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Huge Crowd packs Summer Jam

Shadowland Pavilion at Silver Beach in Saint Joseph was a busy place on Saturday afternoon and evening as 97.5 Y-Country held its annual Summer Jam event. More than three-thousand people showed up to see Stephan Neal, Jared Knox, and headliner Michael Ray. Y-Country Summer Jam started in 1998. From 2005 through 2011, the event was part of the Sunday festivities at the Venetian Festival on the St. Joseph River, which is no longer in existence. The event has always highlighted bright, new, rising Country stars. Over the years, headliners have included artists and groups such as Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Darryl Worley, Jack Ingram, Luke Bryan, Lee Bryce, Parmalee, Cassadee Pope, and more!. ...Read Full Story

It was originally a golf outing fundraiser for breast cancer research and awareness. It changed its focus this year as a benefit for three St. Joseph children. The Denise Bohn Strong Golf Outing was held on Saturday. For the past six years, the event was known as “Tee-Off for TaTas”. Proceeds are going to the children of Denise Bohn-Stewart, who was killed by her husband in a murder-suicide at their home in April. The golf outing was at the Indian Lake Hills in Eau Claire to ensure their kid have the resources they need as they grow up. Event Organizer Kim Thum says the turnout was great…. ...Read Full Story

Security Enhancements Being Made At Berrien County Courthouse

Two additional deputies will now serve as full-time guards at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph. The county board of commissioners approved the expenditure at a Thursday meeting in response to last month’s courthouse shootings. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey says they used to always have two deputies or one deputy and a bailiff transport inmates, but budget cuts around 2005 meant there were fewer deputies employed at the courthouse. He says always having two officers with the inmate will immediately improve security. The department is making other changes, as well.. ...Read Full Story

Electronics Recycling Event Set For This Month

Berrien County will hold another free electronics recycling event this month at Love Creek County Park in Berrien Center. Any county resident can come out on Wednesday, August 17 between 3 and 7 p.m. to drop off old, unwanted electronic items so they can be properly recycled. The only items for which there will be a fee are televisions and computer monitors, which will cost $20 and $10, respectively. For a complete list of the items that will be accepted, go to BerrienCounty.org/Recycle. You can also call 983-7111, extension 8234.. ...Read Full Story

Ann Arbor Bans Tobacco Sales To Those Under 21

Ann Arbor is banning the sale of tobacco to people under 21. City Council voted 9-2 on Thursday to give final approval to an ordinance raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the city from 18. It’s joining the Tobacco 21 movement, which has been embraced by other communities in the U.S. The Ann Arbor News reports it takes effect January 1. Councilman Kirk Westphal says he’s “happy to do anything we can to play a leadership role on this effort in Michigan.” Supporters argue that the measure will make it harder for teens to get cigarettes, help prevent early tobacco addiction and save lives. Opponents argue it’s an overreach by the city and say those under 21 will go to other nearby
communities to buy cigarettes.. ...Read Full Story

Two Pick Up Flu From West MI Pig

Officials say two people who participated in a county fair in western Michigan picked up the flu from a sick pig. The Muskegon County health department is trying to reach other pig exhibitors who may have become ill. The county fair was held July 25-30. Jennifer Eisner of the state health department says the sick people were not admitted to a hospital. The flu is known as a variant of H3N2. A federal lab in Ames, Iowa, confirmed that the pig had the virus. Symptoms of the swine flu in people can be similar to other flu viruses: fever, aches and vomiting. The federal government says Michigan had nine cases from 2012 through 2015.. ...Read Full Story

Kalamazoo Fountain Added To National Register of Historic Places

A fountain in downtown Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park that’s been criticized for its depiction of a Native American and a settler has been given its own listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the “Fountain of the Pioneers” was previously on the register as part of the Bronson Park Historic District, but was approved this year for individual inclusion. Designed by Alfonso Iannelli and installed in 1940, it depicts a settler standing above an Indian wearing a headdress. Iannelli said in a 1940 statement that it was meant to convey “the advance of the pioneers and the generations that follow” with the Indian in “a posture of noble resistance.” The fountain was intended to depict history in Kalamazoo, but it’s been criticized as being racist.. ...Read Full Story

Opioid Abuse Summit This Month In Cass County

A summit on the state’s growing opioid abuse problem will be held this month at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac. The all-day event slated for August 19 was partly organized by Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz, who says law enforcement and health professionals need to work together to help solve the opioid crisis. Fitz tells us special guest speaker will be Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, who headed a commission to examine the opioid issue.. ...Read Full Story

Olympics Get Underway Amid Zika Concerns

More than 40 athletes with Michigan ties will compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Opening ceremonies were held Friday in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The games are happening with concerns about the Zika virus, as it’s circulating in Brazil and other parts of Latin America. Michigan State Entomology and Microbiology Professor Ned Walker says anyone at the Olympics is at risk, especially pregnant women.. ...Read Full Story