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RESA Needs To Fill Board Vacancy

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

Schools Could Be Looking At Deficit This Year

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

Victim Statement Bill Introduced In House

A state House Committee has sent to the floor the “Rebekah Bletsch Bill,” which would require that convicted criminals be required to listen to the victim impact statements given during sentencing hearings. Representative Holly Hughes of Montague sponsored the legislation after convicted killer Jeffrey Willis asked to go back to his cell rather than listen to the statements in Muskegon earlier this year.. ...Read Full Story

MI Businesses Affected By Flu

The flu has been hitting hard in many states, including Michigan. It’s been tough in Kalamazoo County where Cherri’s Chocol’art  in Kalamazoo had to close for several days in January because of the flu. Owner Cherri Emory spoke with Michigan News Network about the problem.. ...Read Full Story

Lawmakers Pushing For Campus Reforms Following Nassar Case

The national spotlight on the Larry Nassar scandal has cast Michigan in an unflattering light when it comes to how the state handles sexual assault on college campuses. A group of female lawmakers is setting out some guiding principles they hope will change that. State Representative Erika Geiss is the vice chair of the Progressive Women’s Caucus. She tells us the trauma from a sex assault can undo a student’s future.. ...Read Full Story

County Commissioner Talks Pier Life Rings

Berrien County Commissioner Jeanette Leahey is among those calling for the city of St. Joseph to install life rings at the north pier. She represents St. Joe Township on the county commission and has been a big proponent of the life rings at south pier. Leahey tells WSJM News there was resistance to adding the south pier life rings back in 2014 when it was done. The concern there was also liability, as it is with the city.. ...Read Full Story

Wine Fest Changing To Roots and Brews Fest

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

Health Department To Offer Free STD Testing

With this being the week of Valentine’s Day, the Berrien County Health Department is suggesting the gift of a clean bill of health. That’s why it’s offering free STD testing at its Niles office. Health department spokesperson Gillian Conrad tells WSJM News they’ll test for many of the higher profile STDs. She says having a clean bill of health and informing your partner is the right thing to do.. ...Read Full Story

Three Arrested in 2014 Bloomingdale Murder

Three people have been arrested in connection to a 2014 homicide in Bloomingdale Township. Over the past two weeks, Amber Roberts, James Eakins and Brandon Robertson, all of Battle Creek, were arrested and charged with the murder of 56 year old Scott Michael Taylor, Sr. on August 21, 2014. The three all received the same charges: two counts of armed robbery, one count of homicide open murder and two counts of felony firearm. They’re being held without bond in the Van Buren County Jail. As of press time, their next court appearance has not been announced. The three suspects face life in prison if convicted.. ...Read Full Story