BRIDGMAN — “The community support has been great … just how everybody is trying to come together and do what they can to help each other out,” observed Heather Cribley on Friday, March 20, between filling take-out orders at Rochefort’s The Next Generation in Bridgman.
BENTON TOWNSHIP — Three of the patients testing positive for COVID-19 in Berrien County have made a full recovery, health officials reported Thursday, March 26, as they also warned that “community spread” of the virus is now likely (the number of confirmed cases in the county had reached 22 …
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Business Association (NBBA) on Friday, March 20, launched a weekly initiative aimed at helping its members keep in touch and up to date while maintaining social distancing during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
With Michigan schools closed through at least April 12, one of the major focuses in local districts has turned to providing food for those who need it.
ST. JOSEPH — A fund has been set up to help area nonprofits that are working to support the basic human needs of residents during the coronavirus emergency.
LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday, March 23, issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order requiring Michigan businesses to suspend in-person operations from 12:01 a.m. March 24 through April 13 to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
ST. JOSEPH — Three days after setting up a driveup collection center, Spectrum Health Lakeland is still swabbing residents in an effort to identify those inflicted with the coronavirus.
NEW BUFFALO — The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading rapidly, and a normally vibrant New Buffalo is bracing for what could be a very quiet spring season.
THREE OAKS – During a well-attended March 11 Three Oaks Village Council meeting, the main topic of comment and conversation was the Recreational Marijuana Report issued by the Planning Commission.
Organizations and groups around Southwest Michigan are preparing for the potential spread of the coronavirus/ COVID-19 by postponing or canceling events that could expose people to carriers of the disease.
HARBERT – Discussion about the Coronavirus pandemic and steps that township officials were taking to try to prevent its spreading locally took place during the March 12 meeting of the Chikaming Township Board.
THREE OAKS — The River Valley Board of Education recognized Jeanne Carter for her 28 years of dedicated service to the district during its Feb. 24 meeting.
LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced late Thursday evening that she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private and boarding, to students, starting Monday. Schools will remain closed until Sunday, April 5. She issued the order with the goal of slowing the sp…
THREE OAKS – Following a short Public Budget Hearing during their March 9 meeting, it was the consensus of Three Oaks Township members to delay voting on a budget for the next fiscal year that begins April 1 until they convene a special meeting to do that that has been scheduled for Tuesday,…
NEW BUFFALO — A series of large concrete blocks will soon be placed along the swollen Galien River from the Whittaker Street Bridge to New Buffalo’s public beach to protect the roadway there from flooding.
NEW BUFFALO – A pre-Labor Day start for the school year did not have any backers at the New Buffalo Area Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 2.
HARBERT – During the Feb. 24 meeting of the Chikaming Township Park Board two of its seven members announced that they would not run for re-election when their current four-year terms expire at the end of the year.
ST. JOSEPH — A man who was 17 when he was involved in the murder of his mother and was sentenced to life in prison without parole will have a chance at freedom.
THREE OAKS – Members of the Three Oaks Township Board voted 3-0 during a Feb. 19 special meeting to accept a tentative offer of $15,000 from the Board of The Region of Three Oaks Museum (TROTOM) to purchase the historic 1866 old township hall building at 8 E. Linden Street pending the receip…
HARBERT — Nearly two years after Ibrahim Parlak was granted safe haven in the U.S., the Turkish native is again being brought back to appellate court.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo City Council was fit to be tied when it came to saying yes or no to a trial “road diet” on portions of U.S. 12 starting this spring.
BRIDGMAN — A fugitive from Bridgman who fled the country years ago and was captured recently in Mexico faced a Berrien County Trial Court judge on Feb. 25. William Troy Stanson, 53, pleaded guilty to contempt of court for failure to appear for sentencing in January 2015. Judge Angela Pasul…
NEW BUFFALO — The newest Berrien Bus pilot program was introduced to the New Buffalo Township Board by Evan Smith, Berrien County transportation and planning coordinator, during its Feb. 18 meeting.
NEW BUFFALO — Starting in the spring of 2020, big changes are coming to the intersection of Red Arrow Highway and Town Line Avenue/Union Pier Road along with surrounding areas in Union Pier.
HARBERT – It was announced during the Feb. 13 meeting of the Chikaming Township Board that the Berrien County Road Department will do work on 8.01 miles of roads in the township this year at an estimated cost of $638,302.
THREE OAKS — Although day-to-day operations at the Three Oaks sewer lagoons are going smoothly, the village’s water and sewer woes were still at the center of several issues during the Feb. 12 Village Council meeting (chaired by Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Graziano).
ST. JOSEPH — A young woman told a Berrien County judge Tuesday, Feb. 11, that she did not tell anyone her driving instructor was sexually assaulting her because she was ashamed and shocked and had shut down emotionally. She said she was afraid and felt trapped.
THREE OAKS – With the end of a five-year contract with Bay City-based Campbell Auditing CPA ending and an April 1 start of the 2020-21 fiscal year, it was the consensus of the members of the Three Oaks Township Board during their Feb. 10 monthly meeting to seek the services of another auditi…
ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County commissioners on Thursday, Feb. 13, unanimously reaffirmed their commitment to the U.S. Constitution, especially the Second Amendment.
NEW BUFFALO – Safety features are high on the list of options for a new bus approved for purchase by the New Buffalo Area Schools Board of Education on Monday, Feb. 10.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Shoreline Alliance (NBSA) provided this update on Feb. 11: Near record high water level continues to cause problems all along the Michigan coastline. Though the primary problem with the loss of beach in New Buffalo is the federal breakwater which has caused the …
STEVENSVILLE — Dozens of people, many of them wearing wacky costumes, jumped into a pool full of frigid water in downtown Stevensville on the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 1.
NEW BUFFALO — After an extensive multi-state search, The Pokagon Fund’s (TPF) Board of Directors has named Dan Petersen as the organization’s third full-time executive director, effective February 3, 2020.
BRIDGMAN — The Bridgman City Council heard an update on the repair of three “gushers” in the city’s sewer system during a brief routine meeting on Monday, Feb. 3.
BRIDGMAN — The Bridgman schools closed and cancelled after-school activities from Thursday evening, Jan. 30, through 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, due to a high number of students with “influenza like illness,” Superintendent Shane Peters said.
NEW BUFFALO – Lubke Road in New Buffalo Township will remain closed between U.S. 12 and Sand Road through February, according to the Berrien County Road Department.
HARBERT – Sadness permeated the River Valley Senior Center last week as the news was given to the members of the staff and visitors to the facility that the body of “Chance,” the dog that was the longtime friendly mascot and greeter there, had been found.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo City Council OK’d a preliminary settlement agreement with Roger’s Wrecker Service, cleared the way for a March 7 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, began planning to mitigate flooding near the public beach, and approved a plan to protect the water system intake facility …
THREE OAKS – Three Oaks’ search for a new village manager will continue after the candidate unanimously selected by the council on Wednesday, Jan.22, declined the position on Saturday, Jan. 24.