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Humane Society Triples Donation

The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan has received a donation from the Benton Harbor-Fairplain Lions Club that now has triple its original value because of the ongoing capital building fund. Humane Society General Operating Manager Alissa Saul tells WSJM News the Lions Club gave $5,000, and then it turned into $15,000.. ...Read Full Story

Celebrated Service Award For Sophia’s

The winner of Celebration Cinema’s 2018 Celebrated Service Award is Sophia’s House of Pancakes in Benton Township. Each year, the theater chain’s employees nominate businesses for the honor, and then the public votes on the winner. A Celebrated Service Award is given out in each of Celebration Cinema’s service areas. The award is intended to salute those local businesses who go out of their way to make the guest know they’re appreciated. As the winner, Sophia’s House of Pancakes will receive a $2,500 cash prize, specialized training at ZingTrain in Ann Arbor, and movie watch parties for its employees at the theater.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor-Area Road Closure Starting Monday

The Berrien County Road Department has announced a road closure in the Benton Harbor area. It tells us Crystal Avenue from Napier Avenue to Empire Avenue will be closed for two weeks starting Monday for water main work. A signed detour route will be posted on Napier Avenue, Pipestone Road, M-139, and Empire Avenue. Anyone with questions can contact the Berrien County Road Department.. ...Read Full Story

Red Arrow Project Suspended For Year

The Berrien County Road Department has suspended work on Red Arrow Highway just south of Bridgman until early spring. It had been reconstructing the road from south of town to Browntown Road. It has the first of two layers of new asphalt placed over the entire existing roadway, and minor alterations have been made to the drives to allow for vehicle traffic and winter operations. That area of Red Arrow Highway will be stripped and all four lanes open for the winter. It’s anticipated temperatures will not be warm enough to allow for the rest of the asphalt operations this year. The Berrien County Road Department says it will watch the road closely throughout the winter to make sure it remains safe.. ...Read Full Story

Andrews U Talks Partnership With Ghana

Andrews University expects to increase the number of students from Ghana attending its campus in Berrien Springs. That’s after Andrews President Andrea Luxton this week signed the agreement with the Ghana ambassador to the United States to create educational opportunities for that country’s citizens. Andrews Dean of Business Ralph Trecartin tells WSJM News the deal will most likely attract business students who serve the government of Ghana.. ...Read Full Story

State Promoting Foster Adoptions

November is Adoption Month in Michigan, when the state encourages everyone to learn more about the need for adoptive families. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Bob Wheaton tells WSJM News at any given time, there are more than 13,000 kids in the foster system in the state. Right now, 320 of them are hoping to be adopted.. ...Read Full Story

Law: Drivers Must Slow When Passing Emergencies

From the Associated Press — Michigan drivers will be required to slow down when passing an emergency, maintenance or utility vehicle that is on the side of the road. A law signed Thursday by Governor Rick Snyder mandates that motorists slow by 10 mph below the posted speed limit and, if possible, move over a lane when passing a police or emergency vehicle on the side of the road. The law takes effect in mid-February and replaces a current requirement that drivers proceed with caution and move over when passing such vehicles.
Violators will be subject to a $400 fine. Snyder says the law will better protect emergency responders and workers on  busy roadways. He says he hopes more Michiganders “will slow down and give a lane.”. ...Read Full Story

Body Found On Shore Came From Wisconsin

Michigan State Police say the body found on the Lake Michigan shore this week in Casco Township came from the other side of the lake. The body is that of 59-year-old Daniel Sprecksel of Racine, Wisconsin, and investigators say his death is not suspicious. Sprecksel had been reported missing in Wisconsin on October 17 after he had been fishing on a pier.. ...Read Full Story