Kalamazoo Gazette

Fred Western

A specific question has been on the minds of a lot of people in the Kalamazoo arts community lately: What happens when the media changes, and arts coverage from the local newspaper shrinks in just a few short years?  The shift has happened fast in Kalamazoo. Now, arts leaders have a plan to collaborate on a new arts publication. Its purpose: to serve as a hub for listings, reviews and arts features for Southwest Michigan. 


(Kalamazoo Gazette) The City of Portage will consider passing an anti-discrimination ordinance. Portage city council members approved a motion to research ordinances that protect people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Portage would join several Michigan cities in enacting anti-discrimination ordinances, including Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Township, and Oshtemo Township.

The Village of Vicksburg has awarded a tax break to Eimo Technologies in order for the company to complete their more than $9 million expansion. The injection molding company will get half off certain property taxes over 12 years. Eimo Technologies employs 250 people in Kalamazoo and 80 in Vicksburg. The company plans to add 65 jobs to the Vicksburg location within three years of completing their expansion. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

The village has received four applications so far for the vacancy left by former trustee Jeff Becker. Becker resigned this month after moving to Kalamazoo. His term will end in 2016. Those interested in a seat on the Vicksburg Village Council have until November 5th to apply. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Allegan County Commissioner Jim Storey is vying for a Republican nomination in Michigan’s 80th State District. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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