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KKK newspapers delivered in Zeeland


ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- On Monday morning, newspapers from the Ku Klux Klan were dropped off on several streets in Zeeland, including where a city council member lives.

The issue came up during this week's council meeting, but the city attorney said the newspaper is protected by the First Amendment.

Zeeland's mayor says it's the first KKK incident in the city that he's aware of.

"It takes you by surprise; you figure [in] a Dutch community that you wouldn't see anything from the KKK here. I think that's the first we ever had it. I didn't even know there was a KKK in this area," says Zeeland Mayor Kevin Klynstra.

WZZM 13 contacted the group called the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and they said they don't know who delivered the paper to Zeeland. They say they have supporters around the country who "spread their word independently."


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Power plant could help expand snow-melt system, heat buildings


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A future Holland power plant is bringing new possibilities for heating city streets and buildings. The natural gas power plant will produce enough additional waste heat to expand the snow-melt system downtown.

The Holland Board of Public Works says the snow-melt system could become about four times its current size. The project manager is also looking at using the power plant to heat public buildings or nearby businesses.

"It's not only providing waste heat for snow-melt, but that same heat that goes out through the pipes in the city to melt snow can also be used, utilizing a heat pump to heat those buildings or in the summer cool those buildings," says project manager Dan Nally with the Holland Board of Public Works.

Campaign asks voters to approve tax for Holland Museum


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A campaign began in Holland on Wednesday, asking voters to approve a new tax for the Holland Museum.

Supporters of the "Holland Museum YES!" campaign are pushing for the first-ever millage to fund the facility. The proposed 0.2 mills would translate into about $15 a household each year for many residents.

Supporters say the money is needed because the city of Holland no longer funds the museum. The money would pay for additional staff and expanded programs.

"I've always said I want the lights on in the museum every night, because it shows it's a community resource and a place where people want to meet and learn about history, but also come and meet each other and learn how we can collaborate for the future," says Geoffrey Reynolds, chairman of the Holland Historical Trust.

Fall Harvest Ballroom Dance

Fall Harvest Ballroom Dance

The Commons of Evergreen present the Fall Harvest Ballroom Dance with music by Pacific Lite on Saturday, October 11th from 7 - 10pm.  Admission is $10 for a Commons member and $15 for Non-members.

Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer or snack to share.

Reservations and payment must be made by Thursday, October 9th.

Evergreen Commons is located at 480 State St. in Holland, MI 49423. Please mail your reservation and check to this address.

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LG Chem hiring 40 workers to help with new Volt


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Over the past couple of years, it's been hampered by furloughs and false starts, but now a Holland battery maker is ready to hire. This week, LG Chem wants to hire 40 workers during a job fair, because of steady growth over the past year.

On Tuesday, clouds appeared low enough to touch the LG Chem building. Now, there are signs the business could reach new heights.

"It's great news to hear LG Chem getting ready to make some new hires," says Tim Vagle, finance director for the city of Holland. "I was definitely involved in the process of them coming to Holland."

Then came the furloughs for 200 workers in 2012. There were no batteries to produce because of a lack of demand. Last summer, the first battery was finally made, and LG Chem says production has steadily grown since then.

Hope College Critical Issues Symposium to Address Technology and the Future of Being Human

The annual Critical Issues Symposium at Hope College will examine “Technology and the Future of Being Human” on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 24, throughout the day.

The public is invited to all of the events.  Admission is free.

The symposium explores a single topic in-depth through a variety of presentations led by experts from both beyond campus and within the Hope community.  This year’s event is exploring the impact of technology on humanity as seen today and as it may look in the future.

The symposium will open with the keynote address “Who is on Team Human? Programming the Future, with People in Mind” by noted technology and culture expert Douglas Rushkoff on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

“Thanks to our digital technologies, we have a completely new relationship to time; we live in an always-on ‘now,’ where the priorities of this moment seem to be everything,” Rushkoff explains.

Zeeland West cruises past Wayland


ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Zeeland West improved to a perfect 3-0 with a convincing 47-12 win over Wayland Friday night.

The Dux led 32-6 at the half and tacked on 15 more points in the third quarter.