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.

Kalamazoo County

Kalamazoo County could begin work on a new animal shelter as soon as next year if a new proposal goes forward. On Tuesday commissioners heard from a group within the county that’s been studying the needs of the Animal Services department. That group recommends building a new facility on county land on Lamont Street next to the current shelter on Lake Street, at a cost of about $5 million.

City of Kalamazoo

The City of Kalamazoo will use Foundation for Excellence dollars to increase the number of lead water pipes it removes this year. Commissioners agreed to spend $500,000 of a large private donation the city received in 2016 to replace just over 100 lead pipes during roadwork. The city plans to remove lead service lines for more than 400 households total this year.

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On Memorial Day we listen back to an interview with 93-year-old Carl Bussema, who was born in Kalamazoo in 1924 and drafted during World War II, not long after he graduated from high school. 

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A resolution against a controversial oil pipeline that drew crowds to Kalamazoo County board meetings has passed. The commission voted 7 to 3 on Tuesday to call for the shutdown of Enbridge Energy Line 5, which runs through the Straits of Mackinac.

Supporters of the resolution packed several recent county board meetings. Many of them said an oil spill in the Straits would devastate the Great Lakes and Michigan’s economy.

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Picture a nineteenth-century school, and what do you see? Simple design, tall windows, somewhere to put a bell? That’s a fair description of a building on Stadium Drive near 9th Street that caught Sue Grossman’s eye.

“I’ve been driving by it all my life because I grew up in this town,” Sue says as we study the front of the building while traffic zips by on Stadium.