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My Town: 'Digital Holland' initiative at Hope College puts community history online

My Town: 'Digital Holland' initiative at Hope College puts community history online

HOLLAND, Mich. – The story of Holland is only as far away as the nearest Internet connection, thanks to an ongoing project coordinated through the Mellon Scholars Program at Hope College.

Launched earlier this summer, the online “Digital Holland” initiative features articles, photographs, interactive maps, audio files and even video highlighting multiple dimensions of the history of the Holland area.  The index for the project runs from “A” through “Y” currently, but the organizers intend for it to continue to grow, making it all but certain that the coverage will eventually extend to “Z” as well.

“Our plan is to expand it,” said Hope senior Allyson Hoffman of Marshall, who is the student director of the project.  “There are about 150 pieces right now.  We’re pleased to have that, but would like to have more.”

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Longboarder towed by moped seriously injured in fall


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 28-year-old Holland man was hospitalized with serious injuries following a longboard accident Tuesday evening.

The man was riding a longboard and being towed by a moped in the area of Aniline Ave. and Robar Dr. around 8:30 p.m., according to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

As the moped went faster, the skater lost control and fell. Authorities say he was not wearing a helmet.

The moped driver, a 24-year-old Holland man, was not hurt.


Holland school evacuated after lightning strike


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) — A lightning strike forced students to evacuate South Shore Christian Middle School in Holland Tuesday.

It happened as storms rolled into the area just after 2 p.m.

Dispatchers told WZZM 13 News that smoke was coming from the roof and was in a small gym, too.

Cab driver unharmed after armed robbery


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A cab driver escaped injury during an armed robbery Monday afternoon.

Captain Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says the 27-year-old victim had been dispatched to pick up a fare at Whispering Pines Apartments in the area of 136th & Quincy shortly before 3 p.m.

As the driver arrived, the robber got into the cab, showed a silver handgun, and demanded money. The driver gave him an unknown amount of money, and the robber ran north toward Cascade Apartments.

Detectives are looking for him. He's described as a black man in his 20s, 140 lbs., 5'7", and wearing a black do-rag, a blue windbreaker, and white sunglasses with American flags embossed on the lenses. He also had a neatly-trimmed goatee, with more hair in the chin area, according to Capt. Bennett.

Anyone with information on the case should call Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT.

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New off-leash dog park considered by parks officials

New off-leash dog park considered by parks officials

  On Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30PM at Hager Park, Ottawa County Parks officials will propose a new off-leash dog park. The public is encouraged to attend and weigh-in on the plans for nearby Grand Ravines Park. Ottawa County Parks is planning many improvements at its 187-acre Grand Ravines County Park in Georgetown Township. Along with an off-leash dog area, plans call for trails for hiking and biking, ravine overlooks, a lodge along the Grand River, access for fishing and kayaking and more. Although the plan identifies an area for the future dog park, not all details have been determined. This meeting is intended to present a concept for the dog park and get input from the public.  

Deputies: Man shoots at ex-girlfriend, hides in woods


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man is facing several charges after investigators say he fired a gun at his ex-girlfriend.

It started around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Value Place Inn just off U.S. 31 and James Street in Holland Township.

Deputies say the man threatened the woman with a gun, then fired at her vehicle as she drove away. None of the bullets hit the woman or her vehicle.

Investigators soon tracked the man down to a home on 136th Avenue south of Quincy Street. The man ran out of the back door od the home and tried hiding in a wooded area. He was soon found by a police dog. The dog also found the man's gun.

The suspect is facing assault and weapons charges, in addition to a probation violation. He's expected to appear in court as soon as Monday. Deputies are not releasing his name until that court appearance.

Vintage boat show happens at Holland Museum


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- The 9th annual vintage boat show is taking place at the Holland Museum today.
The interactive show offers a glimpse into West Michigan's boating history. Organizers stopped by the News at Nine with a preview.

The Museum is located at 31 West 10th Street, between River and Central avenues in Holland. Please visit www.hollandmuseum.org for more information.