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25th Annual Hope College Musical Showcase - March 4

25th Annual Hope College Musical Showcase - March 4

 HOLLAND – Wide ranges of musical styles and instruments will bring DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids alive when Hope College presents its 25th annual Musical Showcase concert on Monday, March 4, at 8 p.m.

Hope College students take the stage for this fast-paced, musical spectacular, during which audience members hear everything from opera to jazz. The hardest part for those seeing the show is containing their enthusiasm, at least at first. In the tradition of the quick-moving musical event, audience members are asked to hold their applause until intermission and the end of the performance.

The concert unveils the gifts of all Hope College’s major musical groups, along with soloists, chamber groups, and small ensembles.

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Zeeland man will stand trial for 1987 murders

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A Zeeland man is going to trial for a double murder dating back to 1987. Prosecutors are describing it as a case of incest and jealousy.

Ryan Wyndgarden watched his wife, Pamela, testify against him from a separate area behind the courtroom on Thursday, after an emotional outburst on Wednesday. She described being afraid of him for 25 years and only marrying him because of her children.

"I was afraid," says Pamela Wyndgarden. She then explained to the defense attorney that she only got married because she needed to feel loved and have her children feel secure.

Wyndgarden was allowed back in the courtroom as his former girlfriend, Crystal Beelen, took the stand. She testified that Wyndgarden admitted to having sex with his sister, even forcefully.

Hope College Hosts Prospective Students on Friday, March 1

Hope College Hosts Prospective Students on Friday, March 1

                        HOLLAND – The Hope College admissions office will sponsor a visit day for prospective college students on Friday, March 1.

                        While the college does not require personal visits to campus by prospective students, it does strongly recommend them.  Students and parents are encouraged to visit the Admissions Office, where campus tours, class visits and faculty conferences can be arranged.

                        Visit days are an excellent choice for visiting Hope’s campus.  A Visit Day provides more of a structured campus visit than an individual visit, but still provides the f

"You need to watch your kids better than I thought I was"

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 14-year-old Holland Township girl is back home safe with her family after running away with a man twice her age.

Lt. Mark Bennett with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says she met up with a 28-year-old on a dating website and talked of leaving for California.

Her mother, who didn't want the family identified, told WZZM 13 the girl left home last Wednesday with Matt Mahaney, whom she met on "Plenty of Fish." 

Her family has been concerned about her online dating habits since last year, so her mom says she took her phone and tablet computer away, and put a password on her laptop.

The mother didn't know there's another way to access the Internet.

She hopes more parents will know now.

It's supposed to be for games. But the Nintendo Wii sitting in the bedroom of their Holland Township home was used for anything but a game.

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Deputies recover missing teen, hold 28-year-old man

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Invesitgators have recovered a missing Holland Township teenager after finding her at a lakeshore motel with a 28-year-old man.

The 14-year-old girl has been returned to her family, according to Ottawa County Sheriff's detectives.

The girl was last seen on February 21, and reportedly left town with him.  The family was told, through a series of text messages, that the girl and man were traveling to Tennessee, then California.

Deputies say they found the girl and man in a room at the Wooden Show Motel in Holland.  They couple had apparently never left the Holland area.

Detectives say the man and the girl met on an online dating website called Plenty of Fish.

Investigators believe the man, whose name is not yet being released, will face criminal sexual conduct charges.

Prosecutor: Incest, jealousy motives in 1987 slayings

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - An Ottawa County assistant prosecutor said Ryan Wyngarden killed his sister and her husband in 1987 because Wyngarden didn't want anyone to know he had sexual relations with her when she was a teenager. The prosecutor also said Wyngarden was also jealous of his sister's husband.

Wyngarden was in court Wednesday for a preliminary examination on the two counts of open murder. The Zeeland man was arrested last month after his wife told a cold case investigative team that her husband admitted in 1987 to the murders.

Rick and Gail Brink were killed in their Park Township home in November 1987.

Rick Brink's mother testified Wednesday she discovered her daughter-in-law's body inside the couple's home. She went there when Brink failed to report to work. Don Heeringa, Brink's boss at the Trendway Corporation also went to the home. He testified he found Rick Brink dead in a vehicle in the driveway.

Maple Syrup Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser - March 2

Maple Syrup Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser - March 2

Show your support for the Degraff Nature Center by attending this tasty Fundraiser at the Holland Civic Center located at 150 West 8th Street on Saturday, March 2 from 8am through 11am.