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Courts Prepare To Mark Adoption Day

The courts in Berrien and Van Buren counties are preparing to celebrate the next Adoption Day. The Van Buren County Circuit Court plans its Adoption Day for Tuesday, November 26 with a ceremony to mark the official

Deer Hunting Means Big Bucks In Michigan

Firearm deer hunting season is now underway in Michigan, and that means big bucks for the state’s economy. Michigan Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Ed Golder tells WSJM News hunting is a part of Michigan’s heritage. “Over

MDOT: It’s A Crash, Not An Accident

The Michigan Department of Transportation is working to change the way people talk about vehicle crashes. In a new video called “Crash, Not Accident,” MDOT seeks to explain why it makes more sense to not refer to

Senate Bill Would Require Toll Road Study

The Michigan Senate Transportation Committee has moved forward on a bill that would study the idea of implementing toll roads in the state. On the most recent episode of the Michigan Department of Transportation podcast, “Talking Michigan

Upton Praises Disaster Designation For Farmers

Congressman Fred Upton is hailing a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to announce 43 Michigan counties as primary natural disaster areas, including Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph, due to weather this year. Following excessive rain,

County Budget Approved

Berrien County’s budget for 2020 is now in place, but it does include a deficit that was made up for by taking out some reserve funds. At Thursday’s meeting of the Berrien County Board of Commissioners, Commissioner

Firearm Deer Season Starts Friday

Firearm deer season in Michigan opens Friday. Chronic wasting disease has been a major concern among deer in the state. Chad Stewart of the Department of Natural Resources says so far its been identified in nine counties,

St. Joseph Master Plan Work Wrapping Up

Rather significant changes are being proposed in the St. Joseph Downtown Vision Master Plan. Consultant John Houseal of Houseal and Associates met with dozens of city residents last night for the final open house to discuss the