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Upton Seeking Another House Term, Won’t Run For Senate

Congressman Fred Upton is not going to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018. The St. Joseph Republican announced this morning that it wasn’t an easy decision. Upton says his focus “will remain on helping all my constituents with problems big and small and improving the quality of life for all in Michigan.” He had been weighing a bid against incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow for the past few months. Upton says “we need focus and fortitude in Washington now more than ever” and he’s “full speed ahead for re-election in 2018.” There are several Democrats in the race vying for their party’s nomination to try to unseat Upton in the U.S. House next year.. ...Read Full Story

Adoption Day At The Berrien County Courthouse Today

Adoption Day will be held at the Berrien County Court House today. The day is marked nationwide to salute the families who have taken the step of adopting. Many cases involve stepparents adopting children they’ve been raising. Sometimes, adults also want to recognize a stepparent by formally being adopted. At the Berrien County Courthouse, remarks will be made by Michigan Court of Appeals Judge David Sawyer. Each November is marked as Adoption Month, intended to highlight the needs of foster children. In Michigan, there were more than 12,600 children in the foster care system last year.. ...Read Full Story

Hunter’s Death Under Investigation In Cass County

A 67-year-old Buchanan man has died while hunting in Cass County. The sheriff’s department tells WSJM News David Newsom’s body was found around 5:30 p.m. yesterday at an address in the 30-thousand block of Pokagon Highway, about a mile east of Barron Lake Road in Dowagiac. Newsom’s body was found in the woods and his death is not considered suspicious. His death remains under investigation.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor Tax Vote To Be Recounted

There will be a recount of the votes in Benton Harbor regarding the city income tax. Berrien County Clerk Sharon Tyler has scheduled the recount for Monday at 9 a.m. at the Berrien County Courthouse. The tax passed by just 21 votes on November 7, 511-to-490. If the result is upheld, city residents will pay 1% of their income, and non-residents who work in the city will pay a half-percent. Businesses will also taxed 1%, with Mayor Marcus Muhammad saying the revenue will be put toward infrastructure improvements.. ...Read Full Story

Strangers Salute WWII Veteran Who Died At 90 With No Family

From the Associated Press — More than 100 people have paid their final respects to a World War II veteran from Michigan who died with no known relatives. WOOD-TV reports that about 150 people, some of whom never met Gordon Hale, gathered for his funeral Thursday at Grand Haven’s Lake Forest Cemetery. Hale died at age 90 on November 10 at a Grand Haven nursing home where he’d lived for 14 years.
After records showed that Hale was an only child who had no children himself, a local American Legion post joined with nursing home staff and others to make sure he had mourners at his military funeral. Nurse aide Sequita Henry says it’s a blessing so many people turned out for Hale’s funeral. She says he wasn’t alone because “we were all his family.”. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County Website Redesigned

Now up and running is a redesigned Berrien County website. Berrien County IT Director Ken Hoffman tells WSJM News the county board this year approved an update for the site in order to meet new state accessibility requirements. The new site launched Thursday morning. It’s designed to better handle mobile devices and has other features.. ...Read Full Story

Hunters Cautioned About Heart Attack Risks

Hunters have fanned out across the state to seek out that prize deer as part of firearm hunting season. It kicked off this week, running through November 30, and Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Robert Boyce tells WSJM News hunters must be cautious. He notes some may face an increased heart attack risk if they’re out in the woods lugging things around.. ...Read Full Story

Hunters Asked To Help Prevent Spread Of Invasive Plant Speciess

Hunters have a chance this month to do their part in preventing the spread of invasive species. The Van Buren Conservation District’s Eleanor Serocki tells WSJM News a hunter should clean off their gear and boots before moving from one forest to another. That’s because small pieces of invasive plants can get on those things and then cause their spread elsewhere. That could be bad for deer habitat.. ...Read Full Story

Educators Sentenced For Failing To Report Suspected Abuse

Sentencing has been held for four educators at Three Oaks Elementary School who were accused of failing to report a possible abuse situation. In August of 2016, a 12-year-old boy was found along some railroad tracks in Galien Township  and turned over to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Doctors found he was undernourished, weighing just 47 pounds. He told them his parents had kept him from eating. Doctors also found other signs of abuse. The Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office tells us a principal, a guidance counselor, a special ed teacher, and a teacher at Three Oaks Elementary had previously noticed signs the boy was being abused. The prosecutor says they failed to report it. They pleaded no contest this week to failure to report suspected child abuse, a 93 day misdemeanor. They’ve been sentenced to to probation through the end of the 2018 school year, 100 hours of community service, and fines.. ...Read Full Story