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4:02 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Kalamazoo commission to make final vote on fireworks restrictions

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The ordinance would ban fireworks between midnight and 8 a.m. during the week of a national holiday.
City commissioners last month held a first reading of the ordinance, which would ban consumer fireworks from midnight to 8 a.m. the day before, of and after a national holiday. The exception would be New Year's Day, when consumer fireworks would be prohibited from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.
3:04 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Historical marker stolen from WMU's East Hall

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The marker was snatched sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Sometime between the afternoon of June 26 and the morning of Thursday, June 27, someone pried the 42-inch-by-54-inch metal historic marker at East Hall away from its wooden posts, and made off with it. "We discovered it the morning of June 27, " said Western Michigan University Deputy Chief of Public Safety Blaine Kalafut.
5:14 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Future of the 2012 Gobles fire site

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Among other improvements, Hometown Properties has purchased part of the site to build a Home Town Pharmacy. By declaring the area a brownfield district, Hometown Properties could get more than one hundred thousand dollars’ worth of redevelopment funds.
PAW PAW, MI -- The Van Buren County Board of Commissioners Tuesday formally established a brownfield redevelopment district at the site of Gobles' 2012 fire downtown. That fire on April 6 of last year wiped out Jan's Trailside Cafe, Jan's Oasis and C.C.C. Bait and Tackle.
3:29 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

East Campus knocked off nomination for historic list

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation put together their list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Places last week. Western Michigan University’s East Campus was going to be on it until officials found out that East Campus was scheduled for demolition.
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Houston Astrodome, one-room schoolhouses in Montana and a lighthouse on the island of Martha's Vineyard all made this year's list of America's 11 Most Endangered Places. Western Michigan University's historic East Campus did not.
2:48 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

College readiness increases in Southwest Michigan

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Vicksburg, Comstock, Parchment, Bloomingdale, Mendon and Hopkins school districts all increased their college readiness by the double digits.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Six Kalamazoo-area school districts -- Vicksburg, Comstock, Parchment, Bloomingdale, Mendon and Hopkins -- saw double-digit increases in the percent of high school juniors who tested as fully college-ready this March compared to 2012.