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Toys For Tots Drive Gets Underway

The annual Toys for Toys drive gets underway this weekend. The effort to collect new, unwrapped toys for kids officially starts with a drive at Martin’s in Stevensville on Saturday morning. The Twin Cities Toys for Tots

Man Killed In Farm Accident

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a farm death in Hartford on Friday. It tells us deputies were sent to Red Arrow Dairy on County Road 362 around 6:30 a.m. when a 35-year-old male worker

Woman Killed In Bertrand Township Crash

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fatal crash near Niles on Friday. It happened just before 11:40 a.m. on US-12 at the end of the off ramp from southbound US-31 in Bertrand Township. Sheriff’s deputies

Sobriety Court Prepares For Graduation

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and the Van Buren County Sobriety Court is entering its second operational year. Rachel Lindley is the Specialty Courts Administrator, tells us about the Sobriety Court. “Van Buren County’s Sobriety

City Fires Finance Director

The city of South Haven has fired its finance director after finding financial irregularities in an audit. The city issued word Friday that Finance Director Wendy Hochstedler has been fired, effective immediately. Hochstedler began working as the

State Urges Testing For World AIDS Day

With World AIDS Day this Saturday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging everyone to “Know Your Status,” and get tested. Spokesperson Lynn Sutfin tells us between 2013 and 2017, there was an average

Hartford Public Library Planning New Home

An effort is getting underway to build a new home for Hartford Public Library. Library Director Stephanie Daniels tells WSJM News they’re waiting for the paperwork to clear on the acquisition of the old Red Arrow Elementary

Upton Talks Medicaid Bill

Legislation backed by Congressman Fred Upton is designed to protect senior citizens from being impoverished due to medical problems. He tells WSJM News the Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act would extend spousal protections for Medicaid beneficiaries

Senate Committee Approves Pipeline Bill

From the Associated Press — Legislation moving in Michigan’s Senate would authorize the Mackinac Bridge Authority to help implement a deal to replace twin oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel. The Republican-led Senate Government Operations Committee

Organ Donor Registry Hits Milestone

A lot more people in the state are registered to be organ donors through the Michigan Secretary of State’s office. Senator John Proos applauded the announcement by Ruth Johnson’s office this week. “That registry has gone from

Addiction Center Opening

A $150,000 donation from Lakeland Health Foundations will help to start up a new center in southwest Michigan to help those suffering from a substance abuse problem. Lakeland Vice President of Quality Kendall Troyer tells WSJM News

Weak Year For Blueberries

The blueberry crop in southwest Michigan has been weak this year. Michigan State University Extension fruit educator Mark Longstroth tells WSJM News growers are hurting. “We had a really disappointing year in blueberries,” Longstroth said. “We think

Upton Confident On Proposed House Rules

The push for new rules in the U.S House continues. Congressman Fred Upton tells WSJM News the Problem Solvers group appears to be gaining momentum with so many new members having been elected this month. The Problem

Army Corps Releases Asian Carp Plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its final plan to stop the Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes. It centers around the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, and involves a

SMC Leader Talks Marijuana Policy

Leaders at Southwestern Michigan College are working to make sure students understand SMC’s policy on marijuana now that Michigan voters have opted to decriminalize the substance. SMC President David Mathews tells WSJM News no marijuana is allowed

[VIDEO] Bears in the Air Launches at South Bend International Airport

Video Playback Not Supported <iframe class=’wpb_videoplayer video-single-player-iframe’ allowfullscreen scrolling=’no’ width=’600′ height=’330′ frameborder=’0′ src=’https://www.wsjm.com/wp-content/plugins/wpb-video/wpb-video-embed/wpb-video-embed.php?blogid=&id=56474&flag_call=singleVideo&playerid=&player_slug=&chkFlagFrom=meta_insert_video’></iframe> Bears in the Air has taken off once again at the South Bend International Airport. On Wednesday, the airport launched its annual campaign, collecting

Bangor Man Facing Attempted Murder Charge

Van Buren County Sheriff’s deputies and South Haven police have a 30-year-old Bangor man locked up on attempted murder and assault charges. Brandon McCollum is accused of shooting his 28-year-old girlfriend in the ankle and hitting her

Whiteford Receives Committee Assignment

State Representative Mary Whiteford of Casco Township has been named to the Michigan House Committee on Committees. That’s a body that decides which lawmakers get assigned to which legislative committees when the new term begins in January.