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600 New Jobs Coming To Herman Miller

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has announced projects that are expected to create over 4,200 jobs in Michigan, including over 600 at Herman Miller in Holland and Holland Township. 

Based on the MEDC's recommendation, Tuesday the MEGA board approved a state tax credit valued at $7.8 million over seven years to encourage the company to expand in Michigan over competing sites in Wisconsin and New York. The city of Holland and Holland Charter Township are considering tax abatements in support of the project.

Herman Miller plans to invest $11 million in a two-phased expansion project in Holland. Phase I will expand and renovate a space for the company's administrative and health care products.  This will occur at the company's Greenhouse facility off of 16th Street.

Hope College Hosts Admissions Visit Day

HOLLAND - The Hope College admissions office will sponsor a visit day for prospective college students on Friday, September 24.

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 held frequently throughout the year and provide prospective students and their parents an opportunity to experience a day on campus.  Activities available include attending class, academic information sessions, eating lunch in the dining hall, and having a guided tour of the campus.

Visitors should meet at 8:30 a.m.

Holland Police Department promotions

From the Holland Police Department - The Holland Police Department announces the promotions of Officer Shaun Tubergen and Sergeant Jeff Velthouse.

Sergeant Velthouse has been promoted to Captain of Administrative Services and replaces Captain Rick Walters who now leads the Criminal Investigations Unit. Velthouse is a graduate of Holland Christian High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University.

He started with the department as a cadet in 1981 and was hired as a full time Officer in 1984.  He was promoted to Senior Officer in 1989 and served as an Evidence Technician until 1994 when he was promoted to Sergeant.  Velthouse also served for 3 years in the Criminal Investigative Unit as a Detective Sergeant. He lives in the Holland area with his wife Sherry and their son Josh.

UPDATE: Victim released from hospital in latest Holland armed robbery

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The victim of an armed robbery has been released from the hospital after being assaulted and robbed at gunpoint over the weekend.

It happened Sunday at about 12:30 A.M. in the 400 block of Columbia Ave.

Holland Police say a 19-year-old man was walking alone when he was confronted by the suspect who was wielding a handgun. The suspect then struck the man several times, who took serious injuries to the face and head. The suspect then robbed the the man and ran off.

The man was taken to Holland Community Hospital and later transferred to Spectrum Hospital where he was released after treatment.

He says the suspect was wearing a dark colored bandana over his face with a hooded sweatshirt. He describes the suspect as a Hispanic male about 15 to 20 years old, around 5'7 with a heavy build.

Police believe the incident may be related to a string of three other robberies that took place in recent weeks around the area.

113th Hope Pull Tug-of-War is Saturday, Sept. 25

HOLLAND - The Hope College Pull tug-of-war, a 113-year tradition, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. on the banks of the Black River (near U.S. 31 and M-21). The public is invited. Admission is free.

The Pull, first held in 1898, is an annual fall highlight at Hope. In the competition, freshman and sophomore teams, entrenched in shallow pits on opposite sides of the river, attempt to gain the most rope through their strength and stamina.

Each team has 18 students on the rope as "pullers" and another 18 acting as guides and morale boosters, or "moralers." The freshmen are coached by the junior class while the sophomores are instructed by the seniors.

Hope College Enrollment Surpasses 3,200 formFifth Straight Year

HOLLAND – The Hope College campus continues to operate at capacity with enrollment above 3,200 for the fifth consecutive year.

Hope has enrolled 3,202 students this fall, the fifth time since the fall of 2006 that enrollment has topped 3,200.  Last year’s enrollment headcount was 3,230.
The student body consists of 1,267 men and 1,935 women from 44 states and territories and 29 foreign countries.  The total includes 766 first-time students.

The enrollment by class, with last year's class in parentheses, is: freshmen, 781 (812); sophomores, 742 (820); juniors, 739 (753); seniors, 877 (768); and special students, 63 (77).

The largest representation is from Michigan with 2,204 students.  Other states represented with 10 or more students include:  Illinois, 382; Indiana, 110; Ohio, 80; Minnesota, 47; Wisconsin, 45; California, 40; New York, 29; Colorado and New Jersey, 22 each; Pennsylvania, 20; Iowa, 19; Florida, 17; Texas, 12; and Maryland

Inaugural Walk for Water Holland Event Set to Educate, Draw at Least 500

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Holland, MI  - Instead of turning on the tap in your house, imagine collecting your drinking water in a bucket from Lake Macatawa, and then carrying it a mile and a half for your family’s use.  On September 25, the first ever Holland Walk for Water will allow participants to experience just that, raising awareness of the global water crisis and funds to help bring clean water to people in third world, earthquake- and hurricane-stricken countries.     

Holland Walk for Water will take place at Kollen Park on Saturday, September 25 at 10:00 am.  Walkers will travel three total miles, dipping their five-gallon buckets into Lake Macatawa at the half way point of the walk, then returning to Kollen Park to dump their collected water into a solar-powered water filtration system, as used all over the world by Water Missions International to purify water.  One of these systems produce