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Small earthquake reveals fault in southeast Kalamazoo County

A geological fault line has been revealed in southeast Kalamazoo County following a small earthquake in the area over the weekend. Kazuya Fujita, a geosciences professor at Michigan State University, wrote a paper 20 years ago suggesting the existence of the geological fault line. According to Fujita, it appears the fault that caused the 4.2-magintude temblor Saturday is part of ...

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At least 9 fired, 29 suspended after patient’s arm broken

An investigation has found that dozens of staff members at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital either abused a patient or witnessed the abuse that led up to the man’s arm being broken as staff struggled to restrain him. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports a summary report on an investigation into the June 2014 incident showed that of the 43 staff members cited, 23 ...

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It’s thumbs down for TR millage request

Calling the timing of Tuesday’s request “very, very poor,” Three Rivers Community Schools’ Board of Education President Mike Bosma said it came as no surprise to him that the district’s request Tuesday for approval of a 1.95 mill sinking-fund request was defeated. Tuesday’s vote came less than a week after the board agreed to not renew the contracts of three ...

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Lockport Township millage defeated

Saying local voters were already set to oppose the state sales-tax increase request and were further dismayed by the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education, Lockport Township Clerk Wayne Timm said the township’s 1.4 mill increase request for a three-year period was likely doomed before voting even started Tuesday. The request failed by a vote of 380 opposed to ...

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School millage request fails in Burr Oak

A 3-mill, five-year sinking fund-millage request sought Tuesday by Burr Oak Community Schools failed by a 20-vote margin. Out of 202 votes cast, 111 rejected the proposal while 91 voted in favor. The relatively close result could prompt district officials to consider asking for a similar request later, according to Superintendent Terry Conklin. If approved, the request would have generated ...

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Ordinance amendment defeated in Sturgis

With nearly 1,000 votes cast, voters in the city of Sturgis Tuesday rejected a request to amend a city ordinance regarding the number of dogs kept on any premises in the city limits. Almost 15 percent of the city’s registered voters decided by a margin of 648 against and 294 in favor of changing the ordinance to not put a ...

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Sales tax increase defeated

Michigan voters were asked Tuesday to increase the sales tax a penny to help raise $1.2 million for roads… and their answer to Proposal 1 was a resounding “no.”  Nearly 80-percent of voters voted “no” compared to just 20 percent that said “yes”. Despite the loss, Governor Rick Snyder says he plans to stay after the issue. He says he’s ...

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Stockbridge robotics team seeks WWII relics in Palau

Most people wouldn’t tie the quiet community of Stockbridge to bloody World War II fighting in South Pacific. But a link is there. Since 2011, members of the Stockbridge High School underwater robotics team have been making yearly trips to the island-nation of Palau in an effort to find relics of the war, and, in part, to bring closure to ...

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Kalamazoo County – Woman shot to death in home; 75-year-old man arrested

A 75-year-old man has been arrested after a 74-year-old woman was shot to death in their southwestern Michigan home. Kalamazoo County sheriff’s officials say the woman was found wounded early Monday morning in Texas Township, south of Grand Rapids. She later was pronounced dead. Officials say the man police arrested was the only other person at the home at the ...

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Colon Schools names interim superintendent

A lifelong educator vastly familiar with Colon Community Schools will finish the academic year as its superintendent. Following a 25-minute special board meeting Friday, members of Colon Community Schools’ Board of Education agreed to offer Jay Newman a contract to serve as the district’s chief through June 30. The decision was made in light of first-year superintendent Vic Bugni announcing ...

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