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Rotary Announces $65,000 In Grants

$65,000 in grants for local non-profits have been announced by the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary Club Foundation. The Rotary held a virtual meeting Monday to announce the 2020 grant recipients. Foundation President Rick Villa tells WSJM News

New Buffalo City Manager Dies

The city manager of New Buffalo has died, weeks after being hospitalized with coronavirus. A message posted to the city’s website says David Richards “will be sorely missed because he was a great city leader, friend, and

MI Officials React To FDA Vaccine Decision

Officials from across Michigan have been reacting after the FDA granted emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Congressman Fred Upton has released the following statement: “This vaccine is the pride and joy of Kalamazoo. It has been

Palisades Decommissioning Panel Announced

The Van Buren County Board of Commissioners is forming the Palisades Community Advisory Panel to educate people on the decommissioning of the nuclear plant. Entergy is shutting it down in the spring of 2022, and Palisades completed

Vincent Adam Grzesick

Vincent was larger than life in many ways, and a dependable rock of never ending support. His life was a testimony to the power of personal strength, perseverance, kindness, understanding, goodness, faithfulness and love. He achieved his pain free, peaceful

New COVID-19 Cases At 5,157

Michigan’s COVID-19 cases are now at 426,294. The state added 5,157 cases Friday and 61 deaths. Since March, 10,456 people in Michigan have died from coronavirus. In Van Buren County, 47 new cases were recorded Friday for

Governor Whitmer Allowing Tax Relief

The governor is temporarily suspending tax payments for restaurants and entertainment venues that have been closed by health orders. Whitmer is calling it a “postponement.” Starting immediately, all places that rely on indoor dining can postpone their

Vaccine Priority Groups Announced By MDHHS

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released vaccine priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccinations. The following is their release: LANSING, MICH. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials today provided additional information

New Protect Michigan Commission

There is a new Protect Michigan Commission in the Department of Health and Human Services. Governor Whitmer has created the bipartisan task force, which will be chaired by Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, former Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley,

Lawton Drug Bust

Two Lawton residents are in the Van Buren County Jail on drug charges. The sheriff’s department says they’ve been investigating drug activity in the 500 block of North Street and had several warrants on Jason Daggitt for

Michigan COVID-19 Deaths Over 10,000

Michigan has now lost 10,213 people to COVID-19 since March with 75 new deaths recorded on Wednesday. The number of new cases is 4,905 for a total of 415,200. Governor Whitmer has ordered flags lowered to half-staff