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Deadline Today For 2015 PropertyTaxes In Berrien County

The clock is ticking on 2015 property tax payments in Berrien County, with a deadline of the close of business today to either pay those in full or get into a payment plan to avoid being foreclosed. The Orchards Mall in Benton Township owes $275,000 in taxes for that year, and if that money isn’t paid in full by the end of the day, County Treasurer Bret Witkowski says he’ll foreclose. Witkowski says that property is not being offered the chance to get into a payment plan, but everyone else IS. The mall paid its 2014 property taxes last year at the deadline to stave off being foreclosed. Witkowski says another property that’s been in the news of late is also facing foreclosure, and that’s a home at the corner of Niles Avenue and Hoyt in St. Joseph with a tarp on the roof. The owner of the home and the city of St. Joseph have been fighting in court over repairs that haven’t been made, with the city trying to get permission to knock the house down.. ...Read Full Story

Motorcyclist Leaves Shoe At Crash Scene

Van Buren County Sheriff’s deputies are trying to find a motorcycle driver who got away from officers at a high speed early Sunday morning. Officers called off the pursuit due to the speed just after 1 a.m. Sunday in Paw Paw Township, and later found the wreckage of the bike in a corn field at the corner of County Road 358 and 70th Avenue. The driver left behind a Nike shoe and was unable to be tracked by a sheriff’s department K-9.. ...Read Full Story

City To Pursue Parks Grant Next Year

The city of St. Joseph will hold off until next year to pursue a state grant for improvements at Whirlpool Centennial Park. At Monday’s meeting, the commission was asked to allow the public works department to seek a $111,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for the work. The problem is that if the grant were to be approved this year, the city would have to come up with its roughly $260,000 match, and Mayor Michael Garey didn’t want to commit until the budget is done. He spoke with WSJM News about the issue.. ...Read Full Story

Youth Of The Year Speaks With WSJM

A 17-year-old who has been picked as the Michigan Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America says he thinks all kids with an interest should stop by the Benton Harbor club. Quincy Sulton is a junior at Benton Harbor High School who first went to the club when he was about 12 to play basketball. Ever since, he’s grown his involvement, now even working to teach drama and dance to younger kids who go. He tells WSJM News the club has enriched his life.. ...Read Full Story

PGA To Showcase Local Wine, Beer

When the Senior PGA Championship takes place this summer at Harbor Shores, lovers of fine wines and other beverages will have a chance to check of what’s made right here in southwest Michigan. The Southwest Michigan Tourism Council’s Makers Trail has set up what will be known as the Makers Trail 19th Hole between the 16th green and 17th tee at the golf course. That’s where you can sample locally-made products, including wine from Domaine Berrien Cellars. The winery’s Wally Maurer spoke with WSJM News about the opportunity.. ...Read Full Story

School Spirit Contest Winding Down

We’re down to the final four in state Senator John Proos’ annual Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament. Each year, Proos asks students throughout his district to submit photographic evidence of their school spirit to his social media accounts. He told WSJM News more.. ...Read Full Story

Parks Department Hiring Summer Help

The Berrien County Parks Department is preparing for a busy summer, and it’s looking for some help. Parks Director Brian Bailey tells WSJM News they need the usual lifeguards for Silver Beach, but also staff to do a wide variety of temporary work at all of the other county parks like Love Creek and Rocky Gap.. ...Read Full Story

Hannah Rossner; With Respect 04/01/18

John’s guest this week is Hannah Rossner, a Bridgman native who has taken her passion for movie making to the West Coast. She has made her own movie which they discuss and now is credited on a Stephen Spielberg soon-to-be-hit, which has just opened around the country. They talk about her love for movies and innovative thinking. . ...Read Full Story

Pure Michigan Benefits Quesioned

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has taken another shot at the Pure Michigan tourism advertising campaign. Mackinac Center Policy Analyst Michael LaFaive tells WSJM News a Michigan Auditor General review found more than $13 million in state tax dollars were excluded from the return-on-investment calculations made by the state’s tourism consultant for Pure Michigan in 2016. The Mackinac Center views the Pure Michigan program as not worth it.. ...Read Full Story

Parlak Decision Could Come Soon

Congressman Fred Upton is waiting for the latest word on the fate of Ibrahim Parlak. The Kurdish immigrant has been fighting deportation to Turkey for years with Upton on his side. Upton tells WSJM News he went to a reception at Parlak’s restaurant in Harbert this past weekend, just days after an immigration judge in Detroit considered Parlak’s appeal to stay in the United States.. ...Read Full Story

Senator Aims To Reduce Drug Prices

Prescription drug prices must come down. That’s the message from Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow is is introducing a three bill package to lower the cost of medicine. She told Michigan News Network there are more lobbyists in Washington for drug makers than any other industry.. ...Read Full Story

State Announces Asian Carp Winner

From the Associated Press — The state of Michigan has declared a winner in its contest to find new ideas for preventing Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. The top award of $200,000 in the “Carp Tank” competition goes to Edem Tsikata, a software consultant at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He proposed using specially designed propellers to generate a wall of bubbles that the fish would find noisy and painful, causing them to turn away. Tsikata suggested installing the mechanism on a carp-infested Illinois river that could provide a pathway to Lake Michigan. Three other proposals also received cash awards. Scientists say if Asian carp become established in the Great Lakes, they could out-compete native species. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering stepped-up defenses at an Illinois navigation lock.. ...Read Full Story

List Of Under 40 Go-Getters Released

The first ever 40 Under 40 list has been released, and it includes a cross section of southwest Michigan’s best and brightest go-getters under the age of 40. Announced on Monday’s Moody in the Morning show, the 40 Under 40 represent the future of the region in a new program just started by Moody on the Market and Mid-West Family Broadcasting. The United Way’s Charlotte Becker told WSJM News the 40 Under 40 come from the world of big business, small business, non-profits, and community groups.. ...Read Full Story

Legislation Aims To Encourage Craft Brewers

State Senator John Proos has introduced legislation designed to provide relief to small distillers who use Michigan-grown grain. He tells WSJM News his plan would change how liquor sales are handled in the state by reducing Michigan Liquor Control Commission markup prices for small distillers that use at least 40% of Michigan-grown grain.. ...Read Full Story

City Signals Life Ring Support

St. Joseph City Commissioners have indicated their support for installing life rings along the north pier. At Monday’s meeting, the city commission instructed the city manager to work out a maintenance agreement with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department for life rings to be installed at the pier. The sheriff’s department has said it could use its manpower to check the rings daily if the city installs them. St. Joe Mayor Michael Garey spoke with WSJM News about the proposal.. ...Read Full Story

Local Grower On State Panel

A local fruit grower has been picked by Governor Rick Snyder to sit on the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission. Herb Teichman, owner of the Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, will be on that body created in 2014. Teichman’s appointment to the commission was announced by the governor last week. Also announced for Michigan Tree Fruit Commission will be James Nugent of Suttons Bay and Christopher Kropf of Lowell. Members will serve three-year terms expiring March 1, 2021. The appointments must be approved by the Michigan Senate. The governor says, “I thank these individuals for their commitment to enhance Michigan’s tree fruit industry.”. ...Read Full Story

Pokagons Giving Out Easter Meals

To celebrate Easter, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s Four Winds Casinos have announced the donation of about 1,000 meals to people in need around southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. The Pokagons tell us many of the meals will be delivered through Feeding America, and each one includes a whole ham, green beans, corn, potatoes, and lemon bread. Feeding America will distribute the Four Winds donations to food pantries, meal programs, and senior centers in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties in southwest Michigan, and in northern Indiana, Feeding America will distribute the Easter meals to soup kitchens and food pantries throughout St. Joseph County. Pokagon Elders are also receiving meals. Pokagon Chairman John Warren tells us the Pokagons are proud to work with Feeding America to help people out in an area where the band has lived for hundreds of years.. ...Read Full Story

Dunes Cleanup Events Tomorrow

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is planning some clean-up events at west Michigan state parks this Saturday, and it could use some volunteers. Specifically, it tells us those who show up will be removing invasive plant species from dune areas. The work will be taking place on Saturday, March 31 at Saugatuck Dunes State Park and Warren Dunes State Park. Volunteers are invited to stop by at 10 a.m. to work through 1 p.m. at both parks. They will be removing honeysuckle, Japanese barberry and other invasive shrubs that threaten the dunes. In each case, volunteers are reminded to dress for outdoor work. Volunteers can show up to either state park at 10 a.m. on the 31st and go to the parking area.. ...Read Full Story

IRS Paycheck Calculator Released

With new tax laws now in place, the Internal Revenue Service wants to make sure everyone is paying the right amount in taxes from their paychecks. Spokesperson Alejandra Castro Nunez tells WSJM News they have an online service that enables you to check if you are taking the right amount out.. ...Read Full Story

Free Nicotine Replacement Products

Michigan’s Tobacco Quit Line is giving away free nicotine gum, patches, and lozenges through May 31. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services tells us all new enrollees in the quit smoking service can get a two-week supply. The tobacco quit line is open 24 hours a day seven days a week, and calling will put you in contact with a coach who can talk about quitting smoking. The quit line is available for people of all ages, but you have to be at least 18 to get the free nicotine replacement products. The number to call is 1-800-QUIT NOW, or 1-800-784-8669. Health officials say using nicotine replacement therapy greatly increases someone’s chances to quitting smoking successfully. You can find more information right here.. ...Read Full Story

Auto Insurance Costs Going Up

Auto insurance rates are going up in Michigan in July. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is raising the fee it charges every driver for catastrophic health care by $22. State Representative Peter Lucido of Macomb County told Michigan News Network that means drivers are now paying $192 a year to the association, the highest the fee has ever been.. ...Read Full Story

Statewide Tornado Drill Next Month

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department is inviting all area residents to take part in a statewide tornado drill next month. It tells us Governor Rick Snyder has declared April 8 through April 14 as Severe Weather Awareness Week, and the statewide tornado drill will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11. Businesses, organizations, families and individuals are encouraged to take part. Van Buren County Director of Domestic Preparedness Lieutenant Robert Kirk tells us tornadoes develop quickly with little or no warning. That’s why he says it’s important for everyone to know what to do when one does occur. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department tells us the best course of action in tornado conditions is to know lowest place to take cover, go under something sturdy, and keep a close eye on the latest weather reports. Families are also encouraged to do regular tornado drills. You can find more emergency preparedness information right here.. ...Read Full Story

Cancer Center Gets Big Boost

From the Associated Press — The University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor has been gifted $150 million to boost research. University regents are expected Thursday to approve renaming the facility the Rogel Cancer Center after Richard and Susan Rogel. The school says the gift is one of the largest to the university. It is expected to help attract and support researchers from around the world and provide grants to teams developing new approaches and technologies to advance early cancer detection, monitoring and treatment. Endowed professorships and scholarships also will be created. Richard Rogel is president of investment firm Tomay Inc. He graduated in 1970 from the university’s business school. His wife, Susan, is on the steering committee of the Victors for Michigan National Campaign Leadership Board.. ...Read Full Story

A Changing Story At BHAS

Information given to WSJM News and other media outlets this week by the acting superintendent of Benton Harbor Area Schools about a resolution approved by the school board to not renew the contracts of five administrators was wrong. Patricia Robinson told the “Herald Palladium” yesterday that what the board actually approved was a resolution to consider not renewing the contracts, and a final vote will happen on April 17. Robinson told us Wednesday that financial issues were prompting the district to eliminate the job of assistant principal at the Arts and Communications Academy, which remains factual, and also post the other jobs. That is not actually the case, and WSJM News has reached out to Robinson for further clarification. At this point, we have not received a response.. ...Read Full Story

Woman, Boyfriend Convicted In Daughter’s Death

From the Associated Press — A woman and her boyfriend have been convicted in the death of her 4-year-old daughter, who was found wrapped in blankets and duct tape at their Kalamazoo home. A jury convicted Matthew Longenecker Wednesday of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the asphyxiation death of Desaray Thompson. A separate jury found Kelly Ballinger guilty of involuntary manslaughter and first-degree child abuse in her daughter’s July death. They both were convicted of possession of meth. Authorities say the couple restrained Desaray with blankets and duct tape the night she died, including a blanket placed over her face. A medical examiner says there was evidence of past abuse, such as bruising, cuts and likely a skull fracture. Ballinger’s sentencing is scheduled for April 30 and Longenecker’s for May 7.. ...Read Full Story

AAA Warns About Distracted Driving

Almost 90% of drivers are worried about distracted driving. A new survey by AAA finding that it’s the top concern among drivers. That’s even more so than drunk driving and aggressive driving. Susan Hiltz is a spokesperson for AAA Michigan. She spoke with Michigan News Network about the issue.. ...Read Full Story

One Arrest In Meth Bust

One man is facing charges following a meth bust in Cass County this week. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department tells us its drug enforcement team searched a home in the 70,000 block of Kenmoore Drive in Ontwa Township Wednesday. It was aided by the Ontwa Township Edwardsburg Police Department. During the search, officers found methamphetamine, marijuana, and meth paraphernalia. A 41-year-old man from Goshen, Indiana was arrested. His name is being held pending arraignment in the Cass County District Court. Police say they were aided in their search by Cass County Sheriff’s Department K9 Faust, along with Cass County Animal Control. Anyone with information on drug activity in the area is asked to report it to Crimestoppers.. ...Read Full Story

Community Celebrates Tiger Champions

The streets were lined with well-wishers as the triumphant Benton Harbor Tigers basketball team rode atop a fire engine through the city Thursday in a parade to celebrate their state championship. It ended at the high school where a packed house greeted the team. Sophomore star Carlos Johnson tried to speak with WSJM News over the marching band when we asked how he felt.. ...Read Full Story

Drive Collects 10,000 Books

A recent book drive undertaken by the United Way of Southwestern Michigan collected more than 10,800 books for kids from kindergarten all the way through the 12th grade in Berrien and Cass counties. The United Way’s Julee Laurent tells WSJM News they set up collection boxes at businesses and other organizations throughout the region so folks could drop reading materials for kids in need. The United Way will now get them into the hands of kids who need them.. ...Read Full Story

State Awards Hepatitis Vaccine Grants

The Allegan County Health Department has received a $20,000 grant from the state to increase hepatitis A vaccinations. It tells us the money comes from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which set aside a total of $500,000 to help fight the state’s hepatitis A outbreak. 25 counties are receiving grants. The Allegan County Health Department tells us high-risk populations for acquiring hepatitis A, which is a liver disease, are individuals with histories of injection and non-injection drug use, the homeless, inmates, and men who have sex with men. The Allegan County Health Department tells us it will work with the Allegan County Jail, as well as other community agencies, to distribute the hep A vaccine. Anyone interested in getting the shot should call the Allegan County Health Department.. ...Read Full Story

Arrest Made In School Threat Case

An arrest has been in made in the case of a threat made this month to the Countryside Academy in Benton Township. The police department tells us officers were called to the charter high school on March 14 when a handwritten threat laced with racial language was found in a men’s room. That caused the school to be put on lockdown and then closed the following day. On Thursday of this week, the Benton Township Police Department arrested a 15-year-old boy for making the threat. He was placed at the Berrien County Juvenile Center on a charge of terrorism. Police have not said how they identified their suspect, and the investigation continues.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Talks School Safety

With hundreds of thousands of young people having held demonstrations around the country this past weekend, Congressman Fred Upton is hoping there can be some kind of gun legislation approved in Washington soon. He tells WSJM News he was out there talking with the kids protesting in St. Joseph on Saturday.. ...Read Full Story

LMC Raises Tuition

The Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees has approved a tuition hike. At a Tuesday meeting, the board voted to raise tuition for in-district students by 2% and out-of-district students by 5%. LMC leaders say increased operating expenses and expanding programs were the cause. Tuition for in-district will go up to $104 per contact hour. For out-of-district students, it will be $165 per contact hour, and for international students, it will be $242 per contact hour. LMC officials note it is still much cheaper to attend Lake Michigan College than most other higher education institutions in the state.. ...Read Full Story

Police Investigate Family Dollar Robbery

Police are looking for a suspect in the robbery of the Family Dollar store in Benton Township Wednesday night. The Benton Township Police Department tells us it happened at the store in the 1,200 block of M-139 around 8:50 p.m. Employees say a man walked into the store, pointed a handgun at an employee, and demanded money. He made off with an undisclosed amount. Police say the suspect did fire a shot while in the store, but it didn’t hit anyone. There were no injuries in the robbery. A search of the area by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department with a K9 didn’t turn up anything. The suspect is described as a thin black male, about five foot seven. Anyone with information on the robbery should call the Benton Township Police Department.. ...Read Full Story

Gun Class Sparks Backlash

From the Associated Press — A Michigan class that teaches residents how to build their own semi-automatic AR-15 rifles drew protests from gun control advocates following recent mass shootings involving the weapon. Organizers say the class held Tuesday in Marshall was planned months before the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. The shooter used an AR-15. It’s the third year the Michigan program has been held at a veterans post, but the event received negative attention this year from protesters who said the timing and the idea of creating more guns is unwelcome. Resident Pam Daume says it’s “a slap in the face to the kids who have died.”
Chris Walden teaches the class. He says participants must undergo a background check and that the guns are registered and sold only to people who can legally own them.. ...Read Full Story

Engler Talks Student Safety

Michigan State University interim president John Engler speaking following charges against Dean William Strampel. Engler told Michigan News Network their focus is to create one of the safest, if not the safest campus environment when it comes to sexual misconduct.. ...Read Full Story

Chicago Joins Michigan To Fight Asian Carp

Chicago is supporting a federal plan to shield the Great Lakes from invasive Asian carp by strengthening defenses at a crucial Illinois choke point. The city has joined the Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp, an initiative established this year. Other members include the states of Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering a $275 million plan for new measures at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois. Among them are electric fish barriers, water jets, noisemakers and other devices to prevent the carp from using Chicago-area waterways to reach Lake Michigan. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago endorses the draft plan and will do its part to protect the lakes from invasive species.. ...Read Full Story

Stabenow Targets Drug Prices

Prescription drug prices must come down. That’s the message from Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow is is introducing a three bill package to lower the cost of medicine. She told Michigan News Network there are more lobbyists in Washington for drug makers than any other industry.. ...Read Full Story

Whitmer Falls Behind

A surprising turn of events in the race for governor. Polling numbers from a MRG Michigan Survey show Democratic candidate Shri Thanedar is now leading Gretchen Whitmer by three points — 21 to 18%. Michigan News Network Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick told us more about the poll.. ...Read Full Story

Celebration Planned For Championship Team

A big celebration is in the works for the Benton Harbor High School boys basketball team. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, a parade will start at Benton Harbor City Hall, go down Pipestone Street, Union Avenue, and Empire Avenue to conclude at the high school parking lot. Benton Harbor Area Schools Interim Superintendent Patricia Robinson tells WSJM News everyone is proud of the Tigers for their state championship win on Saturday.. ...Read Full Story

Classes Canceled Again In Dowagiac

It’s another day off for students at Dowagiac Union Schools. The district will be shut down on Thursday due to threats received at the high school and the middle school on Tuesday. They remain under investigation. The Dowagiac Police Department tells us the culprit behind the middle school threat was identified and sent home with parents while the case if turned over to the prosecutor. There has been no word on whether the source of the threat at the high school has been identified. Classes at Dowagiac Union Schools remain closed for Thursday. The district is also closed for Friday, but that had been previously scheduled. Spring break is next week for the district.. ...Read Full Story

More Changes At BH Schools

Some big staff and building changes have been approved by the Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education. At a Wednesday meeting, the board voted to notify five administrators, including the high school principal, their contracts aren’t being renewed. Acting Superintendent Patricia Robinson spoke with WSJM News.. ...Read Full Story

BH Teen Honored As Youth Of The Year

A 17-year-old who has been picked as the Michigan Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America says he thinks all kids with an interest should stop by the Benton Harbor club. Quincy Sulton is a junior at Benton Harbor High School who first went to the club when he was about 12 to play basketball. Ever since, he’s grown his involvement, now even working to teach drama and dance to younger kids who go. He tells WSJM News the club has enriched his life.. ...Read Full Story

SMC Talks Long Term Plans

Leaders at Southwestern Michigan College are thinking about the long term. The board of trustees held a nine hour meeting this week to take at look at SMC’s strengths, weaknesses, and threats. President David Mathews tells WSJM News one program on the horizon is a new bachelor’s program for students who want to be teachers.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joe Seeking Water Grant

The city of St. Joseph could get a state grant to help residents replace lead water lines near their homes. At Monday’s city commission meeting, St. Joe Public Works Director Tom MacDonald said there’s a new state program offering grants of up to $1 million to improve water quality. St. Joe could reach out to residents if it gets a grant.. ...Read Full Story

Transplant Symposium Underway

Encouraging minorities to sign up for organ donations. That’s one of the main topics at a transplant symposium happening at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit this week. It’s attracting transplant experts from around the country. Transplant Dr. Jason Denny says kidney transplants are needed because renal failure from hypertension and diabetes is a concern.. ...Read Full Story

Watervliet Citgo Station Robbed

Michigan State Police are looking for three men who robbed the Citgo station on M-140 in Watervliet just before midnight Tuesday night. One of the three had a gun and got money from the register, while the other two stole lottery tickets along with a customer’s cell phone. They took off in a dark colored sedan, which the victims say might have been a Pontiac. All three wore dark clothes, hoodies and masks. No other information on the suspects has been released. Anyone with information is urged to call Michigan State Police or 9-1-1.. ...Read Full Story

Charges Against Former Nassar Boss

From the Associated Press — A prosecutor says a Michigan State University official failed to supervise Larry Nassar at a critical time when the sports doctor was facing allegations of sexual misconduct in 2014. Bill Forsyth announced charges Tuesday against William Strampel, who was dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine until December. He’s accused of willful neglect of duty in his dealings with Nassar. He’s also charged with groping female medical students. Forsyth says the neglect-of-duty charges are “somewhat nebulous” or not as
well-defined as other crimes. He says there was a “lack of supervision” over Nassar when the doctor was ordered to have another person in the room during certain exams. Nassar is serving decades in prison for sexual abuse and possessing child pornography.. ...Read Full Story

Dowagiac Schools Closed Due To Threat

Dowagiac Union Schools is closed for Wednesday due to threats found in two of the district’s buildings on Tuesday. One was found in a high school restroom, and the other in a middle school restroom. The district is closed for the day while the threats are investigated. In the case of the middle school, police found the student responsible, and turned the student over to parents. Police do not believe the threat was credible, and the case has been given to the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office for a review and juvenile petition into probate court.. ...Read Full Story

Winner Of Asian Carp Contest Announced

From the Associated Press — The state of Michigan has declared a winner in its contest to find new ideas for preventing Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. The top award of $200,000 in the “Carp Tank” competition goes to Edem Tsikata, a software consultant at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He proposed using specially designed propellers to generate a wall of bubbles that the fish would find noisy and painful, causing them to turn away. Tsikata suggested installing the mechanism on a carp-infested Illinois river that could provide a pathway to Lake Michigan. Three other proposals also received cash awards. Scientists say if Asian carp become established in the Great Lakes, they could out-compete native species. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering stepped-up defenses at an Illinois navigation lock.. ...Read Full Story

Championship To Showcase Local Beer, Wine

When the Senior PGA Championship takes place this summer at Harbor Shores, lovers of fine wines and other beverages will have a chance to check of what’s made right here in southwest Michigan. The Southwest Michigan Tourism Council’s Makers Trail has set up what will be known as the Makers Trail 19th Hole between the 16th green and 17th tee at the golf course. That’s where you can sample locally-made products, including wine from Domaine Berrien Cellars. The winery’s Wally Maurer spoke with WSJM News about the opportunity.. ...Read Full Story

Upton Hoping For Parlak Decision

Congressman Fred Upton is waiting for the latest word on the fate of Ibrahim Parlak. The Kurdish immigrant has been fighting deportation to Turkey for years with Upton on his side. Upton tells WSJM News he went to a reception at Parlak’s restaurant in Harbert this past weekend, just days after an immigration judge in Detroit considered Parlak’s appeal to stay in the United States.. ...Read Full Story