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Lakeshore company to have tax breaks revoked

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - Michigan economic officials are planning to revoke the tax incentives awarded to a lakeshore manufacturer two years ago.

Energetx is a company that makes large fiberglass products, like wind turbine blades. In 2010, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation awarded the company a $3.5 million tax break.

The company was supposed to start building a new facility in Holland Township in November of 2011, but that never happened.

Energetx has confirmed its intent to abandon the project and is thinking about relocating to Muskegon.

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Home targeted for firebombing 2nd time this month

HOLLAND TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A Holland Township home is at the center of an arson investigation for the second time this month.

Ottawa County investigators believe a fire that started last night at the Leisure Estates mobile home park was intentionally set. It's the same home that was targeted by an attempted firebombing just a couple weeks ago.

There was a 33-year-old man, his wife, and four children inside the home during the fire. Investigators believe it was the same suspects involved in both incidents.

The exact cause of the latest fire is under investigation. Investigators believe it may be gang related.

World Book Night 2013--It's Time!!!

World Book Night 2013--It's Time!!!

From: http://www.herrickdl.org/

Remember last January, when we started talking about the first World Book Night that would be held in the US?  Great news! The event was a huge success, and the publishing industry is excited to bring it back for a second year.  And it's officially time to get World Book Night 2013 under way!  As of today, the application to be a book giver is available online.

For those of you who missed it, World Book Night is an event sponsored by publishers where volunteers are given boxes with 20 copies of a book that are theirs to give away.  The goal is to get a great book into the hands of someone who might not otherwise own a book, and in doing so, hopefully spread the love of reading.

Haworth's big new contract

HOLLAND, Mich (WZZM) -- A lakeshore furniture maker has won a government contract worth millions of dollars for several years. The US Communities Government Purchasing Alliance announced the agreement with Haworth in Holland on Tuesday.

Under the agreement, the company will provide office furniture to the state, local, and municipal agencies nonprofits and schools.

The contract is good through December 2016 and is worth more than $40 million a year.

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Natural gas plant could give Holland economic boost

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)  -- Holland could soon be one of many areas across the country getting an economic boost from the natural gas boom.  A new report shows a direct link between natural gas production and a spike in salaries in small communities across America, especially in the nation's mid-section.  On Wednesday, Holland's city council could decide whether to build a new natural gas plant, which would replace the existing coal power facility.

Much of the city's energy is used on 48th Street, where there are a number of commercial businesses. That is where much of the city's energy is used.

"82% of our demand comes from commercial and industrial users," says David Koster, General Manager for the Holland Board of Public Works.

Koster wants to keep those customers and add new ones by replacing coal energy by building a $280 million natural gas plant.  He says that will help lower rates in the future.

Holland High - "Beauty & the Beast" Selected as Fall Musical

Holland High - "Beauty & the Beast" Selected as Fall Musical

From: http://www.hollandpublicschools.org

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” will take the stage in Holland High's Performing Arts Center this fall for a record nine shows.  Shows starting at 7 p.m. are on Nov. 29 and 30, and December 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Matinees beginning at 2 p.m. are on Dec. 2 and 9.

Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased on line and picked up the night of the show. Tickets may also be purchased in advance in the high school office. Don't delay. HHS theatre productions frequently sell out.

Hope College Alumni H-Club to Honor Kathy Beauregard

HOLLAND – The alumni H-Club at Hope College will present its “Hope for Humanity Award” to 1979 Hope graduate Kathy Beauregard of Richland, who is in her 16th year as director of athletics at Western Michigan University, on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The “Hope for Humanity Award,” first presented in 1990, recognizes Hope athletic alumni for consistent service to others and demonstrating the values of Christian commitment and service. The H-Club consists of Hope alumni who were athletic letter winners and other honorary letter winners.

The group will honor Beauregard during halftime of the 3 p.m. Hope men’s basketball game taking place at the DeVos Fieldhouse as part of the annual Holland Sentinel/Russ DeVette Classic tournament.  Tickets for the game will be available at the door, and cost $6 for adult bleacher general admission, $4 for under-18 bleacher general admission, $8 for stadium reserved seating and $10 for cushion reserved seating.