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3:20 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Federal Grant Helps Firefighters Breathe Easy

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The new equipment will allow firefighters to cope with smoke and fumes.
PORTAGE, MI - Firefighters for six Kalamazoo area departments will be outfitted with nearly $1 million in new breathing gear thanks to a big federal grant. Fire departments from the city of Portage, Oshtemo Township, Alamo Township, Texas Township, the South Kalamazoo County Fire Authority and Pavilion Township will be getting the new self-contained breathing apparatus to replace worn or outdated SBCA equipment.
6:09 am
Mon June 2, 2014

New Kalamazoo Airport Director Optimistic About Future

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David Reid says the airport is trying to market itself to flyers from the area
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - When it comes to the future of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, David Reid sees clear skies. Passenger air traffic is up, the new airport director says. The airport is self-sustaining. The business community is engaged with helping its growth.
6:11 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Attorney Says Van Buren County Sheriff Won't Reimburse for Vehicle Use

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County Commission voted on Tuesday to reprimand Dale Gribler and take his car away
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PAW PAW, MI -- An attorney for Van Buren County Sheriff Dale Gribler said the sheriff violated no county policy when he transported the Lawrence High School baseball team to Georgia in April using a county-owned car. Michael Bingen, of Kalamazoo, said the county has provided the sheriff with a vehicle for his own personal use for over 30 years.
7:54 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Van Buren County Sheriff Reprimanded for Violating County's Vehicle Policy

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Dale Gribler ordered to reimburse county for costs
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PAW PAW, MI -- The Van Buren County Board of Commissioners has takenaction against Sheriff Dale Gribler for alleged misuse of his county vehicle. On Tuesday, the commission approved a letter reprimanding the sheriff and taking his car away.
6:45 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Saint Joseph Considers How to Pay for Beach Water Testing

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Beaches are closed to swimmers if E.coli levels are found to be too high
ST. JOSEPH - As funding dries up for beach water testing, St. Joseph officials are considering paying for their own monitoring at Lions and Tiscornia beaches. City Manager Richard Lewis reported to commissioners Tuesday that the Berrien County Health Department will not have the money this year to test for bacteria, mostly E.coli, at the two beaches maintained by the city.

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