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Monday, June 24, 2019
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ST. JOSEPH — Census mini-grants are being made available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, school or government agencies, and religious organizations in Berrien County.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

BERRIEN SPRINGS — Thursday’s Berrien Springs school board meeting featured the return of a familiar face. Former Superintendent Jim Bermingham came back to outline details of a new agreement between his company and the district to run several of the district’s off-campus alternative educatio…

VANDALIA — A Vandalia man was fighting for his life Saturday after, according to police, his 15-year-old son shot him in self-defense.

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Can I become a police officer if I have a couple of misdemeanor charges on my record? Does it depend on the department, or is it a law that no one with a record can become a cop? Does your department ever hire anyone with a misdemeanor. If not, why not?

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ST. JOSEPH — Power in Motion Gymnastics, Dance and Cheer is in the process of expanding its building in Royalton Township.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

BERRIEN SPRINGS — Addison and Lillian Zizkovsky spent the last two days learning the ins and outs of law enforcement.

BERRIEN SPRINGS — Berrien Springs school board members remain very pleased with the performance of Superintendent Dave Eichberg, voting Thursday to give Eichberg a salary increase and salary extension.

CASSOPOLIS — Two Cass County government buildings were evacuated Friday morning after a bomb threat was called in. Staff and visitors were kept out of the building for nearly three hours before the all clear was given.

BENTON HARBOR — A portion of Main Street in Benton Harbor is flooded and could remain that way for weeks, leading engineers from the Michigan Department of Transportation to look for a “long-term temporary solution,” MDOT spokesman Nick Schirripa said.

CASSOPOLIS — The dangers and destructiveness of gambling were on display again Friday during the sentencing of Michigan State Police trooper Jesse Binns on an embezzlement-related charge.

Friday, June 21, 2019

ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic believes that whether to release Michael Johnson from prison should be decided by the Michigan Parole Board.

ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic is asking the Board of Commissioners to approve a new position in his office to handle the increased workload he said they have experienced since the introduction of the public defender’s office.

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BENTON HARBOR — Almost 30 local children will spin plates, walk on tight ropes and juggle scarves today during a special circus performance in Benton Harbor.

ST. JOSEPH — The Berrien County Democratic Party is trying to boost efforts to get high-speed broadband internet service to residents through a resolution urging the Board of Commissioners to take action on the issue.

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ST. JOSEPH — In 2001 some area veterans developed a video presentation teachers could use to educate children about the sacrifices made by those who served their country during wartime.

SOUTH HAVEN — A South Haven man will be headed to Van Buren Circuit Court in Paw Paw next month on several drug-related charges.

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Obama focus of Fireside Chat in BH

Thursday, June 20, 2019

ST. JOSEPH — A 24-year tradition continues this Saturday at Upton Middle School in St. Joseph. The Berrien County Relay for Life fundraiser and walk kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs through midnight.

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HARBERT — Cherry Beach in Chikaming Township has been closed until further notice by the Berrien County Health Department because of high levels of E. coli contamination, caused by a sewer line break.

ST. JOSEPH — Family Video in St. Joseph Township is in the process of closing its doors for good.

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EAU CLAIRE — The Eau Claire school district has a new middle/high school principal after action this week by the Eau Claire school board.

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Board of Education has chosen Jonathon Whan as the district’s new superintendent. Whan, now the superintendent of the Grant, Mich. school district, was one of three finalists interviewed Monday night.

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Griffin sets Friday office hours

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

ST. JOSEPH — For someone whose job is not to speak, mime Rob Reider has a lot to say about his art form and life.

BENTON HARBOR — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave no clear indication Tuesday as to what the future will hold for the Benton Harbor school district.

SOUTH HAVEN — Several years ago South Haven developer Randy Locker pitched the idea of renovating the former Save-a-Lot grocery store near downtown into a brewpub. But one hurdle stood in his way – a neighboring house of worship exercised its right to oppose the issuance of a Class C liquor …

EAU CLAIRE — Could a hemp festival be coming to the village of Eau Claire over Labor Day weekend? Local resident Rick Anstiss certainly hopes so. He brought his festival plans to the Eau Claire Village Council Monday night.

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College board members have approved a conservative budget for the 2019-20 year that expects flat enrollment and a small increase in state aid.

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WATERVLIET — Township trustees unanimously approved a medical marijuana ordinance Monday evening, clearing the way for potential growers and sellers to set up operations in the township – after they complete the permitting process.

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Possible glitches during phone system upgrade

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

ST. JOSEPH — A tearful Sarah Kurtz turned to face her victims Monday in a Berrien County courtroom and apologized to them, then apologized to her family and friends also in the courtroom.

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph city commissioners on Monday approved two tax incentive packages for commercial office rehab projects, and said they want to build a better system for considering such requests.