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Streets of downtown Holland filled on 'Live Mannequin Night'

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A total of 45 businesses participated in Live Mannequin Night by hosting live mannequins in their windows and storefronts.

More than 100 volunteers from the community posed as mannequins, each representing this year's music-based theme. The mannequins represented singers and bands to song lyrics, composers and musicals.

A panel of judges evaluated each of the live mannequin displays and awarded prizes to the mannequins in the following categories: Best Storefront, Most Creative, Best Mannequin (Male and Female), and Best Overall.

More than 4,000 people attended the event and were invited to place their votes for their favorite live mannequins for the People's Choice Award. The overall winner of the People's Choice Award was Crane's In The City, with 285 votes.

Still no cause of death/arrest in Sandra Flores case

ZEELAND, Michigan (WZZM) - It's been nearly six weeks since the suspicious death of Sandra Flores from Zeeland.

The ten year old passed away at Holland Community Hospital after falling ill at home in early August. The community put aside its questions Saturday and took steps to improve the lives of other children.

Candles were lit, then placed around a large page of signatures, with a picture of Sandra in the middle. The quotes were too many to count.

"Spread your wings; you are safe now", one read. "Too beautiful for earth," was another. It was all to honor a young life, taken too soon.

"It was really devastating when we lost her," says Judy Tuttle, Principal at Roosevelt Elementary School, where Sandra attended. "This let's us know that people really care and that they're supporting us and that the work we do with kids really matters."

West Ottawa stays undefeated with win over Jenison

JENISON (WZZM) -- Having looked dominant in their first three games, the West Ottawa Panthers tried to continue that trend against the Jenison Wildcats Friday night.

A field goal early on put the Panthers on the scoreboard first, 3 - 0.

In the end the Panthers won 31 - 14 at Jenison.  The team improves to 4 - 0.

Game of the Week - Zeeland East downs West neighbors

ZEELAND (WZZM) -- The battle for football bragging rights in Zeeland pitted the Dux of Zeeland West against the Chix of Zeeland East.

They share a stadium, their kids go back and forth between campuses to take classes, but the football programs have little else in common.

One runs the spread offense, one runs the Wing-T. One coach is coming off his 200th win, the other just got his 13th.

The Chix got to work fast in this one. TJ Vandyken hit Josh Snyder on the opening drive for the touchdown.

Zeeland East's next possession would garner a similar result. Brad Horling made it 14-0 Chix.

In the second quarter Vandyken would find Jordan Hill in the endzone to extend the Chix's lead to 23-0.

The Dux wouldn't be blanked. Joe Gaiser's one yard touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion would put Zeeland West on the board.

That's all the Dux would get, however, as they fall to Zeeland East 23-8.

MVP of the Week - Week #4 - Brad Horling, Zeeland East

(WZZM) - Zeeland East's Brad Horling is the week four winner of the Keller Ford Kia MVP of the week.

Horling, a senior, rushed for 170 yards and 4 touchdowns in a win over O-K Green rival Hamilton.

Congratulations to Brad Horling for winning the Keller Ford Kia MVP Award.

Bridge Card use jumps 43% among Ottawa County families

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- It traditionally has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, but Ottawa County is experiencing a jump in the demand for food assistance. The number of families receiving state money on bridge cards jumped 43% over last year.

"The Department of Human Services? They're having an overload right now for people requiring food," said case worker Michael Brown.

Brown assists people in emergency situations at the Community Action House in Holland.

"More people are losing their jobs these days," said Brown. "The unemployment rate is high."

Bridge cards are what Michigan uses to issue food stamp benefits to roughly 1.7 million residents. According to the Michigan League for Human Services, one out of every ten people in Ottawa County qualifies for federal food assistance this year. That's up nearly 60% from 2009.

Drive by shooting happened on west 16th Street

HOLLAND, MI. (WZZM) - Holland Police believe a drive-by shooting late Thursday night was gang related.

Residents who live in the area of the 200 block of west 16th Street reported hearing gunshots about 10:15pm.

Police found evidence of gunshots fired into and around a home.

There are no suspects in custody at this time.

If you have information, call the Holland Police Department or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.