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Board Salutes Outgoing Trustee

Retiring Lake Michigan College Trustee Judy Truesdell has been saluted for her years of service by the LMC Board of Trustees. At a meeting this week, the board sent Truesdell off with a resolution commending and thanking her for her work on behalf of the college. She’s served since 1997, and told us LMC has grown quite a bit in that time.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Seeking Motorcycle Instructors

From the Associated Press — Michigan officials are looking for accomplished motorcyclists who could teach others to ride.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says safety class instructors play essential roles in the Michigan Rider Education Program.
Johnson says motorcycling is a complex skill requiring good judgment and information on the road to assess risks and react appropriately. The pay rate for “ridercoaches” ranges from $24 to $35 per hour, depending on location. Applicants must be experience motorcyclists who enjoy working with people and have good riding and communication skills. The fee for a ridercoach prep course is $75 and includes required materials. Candidates spend about 80 hours in the classroom and on the riding range. Nearly 11,500 people enrolled in a Michigan motorcycle safety class last year. More information is available online .. ...Read Full Story

SCOTUS Overturns Decades-Old Michigan Union Dues Ruling

The US Supreme Court says government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor. The justices are scrapping a 41-year-old decision in the Abood v. Detroit Board of Education case that had allowed states to require that public employees pay some fees to unions that represent them, even if the workers choose not to join. Illinois state worker Mark Janus sued to overturn the decades-old ruling, saying his $45 a month fee to AFSCME violated his First Amendment rights under the constitution.. ...Read Full Story

Pop-Up Kids Museum In South Haven

A temporary kids museum is coming to South Haven. Set to be open from July 1 through September 3 is the non-profit Forever Curious Children’s Museum. It will be located in a storefront on Phoenix Street, and will feature everything from sand and water tables to a cardboard construction zone to giant blocks to a tinker table and a STEAM exhibit. The museum will also have family activities. The museum says the idea is to provide a way for educational fun in the busy summer months. All of the exhibits will be approved by former educators to ensure they complement the current Core and STEAM school curriculum. Opening day for the pop-up Forever Curious Children’s Museum will be this Sunday with a kick-off party, and then the place will be open each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can find out more right here.. ...Read Full Story

FBI To Add Name To 10 Most Wanted Fugitives In Benton Harbor

A new name will be added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List” later this morning in Benton Harbor. The bureau, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Michigan State Police, Benton Harbor Public Safety, and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department will be announcing the addition of a new person to the list, but no indication has come about who it might be. However, federal and local authorities have been trying to find 40-year-old Antwan “Tank” Mims for a double murder in Benton Harbor since March. He was initially believed to have taken off to Indianapolis after the crime and the FBI says he also has ties to Georgia and Tennessee. WSJM News will have more on this story this afternoon.. ...Read Full Story

Pipestone Twp Man Badly Injured By Own Pit Bull

A 61-year-old Pipestone Township man is in bad shape after being attacked by his pit bull. Michigan State Police were called to the home in the 63-hundred block of Pipestone Road at 6:30 Tuesday night on a report of a dog attack. They found the man “severely injured” on the floor with the dog still biting his arms. The trooper shot the dog when it turned on him, and the dog’s owner was rushed to Lakeland Hospital for treatment. There is no word on his condition as yet. State police tell WSJM News the man was in shock from blood loss and had several deep cuts to both arms from the bites.. ...Read Full Story

Art Fair This Weekend

One of the highlights of summer in Michigan’s Great Southwest is the South Haven Art Fair, and it’s coming up soon. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Art Fair which brings a blend of talent that includes works in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel and more. The setting is Stanley Johnston Park this Saturday and Sunday, and the fair has attracted as many as 120 local and regional artists, along with thousands of guests. Stanley Johnston Park is a short walk from Lake Michigan and admission to the Art Fair is free.. ...Read Full Story

Positive Evaluation For LMC President

High marks for Lake Michigan College President Trevor Kubatzke. At a Tuesday meeting, the LMC Board of Trustees gave Kubatzke a positive performance evaluation. President Michael Lindley told WSJM News since Kubatzke came on in April of last year, he’s proven to be a strong leader.. ...Read Full Story

High School To Help Fight Cancer

The St. Joseph High School football team is going to team up to fight cancer this year, and there are ways you can help. The Team Up Against Cancer campaign’s Regina Ciaravino tells WSJM News the Bears will use a September 24 game to raise money for the Marie Yeager Cancer Center and Berrien County Cancer Services.. ...Read Full Story