Battle Creek

6:54 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Kalamazoo's next city manager prepares for transition

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Jim Ritsema anticipates some overlap with Ken Collard who retires early next year
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
"I think people realize this was a great opportunity for me and were fully supportive," Ritsema said of the community reaction. "I'll miss Battle Creek and I know a lot of folks will miss me, but it's not like I'm going across the country. I'll be 20 miles away."
6:43 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Battle Creek firefighters sue for back pay

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Lawsuit follows Labor Department investigation
Unhappy with a decision by the U.S. Department of Labor on unpaid overtime, Battle Creek firefighters are suing the city. A suit was filed Tuesday in United States District Court in Grand Rapids on behalf of 57 firefighters and eight former firefighters, seeking about $1 million from the city, according to attorney Ann Oldfather of Louisville, Ky.
9:04 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Federal government shutdown felt in Battle Creek

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Veteran Affairs Medical Center and Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta among federal agencies continuing operations
The federal government shutdown that kicked in Tuesday has already hit families in Michigan. Captain Craig Warn confirmed 55 percent of the full-time staff at the 110th airlift wing was furloughed. "We have no idea how long it is going to be," he said. "It's directly impacting our new mission."
9:32 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Battle Creek administrator picked for Kalamazoo City Manager

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Contract will be brought to commission for approval October 21st
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
In an interview with city commissioners last week, Ritsema said his top priorities if hired would be working with staff to deal with the $3.5 million budget deficit for next year and the longer term liabilities that exist.
9:19 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

"Breaking Bad" creator's next show "Battle Creek"

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Drama will be about two detectives in Battle Creek
Vince Gilligan, the creator and producer of one of the most-talked-about series in recent years, "Breaking Bad," is the hottest name in television. "Breaking Bad" is fresh off an Emmy win for best drama and drawing huge audiences as it builds toward the final episode of its five-season run on AMC on Sunday.