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Hudsonville Ice Cream wants your ideas

LANSING - Hudsonville Ice Cream is once again teaming up with Pure Michigan to create a new official ice cream flavor.

A contest kicks off today and is designed to promote the state's agriculture industry.  The company wants people to submit flavor ideas.  Last year Hudsonville Ice Cream received 3,000 entries ranging from Tahquamenon Falls Root Beer Sundae to Hex Hatch.  The top winner was Pure Michigan Caramel Apple.

Ideas can be submitted through Hudsonville Ice Cream's website. The contest starts today and runs through May 22nd. The winner will be announced on June 21st, the first day of summer.

Voters approve school millages, bond issues

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- All but a few millage requests and bond proposals passed as West Michigan voters went to the polls Tuesday.

WZZM 13 News followed the results of 31 different ballot measures in seven counties.  Here are the county-by-county results:

Kent County

Voters in the Godfrey-Lee Public School district approved a $2.2 million bond issue, with the money going to school repairs and construction, new buses, athletic facility improvements and better technology.  The measure passed 118-79.

Grandville Public Schools received voter approval for a $75.2 million dollar bond proposal, with the money going to school repairs and construction, new buses, athletic facility improvements and better technology. The measure passed 3,959-1,697.

Missing Ottawa County woman found in Midland

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.
BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A missing Ottawa County woman has been found in Midland County, 24 hours after she was last seen in West Michigan.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says Karen Visch, 47, "suffered a medical event." She is hospitalized in the Midland area.

Police say there was no foul play in her disappearance.

BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a missing woman who is without her medication.

Karen Visch, 47, left her home on Fillmore Street Monday evening around 8 p.m. and was headed to Cascade Township in Kent County.

Authorities say Visch left a message with a friend around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday but had not returned home. She also missed an appointment with her 19-year-old daughter Tuesday morning.

Visch does not have her medication with her and family members are concerned for her wellbeing.

Two Holland-area women die in crash on I-94

LINCOLN CHARTER TWP., Mich. (WZZM/AP) - Two Holland-area women are dead after a horrific crash on I-94 Sunday afternoon.

Police say that the women were in car heading westbound on I-94 when they swerved to avoid a piece of tire in the roadway.  Their vehicle hit a box truck that was also heading westbound, but then the driver lost control and went across the median, striking a semi-trailer heading eastbound head-on.

The two 19-year-old women in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say that the damage to the vehicle was extensive.  The drivers of the trucks received very minor injuries.  Westbound I-94 was closed for approximately four hours.

The Associated Press is identifying the victims as 18-year-old Jaquisha Wright of Chicago and 19-year-old Rashell Allen of Holland.

Police say that neither speed nor impairment appear to have been factors in the crash.  All those involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts.

Fire damages wood pellet business

HOLLAND (WZZM) - Fire crews from several departments responded to a call at Michigan Wood Pellet Fuel around 4:30 Monday morning.

Chris Tinney, a captain with the Holland Department of Public Safety, says the initial witness reported seeing heavy smoke and another witness reported heavy flames coming from the building on Industrial Avenue.

Tinney says they immediately called in for aid from two area departments,  Park Township and Holland Township, in preparation for what they believed would be a very large fire. 

The 46,000 square foot facility contains a large amount of wood on the premises.  However, when crews arrived Tinney says the fire was already contained and they only found light smoke inside the building.

LG Chem Michigan to start battery production in July

HOLLAND, Mich (WZZM) - LG Chem Michigan, Inc. plans to start production at its Holland plant in July.

After several delays, company executives say it will start producing lithium-ion batteries.

Test runs have already begun at the facility and the company anticipates shipping their product by the end of this summer.
The plant initially will manufacture batteries for the Chevrolet Volt.

LG Chem received $150 million in federal stimulus money and recently reimbursed the government $842,000 for wages paid to workers who were watching movies, playing cards and volunteering on company time.

Almost 700 seniors graduate from Hope College

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- Approximately 670 seniors will graduate from Hope College Sunday afternoon.

The Baccalaureate will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel, located on College Avenue at 12th Street. The Baccalaureate sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Jill Ver Steeg, who is a pastor at Meredith Drive Reformed Church in Des Moines, Iowa, and a member of the college's Board of Trustees. Admission is by ticket only.

The Commencement happens at 3 p.m. at the Ray and Sue Smith Stadium, located on Fairbanks Avenue between 13th and 16th streets. The speaker will be Dr. Stacy Jackson, who is the Kenneth J. Weller '48 Professor of Management and chairperson of the department of economics, management and accounting at Hope.