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SWM Treasurers Promote Program For Struggling Homeowners

County and state officials around Michigan are reminding homeowners of a resource they can turn to if they find themselves having trouble paying their mortgages or property taxes. At an event at the county administration building this week, Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski and Van Buren County Treasurer Karen Makay talked about the Step Forward Michigan program. Makay told WSJM News Van Buren County has had 214 homeowners qualify for the program since 2010.. ...Read Full Story

Rock 107 Radio Supports Mental Health Organization

WSJM sister station Rock 107 WIRX has chipped in to help promote mental health in southwest Michigan. On Wednesday, morning host Brock Havens stopped by MI Journey in Benton Harbor to drop off a check. MI Journey is where folks who are struggling with mental illness can turn for counseling. MI Journey’s Anna-Magdalena Christianson spoke with WSJM News.. ...Read Full Story

BH Income Tax Oversight Board Selected

The committee that will oversee the city of Benton Harbor’s new income tax has now been chosen. At a session this past week, the Benton Harbor City Commission approved eight applicants for the body that will make recommendations for the use of the more than $2 million the tax is expected to generate. City Commissioner Juanita Henry voted no on each applicant because the city’s deadline to take applications for the committee was supposed to be December 27.. ...Read Full Story

Dowagiac Man Drowns While Ice Fishing

A Dowagiac man has drowned after he fell through the ice on the St. Joseph River near South Bend while fishing Friday afternoon. Deputies say a witness saw 43-year-old Leonard Baldwin disappear through the ice, but they could do little until divers arrived. They searched the river and recovered the body in about 12 feet of water. Fire department officials in South Bend tell our newsgathering partners at WNDU NewsCenter 16 that there wasn’t anywhere near enough ice on the lake to support anyone, and there was water on top of the ice. The man was underwater for about an hour before his body was recovered.. ...Read Full Story

Man Dies After Crash Into Lake In Bangor Twp

A couple in an SUV drove off the end of a private drive in the dark, and wound up in School Section Lake in Van Buren County’s Bangor Township just after 8 pm Friday. The woman managed to get out and get back to shore to get help. Members of the South Haven Area Emergency Services team pulled the man from the submerged vehicle. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. The man has been identified as 22 year old Jezreel Wallace of Bangor. The woman, who was driving, is a 21 year old from South Haven. Police believe the crash was alcohol-related.. ...Read Full Story

Harbor Country Trail Gets Boost From Pokagon Fund

The Marquette Greenway hiking and biking trail in Harbor Country is getting a financial boost. The Pokagon Fund held a giveback dinner at the Bentwood Tavern in New Buffalo last week, raising nearly 97-hundred dollars of the $25,000 target to pay for pre-development work on the trail. Once completed, the Marquette Greenway will be 58 miles long and go from downtown New Buffalo to Calumet Park in Chicago. To date, 28 miles of the trail have either been built or funded. The Pokagon Fund is raising money for the 3.8 miles of the trail in Michigan, and they’ve got a goal to raise $200,000 for it in order to leverage state and federal grants in 2018.. ...Read Full Story

Tomorrow Expected To Be Frantic Shopping Day

Estimates from retailers show more than 90% of consumers do their holiday shopping after Cyber Monday. This weekend’s Super Saturday is the second busiest shopping day of the year. Best Buy Shopping expert Bianca Jones told Michigan News Network this week about some of the most popular presents this year.. ...Read Full Story