SW Michigan

6:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Holland Plans to Bring Down Hundreds of Dead and Dying Ash Trees

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Emerald Ash Borer was discovered a few years ago in city
When the work is all done, more than 1,200 ash trees will be removed - and that's just within the city of Holland.On Tuesday, an active ash tree removal program will begin along 32nd Street. On one block alone, between College and Central avenues, there are 14 trees that have to come down.
6:03 am
Mon July 7, 2014

John Petrehn Wins Balloon Championship Again in Battle Creek

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Sunday morning flights were cancelled because of high winds
John Petrehn won the balloon competition at the 2014 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival as organizers already began to look forward to the 2015 event. Petrehn, of Leawood, Kansas, is a two-time world champion who finished ahead of five-time national champ Joe Heartsill of San Angelo, Texas, in the Battle Creek event.
5:57 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Non-Profit Group Launched in Portage to Support Education and Charitable Efforts

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Fund is now taking applications for grants
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - The Portage Area Charities Fund has been launched as the newest non-profit organization. Established by members of the former Portage AM Rotary Club, PACF's mission is to support local, educational and charitable projects focused on the needs of the greater Portage area community.
3:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

BC Picks New Police Chief

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City officials say Jim Blocker, who had been serving as interim chief, was the "outstanding" choice for the permanent position.
After a 90-day trial run, Jim Blocker was named Thursday as Battle Creek police chief. Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole announced her decision to appoint Blocker to replace Jackie Hampton who retired in January. The appointment is immediate. "I believe Jim best meets the needs of the department, organization and community," Bedsole said in a prepared statement.
7:16 am
Thu July 3, 2014

First West Nile Infected Mosquitoes Found in State

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Two people in Michigan died in 2013 after being infected by West Nile Virus
SAGINAW, MI - Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus have been found in Saginaw County. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, tests conducted on Wednesday, July 2, confirmed the presence of the virus among mosquitoes collected in Saginaw County. The mosquitoes were collected in mid-June, according to health officials.