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Berrien County Victims Service Unit Given Award

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department’s Victims Services Unit has received an award. It’s been named the Victims Services Unit of the Year by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association. The Berrien County VCU has been around for seven years now. It works to support crime victims and their families while relieving some stress for certified police officers. When the program started, teams of two volunteers would go along with deputies when a death notification was given and stay with the next of kin until their friends or family could come. The Berrien County unit handled 58 calls in the past year, helping 686 victims.. ...Read Full Story

SWM Tourism Leaders See Benefits Of Pure Michigan

A report from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy this week concluded there’s no evidence that the Pure Michigan tourism campaign is worth the money, but if you ask local tourism leaders, they’ll tell you otherwise. Millicent Huminsky, with the Southwest Michigan Tourism Council, tells WSJM News the boom that the industry has seen recent years is partly due to the ad campaign.. ...Read Full Story

All Clear At Three Oaks School After Thursday Evacuation

Everything’s clear at Middle High School in Three Oaks after a threatening note was found in a bathroom Thursday. The building was evacuated while police were called in to check the place out. The school district sent parents a message to let them know what was going on and moved all of the kids to other buildings, depending on their grade level. A bomb sniffing dog was brought in by Michigan State Police and found nothing. The school says the message was found written on a bathroom stall around 10 a.m., and all was clear by 2:30. The case remains under investigation.. ...Read Full Story

Chicago To Honor Cubs With Parade Friday

Chicago plans to honor its World Series champion Cubs with a parade and rally on Friday. The celebration will start about 10 a.m. when the team leaves Wrigley Field and heads for downtown Chicago. The official parade is scheduled to start at 11 a.m., traveling along Michigan Avenue and then along Columbus Drive near Lake Michigan before heading to Grant Park. Fans are encouraged to line that route. Officials expect the Cubs motorcade to arrive in Grant Park around noon, when there will be a rally at Hutchinson Field. The rally and parade come two days after the team won its first World Series championship in 108 years. The city says closed water bottles will be allowed into the rally and food vendors will be on site.. ...Read Full Story

Voting Open In Latest Celebrated Service Awards

Voting has opened in the sixth annual Celebrated Service Awards. The awards are handed out each year by Celebration Cinema to recognize businesses in each of its service areas that give their customers the best treatment. In the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph area, the nominees this year are All Star Family Chiropractic, Biggby Coffee, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cafe Mosaic, the Chatterbox Bar & Grill, the Hilton Garden Inn, Jimmy Johns of Benton Harbor, the Mason Jar Cafe, Silver Harbor Brewing Company, and Zoup. The winner will receive special promotions on Celebration Cinema screens and $5,000. You can vote for your favorite at CelebratedService.com. Or, you can vote via text message this year. Below are the instructions.. ...Read Full Story

Report Recommends Slowing Pace Of Charter Schools

The rapid growth of charter schools could lead to the privatization of America’s public school system, according to a new report from the Independent Media Institute. It says 40% of the nation’s 6,700 charter schools are part of corporate chains or franchises. Stan Salett, report co-author, says most major -S cities are now divided into private and public tracks, and argues the future of one of the nation’s few institutions where people from diverse backgrounds come together is at risk.. ...Read Full Story