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Counties could be required to create mental health courts after Michigan Senate passes legislation
After receiving approval from the state Senate Thursday, a package of bills that would create mental health courts throughout Michigan now moves to the governor's desk for approval.
6 hrs ago
16 Year Old Marissa Barry Missing Since 12/12/13 in Portage, MI
According to police, Marissa was last seen at about 2 pm when she left her house in the 1300 block of East Osterhout Avenue.
7 hrs ago
Viewpoint: Kalamazoo City Commission wise to consider non-motorized...
I applaud the Kalamazoo City Commission postponement of the Oakland Drive and Parkview Avenue intersection work .
Thu Dec 12, 2013
Holiday Motel fire near I-94 on Westnedge leaves one man with minor injuries, authorities say
One man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries following a fire at the Holiday Motel near I-94 on Westnedge Avenue Thursday afternoon, Portage fire officials said.
Holiday Motel near I-94 in Portage on fire
Crews from Portage and Kalamazoo public safety departments are on the scene of a fire at the Holiday Hotel, 5540 S Westnedge Ave., a blaze that broke out at around 1 p.m. The hotel is located just south of I-94 and ramp traffic onto Westnedge has been diverted, according to scanner traffic.
Bay City manager finalist: Michael Stampfler brings years of experience to the table
Michael Stampfler, who currently co-manages the Portage-based government consulting firm CivicQuest , sums up his bid for Bay City's manager position with an emphasis on his experiences in multiple management areas.
Former Portage superintendent Ric Perry: The school board 'essentially bullied me'
Ric Perry, former superintendent of Portage Public Schools , says he has been "essentially bullied" by school trustees who forced him to resign in January and have denied him any financial settlement, including standard benefits given to longtime employees who leave the district.
Tue Dec 10, 2013
Michael Stampfler, former Portage city manager, to interview for Bay City manager job
Former Portage City Manager Michael Stampfler is a finalist for the city manager job in Bay City, according to the Bay City Times .
Ric Perry, former Portage superintendent, appealing dismissal of lawsuit against school b
A Kalamazoo County Circuit Court judge recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by Ric Perry , former superintendent of Portage Public Schools, seeking to set aside an arbitrator's ruling that the school board was justified in terminating Perry's employment.
Mon Dec 09, 2013
Missing Portage man found safe with friends in Van Buren County, police say
A missing Portage man who had not been seen since last Tuesday has been found safe with friends in Van Buren County, police said late Monday.
Sentencings in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court for Dec. 9, 2013
Alex Raymond Vaneenenaam , 25, of Kalarama Street, was sentenced to two days in jail and ordered to pay attorney fees, court costs, state fees and $1,640 restitution for malicious destruction of property in October 2012 in Portage.
Coming to I-75 in Saginaw County: a machine that 'does the work of two snow plows'
A new piece of snow-clearing equipment, said to be capable of doing the work of two standard highway plows, is bringing new meaning to the phrase "snowplows need room to groom."
Sexting investigation at Portage Northern High School used as teachable moment by school cops
Teenagers may think it's a hoot to send a sexually explicit photo or video to a friend, but it can be a "very serious matter," in terms of both the legal ramifications and the potential for having embarrassing material on the Internet that stays there indefinitely, say the police liaison officers for Portage Public Schools.
Portage ice rink in Millenium Park to open Dec. 12
The ice rink at Millenium Park in Portage is set to open for its 14th season from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. The rink, at 280 Romence Road, west of South Westnedge Avenue, is open Thursdays through Sundays through March 4, weather permitting, with an extended schedule around the holidays.
Sun Dec 08, 2013
Cold revelers warmed by Portage Tree Lighting and Traditional Holiday Celebration Saturday night
Whether it was the weather in the teens or a big Michigan State-Ohio State game looming in Indianapolis, the annual Portage Tree Lighting and Traditional Holiday Celebration Saturday night didn't have quite the crowd of last year's event.
Grand Traverse Pie Company to open in Portage on Monday, owner Denise Busley talks about coming home
The emotional significance of opening a Grand Traverse Pie Company location in her hometown of Portage crept up on owner Denise Busley.
Sat Dec 07, 2013
Kalamazoo candy cane hunt draws 400 children to Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo
Despite frigid temperatures with a wind chill of 10 degrees, about 400 children and their families descended upon Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo Saturday to hunt for candy canes.
Lawrence Productions video to get a movie theater premiere during Downton Abbey preview in Portage
The video, which will explain the purpose and vision of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation , will make its public debut before the sneak preview of the 4th season of "Downton Abbey" at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Celebration! Cinema Crossroads in Portage.
Thu Dec 05, 2013
Where do you put a really big store? There aren't any large spaces...
There are not any large spaces left in the Kalamazoo/Portage area to redevelop for retail users, a commercial property broker says.
Unemployment back to 7.3% for Kalamazoo-Portage as seasonal job demand falls than rises
The unemployment rate for the Kalamazoo-Portage area improved in September as students existed the competitive job market, but took a turn in the opposite direction in October as more job seekers began looking for work to get them through the holidays.