THREE OAKS — “Where’s the beef?” has become a complicated, and oft-asked, question during the coronavirus pandemic.
DOWAGIAC — The Pokagon Gaming Authority announced in a Monday, June 1, press release that it is targeting June 15 to reopen its Four Winds Casino locations in Michigan and Indiana.
Food service workers in the Bridgman, New Buffalo and River Valley school districts have stayed busy since in-person classes ended on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
BRIDGMAN — Superintendent Shane Peters announced on June 2 that Bridgman High School graduation will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 14, in the BHS Parking Lot.
LANSING — Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110 on Monday, June 1, rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan.
NEW BUFFALO — New Buffalo Township Supervisor Michelle Heit and Clerk Judy Zabicki participated in a May 22 New Buffalo Business Association Facebook Live chat session during which they discussed the “road diet” striping on U.S. 12 between the New Buffalo Township line south of the city and …
THREE OAKS — After conducting first-round remote interviews with six candidates for the position of superintendent over two evenings (May 19 and 20), the River Valley Schools Board of Education selected three of them for a second round.
BENTON TOWNSHIP — The number of confirmed cornavirus cases in Berrien County reached 629 on June 1 while the death toll stood at 52.
HARBERT — The Chikaming Township Board during its May 14 regular meeting (held remotely via the Zoom app) agreed to hire a consulting firm to help officials evaluate the impact of proposed protective boulder revetments along the lakeshore.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo City Council OK’d a temporary freeze on the approval of new short-term rental properties while a revised ordinance is worked out during its Monday, May 18, regular meeting (held virtually using the Zoom app).
THREE OAKS — Three Oaks Village Council members discussed a proposal to have a fund-raising event for The Acorn Theater in mid July at Dewey Cannon Park involving the serving of alcoholic beverages and live music during their May 13 regular meeting (held remotely via Zoom).
HARBERT — After determining that there is no safe way to reach Cherry Beach on foot, the Chikaming Township Park Board agreed during a May 7 special meeting to close access to the lakeshore at the road-end park “until further notice.”
NEW TROY — The victim of a one-car accident on South Pardee Road near Sawyer Road in Weesaw Township was extricated from her vehicle using the Jaws of Life tool on Saturday morning, May 9, and later airlifted by Air Care to a Kalamazoo Hospital area hospital.
BRIDGMAN — The Bridgman Open-Air Market made its 2020 debut on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 10) in the parking lot next to Edgewater Bank (across Lake Street from the Bridgman Public Library) with garden plants, flowers, farm-fresh eggs, locally found morel mushrooms, and even some newly made f…
NILES — Appearing in a Niles courtroom on video from a state prison, Anthony DePalma appeared to fight back tears as he learned that he could someday be a free man.
THREE OAKS — The new Three Oaks Village Manager is beginning to meet members of the community’s boards and commissions remotely via the Zoom app.
BUCHANAN — A man was found dead Thursday, May 7, after a state police trooper spotted an overturned rowboat on Rug Lake off Gardner Road in Weesaw Township.
NEW BUFFALO — An extensive area along the lakefront in New Buffalo was underwater Wednesday and Thursday, April 29 and 30, due to high winds and consistent rainfall.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo City Council dealt with issues related to high waters along the lakefront during an April 30 special meeting conducted using the Zoom app.
LANSING — Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on May 1 signed Executive Order 2020-70 as part of her MI Safe Start plan. The new order will allow the May 7 resumption of some types of work presenting a very low risk of coronavirus infection including construction, real-estate activities, and …
BRIDGMAN — Edward Siemans, remembered best for the well-known car dealership franchise in Southwest Michigan, died Friday, April 24, at the age of 88.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Area Schools Board of Education during its Monday, April 27, regular meeting accepted with an emphasis on “regret” the resignation (effective at the end of the current school year) of High School Spanish teacher Kelly Weidenmiller.
UNION PIER — The Galien River Sanitary District (BRSD) Sewer Authority began installing a new sanitary sewer along Red Arrow Highway between Union Pier Road and Berrien Street on April 20.
NEW BUFFALO — Sixth District U.S. Congressman Fred Upton said he was happy that some of the Executive Order restrictions related to slowing the spread of coronavirus such as those related to motorboats, landscaping/plant nurseries and bicycle repair shops had been relaxed by Michigan Gov. Gr…
NEW BUFFALO — Audrey Tuszynski, secretary and co-event chair of the New Buffalo Business Association, speaking during the public comment portion of the Monday, April 20, New Buffalo City Council meeting (conducted remotely via the Zoom app), said the NBBA is changing and evolving its events …
HARBERT — Getting food to those who need it most increasingly involves drive-up service made possible by dedicated groups of workers and volunteers.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Area Schools Board of Education adjusted the credit requirements for members of the Class of 2020 during its April 13 regular meeting (conducted remotely via the Zoom app).
NEW BUFFALO — Money that was originally intended to celebrate Independence Day may instead go toward helping local businesses get through the coronavirus pandemic.
UNION PIER — Red Arrow Highway between Community Hall Road and Berrien Street will be closed beginning Monday, April 20, with a posted detour route of Kruger Road to Lakeside Road to Warren Woods Road.
HARBERT — The Chikaming Township Board approved a Red Arrow Highway Union Pier Project agreement with the Berrien County Road Commission and OK’d financing of the township’s portion of the road work during its April 9 regular meeting (broadcast remotely via the Zoom app).
ST. JOSEPH — The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department reported on April 7 that it is investigating B&E’s (breaking and enterings) in Weesaw and Buchanan townships.
NEW BUFFALO — With signs of the latest high-water event still evident in the form of large puddles on North Whittaker Street near New Buffalo’s public beach, a series of large concrete blocks were installed Saturday, March 28, in an effort to reduce future flooding.
LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on April 9 extended the state-wide stay-at-home order through April 30, barring non-essential business and travel outside the home. Additional restrictions intended to limit the spread of the virus have been added.
The City of New Buffalo sent out the following letter, signed by City Manager David Richards and Police Chief Rich Killips, on April 3:
LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered on April 2 that all K-12 buildings in Michigan be closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year, but that doesn’t mean summer vacation has started early.
ST. JOSEPH — Mark Abbatoy told a Berrien County judge March 12 that his mother was caring, loving and affectionate and his father was “quiet in the background.” He said his childhood was “happy, for the most part.”
NEW BUFFALO — Following a March 16 public hearing, the New Buffalo Township Board approved submitting an application to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for $300,000 for the development of a local portion of the 58-mile Marquette Greenway that ultimately is planned to connect Chicag…
NEW BUFFALO — Teachers, food service workers and other staff members who have remained hard at work during the COVID-19 closure that began on March 16 were praised for their efforts during a March 30 New Buffalo Area Schools Board of Education meeting held via the ZOOM App.
THREE OAKS — Members of the River Valley Board of Education, meeting via the Zoom App on Jan. 23, were given information on stakeholder input from a survey related to the district's search for a new superintendent by Michigan Association of School Boards Consultant Jay Bennett.
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.
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.