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.


The Kalamazoo City Commission says five feet is probably safer than three when it comes to cars passing bikes. It’s considering a proposal that’s meant to protect cyclists by giving them some space as cars move by.

The city traffic engineer had recommended a three-foot passing zone, saying five feet might be hard to accommodate on some streets. But on Tuesday a majority of commissioners agreed that three feet between a bike and a passing car was not enough.

The City of Battle Creek and nearby governments say they’ve resolved their differences over use of the sewer system. Several townships and the City of Springfield connect to Battle Creek sewers.

A long-term contract between the parties expired six years ago. Negotiations for a new agreement have been in the works ever since. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Frank Lloyd Wright liked mahogany, and on a bright day it’s easy to see why. The wood shimmers and glows yellow-orange in the sun. Wright used lots of mahogany on the Galesburg house he custom-designed for Curtis and Lillian Meyer in 1948.

A few years ago though, the wood on the house’s outside would not have looked so nice.


Students at Gull Lake Community Schools can expect to see a sheriff’s deputy around their classrooms this school year. On Tuesday the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners approved plans to post the officer to the district.

In Kalamazoo County, nonwhite infants continue to have one of the highest death rates in the state. A task force that has studied the issue says it won’t be solved overnight, but it hopes the number of deaths can be significantly cut by 2020, members told the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

Right now infants of color in Kalamazoo County have one of the highest mortality rates in Michigan, about four times the rate for white babies. Wealthy families face an elevated risk as well as impoverished ones.