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Adopt A Highway Cleanup This Weekend


There will be an Adopt a Highway cleanup event this Saturday. The Michigan Department of Transportation says its volunteers will be on the sides of highways picking up trash throughout southwest Michigan, and drivers should watch out

Powerball Adding A Drawing In August


If you like to play the Michigan Lottery’s Powerball game, you’ll have another day to play soon. “The Multistate Lottery Association oversees Powerball and made the decision to go to a third drawing to differentiate the game

Secretary Of State Office Hours Expanding


Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has announced some new changes in branch offices intended to eliminate a backlog of appointments that built up during the pandemic. Benson said Wednesday her office is hiring additional staff and

Three Hurt In Cass County Crash


Three teenagers are hospitalized after a rollover crash in Porter Township in Cass County. Deputies from the sheriff’s office say 17-year-old Emily Avery of Three Rivers went off southbound M-40, overcorrected, and hit the embankment and caused

One Killed In Hit-And-Run


A 54-year-old Benton Harbor man has died after being hit by a vehicle when he was in his wheelchair on East Empire in Benton Township. Michael Swanigan was in the westbound lane of Empire, traveling east, in

Berrien County Gets Mental Health Grant


U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow has announced more than $14 million in grants around west Michigan to bolster mental health programs, including a grant of $3.8 million for Berrien County. The grant to the Berrien County Mental Health

Man Killed At Benton Township Party


Benton Township police are investigating the shooting death of 27-year-old Demarco Scales of Benton Harbor. He was shot at a large party just after 3 a.m. Sunday and died at Spectrum Health Lakeland. Police were called to

Veggie Van To Visit Hartford


Spectrum Health’s Veggie Van will head to Hartford next week. Spectrum Health Lakeland says the van will be at Lakeland Primary Care Hartford from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 16. The Veggie Van is

United Way Launches Advocacy Platform


A new way for supporters of the United Way of Southwest Michigan to advocate to state lawmakers on the organization’s behalf has been launched. The United Way’s Jennifer Tomshack tells WSJM News they’ve started an online advocacy

Van Buren Youth Fair This Month


Set for July 19 through July 24 is the Van Buren Youth Fair. Fair Board member Paul Garrod tells us things will be back to normal after a year of cancellations, postponements, and other adjustments. “The 66th

Scream Park Announces Five Scholarships


The Niles Scream Park has announced five recipients of its scholarships for the coming academic year. The Scream Park picked the students based on their academic success, involvement in the community, and future aspirations to become civic

Krasl Art Fair This Weekend


Set for this Saturday and Sunday is the 59th annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff. Krasl Art Center Marketing Manager Matthew Bizoe tells us there will be hundreds of artists at Lake Bluff Park in downtown

Ronald E. Ostrowski


Ronald E. Ostrowski, 86 of Coloma, formerly of Chicago and Western Springs, IL, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021 at his residence. Cremation has taken place.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM