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SWM Association Of Realtors Getting New Leader

The Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors is getting a new leader. The organization announced this week that Executive Vice President Gary Walter is retiring next month after having served for the past 32 years. Walter will be replaced by Philip Amodeo, from Arlington, Texas. Amodeo has been a realtor in Indiana, Nevada, and Texas during his more than 25 years in the business. Paul Dumke, President of the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors, says the group will miss Gary Walter’s “unparalleled commitment to our association and community.”. ...Read Full Story

Work Underway On New Development In Downtown Bridgman

There’s a big new development on the way for downtown Bridgman. The vacant buildings on the south side of Red Arrow Highway at Lake Street downtown will soon be the site of the Monogram Centre, a residential and commercial development planned by Marty and Chris Mason. Chris tells WSJM News his dad bought the property because he wants to see activity there.. ...Read Full Story

MI GOP To Remove Grassroots Leader

The Michigan Republican Party is planning to remove its grassroots leader for her refusal to back Donald Trump in the presidential election.
GOP spokeswoman Sarah Anderson said Monday that grassroots vice chairwoman Wendy Day’s position is at odds with a bylaw requiring the party’s elected leaders to support the Republican ticket. Day is refusing to resign and says her stance against Trump will “protect what the party has stood for.” Anderson says Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel hopes to make Day’s position vacant later Monday. Anderson says Republicans are welcome to their own opinion on the presidential race, but Day – as one of 12 elected leaders – must back the entire GOP ticket.
Matt Hall, a state committee member, asked McDaniel on Saturday to remove Day from her post.. ...Read Full Story

Vandalia Woman Found Safe

A Vandalia woman who was reported missing last week has been found. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department tells WSJM News 48-year-old Ramona Huffman left on her own free will, and is not in any danger. She was last seen in the area Tuesday evening. Now that she’s been located, the case is closed.. ...Read Full Story

Next Presidential Debate Wednesday

Wednesday is the last time the presidential candidates will share a stage before November’s election — as the final debate is set to take place at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Ed Sidlow, a political science professor at Eastern Michigan University, says this year is similar to elections of the past.. ...Read Full Story

Lakeland Gets Donation From Hanson Family For Expansion

Construction will get underway in the spring on a massive expansion of Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. The new Lakeland Medical Center Pavilion will include the Hanson Heart Center, named for donors Merlin and Carolyn Hanson and their family. Lakeland Health President and CEO Dr. Loren Hamel talked to WSJM News about the family’s $1.5 million donation, which was announced this week.. ...Read Full Story

Worker At Detroit Auto Plant Has Legionnaires’ Disease

(Detroit, MI – AP) Fiat Chrysler says an employee at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The automaker says in a statement Friday that it hasn’t been determined where the employee may have come in contact with bacteria that cause the disease. FCA says that “out of an abundance of caution” the automaker is testing water sources at the plant. The company says it’s in contact with appropriate agencies, which would include health officials, and plans to cooperate as needed with them. Legionnaires’ disease is a pneumonia caused by bacteria that thrive in warm water and infect the lungs. Cooling systems can be a carrier. The disease has received recent attention in the Flint area, where there’s been an outbreak amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water.. ...Read Full Story