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Rock, Gem, Jewelry, Fossil & Mineral Show this Weekend

Rock, Gem, Jewelry, Fossil & Mineral Show this Weekend

Rock to Mineral enthusiasts can explore & discover this year’s show themed “A World of Agates”, which adds an extra dimension of interest. Activities include polishing a Petoskey stone, learning about silver smithing, crack open a geode, pan for gold and so much more.

Visit Expo South at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center located at 2900 Lake Street this weekend, Friday from 4pm-8pm, Saturday from 10am-6pm or Sunday from 10am-5pm.

Cost: Adults - $3, Children under 12 are free

Call: (269)979-3348 or visit www.kalcounty.com for more information.

Kzoo gas station robbed; shot fired


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers are looking for the two men who held up a convenience store, firing one shot as they were leaving.

The robbery happened at the Circle K in the 900 block of Lovell Street at about 2:20am.

Two black males wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the store and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. Both were armed and one fired a shot into the ceiling as he left. The men fled south from the store.

Investigators are not sure if this robbery is connected to the robbery last week at the Marathon Gas Station on E. Michigan Avenue.

Surveillance photos from the Circle K show the two suspects entering and leaving the store.

Pair arrested after Portage, Kzoo chase


PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Portage Department of Public Safety officers arrested two people after a chase early Wednesday morning.

An officer attempted to stop the vehicle around 3 a.m. Wednesday as it pulled into the Milham Meadows Apartments at Oakland Drive and Milham Avenue. The driver didn't stop and continued to drive through the apartments. The vehicle then sped off northbound on Oakland Drive.

A nearby Portage officer was able to flatten one of the vehicle's tires and the driver continued at a slower speed until another officer flattened the rest of the tires at Oakland Drive and Howard. The driver eventually surrendered at Church and Frank Street in Kalamazoo.

A 28-year-old Kalamazoo man was arrested for fleeing and eluding and a previous warrant. His female passenger, and owner of the vehicle, was arrested on a previous warrant.

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.

News Release:

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