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My Town: Local military family honored by Eckrich and country music star Randy Houser

My Town: Local military family honored by Eckrich and country music star Randy Houser

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Thanks to Eckrich, the makers of naturally hardwood smoked sausage and savory deli meats, James Jackson and his family were honored by chart-topping, platinum-selling country music star Randy Houser Tuesday night at his performance at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. as part of Luke Bryan's That's My Kind of Night Tour. 

My Town Kalamazoo: WMU senior named a finalist in international trombone competition

My Town Kalamazoo: WMU senior named a finalist in international trombone competition

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 A Western Michigan University senior has been named a finalist in an elite international trombone competition and is headed to Spain.

Evan Clifton, of Howell, Michigan, has been named a finalist in the Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition and will travel to Valencia, Spain, in July to compete for a 2,000 euro gift certificate toward a new trombone at the 2015 International Trombone Festival.

Man arrested for setting Kzoo woman on fire


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - A Kalamazoo man is in custody for dousing a woman in rubbing alcohol and setting her on fire.

The incident happened early Friday morning in a residence in the 900 block of Douglas. Public Safety officers were called to the residence at about 2:00am requesting an ambulance for a woman with burns.

The suspect had fled the scene, but was found and arrested in the 700 block of Mabel Street.

Investigators say that the suspect and victim live together and they had been involved in an argument and fight in the evening. The suspect doused her in rubbing alcohol and set her on fire. She was able to put the fire out by removing her shirt, but suffered burns to her torso, face and hair. She is listed in stable condition.

The suspect, 52, is in custody for Assault with Intent to Murder. His name will be released pending his arraignment.


Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

My Town Kalamazoo: Rep. Hoardley applauds investment in Portage Creek Trail

My Town Kalamazoo: Rep. Hoardley applauds investment in Portage Creek Trail

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State Representative Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) said he welcomes the investment of $300,000 from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund into a local trail that is part of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail system. The funds will be used to construct a segment of trail along the east side of Portage Creek from Lake Street to Vine Street in Kalamazoo’s Upjohn Park. The city of Kalamazoo is providing the remaining $157,000 to complete the project.

“Places like these enrich the quality of life in a community, and investing in them makes our hometowns more livable and attractive to people looking for a place to put down roots and build a career,” Hoadley said. “I’m proud that the first bill I voted on the Legislature will invest $300,000 back into our community and make Kalamazoo an even better place to live, and I’m grateful that the state understands the importance of this project.”

My Town Kalamazoo: Share your ideas for county parks Feb. 13

My Town Kalamazoo: Share your ideas for county parks Feb. 13

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- The Kalamazoo County Parks and Recreation Commission needs the communities input and support in developing its parks and recreation master plan.

The commission is holding public workshops Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. and  Friday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. to help identify issues and establish goals specific to parks and recreation. Community members are invited to attend this meeting to express their thoughts and ideas.

These workshops will be taking place in Room B at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 2900 Lake Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  For more information, call (269)383-8778.

My Town: Coffee with the Chiefs Feb. 12

My Town: Coffee with the Chiefs Feb. 12

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On February 12, 2015, the Portage Department of Public Safety will be hosting a “Coffee with the Chiefs” at the Portage Senior Center.  This is an invitation to the public to come and meet with staff from the Public Safety Department.

Present at the event will be the Public Safety Director Richard White, Deputy Police Chief of Operations Nicholas Armold, Deputy Police Chief of Administration Daniel Mills, and other command officers and staff.

The event will be from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.  The Portage Senior Center is located at 320 Library Lane, Portage, Michigan 49002.  The parking lot is adjacent to the Portage Public Library.

Refreshments will be provided by the Senior Center.