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Championship To Showcase Local Beer, Wine

When the Senior PGA Championship takes place this summer at Harbor Shores, lovers of fine wines and other beverages will have a chance to check of what’s made right here in southwest Michigan. The Southwest Michigan Tourism Council’s Makers Trail has set up what will be known as the Makers Trail 19th Hole between the 16th green and 17th tee at the golf course. That’s where you can sample locally-made products, including wine from Domaine Berrien Cellars. The winery’s Wally Maurer spoke with WSJM News about the opportunity.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Hoping For Parlak Decision

Congressman Fred Upton is waiting for the latest word on the fate of Ibrahim Parlak. The Kurdish immigrant has been fighting deportation to Turkey for years with Upton on his side. Upton tells WSJM News he went to a reception at Parlak’s restaurant in Harbert this past weekend, just days after an immigration judge in Detroit considered Parlak’s appeal to stay in the United States.. ...Read Full Story

City Holds Back On Parks Grant

The city of St. Joseph will hold off until next year to pursue a state grant for improvements at Whirlpool Centennial Park. At Monday’s meeting, the commission was asked to allow the public works department to seek a $111,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for the work. The problem is that if the grant were to be approved this year, the city would have to come up with its roughly $260,000 match, and Mayor Michael Garey didn’t want to commit until the budget is done. He spoke with WSJM News about the issue.. ...Read Full Story

Soft Lockdown At Covert Schools

Everyone’s fine after Covert Public Schools went into a state of soft lockdown for most of Tuesday. The Covert Township Police Department tells us the decision to go into lockdown was made by the police chief and the Covert superintendent when a non-credible threat came in. Police say they investigated and found no one was in any real danger. Covert Township Police Chief Jay Allen tells us the students are safe. The lockdown went into effect around 9 a.m. Wednesday and ended when school let out. The Covert lockdown happened the same day Decatur Schools were closed due to a threat found in a restroom.. ...Read Full Story

Man Recovering After Being Shot By Arrow

Michigan State Police are looking for the archer who shot a man in the neck with an arrow in a wooded area in Almena Township, just before 1 pm Sunday. Investigators say 61-year-old Michael Downey was walking along a trail close to the eastern edge of Van Buren County near 28th Street when the arrow went through his neck. He was able to walk back to his car and drive to a nearby home where medical assistance was summoned and the police notified. Downey was rushed into surgery at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo and may need another surgery, but will recover. Authorities say had the arrow been just a couple of inches off, it could have killed him. Downey was wearing a hunting vest. MSP investigators are asking for anyone who may have information about who was in the woods on Sunday to give them a call.. ...Read Full Story

Lawmakers Talk Marijuana Licensing

State officials held an education session Monday in East Lansing for medical marijuana license applicants. The topics included construction code standards for facilities, along with information on the paying the excise tax due to the state. Director of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation Andrew Brisbo told Michigan News Network applying will also be costly.. ...Read Full Story

Seniors Could Get Help With Home Repairs

Climbing a staircase or stepping into a bathtub are among the everyday tasks that can become a challenge to folks as they age, and also sometimes a danger. A bill now before the Michigan House could help aging Michiganders address these concerns in their homes. If Senate Bill 184 is passed, adults with disabilities could receive a tax credit of up to $5,000 to make an existing home accessible, or to help purchase of a newly-built accessible home. Lisa Dedden Cooper with AARP Michigan tells us the credit could go toward modifications like grab bars, non-slip flooring, and low-rise showers.. ...Read Full Story

Legislation Clarifies Teacher Pension Rules

Legislation now introduced in the Michigan House and Senate would exempt students working part-time at a community college from contributing to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System. Co-sponsor state Senator John Proos tells WSJM News, right now, community colleges are told their part-time students do have to pay into the MPSERS. That doesn’t make sense to him.. ...Read Full Story

BH Teen Saluted By Boys And Girls Club

A Benton Harbor youth has been picked by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America as the Michigan Youth of the Year. 17-year-old Quincy Sulton is a junior at Benton Harbor High School. The Boys and Girls Club tells us he’s a member of the Joel E. Smilow Teen Center and is employed by the club as a junior instructor for the dance and drama program at the Fettig Youth Campus. Sulton tells us the club “laid the foundation that taught me compassion for others,” adding the Boys and Girls Club has given him a place to be empowered and be himself. As the Michigan Youth of the Year, Quincy will serve as an ambassador for clubs across the state, received a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys and Girls Clubs of America, along with an additional $3,000 scholarship from the Michigan Boys and Girls Club Area Council. He’ll also go on to vie for the Midwest Regional Youth of the Year this summer.. ...Read Full Story

Proposal For Life Rings Moving Forward

St. Joseph City Commissioners have indicated their support for installing life rings along the north pier. At Monday’s meeting, the city commission instructed the city manager to work out a maintenance agreement with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department for life rings to be installed at the pier. The sheriff’s department has said it could use its manpower to check the rings daily if the city installs them. St. Joe Mayor Michael Garey spoke with WSJM News about the proposal.. ...Read Full Story