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Saturday, December 07, 2019
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ST. JOSEPH — Being poor shouldn’t land you in jail.

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STEVENSVILLE — Lakeshore Lion “Doc” Rademacher believes that, when it comes to the annual Newsie sale for the Good Fellow Fund, every penny counts.

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

NEW BUFFALO — Southwest Michigan leaders aren’t treading water when it comes to combating the growing problem of erosion along the lakeshore.

According to the United States Small Business Administration, small businesses comprise 97.7 percent of U.S. firms that export products and services to other countries.

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With winter fast approaching, can you please review the rules for snow on cars? When cleaning off my car, do I have to remove snow from the entire car, or is it OK if I just clear the windows?

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The Annual Good Fellow Fund drive got off to a great start. The following donations came in Friday: Mike Dumke, 105.95; Tom Gazella, $148.09; Bob Rolek, $94.09; Larry Wagner, $53.11; Gallery on the Alley, $25; Judith Felland, $100; Meryle Merritt, $300; Dennis Lundgren, $104.09; John & S…

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.

ST. JOSEPH — The Berrien County Board of Commissioners expects to receive a report next week from a special counsel looking into possible conflicts of interest involving contracts from the drain office.

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ST. JOSEPH — Anthony DePalma’s behavior and thinking when he and a friend killed DePalma’s mother in 1997 was more like that of an adolescent than an adult, a doctor told a Berrien County judge Thursday.

BENTON TOWNSHIP — When Eric Guthrie was a student getting into demographics, he was told he’d be studying three things: births, deaths and migration.

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VB Sheriff’s Office putting on citizen’s academy

Thursday, December 05, 2019
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BENTON TOWNSHIP — Berrien County’s smoking rate remains low, but vaping is an increasing trend among young people, according to a report presented to the Berrien County Board of Health on Wednesday.

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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.

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Two arrested in connection to drug activities

Wednesday, December 04, 2019
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BENTON HARBOR — It was Giving Tuesday, and the spirit of generosity was in evidence as the Exchange Club of Southwest Michigan kicked off its annual Good Fellow Fund effort.

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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.

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Man stabbed outside St. Joseph bar

Tuesday, December 03, 2019
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BENTON TOWNSHIP — The title of Mitch Albom’s latest book is “Finding Chika,” about the two-year effort by the author and his wife to save the life of an irrepressible 5-year-old Haitian orphan with a rare brain tumor.

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.

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Sheriff’s office hosting snowmobile safety class

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.