Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

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Each month, WMUK’s “Why’s That?” delves into a question you send us and tries to find an answer. You can submit your idea here. September’s story is about names – two of them, well-known in Kalamazoo and nationally, and how they might be connected.

Mike Hoag of Kalamazoo sent us the following question:

So, you ever notice that DouglaS Ave has one "S" while the Douglass Community Association has two? Why's that?

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This is the first of a two-part series on historic houses in Kalamazoo. Hear the second installment Friday, September 11 on Arts and More.

A house that makes it to 100 is a survivor. Fire and neglect aren’t the only threats. They also succumb to the belief that newer is better. In the '40s and '50s, people who tore down buildings to make room for roads and parking claimed those structures had ‘outlived their usefulness.’ But others campaigned for preservation, and as a result many historic homes in Kalamazoo did survive.


If you’ve ever wondered how a street got its name or the history of some older building in Southwest Michigan, WMUK might be able to help. 

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Two Kalamazoo animal welfare groups that have long shared resources now face big decisions about the future of their partnership. Two years ago the Kalamazoo Humane Society signed an agreement with Kalamazoo County – allowing them to co-locate their offices, with a shelter, vet’s office and community center all in one building. But that agreement expires next month. And some county administrators say the government should consider building separately.

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As you might have heard, WMUK is about to launch a program that answers listener questions. It’s called “Why’s That?” and the first episode will air the second week of September. But one question we received had a kind of time limit. A listener wanted to know whether dead plants along US-131 had been sprayed with herbicides, and if so, what the reasons were for spraying.