Battle Creek

6:06 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Community Development Discussions Continue in Battle Creek

Survey shows top priorities are jobs, talent and culture of vitality
Nestled in a Western Michigan University airplane hangar community advocates continued conversations about how to "take off" with Battle Creek's Community Economic Development Plan. More than 120 people from varying sectors of the community participated in a community economic development meeting Wednesday morning. A second meeting was held Wednesday evening.
1:34 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Battle Creek Firefighters Win Lawsuit Over Unpaid Overtime

Firefighters filed suit in October of last year seeking pay for working more than 53 hours a week and 24 hour shifts.
The city of Battle Creek will pay $1.5 million to former and current firefighters who sued because of an overtime pay dispute, according to a settlement reached this week. "We are pleased to have this resolved," City Manager Rebecca Fleury said in a news release Friday.
6:19 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Economic Initiative Launched in Battle Creek

Organizers say they want to address employment, education and quality of life
La June Montgomery Tabron expects the community to start working together on a large-scale initiative to solve Battle Creek's economic woes. The president and CEO of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation said she knows the community is "sick and tired of having meetings just to have meetings."
7:40 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Binder Park Zoo Breaks Ground on African School Building

New buildings part of larger capital campaign
Battle Creek's zoo is adding something that a donor and longtime local businessman will bring an "appreciation for all creation." Binder Park Zoo, 7400 Division Drive, broke ground Thursday on a new tented camp and African school building as a part of its larger capital campaign focused on bringing an African lion exhibit to Battle Creek.
6:11 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Battle Creek Looks to Turn Sewer Sludge Into Energy

90 day pilot program began last week
By the end of next year, turning sewage sludge into a potentially marketable energy product will be a full-fledged operation for the city of Battle Creek. It began testing out PulverDryer equipment last week. The machines take the sludge, also known as biosolids, and combine it with sawdust.