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Sheriff Salutes 911 Dispatchers

Next week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, when the 911 dispatchers of the nation are honored for their work to protect the public. Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Abbott says 911 telecommunicators are the “first voice

Whitmer Gets First COVID Vaccine Shot

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has received her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The governor’s office has released the following: Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer received a first dose of the safe and effective Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine after becoming eligible in the latest phase of prioritization that includes all Michiganders age

Two Killed In Benton Harbor Fire

Two people are dead after a house fire in Benton Harbor early on Tuesday. The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety says it was called to 157 South Hull Street around 4:35 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find

State Releases COVID Numbers For Monday

Michigan is reporting 10,293 new cases of COVID-19 for Sunday and Monday combined. That works out to an average of 5,146 per day. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus dashboard shows Michigan has had

LMC To Talk Historic Pandemics This Week

Set for this coming week at Lake Michigan College is a presentation on pandemics throughout history. History instructors Christopher Paine, Tim Moore, and Kristen Robinson will each cover a different pandemic. Paine tells WSJM News given the

LaSata Announces Small Business Awards

State Senator Kim LaSata has announced the new Small Business of the Month award to honor local businesses. She says it’s “one way that we can show our appreciation and highlight these hardworking and dedicated Southwest Michiganders”

Vaccinated Against COVID? What Now?

With nearly 70,000 people in Berrien County having received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, the Berrien County Health Department has some advice for those who are now fully vaccinated. Spokesperson Gillian Conrad tells us they can

Commissioners Updated On Rural Broadband

Berrien County Commissioners on Thursday heard from Midwest Energy & Communications CEO Bob Hance, who told them about efforts to expand broadband internet in rural areas of southwest Michigan. Hance said his company took part in an

Police Identify Drowning Victim

The St. Joseph Department of Public Safety says a man presumed drowned in Lake Michigan after falling off the south pier last Sunday was 27-year-old Dakota Yergeau of St. Joseph. The search for his body was called