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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

BERRIEN SPRINGS — A clearer picture is emerging of a new Berrien Springs marketing plan. Two weeks after hearing a presentation from Sunset Coast Media, Village Council members have approved paying the company $23,500 for a new website and digital content strategy for the next year.

BARODA — The Baroda Township Board is looking for a township resident to fill the remainder of the term of Trustee John Harner, who died at home on Saturday.

SOUTH HAVEN — Fewer homeowners within city limits are applying for business permits to operate their homes as short-term rentals.

BRIDGMAN — The Bridgman City Council approved its five-year parks and recreation plan Monday, following a brief public hearing. The plan incorporates input from a community survey and several focus meetings, a detailed inventory of existing facilities, plus a five-year action plan.

BENTON HARBOR — For the third time in a little over a year, Benton Harbor residents are being urged to take measures to reduce their exposure to lead in their drinking water, Benton Harbor Water Superintendent Mike O’Malley said.

BENTON HARBOR — A new fixed bus route serving Benton Harbor and Benton Township residents is offering free rides through the end of February, according to a news release from the Twin Cities Area Transportation Authority (TCATA).

Watervliet clears way for medical marijuana site

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Americans need to respect each other and speak up when a wrong is done, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton said Monday at the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Breakfast at Lake Michigan College in Benton Township.

SOUTH HAVEN — If the number of people attending South Haven’s Martin Luther King Day celebration was any indication, they liked the program’s revamped format.

SOUTH HAVEN — A human service ministry that helps people in need throughout the South Haven area is getting ready to launch its biggest fundraiser of the year.

BERRIEN SPRINGS — The Berrien Springs Village Council will soon have a new leader. Just two weeks after Village Council President Milt Richter announced he is resigning that post on Feb. 18, Trustee Jesse Hibler announced his interest in filling the position.

BENTON HARBOR — Jada Willis was a bundle of emotion when she heard her named called Sunday night at the Miss Benton Harbor pageant.

One hurt in Sunday crash

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Southwest Michigan Horticultural Days returns

President of engineering firm to speak at conference

BERRIEN SPRINGS — The Berrien Regional Education Service Agency will push to start school before Labor Day, if a majority of local districts want it.

College band scholarship now open to all county students

Friday, January 17, 2020
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ST. JOSEPH — Rain, wind, flooding, ice and snow wreaked havoc on some Berrien County roads last weekend, and three roads in the south county area remained closed as of Thursday.

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CASSOPOLIS — Niles area “juvenile lifer” Robert Leamon will get the chance to get out of prison on parole after a decision this week by Cass County Circuit Judge Mark Herman. Leamon, now 43, will be resentenced by Judge Herman on Jan. 30 in Cass Circuit Court.

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SOUTH HAVEN — For more than a decade a piece of property in the heart of the city’s central business district sat vacant – the historic church that once dominated the site was condemned in 2007 and finally torn down.

BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor city commissioners will hear a report on the city’s 2018-19 fiscal year audit on Tuesday rather than Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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EAU CLAIRE — A woman and her grown son are homeless after fire ripped through their modular home at 6274 Pipestone Road late Monday and into Tuesday.

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BANGOR — Lake Michigan, a ship and a dog will be the subject of a free program sponsored by the Bangor Branch Library and the Bangor Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.

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Fireside Chat about MLK Monday

Thursday, January 16, 2020

BERRIEN SPRINGS — Work on the extension of sewer lines to the northwest side of the M-139/U.S. 31 interchange in Oronoko Township should shift into high gear this year. The project was first proposed in late 2018 to facilitate the expansion of the Honor Credit Union headquarters on Edgewood Drive.

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BERRIEN CENTER — Marijuana proponent Rick Anstiss didn’t get a very warm reception from the Berrien Township Board on Tuesday night for his push to get the township to allow recreational marijuana businesses and operations.

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PAW PAW — About an hour after viewing a Michigan State Police video of erosion along Lake Michigan, Van Buren County commissioners adopted a resolution asking state officials to declare the shoreline a disaster area.

BENTON TOWNSHIP — A Benton Harbor man listed on the Michigan State Police Most Wanted page for questioning in a Benton Township homicide was arrested Wednesday in the township, according to a state police news release.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

BRIDGMAN — A man who narrowly escaped drowning last month after his vehicle landed upside down in a flooded ditch got a chance Tuesday to meet and thank his rescuers.

ST. JOSEPH — It’s estimated that about 63 percent of public water system infrastructure in St. Joseph “likely contains lead.”