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Schuette Kicks Off New Year For OK2Say

Michigan Attorney General and Republican nominee for governor Bill Schuette is touting the success of his anti-bullying OK2SAY program for schools as it begins its fourth year. He spoke to students at Kentwood’s Crestwood Middle School this

Law Enforcement Pushing Back On Marijuana Proposal

There is a coordinated effort by law enforcement statewide to get out the “no” vote regarding the ballot proposal to legalize recreational marijuana. Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Sepic says he’s opposed to allowing “another mind-altering drug” to

Election Event In South Haven

A non-partisan forum will be held Saturday in South Haven to inform people about issues and separate fact from fiction to prepare for upcoming election. The Michigan Truth Tour will be at City Hall with their van

Festival Of Families Saturday

The annual Festival of Families held by Berrien RESA is coming up this weekend. RESA’s Karen Heath tells WSJM News the Festival of Families is an all-ages chance for everyone to have some fun and learn about

Tuesday Land Auction Nets $40,000

The fall Berrien County Land Auction netted about $40,000 for the foreclosure fund this week. Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski tells WSJM News Tuesday’s auction had lower attendance than usual. “Not as many bidders as we had

Upton Introduces Water Quality Legislation

Some PFAS-related legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House by Congressman Fred Upton and three Michigan colleagues. Upton tells WSJM News the Federal Facility Accountability Act urges federal agencies to help states deal with PFAS contamination

St. Joseph Honors Parks Board Mainstays

Two long-time members of the St. Joseph Parks Advisory Board are being recognized for a quarter-century each on the panel. Mayor Mike Garey presented honorary street signs Monday night to Sylvia Lieberg and chairwoman Gloria Mance to

Community Sues To Keep Prison Open

From the Associated Press — A township in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is suing to stop the closing of a prison. Marenisco Township in Gogebic County says the state didn’t do an economic-impact study as required by law. The

Adopt A Highway Cleanup This Weekend

The final Adopt a Highway cleanup of the year will be this week. The Michigan Department of Transportation’s Dan Weingarten told WSJM News this summer Adopt a Highway is a program that allows groups of volunteers to

Red Arrow Trail Project Planned

There will be an open house and meeting next week for Berrien County residents to learn more about plans to create a trail along Red Arrow Highway in southern Berrien County. Berrien County Parks Director Brian Bailey

Unity Event This Week In Benton Harbor

Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad wants to continue the momentum started last week when an anti-crime initiative called Operation Mayberry was announced. The goal is to stop violence in the community, and at Monday’s city commission meeting,

Lincoln Twp Police Seeking K9 Unit

The Lincoln Township Police Department is looking to establish a K9 unit. The department is now fundraising so it can acquire the dog and the equipment needed to make the unit work. It says a K9 is

Bicyclist Hurt In Van Buren County

An 88-year-old man is recovering after he was struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle in Van Buren County over the weekend. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department tells us it happened shortly before 5 p.m.

United Way Begins Campaign

The United Way of Southwest Michigan has kicked off its annual campaign. President Anna Murphy tells WSJM News they’re doing something a little different this year by not announcing a monetary goal, and instead using the campaign