The site of the theatre space will be at 117 and 119 S. Superior Street, right next to the Bohm Theatre—which was renovated in 2014
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

The city of Albion is getting a new theatre space. Two vacant buildings downtown will turn into a multi-use facility for both Albion College and the community. Supporters say they hope it will help boost the local economy and revitalize the college’s theatre department. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

It’s been about a year since the people of Albion gave up control of their school district. Voters agreed to let Marshall annex Albion’s struggling schools last summer. While the older kids go to Marshall to study, Marshall’s kept one elementary school in Albion. But the first year went less than smoothly, and some parents in Albion some doubt the annexation will serve Albion well in the long run.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Few towns face a bigger decision next week than Albion. That’s when voters will decide whether neighboring Marshall should permanently absorb Albion’s school district. Faced with dwindling enrollment, Albion sent its high school kids to Marshall in 2013 - and its middle school kids earlier this year.

But annexation would still be a big step beyond that. Those in favor see it as relief for a struggling district, while those against say it would be the undoing of local control over education.

"ALBION — Two employees with the city of Albion have been suspended, City Manager Sheryl Mitchell said Saturday." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Robbie Feinberg

The City of Albion hasn’t had it easy these past few decades. It was once a busy manufacturing town. By the turn of the century, though, all of its big employers disappeared, and the city has struggled to recover. But now, with the help of a surgeon from Saginaw, Albion may finally be on its way back.