youth contest draws 89 entries


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A high school senior has won the online youth competition for the annual ArtPrize contest in Grand Rapids.


A black-and-white photograph by West Ottawa High School student Michele Weber was selected out of 89 entries for the ArtStart contest grand prize.


ArtPrize education director Angela De Luca Placencia says the competition for youth under age 18 received submissions from 3-year-olds to 12th graders. She says the entries were “really strong” in all grade levels.


The contest started last year to allow youth to participate in the 19-day international art competition that ended Oct. 12. Weber’s prizes include a mentoring opportunity with a professional photographer, an ArtPrize book and various gift cards.