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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

ST. JOSEPH — A former insurance salesman who police and prosecutors allege defrauded several customers was arraigned in Berrien County Trial Court Tuesday and remains free on a $20,000 cash bond.

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BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool Corp. smashed Wall Street’s third-quarter projections in large part to the sale of a compressor manufacturer that specializes in refrigeration systems.

ST. JOSEPH — The St. Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center works hard to keep pace with the needs of its members, and its latest step forward is the opening of the Priscilla Upton Byrns Walking Trail.

NILES — Parents and teachers need to be vigilant when it comes to teen vaping, with as many as one in four teens doing it. That was the message Tuesday from Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Crime Prevention Coordinator Kelly Laesch.

DOWAGIAC — Could the impasse between Southwestern Michigan College and its faculty union soon be over? SMC President David Mathews said Monday that all but one contract issue have been settled ahead of a negotiation session next week, and possible fact finding.

WATERVLIET — Township trustees voted Monday to join with Watervliet Public Schools and the City of Watervliet in funding improved pedestrian-traffic equipment on the Red Arrow Arrow Highway, across from the high school.

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SOUTH HAVEN — The driver involved in a car accident that claimed the life of a young Covert Township man earlier this month could be facing criminal charges.

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Mendel closed Tuesday due to gas leak

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

DOWAGIAC — Joseph Odenwald is the Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees’ unanimous choice to be the college’s eighth president.

BENTON HARBOR — Countryside Academy and other charter schools in Michigan are feeling cheated following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s line-item veto of an increase in their per pupil funding, that did go to students in traditional schools.

ST. JOSEPH — In a room full of fellow Rotarians, Bob Peirce recalled when he contracted polio at 10 years old.

BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor city commissioners took no action Monday on former City Manager Darwin Watson’s request for arbitration.

STEVENSVILLE — A Stevensville man is taking the Lakeshore school district and Superintendent Philip Freeman to federal court, saying his constitutional rights were violated when he was banned from coming onto school property and wasn’t given a chance to appeal at a school board meeting.

SOUTH HAVEN — Earlier this year a new organization dedicated to making outdoor aesthetic improvements at South Haven schools made landscaping improvements to the entrance of Lincoln Elementary School and the school’s main outdoor sign.

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BENTON HARBOR — The future of the Benton Harbor school district may rest in the hands of the joint advisory committee between the state and district.

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PAW PAW — The Benton Harbor man accused of killing two people in a crash on Red Arrow Highway in January has entered a plea in the case, thus avoiding a trial.

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Galien history meeting is on Oct. 31  

Monday, October 21, 2019
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BENTON HARBOR — The Michigan Court of Appeals last week affirmed the conviction and sentence of former Benton Harbor school Superintendent Leonard Seawood.

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SOUTH HAVEN — As the old saying goes, “There’s a child inside each one of us.”

SOUTH HAVEN — It took 15 years, but the Greater South Haven Area Community Foundation has finally been recognized as an independent foundation by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and more importantly, it now has a nearly $600,000 financial windfall to invest.

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House Bill 4542, Collect state tax on out of state purchases: Passed 110 to 0 in the House

Sunday, October 20, 2019
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When customers approach the Baguette De France location in St. Joseph, it’s hard to miss the Grubhub signs and window stickers.

Saturday, October 19, 2019
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BENTON HARBOR — Poverty and race and the impact they have on education will be explored in November when Lake Michigan College puts on a play about a fictional Chicago high school that is facing closure at the end of the school year.

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BENTON HARBOR — Principal Don Pearson of River of Life Christian School has been busy since he took over leading the Benton Harbor school in July.

PAW PAW — Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott is warning residents about a phone scam he said is going around in which a caller asks for donations to the sheriff’s office for an upcoming oldies music event.

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Which crimes do you hate having to arrest or cite people for, and, conversely, what do you think is an under-reported but dire criminal scourge on society today?

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St. Joseph trunk or treat

Friday, October 18, 2019
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ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County has the lowest millage for parks among the 23 counties in Michigan that levy this tax, the board of commissioners learned Thursday.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Former St. Joseph superintendent Ann Cardon has resigned her post with the Traverse City school district less than three months after starting there.

NEW BUFFALO — Police have released the name of the driver of a semi-truck who died last Friday morning after the truck ran off the road, hit a tree and burst into flames.

NILES — The turnout was much smaller than at previous Indeck public hearings, but the concerns remained the same from residents who live near the site of the new $1 billion natural gas power plant.

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ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph Today and participating businesses will have trick-or-treating festivities in the Benton Harbor Arts District and downtown St. Joseph from 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 31.

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BERRIEN CENTER — Julia LaSata has seen a lot of changes during her over four decades on the Berrien County Parks and Recreation Commission. When she and others were appointed to the very first commission in 1976, there was only one county park with an open picnic shelter.

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COVERT — Covert Township police are looking into a possible drug overdose and want to talk to two people who dropped a man off at an area hospital.

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St. Joseph leaf pick-up to start