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Plan Would Expand Discount On Wheelchair-Accessible Vehicle Fees

A new plan from state Senator John Proos is designed to allow more wheelchair-accessible vehicles to receive a state registration fee deduction. Proos tells us the idea applies to vehicles that have been specially-modified for wheelchair use. He says those modifications can cost quite a bit, leading to higher state registration fees. He says the new legislation could help. Proos notes there is a current registration reduction in place for wheelchair-accessible vans, but not other types of vehicles. Under Senate Bill 815, the registration fee reduction would be offered on any passenger vehicle with a permanently-installed wheelchair lift or permanently-installed hand controls whether it’s a van, truck, or anything else. The plan is now before a state Senate committee.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Talks Gun Control

While the nation debates gun control again, Congressman Fred Upton says he’s always been in favor of some common sense rules. He tells WSJM News he was calling for universal background checks back in the 90s. He also tells us the bipartisan congressional group calling itself the Problem Solvers will talk gun rules when it meets next week.. ...Read Full Story

Sheriff’s Department Talks Flooding

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department is partnering with local fire and police departments to respond to flooding throughout the area. Undersheriff Chuck Heit tells WSJM News there are some simple safety rules for drivers to follow as they encounter roads that are flooded.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County Flooding Most Severe In Niles, Berrien Springs

Flooding in Berrien County this week has been the worst in the Niles and Berrien Springs areas. The city of Niles put out word Wednesday morning the St. Joseph River level is poised to crest at 16.9 feet at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday. That would be an historic level beating out 15.1 feet in 1988. The St. Joseph River is considered to be at a flood level when it hits 11 feet. City crews have been doing welfare checks on residents and the Red Cross is working to set up emergency accommodations for anyone that has to leave their home due to flood waters.. ...Read Full Story

Mattawan Creek Flooding Threatens Homes

Flooding concerns all over southern lower Michigan and they’re being proactive in one area town. Part of Mattawan is threatened by floodwaters. The water is overflowing the banks of the Mattawan Creek which runs through the center of town. Mattawan Fire Chief Terren McLean says some homes are threatened by the floodwaters.. ...Read Full Story

LaSata Announces Campaign Co-Chairs

State Representative Kim LaSata has announced her campaign co-chairs as she runs for the Michigan Senate in the 21st District, and they’re some well-known names. LaSata tells us her chair for Berrien County will be Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey, the chair for Cass County will be Southwestern Michigan College President Dave Mathews, and the chair for St. Joseph County will be former state Senator Cameron Brown. Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph are the three counties that make up the state Senate 21st District. LaSata says having “the support of these amazing community leaders is a tremendous early boost to my campaign.” She’s running to replace state Senator John Proos in the Michigan Senate after less than one term representing the 79th District in the Michigan House. Also running for the Republican nomination for that Senate seat is state Representative Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs.. ...Read Full Story

Invasive Shrimp Found In Lake Superior

From the Associated Press — A new invasive species has turned up in Lake Superior, the bloody red shrimp. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says researchers found a single specimen of the tiny shrimp in the Duluth-Superior harbor last summer. There are now documented findings of bloody red shrimp in all of the Great Lakes. They were first found in Lake Ontario and Lake Michigan in 2006. Bloody red shrimp are native to Eastern Europe. Scientists say they may have reached Lake Superior in a ship’s ballast water. Jeremy Bates of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says there’s no indication yet that they’ve become established in Lake Superior. Doug Jensen of the Sea Grant program at the University of Minnesota Duluth says it’s not clear yet how they’ll influence Great Lakes ecosystems.. ...Read Full Story

School Trustees Forming Real Estate Plan

What to do with vacant buildings? That’s a question facing the Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education as it puts together a district real estate plan in order to please the state. At a meeting Tuesday, trustees were told it could cost millions of dollars to reopen the Boynton Montessori and Fairplain West buildings. Trustee Joseph Taylor told WSJM News he wants to move some elementary kids out of MLK and perhaps to Boynton, saying it would be better for them.. ...Read Full Story

School District Announces Robotics Facility

St. Joseph Public Schools has announced plans to build a new robotics facility. To be named the Edward J. Todd Innovation Center, the 7000 square foot building will be adjacent to the Career Technical Center of the high school with access from Lakeview Avenue. The building will be used by the district’s robotics program, which sponsors 12 teams made up of students from grades two through twelve. The lead donor for the facility is Edward J. Todd, a St. Joe High School grad from the class of 1954. The district tells us he’s a strong supporter of improvements for schools. Another backer is the Hanson Family Foundation. St. Joseph Public Schools Board of Education President Amy Porritt-Peirce tells us the new robotics facility will enhance the success and opportunities of the district’s FIRST Robotics program and also strengthen its emphasis on STEAM education. Construction on the robotics facility is scheduled to start this spring and be finished by the end of the year.. ...Read Full Story

Police Issue Flooding Tips

Michigan State Police recommend homeowners take steps to ensure they’re ready if any of the flooding that’s affected roads this week starts to hit homes. MSP Emergency Management Division Inspector Chris Bush tells WSJM News you can take a few precautionary measures.. ...Read Full Story

Celebration Cinema Making Name Change

Celebration Cinema has announced it will begin to do business under the name Studio C. The new entity is intended to serve as an overarching brand for the company’s theatre and consumer show divisions, along with new divisions dedicated to music, dining, and investments. The new Studio C name will be applied to new theater locations, although there are no immediate plans to rename the company’s current theaters, including the location in Benton Harbor. This announcement arrives on the heels of the theatre company revealing plans for a new location in downtown Grand Rapids, slated for completion in 2019. Called Studio Park, the complex will be the company’s first venture as Studio C, with plans for dining, office spaces, a hotel, apartments, a theatre, live events, and parking. Studio C leaders say this new decision to expand their focus reflects a philosophy that “You can’t be focused on just one thing and be creative.”. ...Read Full Story

Road Department Deals With Flooding

The Berrien County Road Department and the Van Buren County Road Commission are both dealing with a large number of roads that have been flooded over this week. Berrien County Road Department Director Jason Lathum tells WSJM News the crews are out and marking problem spots.. ...Read Full Story

School Leaders Work To Evaluate Superintendent

The annual performance evaluation of Benton Harbor Area Schools Superintendent Shelly Walker is now being worked on by the board of education. However, the board is facing one complication. Walker is currently suspended for an unspecified investigation. Trustee Joseph Taylor tells us the board will just have to get materials for its evaluation from the Acting Superintendent Patricia Robinson.. ...Read Full Story

City Of St. Joseph Announces Closings

The city of St. Joseph is advising everyone of some weather-related closings. The Howard Ice Arena is now shut down because of the warm weather. The city will keep us updated regarding its status. Also, the city says it’s closed Kiwanis Park due to flooding, adding it may very well also be closed on Wednesday. Furthermore, the city says the closing of Riverview Park may be forthcoming. It’s being monitored, and with the anticipated forecast of more rain, city staff may be forced to close Riverview at some point in the coming day. Anyone who wants more information can contact city hall or watch the city’s website for updates.. ...Read Full Story

SJ Superintendent: No Immediate Threat To Students

St. Joseph Public Schools Superintendent Ann Cardon tells WSJM News the investigation into a threat against the high school is continuing between the district, St. Joseph Public Safety, and the FBI. Cardon says there have been no arrests, and everyone involved in the incident is cooperating. She and Public Safety Director Brian Uridge are continuing to call the situation a “miscommunication posted briefly on social media.” On Facebook, parents of St. Joseph students have said it was a Snapchat post threatening a shooting at the high school. Cardon and Uridge say there is “no immediate threat to the students or the community.” Extra police were sent to the high school today in response to the online threat.. ...Read Full Story

Road Weight Restrictions Now In Place

Truck weight restrictions took effect Monday to avoid damaging Michigan roads as the weather begins to warm up. The restrictions are imposed on all state highways from the Michigan-Indiana and Michigan-Ohio state lines north to Muskegon County. Dan Weingarten is with the Michigan Department of Transportation, and spoke with Michigan News Network about the weight restrictions.. ...Read Full Story

Deadline Approaching To Remove Ice Shanties

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers that mandatory ice shanty removal dates are approaching. For counties in the southern Lower Peninsula, shanties must be removed from the ice by midnight Thursday, March 1. For all Upper Peninsula counties, shanties must be removed by midnight Saturday, March 31. Meanwhile, Coast Guard Lieutenant Jodie Knox tells Michigan Nes Network it has been a precarious season for those going out on the ice.. ...Read Full Story

Extra Police At SJHS Tuesday; Threat Deemed Not Credible

There will be stepped up security at St. Joseph High School Tuesday following a threat made by a student on Monday. St. Joseph Public Schools Superintendent Ann Cardon says she’s been told by police the threat is not credible after they interviewed several students. St. Joseph Public Safety Chief Brian Uridge told parents in an email from Cardon that there is “no immediate danger to students and it appears to be a miscommunication based on overheard conversations and posts on social media.” The superintendent adds that in light of the Florida school shooting last week, the district understands that parents have “a tremendously heightened sense of concern,” and that is why the city’s public safety department will have officers at the school today.. ...Read Full Story

Crew Fighting Coloma Restaurant Fire

Firefighters worked Monday night to battle a fire at a Coloma restaurant. Berrien County Central Dispatch tells us one department responded to El Asadero Mexican restaurant on North Paw Paw Avenue. Witnesses reported a large amount of smoke and said it looked like the fire was toward the rear of the building. No word yet on the extent of the damage.. ...Read Full Story

Pagel Talks Run For State Senate

Experience. That’s what state Representative Dave Pagel says he has heading into the race for the 21st District Michigan Senate seat. He has announced he’s running to replace the term-limited state Senator John Proos. Pagel tells WSJM News he wants to better fund public education. He’s been concerned about some legislative action on that front.. ...Read Full Story

Local Police Working With Schools On Security

Being prepared for emergencies is among the top priorities for schools in Michigan, and here in Berrien County, helping them is a function of the sheriff’s department’s emergency management and homeland security division. The office’s Captain Rockey Adams tells WSJM News the department teams up with local police agencies to have plans for possible scenarios like school shootings.. ...Read Full Story

Deputy To Run Across Michigan To Honor Fallen Officers

From the Associated Press — A reserve deputy plans to run across Michigan to honor the state’s fallen officers. WXMI-TV reports that Kent County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Squad Reserve Deputy Matt Garbarino will run from the fallen officer memorial in Pontiac to a
memorial at the Ottawa County Sheriff Office. Garbarino will begin the 160-mile trek June 4 to raise money for the Concern of Police Survivors charity that supports the families of fallen officers. He plans to run about 40 miles each day to finish by June 7. WOOD-TV reports that Garbarino will also carry the Thin Blue Line American Flag, which represents solidarity with police and honors those who’ve died in the line of duty. The Officer Down Memorial Page says 590 Michigan officers have died in the line of duty.. ...Read Full Story

Missing Covert Township Child Found Safe

A tip to Covert Township Police has helped find a missing eight-year-old boy. Police Chief Jay Allen confirms to WSJM News that Xavier Preston was found this morning in a “neighboring community” thanks to the tips that came in overnight. Preston had last been seen playing in his yard in the 72-thousand block of 24th Avenue around 10 a.m. yesterday. Chief Allen says they are currently working to reunite the child with his family and adds Preston was found safe.. ...Read Full Story

Former Playboy Playmate From Sawyer Claims Trump Affair

The latest woman to come forward and claim an affair with President Trump has local ties. Karen McDougal grew up in Sawyer, graduated from Three Oaks High School, and was the 1998 Playboy Playmate of the Year. She tells the “New Yorker” she had a nine-month affair with Donald Trump shortly after the birth of his youngest son, Baron, in 2006. McDougal says she first told her story to the publisher of the National Inquirer and was paid $150,000 in a non-disclosure agreement after doing so. The story was never published. She now says she regrets doing that. McDougal says the affair happened shortly after the President married First Lady Melania Trump, and she ended it after he made derogatory comments about her mother’s age.. ...Read Full Story

Filling Up Not As Painful This Week

Michigan’s average gas price is down 11¢ a gallon to start the week at $2.45. According to Triple-A Michigan, the prices in the St. Joseph and Benton Harbor area fell 13¢ a gallon over the last week to $2.42. GasBuddy spotters note South Haven’s prices, not included in the AAA survey, are down to $2.33. Michigan’s drop is the largest week-to-week decline in the country this week. Triple-A says the highest prices for the third straight week are up in Marquette at $2.67, while Flint drivers have the lowest prices at $2.34. The drop is due to gasoline inventories in the Midwest rising every week this year, and the entire region is enjoying a drop at the pump. The statewide average is down 20¢ a gallon from last month, but remains higher than last year by 19¢.. ...Read Full Story

Rep. Pagel Wants Senate Seat

State Representative Dave Pagel is now running for the Michigan Senate in the 21st District. The Republican is term-limited out of the House at the end of this session, as is Senator John Proos. Pagel will face Representative Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township in the Republican primary in August. LaSata decided to run for the Senate when former Representative Al Pscholka, who is currently Governor Snyder’s budget director, announced he would not seek the office. Pagel was elected to the House after serving on the Berrien County Board of Commissioners for four years and 14 years on the Berrien Springs school board. He says his experience in the House over his three terms sets him up well to represent Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties in the Senate. Pagel is an apple farmer and processor by trade.. ...Read Full Story

Union Pier Restaurant Damaged

Some repairs are needed for a restaurant in Union Pier. A car hit the outside of Timothy’s shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday, damaging the exhaust hood system. The restaurant wasn’t able to open as a result of the crash yesterday, but WSJM News has been told by a manager they’re hoping to be open at the normal time of 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The restaurant is not open Monday or Tuesday during the winter. Two people were in the car that hit the front part of the restaurant, and both walked away uninjured. No one was inside at the time. The gas had to be shut off to the building, prompting yesterday’s closure. The car went through bushes that are in front of the building, but no damage was done to the inside of the restaurant.. ...Read Full Story

Boy Missing In Covert Township

Covert Township police are asking for help finding a missing eight-year-old boy. Xavier Preston has not been seen since 10 a.m. Sunday outside his home in the 72-thousand block of 24th Avenue in Covert. He is four-feet tall, weighs 60 pounds and has black curly hair and brown eyes. Police say he was last seen wearing a light blue jacket with grey sweat pants and green winter boots. South Haven Police and the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department are helping with the search for Preston. No AMBER Alert has been issued for the child. Police urge anyone with information on where he may be to call Covert Township Police at 269-764-8100.. ...Read Full Story

Local Rep Talks State Senate Run

Now running for the Michigan Senate in the 21st District is state Representative Kim LaSata. She tells WSJM News although she’s still on her first term in the House, she’s ready to move on up. She also thinks her time in the House has prepared her to get work done in the Senate.. ...Read Full Story

Fire Marshall Talks Snow Safety

Michigan Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer is asking all state residents to keep their fire hydrants clear of snow so they can be seen and reached by firefighters. Sehlmeyer tells WSJM News the large amount of snow we had over the weekend has made fire hydrant access a concern.. ...Read Full Story

College Financial Aid Night This Week

Coming up this month will be some events at Lake Michigan College to help students who are looking to navigate the financial aid system. LMC Financial Aid Director Kemmoree Duncomb tells WSJM News Help Night events will be held at the campuses in Benton Harbor, Niles, and South Haven on Thursday, February 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. The LMC financial aid staff will be on hand to help students fill out applications. Duncomb tells us many students have questions about aid.. ...Read Full Story

Crash Injures One

A Decatur man is hospitalized at Borgess Lee Memorial in Dowagiac after being hurt in a rollover crash Sunday morning in Pokagon Township. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department tells us 44-year-old Chad Strehlke was trying to pass another vehicle on northbound M-51 when he lost control just before 7:30 a.m. His vehicle went off the road, rolled, and crashed into a tree. The extent of his injuries has not been disclosed. Deputies have not said if alcohol or drugs played roles in the crash.. ...Read Full Story

Vacancy On RESA Board

Berrien RESA has a school board post to fill. RESA tells us the board this week accepted the resignation of Thomas Fanning, its secretary. Fanning recently suffered an injury after falling at his home and can no longer fulfil the requirements of board membership. He’d served for 24 years. Now, it’s the board’s job to appoint someone to serve out the rest of his term, which ends in June of 2019. Although there are few requirements for being on the RESA board, it’s hoping to find someone with previous school board experience. Anyone interested can send a letter of interest and resume to the RESA board. It will have to appoint someone in March.. ...Read Full Story

Stevensville Master Plan Released

The new master plan for the village of Stevensville is now online and available for all residents to review. Southwest Michigan Planning Commission Associate Planner Ryan Fellows helped work on the document and tells WSJM News the master plan is designed to guide development within the village for several years to come. The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission sent out more than 800 survey postcards to Stevensville residents to ask what they wanted to see in the plan.. ...Read Full Story

Local Wine Festival Moving, Changing Focus

Changes are coming to the fall wine festival in St. Joseph. Following action this week by city commissioners to allow it, the September event will now be known as the St. Joseph Today Roots and Brews Festival. St. Joe Today’s Amy Zapal tells WSJM News the old wine fest at Whirlpool Centennial Field just wasn’t enough to fill the space.. ...Read Full Story

Local Scholarship Applications Available

The Berrien Community Foundation is taking applications for this year’s scholarships. Foundation President Lisa Cripps Downey tells us there are four new ones this year, with the BCF administering a total of more than 30. A new one this year is the Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force Scholarship.. ...Read Full Story

Sheriff Looks To Help Possible Life Ring Program

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department is willing and able to assist the city of St. Joseph in adding life rings to the north pier. Chief Deputy Robert Boyce tells WSJM News he was on hand for this week’s city commission meeting where the Coast Guard recommended the rings. Boyce was there to convey a message from Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey.. ...Read Full Story

SWM Lawmaker Honored By Police

State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker has been named the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Legislator of the Year. The Lawton Republican tells WSJM News she was selected for the honor due to her work on several fronts, including the fight against opioids. She pointed to recent legislation requiring prescriptions for opioids to be checked against medical records in the state.. ...Read Full Story

Local Parks Plan Coming Together

The city of St. Joseph is closer to having a parks master plan. Last year, a series of public meetings took the suggestions of residents for Dickinson Park, Riverview Park, and Whirlpool Centennial Park. At Monday’s city commission meeting, St. Joe Deputy Public Works Director Greg Grothous laid out the long-term visions for those parks based off the meetings. He tells WSJM News the first priority for commissioners is getting to work on features at Whirlpool Centennial.. ...Read Full Story

Large Grant For Youth Program

A program that works with at-risk young people in southwest Michigan has received a $250,000 grant to expand its operations. Youth Solutions, Incorporated is part of Kinexus and an extension of the Jobs for America’s Graduates program. Director Kristin Harrington tells WSJM News Youth Solutions pairs at-risk kids with mentors, working in Benton Harbor, Hartford, and Dowagiac schools to make sure those kids graduate.. ...Read Full Story

Local Schools Face Deficit

Benton Harbor Area Schools could be looking at another deficit this year. At Tuesday’s meeting, the board of education was told a reworking of the district’s financial operating plan shows some funds for at-risk students could have to be paid back to the state at the end of the year. Plus, the previous cash flow projection counted a carry-over of some funds that didn’t happen. The 2017-2018 deficit looks like it’s between $600,000 and $1.1 million. School Board Trustee Joseph Taylor told WSJM News they’ll know more in a few weeks.. ...Read Full Story

Part Of I-94 Named After Chief Killed In Crash

From the Associated Press — A portion of Interstate 94 in southern Michigan will be named in honor of a fire chief who was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was responding to an accident. Legislation signed by Governor Rick Snyder honors Edward Switalski. He died in
June 2017, when he was fire chief for Kalamazoo County’s Comstock Township. The stretch of I-94 that’s being named for Switalski is between exit 80 and mile marker 86. Last week, a man who pleaded guilty to reckless driving in connection with Switalski’s death was sentenced to 31/2 to 15 years in prison. Investigators said he was distracted by his cellphone. Switalski spent more than three decades at Pleasantview Fire District in suburban Chicago before becoming Comstock Township chief in 2013. Snyder signed the bill Wednesday.. ...Read Full Story

Democrat Running For 79th District State House Seat

A Democrat has stepped forward to run for the 79th District Michigan House seat. 29-year-old Joey Andrews of St. Joseph is the first one to announce a run for the office. Andrews is a St. Joe native and Wayne State Law graduate who hopes to represent the area in Lansing come next year. The 79th District is currently represented by Kim LaSata, but she’s not running for the state Senate to replace John Proos. Andrews tells us he has the perspective needed in Lansing, that of a young person. He adds “our state government has implemented policies that erode at equality and opportunity for Michigan residents” just to benefit special interests. Like many Democratic candidates lately, Andrews says the 2016 election was a wake-up call to him. He cites improving education, protecting the Great Lakes, encouraging small business, and pursuing clean and renewable energy sources as among his priorities. You can find out more about Andrews at VoteJoeyAndrews.com.. ...Read Full Story

SWM Man Wins Big In Lotto

There’s been another big time lotto winner in southwest Michigan. This time, it’s an Allegan County man whose won $1 million in the Mega Millions game. Manuel Perez III tells WSJM News he plans to use his winnings to change his life by expanding a small business he runs. The 47-year-old Perez, of Otsego, matched the five white balls drawn in the February 2 Mega Millions drawing. He bought his winning ticket at a Kroger in Bridgeport, and picked up his winning check at the Michigan Lottery office in Lansing on Friday. In addition to expanding his business, Perez says he plans to share some of his winnings with family.. ...Read Full Story

Police K9 Gets Protective Vest

A K9 for the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department has gotten some new duds. Lajki is a 26-month-old German Shephard handled by Deputy Mike Martin. Lajki has been with the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department for one year, and during his time there, Lajki has located drugs and also spent time in schools and at community events. Thanks to the group Vested Interest, Lajki now has a bullet and stab protective vest. Vested Interest is a non-profit that donates the protective vests to police K9s all over the country. The Allegan County Sheriff’s Department tells us it’s provided more than 2,800 protective vests in 50 states through private and corporate donations at a cost of more than $2.4 million. Each vest, like the one Lajki got this week, runs about $950.. ...Read Full Story

Senate Committee Talking University Sexual Assault Policies

The Michigan Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education this week kicked off a series of meetings to discuss sexual misconduct policies at Michigan’s public universities and whether changes need to be made to better protect students. State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, the co-chair of the committee, tells WSJM News the recent Larry Nassar debacle has got lawmakers setting their attention on the state’s universities.. ...Read Full Story

Students Reminded Of State Safety Tipline

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is again putting out a reminder to young people about his office’s OK2SAY tip line. AG spokesperson Andrea Bitely tells WSJM News the service has received more than 11,000 tips since 2014. It’s designed specifically so youngsters will feel OK about reporting troubling situations in their schools.. ...Read Full Story

MDOT: Report Potholes

It’s pothole season in southwest Michigan, and if you’ve driven on I-94 or I-196 you already know that. The Michigan Department of Transportation’s Nick Schrippa tells WSJM News the road crews are filling potholes and you can help by reporting where those potholes are.. ...Read Full Story

Cornerstone Honors Local Businesses

Cornerstone Alliance and Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce have had their chance to salute southwest Michigan’s biggest business movers and shakers. At their awards breakfast Thursday, Cornerstone Alliance President Rob Cleveland tells WSJM News JR Automation got the award for large manufacturer.. ...Read Full Story

Radio-thon For Children’s Hospital Continues Today

The crew from Y Country radio continues their radiothon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital today. The annual event raises money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which treats children with cancer for free. The Y Country team raised $11,112 on Thursday. Morning host Matt Malone made a bet with listeners, telling them he’d get a St. Jude tattoo if they raised more than $10,000 for the day. Looks like he’ll be doing it now. So will Intern Lisa, who matched Matt on the bet. You can still help because the Y Country crew is at it again, hanging out at Shadowland Pavilion in St. Joseph through 7 p.m. Stop in and say hello, or go to 975YCountry.com to donate.. ...Read Full Story