Dennis Rumsey

Michigan to distribute $58.5 million in grants to businesses

Relief is coming to Michigan businesses after a board last week approved $58.5 million in grants for economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic that has strained the state’s economy. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month signed into law a spending plan to help repair the economic impact from the coronavirus. It included an allocation to the Michigan Strategic Fund under the Michigan …

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Small group of armed protesters dwarfed by police at Capitol

A small group of gun-toting demonstrators rallied Sunday outside of Michigan’s Capitol building near a sizable presence of law enforcement officers on high alert after this month’s deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol. About a dozen protesters openly carried guns, including some who promoted the anti-government “boogaloo” movement, a slang term adopted by the pro-gun extremist movement that is a reference to …

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Bob Bowling, 73

Robert F. Bowling, age 73, of Constantine, passed away Friday, January 15th, at his home. He was born in Harlan, KY on Oct. 7, 1947, a son of James and Lena (Bonner)Bowling. Bob graduated from Campbellsville High School in KY. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Bob was the owner and operator of a radiator …

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Chuck Hamlin, 69

Chuck Hamlin of LaGrange, and formerly of Sturgis, passed away Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at the age of 69. Chuck was born Feb. 14, 1951, in South Haven. He was the son of Harley and Beverly (Wickham) Hamlin. Chuck graduated from Paw Paw High School with the class of 1969. After high school, he married the love of his life, …

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Guard activated at Michigan Capitol amid increased security

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer activated the National Guard, the state police continued to augment its presence at the Capitol and crews installed a 6-foot, chain-link fence around the 142-year-old building before expected protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The Legislature on Friday also canceled session next week, citing law enforcement’s concerns about “credible threats regarding events” at the Capitol. Michigan …

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Gary Summey, 78

Gary Dean Summey of Fort Myers, Fla., passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, following some recent health challenges. He was 78 years old. Gary was born in Burr Oak, the proud son of Laura L. (Milliman) and Junior G. Summey. In 1960, he graduated from Burr Oak High School where he …

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Teen guilty of murder when he was 13 sentenced to 63 years

A teenager who was 13 when accused of killing another youth in northern Indiana was sentenced Thursday to 63 years in prison. Alphonso James III, now 16, was convicted of murder in the death of 18-year-old Jaren Minies in Elkhart on Sept. 12, 2018. Minies was shot multiple times during a dispute over a gun, money and a video game system. He …

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Darla Smith, 74

Darla Jean Smith, age 74, of Three Rivers, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born November 24, 1946 in Mishawaka, the daughter of Lawrence and Adabele (Kruger) Johnson. Darla worked in inventory and logistics for Republic Roller and Kirsch, and worked at Three Rivers Public Library. She loved her church, her family, …

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Tour the Kalamazoo State Theatre!

The Kalamazoo State Theatre has been connecting artists and fans for more than 90 years and now you can take a private tour of our historic venue! Take a walk through our Vaudeville Theatre’s history in our extended tour and go backstage in your home with the stars. During your guided tour, you will learn about our atmospheric sky, architecture, …

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