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More bear sightings reported in Ottawa County

NUNICA, Mich (WZZM) -- Following more reported black bear sightings in Ottawa County on Thursday, the DNR says any black bears in the area aren't cause for serious concern and are likely to migrate north soon.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says it received a couple separate reports of a bear sighting around 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the area of 152nd Ave. and Riley in Park Twp. Deputies investigated and said they believe sightings to be credible. They contacted the DNR, where experts said sightings are not uncommon during early spring. They asked residents not to approach or harass any wild animal.

Since last weekend, several people in the area between Nunica and Spring Lake reported seeing a large black bear roaming their properties, and some even said the bear destroyed their bird feeders.

Job Fair, May 11, 2015 in Holland, MI

Job Fair, May 11, 2015 in Holland, MI

As a service to our community, the City of Holland and WORKFORCE will host a Job Fair on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Holland Civic Center located at 150 W. 8th St., Holland, MI from 3 – 6pm.

There is no charge to participate or to attend. Below is a list of businesses participating in this Job Fair:

ITW Drawform

Zeeland Farm Services

Dykhuis Farms

Zeeland Lumber


JR Automation

Holland Hospital

Taco Bell


GVSU. Meijer Campus (Higher Education Opportunities)

GRCC (Higher Education Opportunities)




The list of participants is growing daily. A great way to explore new opportunities in the working world.

2015 Minority Business Award Recipients Announced in Holland

2015 Minority Business Award Recipients Announced in Holland

Approximately 225 guests were in attendance on Wednesday, April 22nd at The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Midtown Center to honor two recipients for the 2015 Minority Business Award.

Lon Aguilar of Promesa Logistics and Andrew Lebron of the Bank of Holland were both honored. Lon became an entrepreneur in 1997, starting a business as a sole operator. As it grew, the company held the philosophy to provide a very personalized service for their customers. The company has grown 50% and looks forward to continued growth.

He was chosen using the following criteria:

He was a member of the West Coast Chamber

He is a minority business owner

He has been in business more than 3 years

His company demonstrates strong financial stability

GHAPS Board of Education Narrows Candidate List to Three

News Release: 

The Grand Haven Area Public Schools Board of Education has selected three candidates for a second interview to fill outgoing superintendent Keith Konarska's position. They are (in alphabetical order): Craig Carmoney, Meridian Public Schools Superintendent; Scott Grimes, GHAPS Assistant Superintendent; and Andrew Ingall, Chelsea School District Superintendent. 

A team of board members, administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and students will make site visits over the next several days. In addition, stakeholder groups will meet with each candidate on Friday, May 1. 

Second interviews, which are open to the public, are scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at Mary A. White Elementary School. The second interview schedule is as follows: 

Woman sentenced for killing couple on motorcycle

ALLEGAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan woman who pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana causing death in connection with a crash that killed a Holland couple has been sentenced to prison.

Ciara Byers, 23, of Grand Haven on Monday was sentenced to at least four years, nine months in prison.

She earlier entered the plea as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Police have said 69-year-old Robert John Kammeraad and his passenger, 68-year-old Susan Mae Kammeraad, died last June when the motorcycle they were on was hit in Allegan County's Allegan Township, about 30 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

Byers, who wept during the hearing, apologized and told their family members she wished she could "do anything to bring your family back."

Museum to show ticket from play where Lincoln was shot

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- In light of the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's shooting on April 14 and his death on April 15, a lakeshore museum is sharing a special piece of American history.

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum posted photos to its Facebook page on Friday, showing a ticket to an April 14, 1865, performance of Our American Cousin. That's the very performance during which John Wilkes Booth shot and killed President Lincoln.

Museum staff shared with us some of the ticket's background.

Over 100 Openings for Free or Low-cost Summer Preschool Now Available

Over 100 Openings for Free or Low-cost Summer Preschool Now Available

News Release:

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) of Ottawa County has over 100 openings for free and low-cost high-quality summer preschool for children who turned four by October 1, have not had any preschool experience in GSRP or Head Start in 2014-15 and who will attend kindergarten or young fives in September, 2015.

“It’s not too late for your child to attend preschool before the school starts this fall,” said Veronica Pechumer, Ottawa County Great Start Coordinator for Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD). “There are many openings for full-day preschool still available in Ottawa County. And, a family of four making up to $59,625 could qualify for free preschool.”

OAISD supports the local Great Start Readiness Programs to provide high-quality preschool education. OAISD works directly with school districts, community agencies, and childcare centers who provide the preschool services for families within the community.