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  • City of Kalamazoo bracing for record flooding on Saturday

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Dozens of cadets with the Police Academy spent their Thursday afternoon filling large white bags with thick heavy sand. Some cadets shoveled it in while others tied up the bags. Within an hour, they stacked them one on top of the other in front the doors at police headquarters in preparation for Saturday’s floods. “What we want to talk bout today is what we’re anticipating to be historic flooding on the Kalamazoo River,” said City Manager Jim […]

  • Kalamazoo Strong: Prosecutor “ready to go” to bring murder case to trial

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A status conference in the murder case against the Kalamazoo Shootings alleged gunman is scheduled for Friday February 23. Kalamazoo County prosecutor Jeff Getting said the case is currently with the Michigan Supreme Court but they expect a ruling soon. “This is just part of a process,” said Getting during an interview at the courthouse. “While we’re all frustrated with it, we’re all anxious for the case to get started.” The case has been delayed a number […]

  • Kalamazoo Strong: Local hero, survivor determined to inspire others

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Tiana Carruthers refuses to be the victim, she said. She spent most of this month keeping herself so busy that she wouldn’t have to time to think about February 20. But eventually she did. “It’s more than a date for me,” said Carruthers during a recent interview. “I feel like it’s my re-birth date.” Two years ago Tuesday, Carruthers was the first victim of the Kalamazoo Shootings. According the Sheriff’s Office, she was returning home from spending […]

  • Kalamazoo Strong: A high school in Battle Creek fulfills victim’s dream

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Mary Jo Nye loved reading. It’s what her colleagues at Calhoun Community High School remember most about her. She taught there for a number of years and dreamed of one day giving students a library, considering the school didn’t have one. “Her idea that the more they read, the more they’d liked reading, the more they’d engage with reading and then they could transition that to their academics,” said english teacher Robert Heuermann. “[But] we always […]

  • Steelworkers protesting for fair contracts, saying ‘We need to feed our families’

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A dozen people gathered outside the doors of the Borrough Corporation Wednesday morning. They were bundled up with hats, scarves, gloves and carrying large signs. Then one began to chant and the others followed. Borrough, Borrough you can’t hide. We can see your greedy side. The steelworkers there were holding an unfair labor practice strike, said union representative Ed Bedocs. Their contract expired on February 1. Six days later, 70 employees walked out of the building and […]

  • Woman sentenced for killing her husband on Valentine’s Day 2017

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Before Sharon Boer delivered her statement to the court she propped up a photograph of her son Greg Boer holding and kissing his children. She then shuffled her papers and spoke to her daughter-in-law Janel. “You had no right to kill my son,” she said. “He did nothing but believe you, taking you in and loving you. I can only hope that where you are going you get all of the attention you crave and more.” Janel […]

  • Bronson family continuing to heal after surviving explosion years ago

    BRONSON, Mich. — May 23, 2015 was just a normal day for the Hemker family. They were in the middle of moving into their new home, which was located four miles away from their old one. Andy and his young son Wyatt were moving dirt on his tractor in the field next to their new home. His wife Diana was out purchasing Wyatt’s birthday cake and gathering things at the old house with their infant son Bryson. However, minutes later, […]

  • KZoo developer’s show “Gritty to Pretty” to make national debut on DIY Network

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Jeremy Cole knew exactly what to do when he was fired from his job in banking back in 2007: flip houses. He said it’s been his passion for over a decade and on Saturday at 8 p.m. the Do It Yourself (DIY) Network will air the pilot of his show Gritty to Pretty. “I’m excited, I’m ecstatic about it,” said Cole during an interview at a home he’s flipping on Dutton Street. “I get to show people […]

  • New investment, development in Battle Creek leading to more jobs

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Jobs are coming back to the city. Battle Creek Unlimited has been on a mission for the last 40 years to revitalize the city, bringing investment and businesses back to the area. Recently, they’ve struck gold. “Over the last several months, Prairie Farms is underway investing $28,000,000 that’ll lead to 16 additional jobs,” said B.C. Unlimited President and CEO Joe Sobieralski. “Bowers Aluminum is investing initially about $8,000,000 to create 94 jobs in the Fort Custer […]