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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad said Tuesday that the Dec. 28 arrest of a Benton Harbor man will be thoroughly investigated after more than 10 citizens complained that the man was beaten by the arresting officer.

WATERVLIET — Watervliet Township trustees got an update Monday night on an ambitious effort to broaden the makeup of the citizen appointees who staff the various boards that oversee important – but often low-profile – civic operations.

SOUTH HAVEN — Southwest Michigan residents will once again have the opportunity to receive free smoke alarms this winter through the American Red Cross’s Home Fire Campaign.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Growing up, Jack Fisher always wanted to be a full-time police officer. But he was afraid that if he came across an incident involving blood, he might not handle it well.

BERRIEN SPRINGS — Village government business took a back seat to honoring outgoing Village President Milt Richter Monday night. Tributes came in from 78th District state Rep. Brad Paquette, Oronoko Township Supervisor Mike Hildebrand and others.

BERRIEN SPRINGS — The League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties will hold a “Making Democracy Work” town hall style meeting next week.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

DOWAGIAC — A new exhibit at the Dowagiac Area History Museum pays tribute to the community’s African American residents just in time for Black History Month. It also is the start of a renewed effort to get more representation of minorities in the museum exhibits.

Why doesn’t Michigan require a front license plate? When did those get discontinued? It seems like requiring a front plate as well as a rear plate would be useful in identifying vehicles police are on the lookout for.

LMC now offering Spanish certificate

Friday, February 14, 2020

BERRIEN SPRINGS — What looked like bad news turned out to be for the good. That’s the lesson Barn Church and Ministries officials are taking from Oronoko Township’s recent closure of their church building on Linco Road. There has been an outpouring of support from the community and the churc…

DOWAGIAC — More changes are coming to Southwestern Michigan College. Less than two months after Joseph Odenwald took over as the college’s eighth president, the SMC board will be welcoming a new trustee in coming weeks.

CASSOPOLIS — Two men were bound over for arraignment in Cass County Circuit Court after court action Wednesday. The two are charged in connection with the Jan. 27 murder of Michael Collins in Dowagiac.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

BERRIEN SPRINGS — The Honor Credit Union sewer extension project is moving forward, but how it is being funded has changed. Oronoko Township Supervisor Mike Hildebrand told board members Tuesday about the changes, as members took a number of votes related to the project.