Battle Creek

"Battle Creek has moved forward on a $3.5 million effort to create a three-mile railroad quiet zone in the downtown area. Trains would traverse 11 rail crossings in the city's center without sounding their horns once the city installs advanced crossing barriers." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"The controversial former Minnesota archbishop who came to Battle Creek to assist the Rev. John Fleckenstein is departing immediately, St. Philip Catholic Church parishioners were informed today. A letter from Fleckenstein to parishioners dated Thursday said Archbishop John Nienstedt chose to leave in the face of concerns from churchgoers, and Fleckenstein agreed." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"The Grands Rapids developer overseeing the Heritage Tower redevelopment project anticipates beginning rehabilitation of the downtown property in late spring or summer — that is, if the developer can secure the financing and tax credits to finalize construction plans." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Kalamazoo’s Upjohn Institute predicts job growth of 1.6 percent in Battle Creek and 1.4 percent in the state in 2016.

"Waste Management will begin picking up Christmas trees from the curbside Saturday on residents’ regular trash/recycling pickup days, the city of Battle Creek said in a news release. The pickup will continue until Jan. 15." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

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