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County Supports City Shoreline Efforts

An application from the city of St. Joseph for a coastal management grant has the backing of the Berrien County Board of Commissioners. During a Wednesday meeting the board approved a resolution stating the county’s support for

County Board Hears CARES Act Report

Berrien County received about $1.3 million in CARES Act funds this year. During a Wednesday meeting of the Berrien County Board of Commissioners, Financial Services Director Doug James said most of those dollars have been spent. “What

State Adds 4,200 COVID Cases For Wednesday

Michigan is reporting 4,222 additional cases of COVID-19 for Wednesday. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the state has had a total of more than 488,000 cases since the pandemic started. Michigan reported 51

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop In Berrien County

Spectrum Health Lakeland CEO and president Dr. Loren Hamel is thanking southwest Michigan for staying home for Thanksgiving as the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continues to fall. “We currently have 39 individuals under respiratory

Health Department Lays Out Vaccine Strategy

The Berrien County Health Department has received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine, and is now administering it to frontline staff. Spokesperson Gillian Conrad tells WSJM News they got 1,400 doses last week. “We were able to

State Adds 3,400 COVID Cases For Tuesday

Michigan is reporting 3,414 additional cases of COVID-19 for Tuesday. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the state has had a total of more than 483,000 cases since the pandemic started. The state’s chief

Whitmer Signs COVID-19 Relief Package

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed most of the bipartisan relief bill that the Michigan legislature passed after she urged them to provide support for Michigan families, frontline workers, and small businesses. “The bipartisan relief bill will provide families

Whitmer: State Will Recover Economically

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan will recover economically from the coronavirus pandemic. Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, the governor talked about the backlash she’s still getting over decisions she’s made regarding the COVID 19 pandemic.

AG Nessel Revamping Hate Crimes Division

The state Attorney General is making changes in her office to handle the growing number of public officials who are reporting threats. Dana Nessel says she’s investigating about a dozen complaints at the state level alone and

Southwestern Michigan College Board Reviews 2020

The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees spent part of its monthly meeting this week reviewing its accomplishments in 2020. SMC President Joe Odenwald presented a list that included the development of SMC’s first online courses, preparation