SW Michigan

7:36 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Holland Looks to Curb Problem Rental Properties

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Rental properties are increasing faster than owner-occupied homes. Calls for service for those properties are also up
Different ways to deal with troublesome landlords and rental properties are being tossed around by city of Holland officials.The topic is not new: In 2011, Holland City Council issued a moratorium on rental certificates and construction near Hope College while officials dealt with a proposed 12-bedroom duplex geared at students who would pay per person.
7:07 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Calhoun County Results Mixed for Merit Exam

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Marshall Superintendent says it will take two to three years to know full impact of merger with Albion High School
In its first year of absorbing Albion students, Marshall High School saw a sizable improvement in its proficiency rate for math but reported small drops in writing, reading and science, according to state data released Monday. About 44 percent of the high school's 11th-graders tested proficient or better in math on the annual Michigan Merit Exam, compared to 35 percent last spring.
6:56 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Analysis Finds Southwest Michigan Students Strongest in English, Weakest in Science

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About 20% hit benchmarks in all four subjects, compared to 18% statewide
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- A majority of Kalamazoo-area students in the Class of 2015 are academically prepared for college-level English courses, but more than two-thirds are not yet ready for college math or science, according to analysis of the ACT college-entrance exam scores released Monday.
6:37 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Cleanup Continues After Sunday Tornado in Kent County

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American Red Cross and Salvation Army opened aid station providing food and water
KENT COUNTY, MI -- The impact of Sunday night's tornado that ravaged homes and businesses in the Kentwood and Wyoming areas will be something residents live with for a while. With no quick fix in sight, city and Consumers Energy employees continue to work to clear streets littered with debris and downed power lines following the unexpected tornado that caused significant damage.
6:33 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Albion City Council Approves Liquor License for Theater

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Friends of Bohm Theater plan to reopen in October
ALBION - After a two-week delay, the Albion City Council has put its support behind a liquor-license request for the Bohm Theatre. "For us, it's making it a viable business and being able to rent the facilities for weddings, corporate functions, for all of those things," Elizabeth Schultheiss, chairwoman of Friends of the Bohm Theatre, said before the council meeting Monday.