Last week, the Battle Creek City Commission approved an ordinance which prohibits the use of a cell phone for texting, talking, or anything else while behind the wheel. Gov. Whitmer indicated support for something similar on the state level.
The Battle Creek Fire Department says that two engines and five other vehicles were called to the Cherry Hill Manor on Clay St. and Capital Ave. around 7:14pm Tuesday, and arrived to find light smoke coming from an eighth floor window.
The Battle Creek based food company announced on Thursday that they were cutting 79 jobs nationally, with 67 of those jobs being in Battle Creek; the cuts to salaried workers will take effect February 25.
In Michigan, it's illegal to text and drive, but this ordinance also prohibits talking on the phone and "sending, receiving, and reading" any data on a cell phone while behind the wheel. Use of a hands-free device will still be allowed.
The City has been in discussions with the Michigan Department of Treasury about how to make up a shortfall of $2.3 million that resulted from a change in the state’s personal property tax exemption rules.