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New Site For Ox Creek Improvement Plan

The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission is hoping to attract public interest in its efforts to improve the Ox Creek Watershed. It tells us a new website has been launched specifically for the Ox Creek Watershed Improvement Plan,

New Principals At Niles Schools

A couple of new principals have been hired at Niles Community Schools. Superintendent Dan Applegate tells us the district has hired Jeron Blood as the new Ballard Elementary principal and Jennifer Shabazz as the principal of Northside

Ford Celebrates 10 Millionth Mustang

From the Associated Press — Ford Motor Co. marked the production of the 10 millionth Mustang with celebrations at the automaker’s headquarters and at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant where the iconic sports car is made. A parade

Upton Praises PFAS Response

The local response to the PFAS contamination in Parchment and Cooper Township in Kalamazoo County is getting high marks from Congressman Fred Upton. He tells WSJM News when the harmful chemical was detected at high levels in

Van Buren County Voters Consider Proposals

In addition to political races going on Tuesday, Van Buren County voters in several communities were asked to approve ballot proposals. Biggest among them was a countywide road proposal. The Van Buren County Road Commission asked voters

Longjohn To Face Upton In November

We now know who will face Congressman Fred Upton in November. Coming out on top of the Democratic primary on Tuesday was Kalamazoo County doctor Matt Longjohn. He told WSJM News when launching his campaign that he

Schuette, Whitmer Win Gubernatorial Primaries

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – Former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer and Republican state Attorney General Bill Schuette won the nominations to run for Michigan governor on Tuesday, advancing to a November showdown to succeed term-limited

Andrews Wins Dem Primary In 79th

We now know who will be the Democratic candidates to appear on the November ballot in southwest Michigan’s state legislative districts. Coming out on top in Tuesday’s primaries to run for Michigan House in the 79th District

South Haven City Council

The Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor may be be expanding to South Haven in the near future. At a meeting Monday, the South Haven City Council approved a resolution for the exploration of youth program

School Board Meets With CEO

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education has held its first meeting with new CEO Robert Herrera at the helm. About three weeks after he took the position with the Michigan Departments of Education and Treasury

Commission Hears About Harbor Study

An ongoing study on the future development of the riverfront in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor will result in some workshops to seek public input next month. At this week’s Benton Harbor City Commission meeting, commissioners heard

MDOT Updates Traffic Website

The Michigan Department of Transportation has updated its Drive website to be more user friendly. Spokesperson Nick Schirripa tells WSJM News MDOT recently discontinued the MI Drive phone app, and redesigned the website to work better with

Commission Talks Dogs At Jean Klock Park

No dogs allowed. The Benton Harbor City Commission on Monday voted to clarify that is the case with Jean Klock Park. Public Safety Director Dan McGinnis told them his department has gotten complaints about people taking their

Parchment To Receive Kalamazoo Water

An agreement has been finalized so residents of the city of Parchment and Cooper Township who are dealing with chemical contamination in their water will get clean water. The Kalamazoo City Commission and the Parchment City Commission

One Arrested In Vandalia Shooting

Somebody shot up a house in Vandalia Monday evening, and got caught a short time later. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, a suspect fired several shots at a home in the 17-thousand-800 block of State

Police Night Out Tonight

Tonight brings the 35th annual Police National Night Out as local police departments look to mingle with the public and establish good relations. St. Joseph Township Police Officer Rick Knapp tells WSJM News there will be a

Blind Voters May Struggle With New Machines

From the Associated Press — New voting machines in Michigan may cause problems for residents with a visual disability. The Detroit Free Press reports that Tuesday’s primary will feature $40 million of new equipment that replaced aging

St. Joseph Today Unveils New Mural

A brand new 14 by 12 foot mural has been painted on the outside brick wall of the St. Joseph Welcome Center downtown. St. Joseph Today’s Amy Zapal tells WSJM News the organization hired Houston-based artist Anat