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Thursday, November 14, 2019
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STEVENSVILLE — Like other lakeshore communities in Southwest Michigan, Lincoln Township is getting hit hard with erosion.

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PAW PAW — The Van Buren County Board of Commissioners is considering asking for a millage levy to further address the needs of veterans.

BERRIEN SPRINGS — The former Cultivate Brewery site on Shawnee Road could be getting new life as a winery/brewery business called Shamrock Station. Oronoko Township Board members on Tuesday recommended approval of a new liquor license for that location.

SOUTH HAVEN — A housing development that languished during the Great Recession is now beginning to take shape again.

BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor planning commissioners Tuesday approved for the third time asking for companies to submit proposals to redo the city’s master plan.

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COLOMA — Citizens of Coloma Township have 30 more days to give input on the township’s new parks and recreation master plan.

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BENTON HARBOR — Lead levels appear to be dropping in the water of Benton Harbor homes with suspected lead service lines, Benton Harbor Water Superintendent Mike O’Malley told members of the city’s Public Safety and Recreation Committee Wednesday.

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ST. JOSEPH — A Benton Harbor woman at the center of a murder case has pleaded guilty to harboring a felon. 

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2 injured in Cass County crash

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

ST. JOSEPH — Thursday is the deadline for the owner of a St. Joseph house to demolish the building that has repeatedly been declared uninhabitable and a safety hazard.

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ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph is opting to become part of a federal suit against prescription opioid manufacturers that could bring almost half a million dollars to Berrien County communities to reimburse the costs of dealing with addiction.

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SOUTH HAVEN — Over the past three years golf carts have become a common site on South Haven city streets during summer months. The people who ride them look like they’re having fun, and finding a spot to park the carts in the crowded downtown area can be much easier than it is for standard-s…

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BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor city commissioners will need to find a new manager for the city’s two cemeteries by March 15.

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ST. JOSEPH — With the theme “It Takes a Village” to raise a child, Berrien County Trial Court will celebrate Adoption Month in Michigan next Tuesday with the finalization of four adoptions in Family Court.

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ST. JOSEPH — Royalton Township approved a zoning ordinance amendment that is expected to give the board a clear path toward addressing blighted properties in its jurisdiction.

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One injured in Cass County crash

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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ST. JOSEPH — Some St. Joseph residents along Lake Michigan are asking for immediate permission to put down boulders to protect their property from erosion, before waves wash away what is left – without initially signing an agreement with the city.

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STEVENSVILLE — At 4:30 a.m. Monday, when most students were still snuggled in their warm beds, Lakeshore Schools Superintendent Phil Freeman was driving from Stevensville to Baroda, checking out the condition of the roads.

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BANGOR — Covert High School senior Erika Villegas was crowned Miss Bangor 2020 on Saturday in the Bangor High School auditorium.

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SOUTH HAVEN — First responders from three fire departments battled a blaze Saturday that damaged a house in Allegan County’s Casco Township.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

NILES — Brisk winds and cool temperatures didn’t stop dozens of area bikers from coming out Saturday morning to celebrate the completion of the Indiana Michigan River Valley Trail at three locations in Niles. The trail now runs uninterrupted for 17 miles from Mishawaka to the north end of Niles.

Saturday, November 09, 2019
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Getting through tough times shouldn’t mean going destitute to get the help in the first place.

ST. JOSEPH — How Berrien County’s defense attorneys handle arraignments has “radically changed,” with more staff and contact with the accused, Chief Public Defender Chris Renna told the Board of Commissioners’ Administration Committee on Thursday.

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LANSING — A bill winding its way through the Michigan Senate would allow court officers, including the late Joseph Zangaro and Ronald Kienzle, to be recognized at the state level for their heroism.

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House Bill 4980, Expand clearing criminal records (expungements): Passed 95 to 13 in the House

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Do police ever make exceptions for traffic laws, based on road conditions? I’m talking specifically about a terrible stretch of interstate highway along the St. Joseph Valley Parkway (U.S. 31). The right side of the northbound lanes is very bumpy, for about 10 miles or so, due to what seems …

Friday, November 08, 2019
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BRIDGMAN — More than 10 middle and high school students hauled cans of corn and unloaded apples Thursday as they helped put together 120 Thanksgiving boxes to be given away to needy families.

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DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College board members made it official Thursday, as they held a special meeting to approve a three and half year contract with Joe Odenwald to be the college’s eighth president.

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ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County is proposing a $64.2 million general fund budget for 2020, a $3.2 million increase over the current year, according to figures presented to the board of commissioners during a public hearing Thursday.

ST. JOSEPH — A former insurance agent admitted Thursday to defrauding several customers by pocketing money they gave him to pay insurance premiums.

SOUTH HAVEN — As mobile device users gear up for 5G service, municipalities are gearing up for an increase in antennas that transmit the signals.

BENTON HARBOR — Children in Blossom Acres Apartments in Benton Township will continue being able to participate in Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor activities, thanks to a $37,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.