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Commissioners Discuss Red Arrow Plans

There is a possibility that Red Arrow Highway between about Bridgman and New Buffalo could go from four lanes to three lanes in the coming years as part of a repaving project, and some Berrien County Commissioners want to know more about the idea. At this week’s meeting, Commissioner Ezra Scott said he’s heard from residents opposed to losing a lane in each direction. Commissioner Mac Elliot said the idea of not being able to pass for ten miles or so on Red Arrow hardly excites him. While the Berrien County Road Department plans the project, County Administrator Bill Wolf said the county commission will be kept informed. As for a possible linear trail for Red Arrow in that same stretch, Wolf said the trail won’t guide the road plans. Commissioner Elliot said he thinks the county board should know if it’s going to have the final word. Wolf told commissioners the road department’s plan will be brought to them when ready.. ...Read Full Story

Sophia’s House Of Pancakes Wins Celebrated Service Award

The winner of Celebration Cinema’s 2018 Celebrated Service Award is Sophia’s House of Pancakes in Benton Township. Each year, the theater chain’s employees nominate businesses for the honor, and then the public votes on the winner. A Celebrated Service Award is given out in each of Celebration Cinema’s service areas. The award is intended to salute those local businesses who go out of their way to make the guest know they’re appreciated. As the winner, Sophia’s House of Pancakes will receive a $2,500 cash prize, specialized training at ZingTrain in Ann Arbor, and movie watch parties for its employees at the theater.. ...Read Full Story

Busy Year For Berrien Parks

Berrien County Parks Director Brian Bailey this week laid out to some members of the Berrien County Board of Commissioners highlights this past year for the parks department. He tells WSJM News parks revenue was up this year by 6% to $821,000.. ...Read Full Story

Lions Club Donation To Humane Society

The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan has received a donation from the Benton Harbor-Fairplain Lions Club that now has triple its original value because of the ongoing capital building fund. Humane Society General Operating Manager Alissa Saul tells WSJM News the Lions Club gave $5,000, and then it turned into $15,000.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan To Develop Online Voter Registration

From the Associated Press — Michigan residents will be able to use the internet to register to vote under laws signed by Governor Rick Snyder. The measures enacted Thursday require the state to develop an interface so voter registration applications can be submitted on the secretary of state’s website. The system will be off limits to people without a valid driver’s license or state identification card or those who submit a change of address within the previous 10 days. People wishing to register to vote currently must complete a form by hand and
mail or deliver it to their local clerk. About 95 percent of Michigan’s voting-age population is registered to vote.. ...Read Full Story

Pokagon Fund Conducts Harbor Country Needs Assessment

Two meetings are set for next month for the Pokagon Fund to tell the public about its Harbor Country Community Needs Assessment study. The Pokagon Fund worked with the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan and others to look at how it could apply its resources in the coming years. The meetings for the public to learn more are both on Tuesday, December 11. The first one will be at 1 p.m. at the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce, and the second will be at 7 p.m. at the New Buffalo Township Library. They’ll share key findings, report on activities underway to address those issues, identify leaders for each of its committees, and solidify volunteers.. ...Read Full Story

Chief Deputy Hired For Register Of Deeds

A chief deputy has been hired for the Berrien County Register of Deeds. Register of Deeds Lora Freehling tells us Cindi Connell joined the ROD office this week. She comes to the office with eight years of experience working as a deputy clerk for Lincoln Township, and previously held a position with Coldwell Banker Advantage. She’s a lifelong resident of Berrien County, currently residing in St. Joseph. Freehling says Connell’s “outlook and approach will be invaluable to the Register of Deeds office.”. ...Read Full Story

Report Finds Foster Kids Shortchanged

Too many foster youth in Michigan struggle in their transitions to adulthood, trying to go to school, get a job, and find a place to live, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Bobby Dorigo Jones, with the nonprofit Michigan’s Children, says that many young people, especially children of color, get bounced around in foster homes. He tells us that disrupts their relationships with family, friends, and counselors, and can make it harder to graduate from high school.. ...Read Full Story

BHAS Partnership With WMU

A new partnership is in place between Benton Harbor Area Schools and Western Michigan University. Benton Harbor Area Schools CEO Robert Herrera made it official this week, bringing in WMU to provide training to district teachers and to develop new teachers. WMU Dean of Education Ming Li told WSJM News the agreement covers teacher professional development and providing social and psychological services to students. They’re also looking to develop more special education instructors.. ...Read Full Story