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Ram Tough: Rockford tops West Ottawa, 14-7

WEST OLIVE (WZZM) -- The Rockford Rams bounced back from a loss last week in Grand Haven, and handed West Ottawa its first loss with a 14-7 triumph.

The Rams opened the scoring on the opening drive with a Brady Gent touchdown run. The score remained 7-0 until the final seconds of the first half.

On a superb play action fake, quarterback Mark LaPrarie found Neil Vanderlaan for a 30-yard touchdown with one second left in the second quarter.

West Ottawa staged a comeback behind backup quarterback Josh Wisbang. Zac Boersma's touchdown run brought the Panthers to within 14-7, but that's all the Panthers could manage.

Rockford plays Muskegon next week at Fifth-Third Ballpark.

'Paint the Town' starts in Zeeland

ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand rapids isn't the only place where you can find art this weekend.

Artprize has inspired another event in Downtown Zeeland, called "Paint the Town." It's an event meant to stimulate creativity and business in in the area.

"Anytime we can have an event or series of events in the downtown area that we can bring people inI think it's good for business," said Zeeland Flower Shop Owner Doug Vos. "It's good for the community as a whole."

Throughout the weekend, regional artists will sit outside along main street painting whatever they see. Holland Art Council Program Director Mary Sundstrom says the style is "En Plien Air."

"'En Plien Air' means in the open or in the air," said Sundstrom "Zeeland's got a gorgeous downtown and we want to paint it."

Holland Police looking for 16-year-old for gang crimes

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Holland Police are looking for a 16-year-old boy in connection with gang activity in the city.

Police have a four-count felony warrant issued for Demetrio Flores III on charges that include assault with intent to murder, gang membership felonies, carrying a concealed weapon, and felony firearm.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Flores are asked to call Holland Police at 616-355-1100 or Silent Observer at 1-866-774-2345.  Anyone seeing Flores should use caution and call police.

In the investigation into Holland gang activity, one gang member recently pleaded guilty to several crimes, including attempted arson, from a firebombing on July 8th.  Filiberto Monico Gonzalez, 18, will be sentenced on October 25th. 


Stephanie Milanowski Appointed to Sluyter Professorship at Hope College

HOLLAND - Stephanie Milanowski of the Hope College art and art history faculty has been appointed to the college's Howard R. and Margaret E. Sluyter Endowed Professorship in the field of design.

Milanowski joined the Hope faculty in the fall of 2009 as an assistant professor of art.  Her appointment to the endowed professorship began with the start of the new school year, and will be celebrated with a formal investiture ceremony on Friday, Sept.

Road repairs disrupt Express Transportation Bus routes.


(Holland, MI) September 24, 2010 - Express Transportation Authority will be disrupted over the next few weeks due toseveral road and railroad track repair projects.

The North River Avenue railroad crossing project is the most recent project that will result in the closure of N.River just north of Douglas Ave. until Monday, Sept. 27. Buses and all vehicles traveling along N. River Ave will be detoured.

Below is a summery of road projects and affected bus routes, stops and times. Alternate bus stops with times are suggested during these temporary detours and closures.

Dates published are approximate, and may change without advanced notice due to unexpected factors. Fixed route bus passengers with questions pertaining to these temporary route changes and detours are advised to contact MAX Customer Service at (616) 355-1010.


Republican Rick Snyder wins Michigan Farm Bureau support

ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Standing behind a tractor in Zeeland, Republican candidate Rick Snyder received the endorsement of the Michigan Farm Bureau's political action committee, AgriPac.

The Bureau says it's Michigan's largest general farm organization, representing more than 48,000 farm families and nearly 500,000 voters.  

Farm Bureau President Wayne Wood said Thursday that Snyder "walks on common ground with Michigan's agricultural community...Snyder will be the reformer and voice for agriculture that Farm Bureau families demand from our next governor."

Snyder says the Department of Agriculture has been underfunded, especially in the area of crop inspectors.  He said he would properly fund it with a new way of budgeting, one he called "value for money budgeting."

Similac recalls five million cans of formula

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- Another recall is causing concern across the country, this time it involves infant formula. Abbott Laboratories is recalling 5 million cans of powdered Similac over concerns bug parts may have gotten mixed into it.

"We are wondering where do we go from here what do we do," said Carolyn Doyle, director of the Lakeshore Pregnancy Center in Holland.

The center provides assistance and training to new and expectant mothers in need hoping to discourage them from having abortions. That includes providing formula, much of which may now be included in this recall.

"We are sitting on a bunch, " said Doyle. We have four centers throughout West Michigan. Here in Holland, one if Grand Haven, Allendale and Allegan. Having talked to our director in Grand Haven, she is sitting on 26 cases of Similac.