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University Park Mall Shooting Suspect In Custody

More than two weeks after a deadly shooting at University Park Mall in Mishawaka, the suspect is now behind bars. 21-year-old Dazhon Howard turned himself in over the weekend. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. today. Howard faces charges of murder with a felony firearm for the death of Delaney Crosby. Crosby was shot outside a jewelry store on September 12.. ...Read Full Story

Flu Shot Clinics Planned Around Berrien County

Get your flu shot. That’s the advice of the Berrien County Health Department as it prepares to offer free clinics at its offices in Benton Harbor and Niles every Friday beginning on October 2. Spokesperson Gillian Conrad tells WSJM News the flu shot is recommended every year for anyone over six months of age.. ...Read Full Story

County Seeking To Increase Broadband Access

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners next week will consider hiring a non-profit to do a broadband availability survey. That’s after the body on Thursday heard from Southwest Michigan Planning Commission Director John Egelhaaf, who gave an update on local efforts to expand broadband. Egelhaaf said current FCC maps regarding broadband availability in the area are inaccurate. That’s why he said the first step toward securing funding for broadband rollout is to get accurate coverage maps. Commissioner Ezra Scott recommended hiring the Merit Network to conduct a survey.. ...Read Full Story

United Way Preparing To Rake A Difference

The United Way of Southwest Michigan is inviting everyone to sign up to Rake A Difference this fall. The United Way’s Debbie Ramirez tells WSJM News the annual Rake A Difference day is now scheduled for November 12. That’s when hundreds of volunteers head to the homes of senior citizens to rake leaves and clean out gutters. Ramirez says in a normal year, the program attracts a large number of volunteers.. ...Read Full Story

Community Colleges Could Offer Four-Year Nursing Degrees Under Nesbitt Bill

State Senator Aric Nesbitt has introduced legislation that would allow community colleges in Michigan to offer four-year programs for bachelor’s degrees in nursing. The plan was approved this week by the state Senate Committee on Regulatory Reform. Nesbitt tells WSJM News as the Baby Boomers age, the state is going to see an increase in the demand for nursing and other health care services.. ...Read Full Story

SMC Beats Enrollment Expectations

Enrollment at Southwestern Michigan College is a bit higher this year than had been expected. SMC President Joe Odenwald told the SMC Board of Trustees this week fall enrollment finished at 1,800 students, 88 higher better than budgeted. Odenwald had expected enrollment to be down due to COVID-19. He told the board he had predicted winding up between 1,650 and 1,700 by the time classes started September 8. The college this week also received some good news that aid from the state could be restored to the previous fiscal year level after a recent cut of $830,000. That will allow for a surplus to apply to the budget stabilization fund. Odenwald noted that unlike the situation many universities are facing, SMC has seen just four positive coronavirus cases since August 31. They were in three students and one staff member. He said he’d like to tell the Higher Learning Commission this coming April “we’ve increased our reserves because we’ve recognized how fragile the overall economy is right now, we’ve cut spending, and we’ve not laid anyone off.” He said he’s optimistic SMC can achieve that goal.. ...Read Full Story

MDOT Planning Career Fair

A virtual career fair will be held by the Michigan Department of Transportation next month. MDOT Recruitment Unit Manager James Fults tells WSJM News they’re looking to hire more than 100 winter plow drivers, as well as engineers, planners, and maintenance workers.. ...Read Full Story

Funds Will Help Restaurant, Hospitality Workers

The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association has received a $2.5 million grant from the Michigan Department of Treasury to support restaurant and lodging industry workers who were financially hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. The association’s Amanda Smith tells WSJM News this has been a very rough year for those who work at restaurants, and more bad times could be coming.. ...Read Full Story

Bill Would Lift Ban On Food Assistance For Those With Drug Convitions

Michigan lawmakers are considering legislation that would stop banning people with drug convictions from receiving food assistance. Senate Bill 1006 would waive a lifetime prohibition on SNAP benefits for Michiganders convicted of felony convictions from two or more separate incidents of drug possession, use, or distribution. State Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich of Flint tells us it’s a matter of fairness, as no other crime triggers such a lifetime denial.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven City Manager Search Narrowed Down To Two

The search for a new city manager in South Haven has been narrowed down to two. Out of an initial 21 applicants, city leaders are now considering South Haven Interim City Manager Kate Hosier and Lake Isabella Village Manager Tim Wolff for the job. Hosier took the city manager post when former South Haven City Manager Brian Dissette left in July to become Berrien County Administrator. Lake Isabella is in Isabella County, Michigan. South Haven city leaders would normally host meet and greet sessions with the two candidates for residents to offer input, but due to COVID, that can’t happen this year. That’s why they’re inviting residents to submit questions to be asked during the finalist’s interviews. The deadline is this Sunday at 5 p.m. The South Haven City Council will interview the candidates on Monday.. ...Read Full Story

I&M Asks People Not To post Signs On Its Utility Poles

Indiana Michigan Power wants everyone to stop messing with its utility poles. I&M put out a statement Friday saying the materials used to put signs on utility pole — like tacks, nails, or staples — can interfere with a worker’s ability to access the pole. It says those objects can obstruct climbing equipment, causing a worker to slip or fall. They also can tear the protective clothing that shields a worker from electricity. I&M notes that posting signs on utility poles within the public right-of-way is prohibited in some localities, including Fort Wayne and South Bend.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor High School Graduate Named Boys And Girls Club Regional Youth of the Year

Benton Harbor’s Tékeidra Masters is the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s 2020 Midwest Regional Youth of the Year. The Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor tells us she’s a freshman at Valparaiso University in Indiana, majoring in Biology with plans to become a neurosurgeon. The Boys and Girls Club says the Youth of the Year is an honor given to a young person in recognition of their leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to a healthy lifestyle. Masters is the first in her family to attend college, and she credits Be There, the social and emotional development program at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor, for helping change her life. She says it helped her to develop confidence and be able to express herself. As the Midwest Regional Youth of the Year, Masters will serve as an ambassador for teens in the region, get a $20,000 scholarship, and go on to contend for the national Youth of the Year title on October 6. That honor comes with a $50,000 scholarship.. ...Read Full Story

Man Shot In Benton Township, Suspects On Loose

Benton Township police are looking for two men who were involved in a shooting Thursday night. It happened around 9 pm when a 35-year-old man says he was walking on Highland near Cornelia when the men came out from behind a bush and pulled a gun. He says there was a struggle between the three until one shot was fired. That shot hit him in the leg. The suspects then took money from him and ran off.. ...Read Full Story

County Board Discusses Options For Increasing Broadband Access

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners next week will consider hiring a non-profit to do a broadband availability survey. That’s after the body on Thursday heard from Southwest Michigan Planning Commission Director John Egelhaaf, who gave an update on local efforts to expand broadband. Egelhaaf said current FCC maps regarding broadband availability in the area are inaccurate. That’s why he said the first step toward securing funding for broadband rollout is to get accurate coverage maps. Commissioner Ezra Scott recommended hiring the Merit Network to conduct a survey.. ...Read Full Story

Health Department To Hold Flu Shot Clinics

Get your flu shot. That’s the advice of the Berrien County Health Department as it prepares to offer free clinics at its offices in Benton Harbor and Niles every Friday beginning on October 2. Spokesperson Gillian Conrad tells WSJM News the flu shot is recommended every year for anyone over six months of age.. ...Read Full Story

County Seeks To Prevent Winter Erosion At Silver Beach

Work will be done in the coming months to protect Silver Beach from additional erosion as the winter approaches. During a Thursday meeting of the Berrien County Board of Commissioners, County Administrator Brian Dissette said he’s worked with Abonmarche to study options for erosion mitigation. They’ve settled on a plan to hire Edgewater Resources to install temporary structures along the shore to prevent erosion from winter storms.. ...Read Full Story

Clerk Updates County Board On November Election

The November election is going to keep staff at the Berrien County Clerk’s Office busy. In fact, it’s already keeping them busy. Berrien County Clerk Sharon Tyler told the Berrien County Board of Commissioners Thursday there have been delays in printing ballots and other complications, some of which have spilled over from the August primary. She’s hoping the primary’s date in the future will be moved to June. Tyler said she expects results this November 3 not to be known until 10 a.m. the next day.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan House Votes To Shield Employers From Virus Lawsuits

(Lansing, MI – AP) – A divided Michigan House has voted to shield health providers and businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits filed by patients, employees or customers, advancing bills that majority Republicans say would give businesses more comfort to reopen and block frivolous complaints. Opponents counter that the measures would make it too tough for negligence victims to sue. Many Democrats voted against the legislation, which was sent to the GOP-led Senate. The measures, passed Wednesday, would protect employers from liability if a worker is exposed to he coronavirus during Michigan’s emergency despite the employer having substantially complied with health rules. Immunity wouldn’t apply if an employer willfully disregarded regulations.. ...Read Full Story

Dead Squirrels Washing Up On A Lake Michigan Beach

From the Associated Press — Dead squirrels have been washing up on a Lake Michigan beach at a state park. Experts believe the squirrels drowned while trying to cross the Grand River and then flowed to the lake and Grand Haven State Park. Nick Kalejs, a wildlife biologist at the Muskegon State Game Area, estimates about 100 squirrels in recent weeks. Kalejs says it’s “always distressing” to see dead animals but people shouldn’t be alarmed. Experts believe the effort to get across the river could be related to food scarcity.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Senate Leaves DWIs Out Of Expungement Expansion

From the Associated Press — The Michigan Senate passed bills that would allow hundreds of thousands of people to clear criminal records. The state estimates the expungement measures would affect hundreds of thousands people, including those with marijuana convictions before it was legalized for recreational use in 2018. The legislation passed the state Senate Wednesday. If signed into law,
Michigan would have an automated system for expungements of certain felonies after 10 years and misdemeanors after seven years. According to the Chicago-based Alliance for Safety and Justice, the legislation aims to help more people to successfully navigate the expungement process in Michigan where only a few thousand people each year now receive expungements.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan House Votes To Shield Employers From Virus Lawsuits

From the Associated Press — A divided Michigan House has voted to shield health providers and businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits filed by patients, employees or customers, advancing bills that majority Republicans say would give businesses more comfort to reopen and block frivolous complaints. Opponents counter that the measures would make it too tough for negligence victims to sue.
Many Democrats voted against the legislation, which was sent to the GOP-led Senate. The measures, passed Wednesday, would protect employers from liability if a worker is exposed to he coronavirus during Michigan’s emergency despite the employer having substantially complied with health rules. Immunity wouldn’t apply if an employer willfully disregarded regulations.. ...Read Full Story

Man Charged With Attempted Murder Following Crash

A Benton Township man is charged with attempted murder after a crash on Tuesday night. The Benton Township Police Department says officers were called out to a home in the 1600 block of Kay Drive around 9:20 p.m. on a report of a person in distress when they spotted a Jeep Cherokee speeding away from the home. An officer then saw the Jeep driving recklessly on South Euclid and followed it as it swerved in and out of traffic, passing vehicles, and going too fast. The Jeep crashed into a high voltage power line antenna tower near Euclid and East Britain. The driver was found to be 38-year-old Yoshurn McClinton of Benton Township. His passenger was identified as 51-year-old Theresa Wade of Benton Harbor. Wade was wedged in the front passenger seat and had to be freed by the Benton Township Fire Department. Wade and McClinton were both taken to Spectrum Health Lakeland hospital, and Wade was later transferred to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo for chest and back injuries. Police learned McClinton had intentionally crashed the vehicle. He was taken to the Berrien County Jail for attempted murder and an alcohol offense.. ...Read Full Story

United Way Signing Up Volunteers To Rake A Difference

The United Way of Southwest Michigan is inviting everyone to sign up to Rake A Difference this fall. The United Way’s Debbie Ramirez tells WSJM News the annual Rake A Difference day is now scheduled for November 12. That’s when hundreds of volunteers head to the homes of senior citizens to rake leaves and clean out gutters. Ramirez says in a normal year, the program attracts a large number of volunteers.. ...Read Full Story

Legislation Would Allow Community Colleges To Offer Four-Year Degrees In Nursing

State Senator Aric Nesbitt has introduced legislation that would allow community colleges in Michigan to offer four-year programs for bachelor’s degrees in nursing. The plan was approved this week by the state Senate Committee on Regulatory Reform. Nesbitt tells WSJM News as the Baby Boomers age, the state is going to see an increase in the demand for nursing and other health care services.. ...Read Full Story

Ballots Expected To Arrive In Benton Harbor Tomorrow

The Benton Harbor City Clerk’s office says ballots for November’s election are expected to arrive this Thursday. From there, Clerk Kimberly Thompson says they’ll be available for in-person AV voting starting the same day or the next day. Thompson tells voters the city will start mailing out absentee ballots to those who have requested them next Wednesday. You can keep track of your ballots by going to Michigan.gov/Vote.. ...Read Full Story

Extension Running Out For Secretary Of State Renewals

Michigan residents have been getting a break on renewing their vehicles, driver’s licenses and state ID cards due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s about to end next week. The Secretary of State says at 7 p.m. on September 30, that extension is over and you can again be pulled over for not having a valid sticker on your license plate. Late fees will also be charged after October 1. If you are still one of those people, make an appointment ASAP if you will need attention at a bureau, or renew and print your vehicle registration tabs at more than 120 self-service stations in the state. You can also simply mail in your renewal.. ...Read Full Story

Search Now Statewide For Saginaw-Area Man

Michigan State Police have expanded their search for an 87-year-old Saginaw area man to the entire state. Karl Marker missed his 65th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. State Police Sergeant Joseph Rowley says Marker was last seen heading to the Fashion Square Mall to walk and suffers from dementia.. ...Read Full Story

Indiana Governor Keeps Mask Order, Drops Other Virus Limits

From the Associated Press — Indiana’s statewide mask order will continue for another three weeks under a new order the governor announced even as he has faced public discontent over coronavirus restrictions amid his reelection campaign. Republican Governor Eric Holcomb said Wednesday he would be dropping most other limits on businesses and crowd sizes as of Saturday. The mask order will be extended until October 17. Holcomb said those restrictions could be removed because the state has seen progress in recent weeks in slowing the coronavirus spread. His action lifts statewide capacity limits for restaurants and bars and crowd limits for social events.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Lawmakers Unveil, Start Passing $62.7B State Budget

From the Associated Press — Michigan lawmakers are moving to pass a $62.7 billion spending plan about a week before the deadline to enact the next state budget. Bills were made public Wednesday and are expected to win final legislative approval later in the day before going to Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The budget process has been delayed due to uncertainty over tax revenues amid the
coronavirus pandemic. Legislators are skipping the usual process of holding committee hearings and passing competing House and Senate plans. Thanks to a federal bailout, spending will generally stay flat in the fiscal year starting October 1. Cuts are planned, too.. ...Read Full Story

Republicans Want To Appeal Major Michigan Ballot Decision

From the Associated Press Republican lawmakers are seeking to intervene in a major court decision that will allow Michigan absentee ballots to be counted days after the election. The House and Senate want to join the case and appeal the decision. Absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 are eligible to be counted if they arrive within 14 days after the November 3 election. Judge Cynthia Stephens noted chronic delays with mail during the coronavirus pandemic. Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, both Democrats, say they won’t appeal. The House and Senate say Nessel and Benson have “abdicated their duty” to defend
state law.. ...Read Full Story

Police Warn Of Thefts From Vehicles In Royalton Township

Several vehicles were broken into in Royalton Township this week, prompting the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department to issue a reminder to everyone about the importance of locking vehicles. The department says all of the vehicles broken into on Monday night were unlocked, and items that were stolen include money, jewelry, electronics, and weapons. The department also says the thieves will most likely be back, given how many vehicles they were able to get into. Police say not only should vehicles be kept locked, but valuable items should not be left in them, or should at least kept out of view. Anyone who sees anything suspicious is asked to call police quickly.. ...Read Full Story

SMC Fall Enrollment Beats Expectations

Enrollment at Southwestern Michigan College is a bit higher this year than had been expected. SMC President Joe Odenwald told the SMC Board of Trustees this week fall enrollment finished at 1,800 students, 88 higher better than budgeted. Odenwald had expected enrollment to be down due to COVID-19. He told the board he had predicted winding up between 1,650 and 1,700 by the time classes started September 8. The college this week also received some good news that aid from the state could be restored to the previous fiscal year level after a recent cut of $830,000. That will allow for a surplus to apply to the budget stabilization fund. Odenwald noted that unlike the situation many universities are facing, SMC has seen just four positive coronavirus cases since August 31. They were in three students and one staff member. He said he’d like to tell the Higher Learning Commission this coming April “we’ve increased our reserves because we’ve recognized how fragile the overall economy is right now, we’ve cut spending, and we’ve not laid anyone off.” He said he’s optimistic SMC can achieve that goal.. ...Read Full Story

MDOT To Hold Virtual Career Fair

A virtual career fair will be held by the Michigan Department of Transportation next month. MDOT Recruitment Unit Manager James Fults tells WSJM News they’re looking to hire more than 100 winter plow drivers, as well as engineers, planners, and maintenance workers.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Area Community Foundation Pushing For $25 Donations For Splash Pad

The South Haven Area Community Foundation is making a final push for donations for the city’s upcoming splash pad. The “Twenty-Five Reasons to Give $25” donation drive is now underway with the money going to the Splash Pad Matching Fund. The donations will be used to assist the city of South Haven with the public funding portion requested by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant. The Foundation will match all public donations to the Splash Pad Matching Fund, up to $25,000 towards the $50,000 project goal. Donations to the $25 Donation Drive can be made online at www.southhavencf.org or by sending to Greater South Haven Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 507, South Haven, MI 49090. Please note Splash Pad Matching Fund.. ...Read Full Story

Peters: Election Should Decide Supreme Court Vacancy

From the Associated Press — Democratic Senator Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James have staked out differing stances on the fight over President Donald Trump’s pending Supreme Court pick. Peters says given the stakes involved, “voters should have their voices heard” in the fall presidential election, and no nomination to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be made until the next presidential term begins. James said Peters should “fairly and honestly evaluate the nominee on his or her merits,” regardless of when one is put forward, “not on the basis of party politics.” His campaign declined to address the timing of the vote.. ...Read Full Story

New Benton Harbor COVID-19 Testing Site Opens

A new Neighborhood Testing Site in Benton Harbor opens today, bringing the total number of community sites offering COVID-19 testing to 20. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the location is Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church at 1105 East Main Street. It offers testing on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Testing sites are offering saliva tests, which are less invasive than nasal swabs and may make the testing process more tolerable for some people.. ...Read Full Story

State Grant To Help Struggling Restaurant, Hospitality Workers

The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association has received a $2.5 million grant from the Michigan Department of Treasury to support restaurant and lodging industry workers who were financially hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. The association’s Amanda Smith tells WSJM News this has been a very rough year for those who work at restaurants, and more bad times could be coming.. ...Read Full Story

Adopt A Highway Clean-Up This Weekend

It’s almost time for the next Adopt A Highway clean-up in Michigan. Dan Weingarten with the Michigan Department of Transportation tells WSJM News the final clean-up of the year starts this Saturday with a wide variety of community groups picking up trash along the sections of road they’ve adopted.. ...Read Full Story

Aerial Spraying For Mosquitoes In Allegan County Tonight

Aerial spraying for mosquitoes is being done around Michigan as more cases of eastern equine encephalitis are discovered. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Lynn Sutfin tells WSJM News there has been one case of EEE in a person in the state this year, and several in horses. A deer in Allegan County was also found to be infected with EEE last week. With the cooler weather arriving, Sutfin tells us there’s good news and bad news.. ...Read Full Story

Blossomtime Pageants This Weekend On Radio, Social Media

COVID-19 doesn’t mean there won’t be Blossomtime pageants this year. Organizers say the pageants originally slated for March will instead happen this coming Saturday in a closed venue. However, you’ll still be able to follow the developments here on News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM. We’re airing the exclusive live radio coverage and also streaming the event on Facebook Live. Everything starts at 1 p.m. with the King ceremony. The Queen ceremony starts at 3:30. That’s this Saturday on News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM.. ...Read Full Story

Firefighter Walking Across State For Fundraiser

Cancer is the leading cause of death in firemen. That’s why Macomb Township firefighter Joe Warne is walking 140 miles beginning this Thursday from Macomb Township to the Grand Rapids area to raise money for firefighters fighting cancer and their families. This will be the second year for the Walk for the Red 140 fundraiser.. ...Read Full Story

Murder Conviction Set Aside; Man Was Shackled At Trial

From the Associated Press — A man who admits he strangled a woman in Kalamazoo has successfully challenged his murder conviction after arguing that his rights were violated when jurors saw him shackled at trial. A federal appeals panel says Ervine Davenport is entitled to a new trial, 12 years after his conviction in Kalamazoo County. The attorney general’s office asked the full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to set the decision aside and hear the case again. But the request was rejected Tuesday, 8-7, in 28 pages of agreement and dissent. There was no dispute at trial that Davenport choked Annette White in 2007 after they had used alcohol and drugs. He insisted he acted in self-defense.. ...Read Full Story

Cops In A Tesla? Holland Goes Electric For Detectives

From the Associated Press — A police department in western Michigan will be solving crimes with a Tesla. Detectives at the Holland Department of Public Safety will be driving a $49,000 Tesla Model 3 after the city compared it to the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt. The cost of the Tesla includes a long-lasting battery pack, enabling the car to travel about 300 miles on a full charge. Holland
finance director Tim Vagle says the car will mostly be used to drive to crime scenes or conduct interviews. He said test drives, warranty and resale value put the Model 3 ahead of other electric car options.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Announces Public Safety Grants For Berrien County, City Of Kalamazoo

Berrien County is receiving just over $28,000 in a federal grant for public safety. Congressman Fred Upton says the money is through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and he’s also announcing nearly $87,500 for the city of Kalamazoo. The U.S. Department of Justice administers the program and says the funded programs or initiatives may include multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces, crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, justice information sharing initiatives, or other programs aimed at reducing crime and/or enhancing safety. The program is named for a New York City police officer ambushed and killed in 1988 at the age of 22.. ...Read Full Story

Deadline Approaching For Home Heating Credit

Michigan homeowners and renters only have two weeks left to apply for the state’s Home Heating Credit. The Michigan Department of Treasury says the Home Heating Credit helps covers utility expenses, leaving more money available for other needs. It’s designed to aid senior citizens, low income residents, the disabled, and veterans. State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks says applications must be received by September 30. Recipients typically file a Home Heating Credit application when doing their tax return, but applicants don’t need to file an income tax return to get the assistance and can apply for it on its own. The Home Heating Credit application form can be found at Michigan.gov/Taxes.. ...Read Full Story

Fall Colors Just Around The Corner

The fall is about here, and that will mean opportunities for color tours. County Road Association of Michigan spokesperson Dustin Earley tells WSJM News they survey the individual road departments and commissions in Michigan’s 83 counties to get a list of the best roads to see fall colors.. ...Read Full Story

State Reporting School COVID Numbers

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is now reporting the number of COVID-19 cases that appear in school outbreaks. Spokesperson Lynn Sutfin tells WSJM News they launched a page at the state’s coronavirus website on Monday. It will be updated weekly to show what schools have had outbreaks.. ...Read Full Story

Staff Settling Into New Hartford Library

Hartford Public Library staff are settling into their new home. After about a year of construction, the brand new Arthur and Bonna Vanderlyn Community Center and Hartford Public Library on Church Street is now open to the public. Library Director Stephanie Daniels tells WSJM News this is a big step up from the old location on Franklin.. ...Read Full Story