Marcellus High School senior Steven McKenzie is one of 32 athletes in the state to earn a prestigious award.
McKenzie was named a Michigan High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete. School officials said there were more than 1,700 applicants this year and McKenzie was one of two class D male athletes to earn the award.
The recognition is based on McKenzie’s grade-point average in conjunction with his participation in sports.
He will be honored at halftime of the class C boys basketball finals at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center March 22.
McKenzie will also get a $1,000 scholarship toward his post-secondary education.
Authorities say a man who was shot and killed during a confrontation with officers was wielding an air pistol. Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley told reporters Monday that “it would be impossible for anyone, including an officer, to distinguish” the air pistol Brad Mason had from another weapon. Hadley said the toy’s orange safety tip and other markings had been removed. Mason, a suspect in an abduction and sexual assault case, was shot Friday outside his apartment. Hadley said officers saw what appeared to be a black handgun in Mason’s hand. The officers retreated to a front porch and ordered Mason to drop the weapon. Hadley said Mason kept walking toward the officers and pointed the gun at them when he was shot multiple times. (AP)
Thirty-one-year-old Nathan Lumbard has been ordered to serve between six and 15 years in prison, following his sentencing last week.
Lumbard, a LaGrange County resident, was sentenced Friday in St. Joseph County Circuit Court by Judge Paul Stutesman for setting fire to Welch’s Steak and Ribs in May 2009. Lumbard was also charged with breaking and entering to commit larceny.
He will serve his term concurrent with a four-year federal charge, for which he has completed about 75 percent of his time served at a Kentucky penitentiary.
Lumbard fled the country after the Welch’s arson and was eventually apprehended in the Southeast Asian country of Burma.
A committee supporting a proposed millage-increase being sought by White Pigeon Community Schools kicked off its campaign last week.
The Yes Committee, whose members are promoting participation in the May 6 request, plans to maintain a visible presence at school-related and public functions over the next three months. Co-chair Jody Davidson said the committee is also helping the public understand details of the 1-mill, $1.6 million request.
The district made critical building and energy-efficiency improvements through a $5 million sinking fund in 2007 and its renewal in 2012. Superintendent Ron Drzewicki said terms of a sinking fund limited the way the money could be spent.
If the millage is approved, the district plans to invest in buses, equipment, security and technology.
Community forums related to the millage will take place at 7 p.m. March 6 and April 24 at Central Elementary School.
Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority members expect to hear this week whether the agency is awarded a step up to a “Select” level in the Michigan Main Street community.
A team of DDA and community members made a presentation before a panel of judges last week in Lansing as part of the process to earn the Select status. If chosen as one of the three recipients from the pool of four candidates, Three Rivers DDA would receive programming assistance from the Michigan Main Street.
DDA director Christy Trammell said MMS offers assistance in the form of manpower and expertise to help keep downtown districts strong and viable.
Three Rivers is current at the Associate level, the first of three steps in the MMS program.
A 45-year-old Colon Township woman faces a number of drug-related charges after she was arrested this week by members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit.
Sheriff’s deputies said SCAN unit members executed a search warrant Wednesday at a residence in the 60000 block of South Farrand Road in response to suspected manufacture and/or use of methamphetamine.
The suspect faces charges of possession of meth and meth precursors, use of meth and maintaining a drug house.