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LMC conducting Community Survey

Lake Michigan College is seeking the community’s help in setting its goals for the future. It’s launched an online survey to ask everyone what they think should be LMC’s priorities. LMC tells us the first part of the survey asks for five key words or phrases that describe what the college should strive to achieve. The second part asks for feedback about the college’s current goals, which are academic excellence, student success, and community impact. The college’s 2019-2024 Strategic Planning Committee says it will use information collected through the survey to “hopefully end up with a statement that is shorter and more memorable, as well as more specific to our region and culture.” You can find the survey right here.. ...Read Full Story

Women’s Unity Walk This Saturday

A women’s unity march is planned for this weekend in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Berrien County Democratic Women Chair Kim Jorgensen Gane tells WSJM News the event is to learn about challenges women face, to amplify the voices of women in Berrien County, and to foster coalitions. On hand will be a variety of speakers.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien Commissioners Signal Support For Trail Project

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners has given the green light to the Berrien County Road Department to seek a $1.5 million grant for a trail project near New Buffalo. County Administrator Bill Wolf tells WSJM News the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission is working with the city of New Buffalo, New Buffalo Township, the Pokagon Fund, and others as it seeks the Transportation Alternative Program grant.. ...Read Full Story

United Way Announces Record Fundraising Year

The United Way of Southwest Michigan is marking a record fundraising year. At its annual celebration at Lake Michigan College Thursday, the organization announced it raised more than $4.2 million with its 2018 campaign. United Way of Southwest Michigan President Anna Murphy tells WSJM News the region cares.. ...Read Full Story

Group Asks Court For Decision On Minimum Wage Legislation

The Michigan chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business is filing an amicus brief urging the state Supreme Court to issue an opinion on the GOP lame-duck legislature’s gutting of the state minimum wage law. Supporters of a higher minimum wage say the action was an unconstitutional gutting of a ballot proposal that the legislature blocked from reaching voters. That raises the possibility of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the action. NFIB’s Charlie Owens.. ...Read Full Story

Energy Rebate For Benton Harbor Schools

A recent project to increase energy efficiency at Benton Harbor Area Schools has resulted in a rebate of just under $5,000 being awarded to the district by Indiana Michigan Power. At this week’s district CEO meeting, I&M’s Jason Whitman said the schools replaced 250 light fixtures to house efficient LED lighting.. ...Read Full Story

Two Arrested Following Overnight AMBER Alert Out Of Upper Peninsula

The alerts in the middle of the night likely woke up thousands of Michiganders regarding an AMBER Alert in the Upper Peninsula town of Paradise. There is a happy ending to that situation. Michigan State Police canceled the alert a little after 1 a.m. once they found five-year-old Zephaniau Cunningham alive and safe and arrested two adults, including abduction suspect George Cunningham. Troopers had found his pickup truck within a half-hour of the AMBER Alert buzzing phones and triggering broadcast alerts throughout Michigan, and then found all three people a short time later.. ...Read Full Story

Five Governors Opposing Trump Plan To Cut Great Lakes Spending

From the Associated Press — Governors of five states oppose President Donald Trump’s call for a 90 percent spending cut for a Great Lakes cleanup program. The president’s 2020 budget offers $30 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which gets $300 million most years. It removes toxic pollution, prevents algae blooms and species invasions, and restores wildlife habitat. The governors said Wednesday the cut would cost jobs, hurt tourism and jeopardize public health. They urged Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, a former Indiana governor, to fully fund the program. Issuing the statement were Democratic Governors Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, along with Republican Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said numerous states, local governments and others also support the program and that more details on the federal role will be released later.. ...Read Full Story

State Promotes Early College Program

The Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development is highlighting an early college program in Allegan County as a model for how more students could receive a college education, and for free. The Early College Allegan County program gives high school students a chance to earn an associate’s degree from Lake Michigan College before they even finish high school, says TED spokesperson Erica Quealey.. ...Read Full Story

State Board Talks BHAS

Benton Harbor Area Schools was a topic of discussion this week for the Michigan State Board of Education. At a Tuesday meeting, Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles said the School Reform Office has heard back from the Michigan Attorney General’s office regarding what happens to the school district’s cooperative agreement once the SRO ceases to exist on July 1. Alles said there will be three options.. ...Read Full Story

Trump Budget Includes Funding For New Soo Lock

President Trump is seeking more than $75 million for work on the new Soo Lock project in Sault Ste. Marie. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the money would be used to start construction of the upstream approach walls, continue the design of the New Soo Lock chamber, and finish construction of the upstream channel deepening. The Corps tells us the upstream approach walls will stabilize the existing approach walls to allow for modern vessels to tie up and wait their turn to pass through the new lock. It’s anticipated the wall designs will be finished in late 2019, and the construction contract will be awarded in summer 2020. Army Corp Lieutenant Colonel Greg Turner says the appropriation keeps the project on track for completion in seven to ten years from the start of construction. You can find out more about the new Soo Lock project right here.. ...Read Full Story

Humane Society Of The US Calling On Public To Pressure Mattawan Lab To End Dog Testing

It’s legal, but the Humane Society of the United States says testing being done on 36 beagles in Mattawan at Charles River Labs is abhorrent and immoral. The nonprofit released video footage shot undercover at what used to be MPI Research of the dogs being force-fed a fungicide made by Dow AgroSciences that Dow has admitted wasn’t needed scientifically. The Humane Society is calling for the beagles to be released, and has launched an online petition to try to force Charles River Labs to end the tests. The videos were shot over the course of 100 days last year, with more than two dozen experiments being done on the dogs during that time. Several died as a result.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Township Police Investigating Weekend Shooting

Benton Township police are looking for suspects after a 30-year-old man was shot twice in the leg early Sunday morning. The department says the man told police from his bed at Spectrum Health Lakeland’s emergency room that he was in an argument with a man over a woman at the Rock Starz Rental Hall at the Orchards Mall around 4:30 in the morning when he heard gunshots and realized he’d been hit. The victim got a ride to the hospital with a friend and has since been released. Police have not released any description of the other man involved in the argument.. ...Read Full Story

BH CEO Talks About Charter Option

Benton Harbor Area Schools CEO Robert Herrera has spoken with the Michigan Department of Treasury about the possibility of the district going charter. At Tuesday’s CEO meeting, Herrera said the state came to him about the idea, and as he understands it, forming a charter would take care of the district’s $18 million debt.. ...Read Full Story

Many BH Seniors Not On Track To Graduate This Year

Of 138 seniors at Benton Harbor High School this year, only 38 are currently on track to graduate. That was one of many things Benton Harbor Area Schools CEO Robert Herrera told the community at a Tuesday meeting. He said a recent audit of the graduation numbers of this year and last year found many students far off track. Herrera told WSJM News when they can be helped, they will be.. ...Read Full Story

Donation Helps Food Charity Expand

The charitable arm of drug maker Perrigo is donating $130,000 to a non-profit that provides food to kids in need in Allegan County. Kids’ Food Basket will receive the first ceremonial check this week in Holland. Perrigo tells us the first $30,000 will go toward programing in Ottawa County to sustain 900 students this academic year at six schools and sites. The additional $100,000 will be used for Kids’ Food Basket’s expansion into Allegan County, which will help reach more at-risk children. Allegan is where Perrigo’s North American Head of Operations is located. According to Kids’ Food Basket, nearly 12,000 Allegan County residents are food-insecure, with 24% of the population being children under the age of 18.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien County Seeking Input On Parks Plan

Public input is being sought by the Berrien County Parks Department for the next parks master plan. Berrien County Parks Director Brian Bailey tells WSJM News the plan is needed to qualify for state grants. It outlines improvements planned at county parks. Bailey says meetings will be held throughout 2019 at different locations for residents to weigh in. He says the last meeting attracted plenty of interest.. ...Read Full Story

Police Looking For Persons Of Interest In BH Shooting

Police are asking for help in finding two brothers who may have been present at the time of a fatal shooting in Benton Harbor last summer. The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety tells us officers responded to a call to clear a party in the early morning hours of July 1 when they heard gunshots in the area of the 900 block of Lavette. It was discovered 22-year-old Aundre J. Sanders had been shot and killed. The case remains unsolved. Benton Harbor Public Safety detectives would like to speak with Jamaal and William Roseburgh, who witnesses say were there at the shooting. On July 3, an absconder warrant was issued for Jamaal Roseburgh. Anyone who knows the location of either Roseburgh brother is asked to contact the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan OKs Medical Marijuana For Cerebral Palsy

From the Associated Press — The state of Michigan has added cerebral palsy to a list conditions for which people can register to use medical marijuana. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced its decision Monday. It followed a unanimous recommendation from a review panel. The department also rejected adding chronic aggressive behavior to the list, after panel members unanimously recommended denial. Other medical conditions on Michigan’s list include cancer, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain. Roughly 293,000 patients are registered with the state to grow their own marijuana or obtain it from 41,000 registered caregivers who can supply a limited number of people. Michigan voters last year legalized marijuana for recreational use, too.. ...Read Full Story

The Show Will Go On

Despite a few objections, the show will go on. The St. Joseph city commission this week unanimously approved the request of St. Joseph Today to hold the BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 18. June Bowman was among a couple of residents who have some issues with the annual concert.. ...Read Full Story

Kalamazoo Officer Shot Responding To Shooting

A Kalamazoo Public Safety officer is hospitalized after being shot responding to a report of a shooting at a plasma donation center. The officer’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. A former employee of the Biomat USA Plasma Center in downtown Kalamazoo is accused of entering the building Tuesday and opening fire. Employee Lisa Walterhouse tells the “Kalamazoo Gazette” the man told people to call 911, and then they took off running. A statement from Kalamazoo Public Safety does not say anything about an active shooter situation, and they say there is no current threat to the public.. ...Read Full Story

Royalton Twp Approves Vail Rubber Expansion And Tax Break

Vail Rubber’s expansion into Royalton Township is moving ahead. The township board has approved the creation of an Industrial Development District and granted the St. Joseph company a 12-year tax abatement for its new building that will be built at the southwest corner of Glenlord and Hollywood. Construction will start next month and be done in March 2020. Vail Rubber Works expects to create at least 10 new jobs with the expansion. The company was founded in 1892 to make rubber railroad ties, and had adapted ever since.. ...Read Full Story

River Valley High School Teacher On Leave, Under Investigation

A River Valley High School science teacher is on administrative leave while Michigan State Police investigate allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student. MSP Niles Post Assistant Commander Melinda Logan confirms to WSJM News that Chikaming Township Police contacted a detective to ask for a potential criminal investigation, as some of the alleged incidents did not occur in their jurisdiction. Logan adds the detective and Superintendent Will Kearney met Monday afternoon, and more interviews are being done to determine if any crime was committed. In a statement, Kearney identifies the teacher as Richard Jasso and reports he was placed on leave last week by the school district. He adds the district is fully cooperating with the police investigation.. ...Read Full Story

Judge Says Panel Had Authority To Complete Oil Pipeline Deal

A judge has ruled that a Michigan panel’s approval of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac should stay intact even though a state law set unconstitutionally long terms for the authority’s members. Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello issued his ruling Friday. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority was created by lawmakers in December to complete a deal between the state and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge to drill a tunnel below the channel that links Lakes Huron and Michigan. It will encase a segment of the pipeline. The authority’s members were given six-year terms.. ...Read Full Story

Policy League Praises Budget Proposal

With Michigan’s budget process kicking into high gear, some policy groups are praising Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s proposals to improve the lives of state residents. Whitmer’s first executive budget recommendation totals $60.2 for Fiscal Year 2020, more than 3% higher than the last budget. With funding to improve roads, water quality, and education, the Michigan League for Public Policy’s Gilda Jacobs says the budget is embracing priorities outlined in the league’s “Owner’s Manual” for policymakers.. ...Read Full Story

Miss Bangor Olivia Ellis Wins Miss Blossomtime 2019

South Haven High School’s Olivia Ellis is this year’s Miss Blossomtime, crowned at the Mendel Center on the Lake Michigan College campus Monday night. Ellis plans to attend Manchester University in Indiana to play softball and study exercise science with the goal of becoming an athletic trainer after graduation. The rest of the court include first runner-up Claudia Moore, who was Miss Three Oaks/River Valley, second runner-up Krystin Buist, who was Miss Bridgman, and Miss Spirit of Blossomtime, Maya Schuhknecht of Buchanan was crowned Miss Congeniality. Coloma’s Sin’cere Taylor was named Mr. Blossomtime on Sunday. The Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade will feature all the community queens and kings on Saturday, May 4 starting at 1 pm.. ...Read Full Story

Lawmaker Slams Gas Tax Proposal

State Representative Beth Griffin says there’s zero chance the Michigan House will approve the 45 cent gas tax increase proposed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. We asked the Republican lawmaker from Mattawan what should be done to raise money for fixing the roads. Griffin says state leaders need to get creative instead of jacking up taxes.. ...Read Full Story

Skywarn Training This Week

Registrations are now being taken for Skywarn training in Berrien County. The Berrien County Office of Emergency Management says Skywarn is a program that teaches anyone how to spot signs of severe weather. The volunteers then become spotters for the National Weather Service to warn communities about impending dangers. In Berrien County, Skywarn training is offered through a partnership with the National Weather Service Northern Indiana Office. Right now, there are more than 330 active spotters registered in Berrien County alone. The next Skywarn training event will be this Wednesday in Berrien Springs. It runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. You can register for it right here.. ...Read Full Story

Report: Police Grow Facial Image Database

From the Associated Press — A newspaper reports the Michigan State Police’s Statewide Network of Agency Photos has grown to nearly 50 million facial images. The Detroit Free Press reports the Secretary of State’s Office has been giving state police its digital photos since 1998 and state police started using facial recognition technology in 2001. Those include ones taken for driver’s licenses or ID cards. The newspaper reports the database also can include social media images if police obtained them as part of a criminal investigation. State police spokeswoman Shanon Banner says in an email all of the agency’s facial examiners are trained by the FBI and any matches between suspect photos and database photos “only provide ‘investigative leads’ back to the investigating agencies.” She says the photos “are never considered to be positive identification.”. ...Read Full Story

State Warns Of Healthcare Data Breach

From the Associated Press — Hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents potentially affected by a health care data breach are being urged to take extra precautions about their personal information. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Department of Insurance and
Financial Services Director Anita Fox on Monday issued a warning about the breach involving Detroit-based Wolverine Solutions Group.
The breach was discovered last year. Information of more than 600,000 in Michigan may have been affected, including customers of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan, McLaren Health Care, Three Rivers Health and North Ottawa Community Health System. Wolverine Solutions Group says it mailed letters to all impacted individuals. The company says compromised information could include names, addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers, insurance contract information and numbers, phone numbers and medical information.. ...Read Full Story

Indiana Michigan Power Announces Program For Electric Vehicles

Indiana Michigan Power is launching a new program for the owners of electric cars to save money on charging them. It says those customers can now get lower rates by charging their vehicles during off-peak hours using a sub-meter. The sub meter would be connected to a customer’s electrical panel and reduce the amount of equipment needed, possibly lowering installation costs. I&M tells us the Michigan Public Service Commission has approved the program, allowing customers to have only the electric car charging equipment on time-of-day-rates while still being billed under one account. The affected customers would receive a bill credit when charging their vehicles on nights and weekends. I&M is also offering to install the first 250 sub-meters for free. You can find out more right here.. ...Read Full Story

Upton, Stabenow Rip Trump’s Proposed Great Lakes Funding Cut

For the third straight year, President Trump’s proposed budget includes steep cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The funding was zeroed out in his first two budgets, only to be restored by Michigan’s congressional delegation. Senator Debbie Stabenow says the new budget proposal slashes the GLRI by 90%. She is predicting that just like the past two years, Michiganders will speak up and push back against the cuts.. ...Read Full Story

Cass County Semi Crash Under Investigation

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crash of a semi in Newberg Township. Deputies say the driver, 50-year-old Katherine Aris of Ypsilanti, fell asleep behind the wheel just before 6 Sunday morning on M-60 and crashed on the side of the road. The wreck resulted in around 100 gallons of fuel and oil being spilled. Aris was wearing her seatbelt and was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo to be treated for her injuries. She was headed to Detroit at the time of the accident.. ...Read Full Story

Non-Discrimination Ordinance Up For Final Approval By St. Joe City Commission

A non-discrimination ordinance with specific protections for the LGBTQ community is on the agenda for final approval tonight by the St. Joseph City Commission. Slight changes have been made since the first reading of the NDO two weeks ago. If approved, which is expected, the city will become the 45th local government in the state to enact such an ordinance as state lawmakers have been reluctant for decades to expand Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The OutCenter is hopeful the new St. Joseph ordinance will spur other local governments in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties to enact similar measures.. ...Read Full Story

Lawmaker Aims For More CTE Training

A three-bill legislative package has been introduced in the Michigan House aimed at allowing high school students more flexibility to pursue career and technical training. State Representative Beth Griffin of Mattawan tells WSJM News her piece of the package is a bill to let high school students take computer science instead of certain electives. Griffin says young people should have options to receive an education suited to their career goals.. ...Read Full Story

City Approves Creek Cleanup Easements

Benton Harbor City Commissioners have agreed to grant easements to the Berrien County Drain Commissioner for city-owned properties along Ox Creek. At Monday’s meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Duane Seats said the move was the first step toward allowing a wide-ranging cleanup of the Ox Creek drain system.. ...Read Full Story

State Police Warn About Elder Abuse

More than 500,000 elderly Americans experience abuse each year, and that’s why Michigan State Police are reminding everyone of the warning signs. MSP Trooper Holly Higgs of the Niles post tells WSJM News the abuse isn’t always physical, as she once saw with a case in Niles.. ...Read Full Story

BH Water Filter Distribution Continues

The Berrien County Health Department says it will continue to provide water filters to residents of Benton Harbor as the city works to rid itself of lead issues. Health Department spokesperson Gillian Conrad tells WSJM News they’ve given out nearly 1,700 of the filters so far this year, and will make the filters and their cartridges available in a variety of locations on a regular schedule moving forward.. ...Read Full Story

Proos Reveals Next Move

Former state Senator John Proos is ready to talk about what he’s doing next. Proos left office last year after 14 years in Michigan government. He told WSJM News on Monday he’s started a consulting firm intended to help businesses and other organizations solve government problems.. ...Read Full Story

Push Continues For Auto Insurance Reform

The Insurance Alliance of Michigan says now is the time for auto insurance reform. Director Tricia Kinley tells us the issue has attracted support from state lawmakers of both parties, and she’s optimistic this time. Kinley says the unlimited medical benefits included in policies is responsible for Michigan having the highest premiums of all the states. She says there also needs to be a fee schedule for crash-related medical treatment.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Agencies Receive Donated Emergency Kits

A citizen-led initiative has meant the donation of 22 kits for treating serious bleeding emergencies to South Haven Area Emergency Services and the South Haven Police Department. South Haven Area Emergency Services tells us the kits will now be placed in every city police and fire vehicle. The kits were bought thanks to a fundraiser organized by resident Sandy Fenske. Emergency Services Chief Ron Wise says local ambulances already have the needed equipment, but may not always be the first to arrive on scene. The new kits include a tourniquet, pressure dressing, compressed gauze for an uncontrolled bleeding wound, scissors, and protective gloves. Police Chief Natalie Thompson says the kits allow for a much more robust supply of lifesaving equipment for first responders.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Planning Sesquicentennial Celebration

Plans are underway in South Haven for the city’s sesquicentennial. It was 150 years ago in 1869 that South Haven became a village. Groups of community leaders have been meeting in recent months to discuss celebration possibilities. The official kickoff is planned for May 10th with a community picnic and other activities at Stanley Johnston Park, but the event is still in the planning stages. Visit southhaven.org/150 for historical information and planned events.. ...Read Full Story

Pokagon Band Honors Dowagiac Man

A Dowagiac man has been honored by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Elders Council for his efforts to help the community. Brian Antisdel, a Pokagon citizen, received an eagle feather at a recent ceremony led by a spiritual elder. Antisdel is well-known in the community for delivering food and water to residents, paying for negative lunch balances at the middle school, and distributing heaters to schools. He’s also delivered water to Flint and helped with safety and management during the pipeline protest at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Elders Council Chair Judy Winchester says Antisdel “has chosen a path consistent with the Seven Grandfather teachings of the Pokagon Band.” The eagle feather is an honor given to those who demonstrate strength, bravery, or act in alignment with traditional teachings.. ...Read Full Story

Consulting Firm Talks Turnaround Plan With School Board

A consulting firm out of Southfield that has helped Detroit Public Schools Community District reduce student losses could soon be helping Benton Harbor Area Schools do the same. Eric Foster with Banks and Company told school board trustees at a Thursday meeting the district needs to adopt a five-year turnaround plan that focuses on outreach and appealing to the community. That’s as the board looks to improve enrollment numbers and overcome debt. Foster said the public needs to be kept informed.. ...Read Full Story

Berrien Road Plan Now Online

The new three-year asset management plan of the Berrien County Road Department is now online. The plan covers all aspects of the road agency’s resources and lays out improvement plans for the roads over the next three years. Department Director Jason Latham told us last month this is all to ensure good planning.. ...Read Full Story

Advocates Seek More Great Lakes Funding

From the Associated Press — Advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to pump more money into programs to protect Great Lakes water quality. More than 100 representatives of organizations in the region are in Washington, D.C., this week for an annual gathering in support of funding for Great Lakes priorities such as toxic pollution cleanups and fighting invasive species. The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition organizes the trip. Policy Director Chad Lord says a high priority this year is boosting federal investment in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. The coalition wants at least $8.6 billion for the purpose, which is three times the current spending level. It also seeks $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and $3.8 million for work at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Illinois to block invasive Asian carp.. ...Read Full Story

State Rep Proposes Keeping Michigan On Standard Time

Michigan would stay on Eastern Standard Time year round and ditch the twice-annual time change under a bill from a northern Michigan lawmaker. Representative Michele Hoitenga is proposing the change, which would make the state the third to not observe Daylight Saving Time along with Arizona and Hawaii. If she’s successful, we’d be on the same time as New York for the winter, but when everyone else springs forward, Michigan would be on the same clock as Chicago and Central time. It would eliminate 10:30 pm sunsets on Lake Michigan and also end what Hoitenga calls an “antiquated” and “impractical” practice. Her bill has been sent off to the House Commerce and Tourism Committee, where it might sit until the clock expires on this session next year.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor Commission Votes No Confidence In City Manager

No specific reasons were laid out for the resolution, but the Benton Harbor City Commission has voted “no confidence” in City Manager Darwin Watson. At a hastily-called special meeting Thursday which was unable to be attended by Watson or Mayor Marcus Muhammad, Commissioner Ronald Singleton put forth the no confidence motion over the objection of Mayor Pro Tem Duane Seats.. ...Read Full Story

County Affirms Support For Recreation Projects

When Berrien County communities seek grants to improve parks, they’ll have support from the Berrien County Board of Commissioners. At this week’s meeting, the board approved a resolution stating its backing for those projects on the grounds that they are good for the health of residents. County Administrator Bill Wolf said it was a broad action covering all areas of the county. Commissioner Mamie Yarborugh said it can give a community a boost when they’re pursuing a recreation grant. The board’s resolution was approved unanimously. It came on the same day the Michigan House approved the latest list of grant recommendations from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board. The county commission’s resolution notes such support from the board is often sought by local municipalities.. ...Read Full Story

Board Votes To Borrow Operating Funds, Talks Turnaround

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education is looking to turn the school district around, and it took the first step at a meeting on Thursday. Last week, the board was told it’s facing a possible payless payday in June if it doesn’t seek a Tax Anticipation Note, borrowing operating funds against expected tax revenue. The board approved the TAN Thursday. Trustee Joseph Taylor told WSJM News talk about there being a crisis in the district is overblown.. ...Read Full Story