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Saturday, December 07, 2019

BENTON HARBOR — Elena Oelke plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Fred Upton on the Republican ticket in August, if Upton seeks another term.

Friday, December 06, 2019

BENTON TOWNSHIP — The community and business leaders need to give youth positive things to do, such as summer jobs, to help stop the gun violence in the Benton Harbor area.

Thursday, December 05, 2019
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BENTON TOWNSHIP — After months of holding meetings and workshops on how Benton Township could address its aging infrastructure problem, trustees agreed to raise water and sewer rates through the next decade.

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SOUTH HAVEN — Nearly three years ago South Haven Public Schools and the South Haven Police Department decided to end their agreement to have a police officer assigned to the school district on a regular basis. But now, after several months of planning, a police officer will once again walk t…

SOUTH HAVEN — As youngsters and adults look forward to the construction of the new splash pad near South Beach, a local group hopes some of that enthusiasm will generate funding to help pay for the structure.

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WATERVLIET — City commissioners on Tuesday heard a largely upbeat update on progress of the infrastructure overhaul known as the Citywide Asset Management Plan – but also learned that one element of the ambitious effort has been moving with disappointing slowness.

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DOWAGIAC — More changes are coming to Southwestern Michigan College in coming months. Not only is President David Mathews retiring and SMC Vice President Joseph Odenwald moving up to be the new president, Business and Advanced Technology Dean Stacy Young is leaving to take a new job.

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BENTON TOWNSHIP — Families who have the cremains of loved ones at Family Funeral Home in Benton Township need to pick them up within 30 days of receiving written notice, due to the funeral home’s recent closing.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019
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SOUTH HAVEN — For the past year, consultants Jim Hettinger and Patricia Muellen have spent much of their time compiling data and gathering input from business owners, community leaders and yes, even “average joes,” to come up with a 10-year plan to position South Haven as a magnet for econom…

EAU CLAIRE — With memories still fresh of last winter’s bad weather and nine snow days, the Eau Claire school district is trying something different this year and ending first semester classes this month, before the holiday break.

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NILES — The man who caused an early August accident that killed four people north of Buchanan has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 13 in Berrien County Trial Court and faces a maximum penalty of life or any term of years in prison.

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BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor school board trustees plan to whittle the list of superintendent candidates from four to two after interviewing them Dec. 9 in the Benton Harbor High School library.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

ST. JOSEPH — For the second time in five months, the St. Joseph Township Board has approved a special use permit for a bed and breakfast. 

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BENTON HARBOR — Main Street in Benton Harbor in front of Whirlpool Corp.’s Riverview Campus was again closed Monday due to flooding, meaning that people who want to cross the St. Joseph River on Bicentennial Bridge between the Twin Cities have to find a different route.

ST. JOSEPH — The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation in support of a collaborative effort between population health and Krasl Art Center.

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BARODA — Baroda Village Council members plan to buy a buzzer system and magnetic locking door for the village office after a belligerent resident confronted village Clerk Tina Martin over a water bill.

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BERRIEN SPRINGS — Preliminary work on two upcoming infrastructure projects was approved at Monday’s Berrien Springs Village Council meeting. Members also voted to fund employees’ health savings accounts for the 2020 year.

Monday, December 02, 2019
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Liji Hanny of South Haven says his life is blessed, from his family to his job as director of operations at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor. 

BENTON HARBOR — The Benton Harbor woman who was shot in the head Nov. 23 by a stray bullet as she lay in her bed watching television may be able to go home later this week, according to family members.

ST. JOSEPH — The Silver Beach Carousel in St. Joseph is bringing holiday stories to life during a live reindeer event, where kids can see and pet a real reindeer from 4-8 p.m. on Dec. 19 during “Oh Deer, Rudolph!” Family Fun Night.

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ST. JOSEPH — Ten months into 2019, the Southwest Michigan housing market is making more gains compared to a year ago.

Saturday, November 30, 2019
Friday, November 29, 2019

ST. JOSEPH — The Korean conflict, from 1950 to 1953, has been called “The Forgotten War,” but for many the memories still persist.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph officials are looking for a way to get everyone rowing in the same direction when it comes to fighting erosion along the lakeshore.

BENTON HARBOR — Mosaic in Benton Harbor needs volunteers and donations of toys and money to make its eighth annual Wonderland Toy Store special this year.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

STEVENSVILLE — As Black Friday gets closer, a majority of area stores are already prepping for what has become the biggest day for retailers each year.

ST. JOSEPH — Buying the historic lighthouse keeper’s house wasn’t such a bright idea after all, St. Joseph commissioners decided Monday.

BERRIEN SPRINGS — A young woman holding a sign that says “I’m not worthless, just homeless.”

SOUTH HAVEN — It’s not every day that teachers, coaches and administrators agree to willingly allow students to pie them in the face, but more than a handful at South Haven High School agreed to do just that just before Thanksgiving.

BENTON HARBOR — The city of Benton Harbor will soon be shutting off the water to condemned and foreclosed condominiums and, along with the Berrien County Treasurer’s Office, is asking for help to find homes for 10 people still living in the buildings without heat or electricity.

PAW PAW — The Benton Harbor man accused of killing two people in a crash on Red Arrow Highway in January will serve at least 23 years in prison.

Monday, November 25, 2019
Saturday, November 23, 2019

In years past, Dominick Lignell has had to draw a hand turkey for a class assignment.

UNION PIER — A home in Union Pier sustained a substantial amount of damage when a fire broke out Friday afternoon.

Friday, November 22, 2019

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Police are investigating a home invasion in which they say gunfire was exchanged and one of the armed intruders ended up dead.