Authorities say an 83-year-old woman has died in a fire at her Kalamazoo-area home. MLive.com reports that Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Pali Matyas says she’s believed to be the owner of the house in Galesburg. Her name wasn’t immediately released. Charleston-Galesburg assistant fire Chief Joe Coleman says authorities got a call about 4:15 a.m. Monday and says two other departments helped his agency fight the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. (AP)
Saturday marked the inaugural ball for the St. Joseph County Marine Corps League, Detachment 1401.
With the help of League 763 of Coldwater, the event drew about 80 participants, according to Bill Stevens, chaplain of the St. Joseph County detachment.
The ball was staged to commemorate the anniversary of the 238-year anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marines Corps
Staged at the American Legion Hall in Sturgis, the ball saw Stevens and Brett Timblin named Marines of the year for their respective detachments.
State Sen. Bruce Caswell was the keynote speaker during the event.
Hundreds of thousands of hunters begin their quest for whitetail deer across Michigan Friday, the start of the annual firearms season. Michigan Department of Natural Resources Deer and Elk Program Leader, Brent Rudolph, says they expect nearly 700-thousand to take part during the 16-day season, and reminds them that they are required to wear some form of blaze orange clothing while in the woods. He also urges hunters to use common sense and know what they are shooting at when they spy a target, don’t transport loaded weapons in vehicles, and obey “no trespassing” signs to avoid a confrontation with property owners or officers. Rudolph also says hunters should once again have plenty of opportunities for prey everywhere in the state, and that D-N-R officers will be availabe in all regions to check animals once they are taken. Michigan’s firearms season runs each day just after sunrise until just after sundown. It ends on Saturday, November 30th. (MRN)
Baseball fans in Kalamazoo will learn the name of their new Northwoods League team Friday night during an unveiling at Homer Stryker Field. The team logo and some of the players and staff will also be introduced, according to reports. Kalamazoo Baseball LLC held a name the team competition that drew over 300-different suggestions and over 3-thousand votes to pick the winner. Battle Creeks team, the Bombers, is in the same league. The Northwoods League is a summer baseball league comprised of teams of the top college players from across the nation and North America. All players in the league must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate. Players are not paid (this preserves their NCAA eligibility). Each team is operated similar to a professional minor league team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions using wooden bats, minor league specification baseballs, experiencing overnight road trips, and playing nightly before fans in a stadium. (MRN)
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Constantine Monsanto site decided to do its part to raise awareness by hosting “Harvest for a Cure.”
The fundraiser took place in early October at the corn-production site in Constantine. The site designed and sold nearly 1,000 pink, breast-cancer-awareness T-shirts to employees, growers, truck drivers and members of the community.
The effort was deemed a success and raised more than $5,000 for local organizations.
Company officials said they expect a similar fundraiser in 2014.
His birth certificate reads Nicholas Whittle, but his family is calling him Magic Baby. He was born Tuesday at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. M-Live reports the 8-pound, 9-ounce boy was born at 10:00 a.m. on November 11th – or 11/12/13. If you string his birth weight, time he was born and the date together you have: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 – hence the nickname Magic Baby. Mom and baby boy are doing just fine. (MRN)