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.

Van Buren District Library/Webster Memorial Library / Toni I. Benson Room, Local History/Genealogy

John Mairs owns an electrical business that takes him all over southwest Michigan. A few years ago, something caught his eye in Van Buren County – a road sign for “Tea Pot Dome.”

The sign lies just west of County Road 671 and the Red Arrow Highway, a few miles west of Paw Paw. Mairs says he couldn’t figure out what it referred to.

“My very first thought was it was geographic, but there’s nothing here to support that - pretty flat,” Mairs says.

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Advocates for users of non-motorized transportation have won a victory at Kalamazoo County. Commissioners approved a “Complete Streets” resolution in a nine-to-one vote on Tuesday, which calls for planning the county’s streets so they’re accessible to all legal users.

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The Portage City Council has made it illegal within the city to withhold housing, a job or everyday services like health care because of someone’s sexual orientation or the way they present their gender. Six council members voted for the ordinance and one against at a meeting Tuesday evening.


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A resolution to improve local non-motor transport has bipartisan support on the Kalamazoo County Commission. Democrat Julie Rogers and Republican Dale Shugars say the county can make it safer and easier to move around on foot, on a bike or in any case without a car.

The “Complete Streets” resolution commissioners discussed Tuesday doesn’t include specific policies. But it calls for the county to plan its roads so they “provide appropriate access to all legal users.”

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Kalamazoo County intends to help fund a study of the law enforcement response to February’s mass shooting. The proposal passed 6-5 at a commission meeting Tuesday evening.

The county will pay about $30,000 – that’s roughly half the total cost - to commission an analysis of the crime from the DC-based nonprofit the Police Foundation.

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