Local News Archives

Truck Safety Campaign Underway This Weekend

semi-safe-2

The Michigan Center for Truck Safety has announced a new public awareness campaign aimed at making the highways safer during this Labor Day weekend. Group safety specialist Charlie Culton tells WSJM News crashes involving heavy duty trucks

Report Examines Needs Of Rural Areas

farm-safe-2-4

There’s a new blueprint for how candidates in 2020 might be able to sway rural voters from Michigan and other states. People’s Action, a coalition of grassroots organizations, has released a “Rural Relief, Recovery and Reimagination Agenda.”

MI Attorney General: Don’t Vote Twice

dananessel2-16

Following suggestions by President Trump this past week that voters cast two ballots to make sure their votes are counted, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are reminding everyone that’s illegal. Their offices

Water Rescues In South Haven Saturday

lakemichigan2322-11

South Haven Area Emergency Services says there have been multiple water rescues in Lake Michigan to start off Labor Day weekend. SHAES has released the following statement: SHAES and law enforcement agencies have responded to three rescues

United Way Promotes Voter Registration

02407_electiongood3-30

The United Way of Southwest Michigan is launching a voter registration campaign. Spokesperson Jennifer Tomshack tells WSJM News with September 22 being National Voter Registration Day, it’s spending all of the month helping people get signed up

RESA Providing Masks To local Schools

school-kid-safe-1-5

Berrien RESA is going to provide school districts throughout the county with personal protective equipment. RESA Superintendent Eric Hoppstock tells WSJM News the Governor’s Mask Up campaign is working with ISDs to get masks out to students.

State Police Tout Transparency Website

computer-safe-4

Michigan State Police have launched a new website to share information about traffic stops, department policies, use of force, and more. MSP Lieutenant Duwayne Robinson with the Fifth District tells WSJM News the Transparency and Accountability page

Essential School Workers Seek More Support

lunch-safe-3

As Michigan celebrates Labor Day, some of those who support K-through-12 learning say their contributions are being taken for granted. There are thousands of food-service workers, school nurses, and secretaries throughout Michigan, and Jeff Whittle with the

State To Mark Suicide Prevention Week

stress-safe-2

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared September 6 through September 12 Suicide Prevention Week. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Lynn Sutfin tells WSJM News with the pandemic going on, state health officials know more people

DPD Chief James: I’m Not Going Anywhere

police9-86

As protests calling for police reform continue in Detroit, several activists groups are calling for Detroit’s Chief of Police to resign. What does James Craig think? “I’m not going anywhere,” said Craig. “These outsiders, these agitators, in

Theater Chain Hopes To Reopen

celebrationcinema34-6

Celebration Cinema is ready to reopen, and waiting for permission from the governor. Celebration Cinema spokesperson Emily Loeks spoke at a press conference on Thursday, saying the theater chain has been losing close to $1 million per

State COVID Numbers For Friday

covid-19-141

Michigan is reporting 982 additional cases of COVID-19 for Friday. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says there have been a total of 105,377 cases of the illness in the state since the start of

MSU Issues Mask Warning

msulogo2015-44

While undergraduate students continue remote learning during the fall semester, it’s a stern warning from the president of Michigan State University. “Following public health guidance and regulations passed by local authorities to combat this pandemic is the

Governor Proclaims September As Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

kids-safe-3-2

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The governor’s office has released the following statement: Governor Whitmer proclaimed September 2020 as Childhood Cancer Awareness month in Michigan to recognize the determination and bravery of children who battle cancer, and

Upton Aims For Stimulus Bill Later This Month

congress-safe

Could Congress approve another coronavirus stimulus package? Congressman Fred Upton still says yes. After months of failing to reach a deal, Upton tells WSJM News Republicans and Democrats could be convinced to support a plan with pressure

79 Animals Removed From Dowagiac Home

police564-154

A Dowagiac man could be facing charges after authorities removed 79 animals from his home on Thursday. The Dowagiac Police Department says it executed a search warrant at the home in the 100 block of Lester Street

High School Sports To Resume

football-safe-5-3

The Michigan High School Athletic Association is allowing high school football this fall. The season has been reinstated as of Thursday after Governor Whitmer lifted restrictions that had prevented games from being played. She is still recommending

Krasl Art Fair Recognized In Magazine

kraslartcenter-5

The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff has been given high marks by a national arts publication. Krasl tells us Sunshine Artist magazine has compiled its 28th annual 200 Best list of arts and crafts festivals around