SW Michigan

11:27 am
Sun August 18, 2013

State: Covert School budget crisis could have been avoided

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The State Treasury Department says the district should have received about half of a $3.9 million property tax payment by New Covert Generating Company but instead got only $90,000.
COVERT, MI -- If the Covert Township and Van Buren County treasurers had followed the advice of a state official in April, Covert Public Schools may not have had a fiscal meltdown this summer.
4:18 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

UPDATE: Saint Joseph Co. commissioner case sent to Cass Co.

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Donald Eaton might face charges for bringing a handgun into an Applebee’s in Sturgis last month.
CASSOPOLIS, MI -- The Cass County prosecutor's office will determine whether Don Eaton will face charges for allegedly taking a gun into the Sturgis Applebee's while intoxicated. The Michigan Attorney General's Office assigned the case to Cass County, since Eaton is a St.
4:14 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

South Beach back open

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The beach had been closed for a week due to an outbreak of E. coli bacteria.
SOUTH HAVEN, MI -- After being closed to swimming for more than a week, a health advisory for South Beach has been lifted. High E. coli levels closed both North Beach and South Beach on Aug. 8. North Beach was re-opened last week.
2:32 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Home sales up in Kalamazoo

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Home sales were up by more than 28 percent this July compared to July 2012.
KALAMAZOO, MI - Home sales in Greater Kalamazoo rose 28.3 percent in July, compared to July 2012. Saying data continues to show encouraging gains in the housing market for home buyers and home sellers in the area, the Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors reported that sales during July of this year were up 9.9 percent in July versus June.
2:10 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Enbrige request for more time on Morrow Lake denied

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The company wanted to move their deadline to December in order to deal with disputes over dredging the lake from Bell’s Brewery and Comstock Township.
KALAMAZOO, MI - The United States Environmental Protection Agency will not grant Enbridge Energy an extension deadline for dredging in the delta in Morrow Lake, citing that the request was premature. Last week, Enbridge, Inc. asked the EPA for an extension for its Dec.