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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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.

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An unusual proposal to fix Kalamazoo’s budget might be too big to fit into regular meeting times. On Monday commissioners said they’d consider adding extra discussions in the hours before its regular meetings to talk about the plan.

The commission is considering whether to accept a $70 million private donation that would shore up Kalamazoo’s finances for three years – and whether to try to create a permanent endowment for the city.

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The City of Kalamazoo has taken a decisive step toward building a non-motor path downtown.

On Monday commissioners approved construction contracts to extend the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. The new path would close the approximately one-mile gap between the KRVT’s east and west trailheads.