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ST. JOSEPH — Samantha Snow of Stevensville and Frankie Snow of Coloma have been separated for nearly a year, and their divorce decree will go before a judge in September. They have a son who will be two in October and said they are still working through disagreements about visitation.  

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Sunday, August 25, 2019
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DOWAGIAC — The United Methodist Church’s decision to first close and now sell the Crystal Springs Camp and Retreat Center near Dowagiac has left people wondering what’s next for the nearly 160-year-old church camp.

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ST. JOSEPH — Cody and Nicole Railsback started their business based on the phrase, “together we rise.”

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The Friend of the Court was established by the Michigan Legislature in 1919 to be the eyes and ears for Michigan’s judges, and a liaison for the court in divorce cases involving children. 

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Last week I witnessed a verbal argument between a couple in a parking lot adjacent to my house. I kept an eye on it from my porch and had my phone in hand to call the police if it became physical. It didn’t, and eventually one walked away in one direction and the other drove away in another …

BENTON TOWNSHIP — To help parents get their kids ready for a healthy school year, the Berrien County Health Department will host the 4th annual Back to School Bash from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the main office at 2149 E. Napier Ave.

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Woman hurt in 2-car crash

Saturday, August 24, 2019
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WATERVLIET — “Actually, I’ve never painted before,” confided Watervliet High School freshman Ava Selby, standing – paintbrush in hand – in Watervliet’s Flaherty Park on Friday. “It’s fun.”

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BERRIEN SPRINGS — The Berrien Springs Board of Education is taking a different approach to planning and goals this year. Instead of adopting an action agenda, as they’ve done most years, board members have set five goals for not only this year. but the next three years.

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Drivers who receive traffic citations on Michigan highways aren’t likely to be happy, but there is one thing that might make paying the fine a little less painful.

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Tips sought in Whistle Stop armed robbery

Friday, August 23, 2019
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ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County commissioners are divided on who should pick up the tab for recommended parks maintenance and improvements, following a recommendation that the tax millage be increased to cover some of the costs.

LANSING — A former Catholic priest who lives in Coloma allegedly wrapped a teen boy in plastic and tape and left him in a janitor’s room for more than an hour at a church in Otsego, Allegan County prosecutors alleged Thursday.

ST. JOSEPH — The blue-green mass that has been floating on Lake Michigan near St. Joseph this week – suspected of possibly being harmful algae – wasn’t all it was quacked up to be.

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BENTON TOWNSHIP — Less than a year after Whirlpool Corp. announced plans to build an on-site child care facility, the company is set to open it to the public.

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Wendzel to host local coffee hour

Thursday, August 22, 2019
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ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County and Michigan environmental officials are testing a potential algae bloom on Lake Michigan, about a mile offshore of St. Joseph, to determine if it is an organism that could be harmful to people.

SOUTH HAVEN — It’s been more than 20 years since Bohn Aluminum shuttered its factory in South Haven. But that doesn’t stop former employees from getting together once a year to reminisce.

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NEW BUFFALO — Berrien County’s parks director is hoping to hit a home run for the properties under his supervision, that are visited by thousands every year.

SOUTH HAVEN — It looks like a portion of Business Loop I-196 will be going on a diet after all.

EAU CLAIRE — With the start of school just around the corner, Eau Claire school board members are making sure they have everything in place for the start of the school year in early September.

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Police say woman drove wrong way on I-94

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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ST. JOSEPH — While long-term forecasts are hard to predict, residents around the Great Lakes can probably expect high water levels for the foreseeable future, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County has announced vacancies on three of its boards, and one person who volunteers will have a big stethoscope to fill on the Board of Health.

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ST. JOSEPH — A man who allegedly was driving drunk when he disregarded a stop sign and his car hit another vehicle, killing four people, has been charged with murder.

SOUTH HAVEN — Pat Gaston is accustomed to seeing many residents and visitors park along her street during the summer months. After all, she only lives a block from Lake Michigan and the city’s popular South Beach.

DOWAGIAC — The school year hasn’t started yet, but Southwestern Michigan College officials are anticipating fall enrollment to be stable and not decline, as it is at other community colleges around the state.

SOUTH HAVEN — A South Haven man faces a long list of felony and misdemeanor charges after allegedly threatening his girlfriend, setting her vehicle on fire and then leading police on a dangerous chase while driving intoxicated and pointing a firearm at them.

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BH planners approve NoBo site plans

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

SOUTH HAVEN — It took several years, but South Haven finally has a new fish-cleaning station at Black River Park.

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ST. JOSEPH — No criminal charges will be filed in the motel fire a year ago that left a woman and five of her children dead.

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College board members decided Monday to search internally for the college’s next president.

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BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor residents should soon notice fewer potholes as they drive on city streets.

BARODA — The Baroda Township Board on Monday voted unanimously to approve a special assessment for township property owners in the Nash Drain area.

WATERVLIET — Township trustees on Monday approved spending $15,000 to install firefighting-related equipment – known as a “dry hydrant” – beside Paw Paw Lake.

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HARTFORD — City commissioners in Hartford are still trying to determine if they should allow more medical marijuana facilities in the city, with even more companies expressing interest.

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ST. JOSEPH — Now that the St. Joseph school board has its new superintendent, the board is turning its focus on improving the district for the next few school years.