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SMC Board Hears Presentation On Campus Life

Southwestern Michigan College’s Board of Trustees Jan. 12 heard a presentation on supporting student engagement through campus life events despite ongoing pandemic challenges. Dr. Joe Odenwald’s President’s Report featured Executive Director of Campus Life Jeff Hooks, who

Soo Locks Close For Annual Maintenance

The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan will close to marine traffic beginning 11:59 p.m. January 15 through 12:01 a.m. March 25 to perform critical maintenance. The operating season is fixed by federal regulation and is

Upton Discusses Voting Rights Legislation

Congressman Fred Upton this week predicted a tough road ahead for voting rights legislation being pushed by President Joe Biden. Upton told us Tuesday a slightly different version of the Senate bill already passed in the House

Health Department, Hospital Give COVID Update

COVID-19 transmission remains very high in southwest Michigan as the Berrien County Health Department is seeing a percent positive of 34% for the week. Speaking during a Wednesday update, Berrien County Medical Director Rex Cabaltica said the

Welch Foods Expanding In Southwest Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) today to announce that Welch Foods is expanding its operations in the village of Lawton, where it will create up to 57 jobs for Michigan workers.  The

Kalamazoo Man Charged With Killing Wife

Forty-three-year-old David Lain of Kalamazoo Township is being held without bond in the Kalamazoo County Jail after being arraigned on an open murder charge. Police accuse him of stabbing and killing his 37-year-old wife, Melissa, on Sunday

Hit-And-Run On I-94 Kills Battle Creek Man

A 71-year-old Battle Creek man has died after a hit-and-run on eastbound Interstate 94 near Galesburg. Michigan State Police were called to the scene around 8 p.m. and closed the eastbound lanes for about two-and-a-half hours. The

Father Of Ex-House Speaker Defends Son

The father of former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield took to the pulpit to rail against the press and an unnamed enemy, telling congregants “the truth will prevail.” “You can’t believe everything you read in the newspaper,

State Officials Discuss Omicron COVID-19 Cases

The massive surge in COVID-19 omicron cases is putting pressure on hospitals across Michigan and the country, despite data showing that omicron generally causes milder illness than previous variants especially among the vaccinated and the boosted. “In

School Board Advances Strategic Plan

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education has moved forward with a strategic plan for the district. During a meeting Tuesday, trustees approved a document worked out with the help of the Michigan Association of School

Upton Comments On New Districts

Congressman Fred Upton is waiting on the results of court challenges to the newly drawn congressional and legislative districts in Michigan before making a decision on seeking re-election. He tells WSJM News the maps drawn by the

LaSata Seeking Reelection

State Senator Kim LaSata is seeking re-election. She has announced she’ll run for Michigan Senate in the new District 17, recently created by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. That district covers the southern half of Berrien

Blossomtime Parade Set For May 14

The Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade is a go for 2022. St. Joseph City Commissioners this week approved plans for the parade. The parade will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. The detour for traffic goes