SOUTH HAVEN — A man is presumed to have drowned off South Haven’s North Beach Sunday evening and there were several other close calls Sunday as gusty winds and high waves pounded Lake Michigan beaches, prompting red flag warnings up and down the shoreline.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
CASSOPOLIS — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent renaming of the Lewis Cass Building in Lansing has led to members of the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District Board of Education taking a second look at the man the district is named after.
BENTON HARBOR — Organizers of a Black Lives Matter street mural to be painted on Colfax Avenue in front of Benton Harbor High School are looking for some help.
Friday, July 10, 2020
SOUTH HAVEN — With youngsters standing eagerly nearby, city and community leaders officially opened South Haven’s new splash pad on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
NEW BUFFALO — New Buffalo Township trustees have changed their minds about reducing U.S. 12 from four to three lanes between the state line with Indiana and the city of New Buffalo.
Thursday, July 09, 2020
SOUTH HAVEN — City officials in South Haven got an unexpected boost in funding to help pay for much-needed repairs and upgrades to a municipal marina that has been adversely affected by the near-record water levels on the Black River for the past two boating seasons.
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
BENTON HARBOR — A proposed medical marijuana dispensary being funded by longtime NBA player Wilson Chandler is another step closer to reality in Benton Harbor.
BENTON HARBOR — A 20-year-old St. Joseph Township man has died after being hit by a vehicle Saturday night in Benton Harbor. Police said it was a hit-and-run, and that an arrest has been made.
SOUTH HAVEN — With former city manager Brian Dissette’s departure July 1 to become Berrien County’s new administrator, officials in South Haven are on the fast track to find his replacement.
BENTON TOWNSHIP — Benton Township police are getting two surveillance cameras after its board of trustees approved funding for the new equipment.
BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor city commissioners Monday unanimously approved having city workers pick up residential trash, rather than again hiring a contractor to do it.
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
BENTON HARBOR — Ti’Era Wallace of Benton Harbor said she recently became politically active because she wants a better world for her Black sons, ages 3 months and 2 years.
ST. JOSEPH — A man who sped through one county on I-94 before crashing his car on a rural road in another county, killing his female passenger, faces up to 30 years in prison after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.
HARTFORD — Van Buren County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing to investigate a shooting incident that left a 34-year-old Hartford man in critical condition.
Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library and Benton Harbor Public Library entered phase four of their post-pandemic plans Monday, reopening their doors to the public.
Friday, July 03, 2020
COVERT — National Weather Service meteorologists are still determining whether a severe thunderstorm that ripped through sections of northwest Berrien County and Van Buren County on June 26 was the result of straight-line winds or perhaps a tornado.
BENTON TOWNSHIP — This fall Lake Michigan College will discount tuition by 10 percent for all degree-seeking students, college officials have announced.
Thursday, July 02, 2020
ST. JOSEPH — A St. Joseph police sergeant is on unpaid leave as his fate is determined, after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the officer’s investigation into a transaction gone awry between himself and the seller of a pair of AirPod wireless headphones that didn’t work.
BENTON HARBOR — City Manager Ellis Mitchell no longer has the privilege of driving a city-owned vehicle, following action this week by the Benton Harbor City Commission.
THREE OAKS — An “amazing” local machine ahead of its time, a fearsome weapon faced by Michigan soldiers during the first World War, and locally made musical oddities for the home are among the exhibits making their debut at the Region of Three Oaks Museum this Fourth of July weekend.
DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College announced Wednesday that in-person courses will run during the fall 2020 semester, on-campus residence halls will be open and the institution will operate as normally as is reasonably possible while maintaining safety, according to a news release.
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph Public Schools are looking at alternative learning options as many anticipate in-person classes to reopen this fall.
SOUTH HAVEN — A 21-year-old Covert man accused of shooting multiple times at a home last week occupied by a family faces seven felony charges, including assault with intent to murder.
ST. JOSEPH — A Coloma man accused of attacking a St. Joseph High School student at the school in February was bound over for trial Tuesday after a preliminary hearing before Berrien County Trial Court Judge Gordon Hosbein.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool Corp. is laying off a portion of its workforce in response to unexpected costs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
ST. JOSEPH — In a cohesive statement earlier this month, the St. Joseph City Commission vowed to do its part, as a body and as individuals, to work toward social justice and racial equity.
STEVENSVILLE — Smart money management during the last three months of the school year led to Lakeshore Public Schools spending about $600,000 less than anticipated, school board trustees learned Monday.
Monday, June 29, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Daniel Jackson spends much of his time focusing on soccer. The 2007 South Haven High School graduate earned all-state honors his senior year and now plays professionally for the United Soccer League’s South Georgia Tormenta team in Statesboro, Ga.
SOUTH HAVEN — Two South Haven men in their 30s were arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly selling illegal drugs in South Haven, according to a news release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.
BERRIEN SPRINGS — Honor Credit Union is partnering with Data Guardian and Country Mile Shredding Service to hold free community shred days throughout its member center communities.
Friday, June 26, 2020
COLOMA — One man is dead after he allegedly broke into a home in Coloma Township and was shot by the homeowner early Thursday morning.
SOUTH HAVEN — An anticipated drop in school aid from the state has led to a decision by South Haven school officials to lay off six staff members and make an additional $150,000 in spending cuts for the coming school year.
ST. JOSEPH — The reopening to the public Monday of the Berrien County Administration Center in St. Joseph went fairly smoothly, except the person scheduled to make sure people entering don’t have COVID-19 symptoms developed a fever, Interim Administrator Mike Henry told Berrien County commis…
BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor city commissioners are faced with tough choices as they grapple with a deficit of $437,721 in this year’s budget, which ends June 30.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Beginning June 30, Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation are restoring the daily Pere Marquette round-trip trains between Grand Rapids and Chicago. The service, which has several stops in Southwest Michigan, including Benton Harbor/St. Joseph and Bangor, was suspended March 21…
SOUTH HAVEN — Two foundations are playing a large role in helping the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy to create a new nature preserve in South Haven Township.
ST. JOSEPH — A Coloma man accused of attacking a St. Joseph High School student in February continued to decline accepting a plea agreement Wednesday during a preliminary exam conference at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor Area Schools is moving in the right direction during these uncertain times, Superintendent Andrae Townsel said after Tuesday’s budget hearing.
SOUTH HAVEN — With the 4th of July holiday just around the corner and fireworks stands sprouting up around town, South Haven Police are reminding area residents of the laws concerning proper use of pyrotechnics.