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Stores do brisk business in winter gear as snow approaches

ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- From salt and shovels to warm clothing and new tires, the shopping rush is on to get ahead of the snow storm expected in West Michigan Saturday.

Shoppers need winter items, and stores need the business after slower sales so far this month.

The Zeeland Ace Hardware was among stores seeing last-minute shopping.

"It's going to snow tomorrow, so that's why I'm here," said customer Merrick Bacon.

"We've sold quite a bit of salt so far," said assistant manager Nathan Visser.

The hardware store sells 10- and 50-pound bags of salt.

"I bet in the last week, we've sold 20 or 30 of each," said Visser, adding that shoppers have been rushing to buy other items, like shovels and roof rakes, too. "Our first snow storm will be really good for business."

Holland businesses vandalized with "ISIS K" graffiti

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Several businesses in Holland got a scare Thursday morning when graffiti apparently referring to ISIS showed up on their buildings.

"For about 10 to 15 minutes, we didn't know if we should go outside," said Dan Spadafora, the host of WHTC AM's morning news in Holland. He was on the air early in the morning, when a neighboring business called to say the radio station's news truck had been vandalized. "We went out there, and it looked like the word ISIS. We called police."

Spadafora soon learned WHTC wasn't the only business hit. Several other businesses in Holland were tagged with similar graffiti. At each location, the phrase "ISIS K" had been written in spraypaint.

Holland Rescue Mission asks for Thanksgiving supplies

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Organizers of the Holland Rescue Mission's annual Thanksgiving dinner are asking for your help this year.

The mission needs 98 more turkeys to prepare the meal. Anyone who'd like to donate can drop off a turkey at the men's ministry center on River Avenue in downtown Holland.

The mission also needs help filling more than 300 care boxes with items like toilet paper, laundry soap, and toothpaste. The boxes can be picked up at the Gateway Center on 24th street in Holland.

The deadline to donate these items is Saturday.

Thieves target ATM customers twice in 2 days

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Twice in two days, thieves have targeted ATM customers at the same bank chain in the Holland area.

On Monday night, suspects stole money from a woman at the Macatawa Bank branch on Riley Street in Holland Township. The night before, an 80-year-old man was the victim of a strong-arm robbery at the bank branch on Maple in Holland.

Investigators suspect the cases are connected.

"If you can't feel safe after work when you're needing to go get money, I mean, that's scary," said Kelsey Sivertson, a Macatawa Bank customer.

"I'm probably not going to go to the ATM; I'll probably go inside," said another bank customer.

Holland police: Robbers target elderly man at ATM

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a reported strong-arm robbery at a Holland ATM.

An 80-year-old man told police he was using the ATM at the Macatawa Bank branch at 701 Maple (near 29th) shortly after 7 o'clock Sunday evening when two males took his money after finishing at the machine. They didn't imply or show any weapon. The victim said they also took his wallet and tried to take his watch, too, which broke in their fight.

Holland police tried tracking the suspects with a K9, but they didn't find anyone. A nearby security camera did get the accompanying photo of one of them, though.

Police described the suspects as Hispanic and in their late teens or early 20s. One wore a gray, hooded sweatshirt, while the other wore a black one.

Holland Civic Center gets 'reboot' after farmer concerns

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The initial multi-million dollar proposal to improve the Holland Civic Center is not going to happen.

Holland's new mayor says the city is instead starting from scratch, after concerns about how the original plan would negatively impact the city's farmers market.

It's no surprise that an aging building like the Holland Civic Center needs a face lift, but now the proposal to fix the property is getting a new look too.

Former Mayor Kurt Dykstra announced the initial proposal with several drawings back in June.

Now, newly elected Mayor Nancy De Boer says there will be a new plan.

WATCH: Fall storm in 360° at Holland State Park

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Watch huge waves crash onto the pier in Holland during the Nov. 12 storm.

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