Local News Archives

Rep. Griffin Responds To Broadband Veto


Governor Whitmer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed companies to be exempt or defer personal property taxes on property required to establish broadband access, if the company receives funding by certain state or federal agencies.

Paw Paw Man Killed In Crash


A 57-year-old Paw Paw man is dead from injuries suffered in a crash on Red Arrow Highway in Paw Paw Township Wednesday. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office says he was westbound and was passing a vehicle

COVID-19 Cases Up 6,303


New COVID-19 cases are up by 6,303 for Thursday for a pandemic total of 770,822. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports 112 deaths, with 81 from vital records reviews. In southwest Michigan, Berrien County

Fatal Crash In Hagar Township


A Grand Rapids man is dead following a crash in Berrien County’s Hagar Township Wednesday morning. Michigan State Police say it happened at about 8:30 a.m. on northbound I-196 near mile marker five. Troopers learned the driver

School Board Looks To Create Strategic Plan


The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education is shopping for a district strategic plan. During a work session on Tuesday, the board heard presentations from two possible consultants. They were Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates out

State Expanding COVID-19 Therapies


Michigan will expand the use of a COVID-19 treatment in hopes of substantially reducing climbing hospitalizations and deaths. Additional doses of monoclonal antibodies will be given to hospitals and other providers, which will be asked to add

COVID-19 Numbers Up 7,955


Michigan is reporting 7,955 new cases of COVID-19 for Wednesday. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says there have been 764,519 cases in the pandemic and 16,619 deaths. There were 33 new deaths Wednesday. Michigan’s

Michigan Jobless Rate Edges Down In March


Michigan’s unemployment rate edged down in March. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget has released the following: Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched down by a tenth of a percentage point to 5.1 percent in

State Health Director Traveled For Spring Break


From the Associated Press — Michigan health director Elizabeth Hertel traveled with family to Alabama for spring break despite her department’s guidance to avoid out-of-state travel while Michigan battles a raging coronavirus outbreak. The trip was first

Michigan Extends Pandemic Restrictions On Office Work


From the Associated Press — Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has extended workplace coronavirus restrictions for an additional six months, including a requirement that Michigan employers prohibit office work to the extent that employees’ jobs can feasibly be

Restaurant Owner Who Was Jailed Fires Back


From the Associated Press — A western Michigan restaurant owner who spent four nights in jail for violating coronavirus-related orders is firing back weeks later. Marlena Pavlos-Hackney wants a refund of $15,000 in fines and contempt findings

Upton Announces PFAS Legislation


Legislation that would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to take action on PFAS in water supplies is being re-introduced in the U.S. House by Congressman Fred Upton and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. Upton said the PFAS Action Act

State Releases Tuesday COVID Numbers


Michigan is reporting 8,867 new cases of COVID-19 for Tuesday. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus dashboard shows Michigan has had a total of more than 756,000 COVID cases since the start of the