As of December 12, 978 people have died on Michigan's roadways due to crashes in 2017.
The Michigan Department of Transportation says in a release that in the past week there were 18 fatalities; compared to December 12, 2016, the year-to-date number of fatalities was down by 31.
Portage Public Safety Officers had been called to the C Store on Centre Ave. around 7:30am Sunday, to find an unoccupied vehicle that crashed into a gas pump; witnesses said the driver had fled on foot, and officers located the 17-year-old driver a short time later on Angling Rd.
A new partnership between Battle Creek’s Lifecare Ambulance Service and Western Michigan University’s Homer Stryker School of Medicine has now been announced.
In a press conference Wednesday, Lifecare CEO Ron Slagell said that the two organizations have come together to establish an annual Emergency Medical Services fellowship.
Dozens of people showed up at city hall Monday about the Fountain of the Pioneers, with around 50 people speaking. Some called the fountain, which depicts a settler standing face to face with a Native American, a reminder of colonialism and America’s grim past, and said it belongs in a museum.
The Battle Creek City Commission will be meeting again on Tuesday, and they have a few items of note on their agenda.
According to the agenda, one item that will be up for a vote is a deal to finally sell the land the vacant Michigan State Police post sits on, at the corner of Columbia Ave. and LaVista Blvd.
A former teacher and high school basketball coach at the Portage Public Schools has now been sentenced to probation for misconduct with a student.
Cory McNeal appeared in Kalamazoo County Court Wednesday, and was sentenced to two years after pleading guilty to felonious assault.
In a post to their website Saturday, The Homer Schools superintendent says that the district learned last week of allegations against a female teacher, and quickly put her on administrative leave; less than 24 hours later, the teacher resigned from her position.
A special memorial run is set to be held next week to honor a Portage woman killed by her husband. The Kalamazoo Area Runners announced that the run will take place Wednesday to remember Theresa Lockhart, who was an active member of the running nonprofit.
Last week, work to replace roofing on the 20-story building began, work made possible thanks to an almost half-million dollar loan from the Battle Creek Community Foundation. This reroofing project is expected to take around six weeks, and constitutes a major step in the $34 million redevelopment.
Back in March 2016, the Spencer Funeral Home building in Athens was bought at auction by Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation. According to a statement, in October of this year, the former owner of Spencer’s died, and their family came to Lighthouse of Union City with several boxes “that contained the cremated remains of those that had not been claimed by family members prior to the sale of the building.”
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