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Boy Missing In Covert Township

Covert Township police are asking for help finding a missing eight-year-old boy. Xavier Preston has not been seen since 10 a.m. Sunday outside his home in the 72-thousand block of 24th Avenue in Covert. He is four-feet tall, weighs 60 pounds and has black curly hair and brown eyes. Police say he was last seen wearing a light blue jacket with grey sweat pants and green winter boots. South Haven Police and the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department are helping with the search for Preston. No AMBER Alert has been issued for the child. Police urge anyone with information on where he may be to call Covert Township Police at 269-764-8100.. ...Read Full Story

Local Rep Talks State Senate Run

Now running for the Michigan Senate in the 21st District is state Representative Kim LaSata. She tells WSJM News although she’s still on her first term in the House, she’s ready to move on up. She also thinks her time in the House has prepared her to get work done in the Senate.. ...Read Full Story

Fire Marshall Talks Snow Safety

Michigan Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer is asking all state residents to keep their fire hydrants clear of snow so they can be seen and reached by firefighters. Sehlmeyer tells WSJM News the large amount of snow we had over the weekend has made fire hydrant access a concern.. ...Read Full Story

College Financial Aid Night This Week

Coming up this month will be some events at Lake Michigan College to help students who are looking to navigate the financial aid system. LMC Financial Aid Director Kemmoree Duncomb tells WSJM News Help Night events will be held at the campuses in Benton Harbor, Niles, and South Haven on Thursday, February 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. The LMC financial aid staff will be on hand to help students fill out applications. Duncomb tells us many students have questions about aid.. ...Read Full Story

Crash Injures One

A Decatur man is hospitalized at Borgess Lee Memorial in Dowagiac after being hurt in a rollover crash Sunday morning in Pokagon Township. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department tells us 44-year-old Chad Strehlke was trying to pass another vehicle on northbound M-51 when he lost control just before 7:30 a.m. His vehicle went off the road, rolled, and crashed into a tree. The extent of his injuries has not been disclosed. Deputies have not said if alcohol or drugs played roles in the crash.. ...Read Full Story

Vacancy On RESA Board

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

Stevensville Master Plan Released

The new master plan for the village of Stevensville is now online and available for all residents to review. Southwest Michigan Planning Commission Associate Planner Ryan Fellows helped work on the document and tells WSJM News the master plan is designed to guide development within the village for several years to come. The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission sent out more than 800 survey postcards to Stevensville residents to ask what they wanted to see in the plan.. ...Read Full Story

Local Wine Festival Moving, Changing Focus

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

Local Scholarship Applications Available

The Berrien Community Foundation is taking applications for this year’s scholarships. Foundation President Lisa Cripps Downey tells us there are four new ones this year, with the BCF administering a total of more than 30. A new one this year is the Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force Scholarship.. ...Read Full Story