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South Haven Street Could Close

A well-used privately owned road in South Haven may be closed if repairs are not made. The road runs off of Blue Star Highway just south of Phoenix and along the south side Walgreens. The road serves a several businesses, allowing traffic to bypass busy Phoenix Street. The private road looks like an air force bombing range along the Walgreens parcel. It’s important to note that Walgreens does not own the property they occupy. Phoenix Crossing LLC of Holland is the owner and they have been notified of the need for repairs of the road dating back to 2013, the latest notice was sent out July 31st. No phone listing could be found for them. City officials say not repairing the road could lead to its closure until repairs are made.. ...Read Full Story

Live Mannequins Moving To Spring

The Live Mannequins event held in downtown St. Joseph each December is being rebranded and moved to the spring. St. Joe Today’s Amy Zapal tells WSJM News Live Mannequins, which featured displays of people dressed as mannequins with different themes, has been a success in the winter as part of Light Up the Bluff. However, there are always huge crowds downtown for the December event, whereas there are other times of year that could use a boost downtown.. ...Read Full Story

Snyder Declines To Endorse Schuette

One key Republican in Michigan is not getting behind the party’s nominee for governor quite yet. That man is Rick Snyder, the term-limited current governor who had backed Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley’s bid for the party’s nomination. Snyder did not show up at a Wednesday evening unity rally in Grand Rapids at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, with the headliner being Vice President Mike Pence, who is backing Bill Schuette for governor and John James for the U.S. Senate. Pence spoke for the two at Wednesday’s rally.. ...Read Full Story

Shelter For Motel Residents Shutting Down

The American Red Cross shelter set up at Upton Middle School for displaced residents of the Cosmo Extended Stay Motel is no longer needed. The Sodus Township motel was shut down due to a fire late last month, and about 27 of its residents were staying at the shelter set up in St. Joe at the shelter’s peak. However, as of Thursday morning, the final shelter resident had moved out. Red Cross of Southwest Michigan Director Breeze Ettl spoke with WSJM News about the situation.. ...Read Full Story

Huge Dairy Processor Opening In Michigan

A massive dairy processor is going to set up shop in Clinton County, north of Lansing. Nearly 300 jobs are set to be created following the announcement of the facility in the city of St. Johns, where Jon Stoppels is the city manager. He spoke with Michigan News Network about the new project.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Seeing Progress On House Rules

Congressman Fred Upton and the other members of his House Problem Solvers group continue to push for new House rules when the next House Speaker is chosen. The group recently announced it wants rules in place to ensure amendments or bills supported by a certain number of representatives are guaranteed consideration. Upton tells WSJM News many members are frustrated with pointless gridlock.. ...Read Full Story

New Program To Find Vulnerable Adults

The Michigan State Police post in Niles and the Niles Police Department are the first law enforcement agencies in Berrien County to be picked for a statewide program to help identify vulnerable adults or impaired children. MSP Lieutenant Melinda Logan tells WSJM News the VIP program was created by legislation to protect those individuals.. ...Read Full Story

MHSAA: Concussion Numbers Down For Student-Athletes

The number of concussions suffered by high school athletes in Michigan continues to fall. In its third annual report, the Michigan High School Athletic Association says concussions were down 10% in the most recent school year compared to the one prior, and they were down 19.6% from the first year of the study. Football had the most per 1,000 athletes, but the MHSAA notes girls reported three-times more concussions than boys in the same sport. Boys, though accounted for two-thirds of all the head injuries due to playing more contact sports. Varsity athletes suffered 56% of the concussions, and the MHSAA says the majority happened during games.. ...Read Full Story

New Site For Ox Creek Improvement Plan

The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission is hoping to attract public interest in its efforts to improve the Ox Creek Watershed. It tells us a new website has been launched specifically for the Ox Creek Watershed Improvement Plan, which outlines steps being taken to improve the water quality, a vision for development of the area, resources, and contact information. The Ox Creek Watershed is in Benton Township around the general area of the Orchards Mall. It flows into the Paw Paw River, and is part of the far west section of the larger St. Joseph River Watershed. The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission tells us its plan focuses on a revitalized Orchards Mall with mixed use developments and public gathering spaces. The plan is intended to deal with pollution. You can find out more at the new project website, SustainOxCreek.org.. ...Read Full Story