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Paw Paw Woman Killed In Crash

A 27-year-old Paw Paw woman has died after crashing her car into a tree late Thursday night in Pine Grove Township. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department says the crash happened shortly before midnight in the 27-thousand block of 20th Avenue. The woman died after being taken to the hospital, and it’s not known if she was wearing a seat belt. She was believed to have been drinking prior to the wreck. Police don’t know what caused her to go off the road and hit the tree, and her name has not been released.. ...Read Full Story

SMC Graduates 403

403 students were graduated from Southwestern Michigan College at its 52nd annual commencement last month. SMC says it awarded 158 associate in arts degrees, 35 associate in acience degrees, 171 associate in applied science degrees, and 39 certificates at the event at the Zollar Building. Additionally, Ferris State University conferred 42 bachelor’s degrees to students that day. SMC says among the grads were four students with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. The latest class of graduates comes from all over Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.. ...Read Full Story

Graduation For West Michigan Veterans Court Monday

The West Michigan Regional Veterans Court will hold its 14th graduation ceremony on Monday, and presiding will be Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack. The West Michigan Regional Veterans Court covers Allegan, Ottawa, and Van Buren counties, and was set up about four years ago. That’s according to Van Buren County District Judge William Baillargeon, who spoke with WSJM News.. ...Read Full Story

Board Not Commenting On CEO Departure, State Offer

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education met on Thursday to take care of some housekeeping, but questions linger about what’s next for the school district. Speaking with us after the session where the board voted to seek its state aid anticipation note, Vice President Joseph Taylor couldn’t comment on Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s offer of another week for the board to decide on a proposal to suspend operations at the high school in exchange for debt relief.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Area Emergency Services Deputy Chief Retiring

The deputy chief and fire marshal for South Haven Area Emergency Services will serve his final day on duty this Friday. SHAES says Tony Marsala is retiring after 34 years with the department. His career has taken him from Covert to South Haven Township, and then to the South Haven Fire Department, which is now SHAES, starting in 1985. Marsala decided to become a first responder at a young age, starting out as an EMT and training to be a firefighter while he was still in high school. He was the South Haven Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year in 1989, and promoted to captain in 2008. He’s been deputy chief and fire inspector since 2010.. ...Read Full Story

Pesticide Collection Event This Month

This month will bring a chance for anyone in Berrien County to rid themselves of unneeded pesticides. Berrien County Environmental Property Manager Jill Adams tells WSJM News a Clean Sweep pesticide collection day will be Wednesday, June 26. You have to register at least two weeks in advance. She says it’s a free way for anyone to get rid of old pesticides so they don’t wind up in the environment. Last year’s two summer events collected more than 27,000 pounds of pesticides.. ...Read Full Story

Jobs Program For Mentally Ill Showing Progress

The employment rate is going up in Michigan for those suffering from a major mental illness and getting one form of state help. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Lynn Sutfin says the latest report shows in 2018 there was 30% employment among those who received Individual Placement and Support services, compared to an employment rate of 10% in 2016. Sutfin says Individual Placement and Support services, or IPS, is a state program that helps people living with behavioral health conditions find jobs.. ...Read Full Story

Mayor: No High School, No Senior PGA

A day after Governor Gretchen Whitmer came to Benton Harbor and defended her administration’s plans to close Benton Harbor High School, Mayor Marcus Muhammad has made an apparent call for the Senior PGA Championship to be disrupted. The PGA event is slated to be held at Harbor Shores next May. On his Facebook page Thursday, Muhammad wrote “No High School in the City of Benton Harbor, No Kitchen Aid Senior PGA Tournament in the City of Benton Harbor.” He also posted the hashtags WhitmerGetUp, redistribute the pain, and education 1st. Muhammad told The Herald Palladium, “The Facebook post is exactly what it says. If there’s no support to keep Benton Harbor High School in the city of Benton Harbor, then there’s no support for the Senior PGA, a Steelhead Triathlon or any other grand excursion where people want to come and turn Benton Harbor into a haven for the rich and powerful while the children in the community wallow in hell.” The Herald Palladium posted the mayor’s response on its own Facebook page.. ...Read Full Story