Local News Archives

Fallen Trooper To Be Honored Sunday

Red Arrow Highway between Glenlord and Hilltop roads will be dedicated for Michigan State Police Trooper Robert Mihalik this weekend. The state Legislature approved the honorary designation for Mihalik earlier this year, and the ceremony will be

Strong Sales For Ford

Ford posted a strong sales report for August, led by booming sales of the Lincoln Navigator and Ford F-150 pick up. Auto analyst John McElroy told Michigan News Network this week sales were up just over 4%

Study Looks At LMC Economic Impact

The Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees this week heard the results of an economic impact study on the college. Susan Hackett, a consultant with EMSI, a labor market analysis firm, said a look at 2016 and

Voters To Consider Gerrymandering Proposal

Katy Fahey started the Voters Not Politicians anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative on Facebook, attracted thousands of volunteers and then also beat a legal challenge from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce to get it on the November ballot. If

Hotline To Help Abuse Victims

A new statewide hotline for survivors of sexual assault is available. Jordan Kenendy, a spokeswoman for Governor Rick Snyder, spoke with Michigan News Network about the hotline last month. “The hotline will provide confidential, anonymous 24-7 access to

Police School Safety Reminder

With students in most Michigan school districts heading back to school this week, Michigan State Police are reminding everyone to take extra steps to be safe. MSP Trooper Kellie Shaffer with the Paw Paw post tells WSJM

Honor Flight This Month

Set for September 15 is the next Talons Out Honor Flight. Talons Out is an organization that provides free trips to Washington, D.C. for veterans of the Korean War and World War II so they can see

State: Get The Flu Shot Now

This is a good time to start planning to get a flu vaccine. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Bob Wheaton tells WSJM News it may seem a bit early, but a recent rash of

State Facing Teacher Shortage

It’s not just nursing and skilled trades in Michigan where there is a shortage of new, qualified people coming into the field. School administrators around the state say they’re feeling the pinch, too, as there aren’t as

Five Rescued On Paw Paw River

Five people ranging in age from 14 to 69 are safe after a water rescue on the Paw Paw River in Watervliet. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Marine Division was sent to the area along with several

Website Shares Traffic Information

The Michigan Department of Transportation continues to roll out traffic cameras along highways across the state. A glance at Michigan.gov/Drive will show you clusters of traffic cams all over heavily driven areas. MDOT spokesperson Nick Schirripa tells

LMC Construction Update

Buildings at Lake Michigan College will soon look a lot different as $40 million in construction is underway right now at the Benton Township campus. LMC Director of Facilities Sara VanderVeen tells WSJM News they’re just now

August Car Sales Slightly Up

August car sales should be up about 1% over last year. LMC Automotive analyst Jeff Schuster says it was a pretty good retail month at dealerships and that offset flat fleet sales. “It’s a generally positive month,”

Future Farmers Learn Commodity Risks

As county fairs are held around Michigan this summer, young future farmers have been receiving a lesson in risk management through a program of the CME Group. The company has teamed up with 4H chapters across the

LMC Acquires WMU Building

The former Western Michigan University building at the Benton Township campus of Lake Michigan College is now the Edward J. Todd Center at LMC. A dedication for the recently-acquired building was held this past Tuesday. LMC President

Pokagon Pow Wow Starts Today

The 33rd annual Pokagon Band of Potawatomi “Kee-Boon Mein-Kaa” Pow Wow will be this Saturday and Sunday. The tribe’s Trish Williams tells WSJM News the event is a way to celebrate the Pokagon culture, and everyone is

Scream Park Preview Coming Up

The Niles Scream Park is gearing up for another spooky season. The park’s Aaron Smith tells WSJM News they’re putting the finishing touches on the displays and will show them off with a sneak peak party next

Hearing On PFAS Contamination Next Week

Governor Rick Snyder is applauding an announcement this week that the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Environment has scheduled a hearing on PFAS contamination in water systems. The subcommittee will learn about the situation

South Haven Craft Fair Tomorrow

The big event in South Haven this weekend is the 42nd Annual Craft Fair in Stanley Johnston Park. South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce Director Kathy Wagaman tells WSJM News the event has some big draws. “That

Paw Paw Wine Festival Coming Up

Downtown Paw Paw is gearing up for the 2018 Wine and Harvest Festival that runs September 7th through the 9th. Festival President Doug Craddock tells WSJM News what the festival is about. “It’s a celebration of all

Sheriff To Talk Immigration In Washington

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey will be in Washington, D.C. next week to take part in a conference on immigration. As president of the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, Bailey will be Michigan’s representative among the 50 sheriffs who

Labor Day And Gas Prices

We’re paying about 45¢ more per gallon around Michigan as we head into the Labor Day weekend than this time last year according to AAA Michigan. GasBuddy’s Patrick DeHaan tells Michigan News Network he doesn’t expect to

Andrews University Change Day

Andrews University is preparing for its second annual Change Day. Change Day is a chance for faculty, staff, and students to work at more than 75 local volunteer sites in seven neighborhoods and two counties to give