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GRBJ: Bell's increasing brewing capacity


COMSTOCK, Mich. (WZZM) -- One of West Michigan's largest breweries is increasing production to one million barrels a year.

Bell's Brewery is set to begin an expansion at its Comstock facility, according to our partner the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Construction is to begin immediately.

The company says the project will add about 200,000 square-feet to the existing building. The company also plans to add a new bottling hall, keg storage, and warehouse.

Last year, Bell's produced 300,000 barrels.


Housing Leader Marvin D. Veltkamp Receives Top Industry Award/Building Michigan Communities Conf.

Housing Leader Marvin D. Veltkamp Receives Top Industry Award/Building Michigan Communities Conf.

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Marvin D. Veltkamp of Kalamazoo, a statewide leader in affordable housing and community development for more than 35 years, today was named this year’s Duvernay Award winner at the Building Michigan Communities Conference.

Veltkamp was honored during a luncheon awards ceremony at the conference, which began Monday and wraps up Wednesday at the Lansing Center. Celebrating its 17th year, the BMCC brings together individuals from across the state working to create and preserve affordable housing, serve the homeless and revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods.

Kzoo woman crashes vehicle during police chase, dies


PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) - A 52-year-old Kalamazoo woman has been killed in a crash while fleeing police in Kalamazoo County.

State police Lt. Dale Hinz tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that the crash occurred early Friday morning near railroad tracks in Portage.

The woman's vehicle was being briefly pursued by a Kalamazoo County sheriff's deputy.

Hinz says it was not immediately known why the deputy was trying to stop the woman's vehicle. The chase and crash are under investigation by the state police.

The woman's name was not released.


Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools is Hiring. They are looking for Elementary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, Special Ed Personnel and Support Staff.

The Job Fair for these positions is taking place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 4 – 6pm at the W. Main Professional Development Center, located at 1627 W. Main in Kalamazoo, MI.

If you would like to pre-register and be considered for interviews on May 12th, please RSVP before May 1st at hivelynl@kalamazoo.k12.mi.us or visit the website at www.kalamazoopublicschools.com

Shot fired in Kzoo armed robbery


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers are searching for two armed robbery suspects after a shot was fired inside a gas station.

The robbery took place at about 5:00am at the Marathon gas station at 605 E. Michigan. The two suspects had taken an undisclosed amount of cash and other merchandise and fled the scene on foot. One shot had been fired inside the station, but no one was injured.

Police described the suspects as two African-American men who appear to be in their 20s. One suspect was heavy-set, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, pulled over his head, and jeans with a design on the pockets. He carried a black semi-automatic handgun.

The other suspect is described as having a medium build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head. The sweatshirt had a long, white string hanging from the hood. He also wore dark jeans and carried a handgun.

Armed robber stabs restaurant manager


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A restaurant manager suffered a stab wound while taking down an armed robbery suspect overnight.

The incident happened just after midnight Wednesday at the Checkers restaurant on 575 E. Michigan. When Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officers arrived, they found the manager had subdued the suspect who had tried to rob the business at knife-point. Officers took the suspect into custody without any further incident.

The manager was stabbed once in the leg during the struggle; the injury was non-life threatening. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and released.

The suspect is a 21-year-old man from Kalamazoo. He will be arraigned on charges of armed robbery and felonious assault.


Rotarians Going Back to School To Encourage Early Age Literacy, Higher Education

Rotarians Going Back to School To Encourage Early Age Literacy, Higher Education

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Nearly 1,100 second-graders will be entertained and encouraged as members of the Kalamazoo Rotary stop by their classrooms for the annual Rotary Is For Reading. The project promotes childhood literacy while challenging kids to pursue higher education.

"We want to plant the seed of higher education in these young minds so it can sprout during their school years and bloom beyond graduation," said Rotary Club President Joe Brogger.

Launched six years ago, Rotary Is For Reading deploys local Rotarians to 58 classrooms in 17 elementary schools in the Kalamazoo Public School system. According to Kay Palan, Dean of Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business, more than 60 Rotary Club members are signed up to participate this year.