NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Railroad Museum opened for the first time since October 2019 at noon on Saturday, April 10, and there were some new exhibits to explore, including a restored Chesapeake & Ohio 904126 Caboose which can be viewed both outside and inside (by passing through a C…
THREE OAKS — The Village of Three Oaks Planning Commission approved special land use permits and site plan reviews for two potential retail marijuana business locations during its April 6 meeting.
NEW BUFFALO — New Buffalo Area Schools Food Service Director Patty Iazzetto made a presentation about her department’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic to the Board of Education on Monday, April 12.
HARBERT — After a lengthy discussion on the matter during their April 8 meeting, members of the Chikaming Township Board voted unanimously to approve a motion defining the language of a permit application to be used by lakefront property owners seeking to install sandbags and/or geotubes to …
BENTON TOWNSHIP — For the next three weekends I-94 will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday while three Benton Harbor area bridges are demolished that span the freeway.
BENTON HARBOR — The latest wave of COVID-19 infections did not let up over the weekend of April 10-12 as COVID-19 hospitalizations at Spectrum Health Lakeland remaining in the 40s.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Park and Harbor Commission recommended that city officials take a serious look at erecting some sort of a barrier to foot traffic on the boulders lining the Galien River channel as it enters Lake Michigan during its April 1 regular meeting.
HARBERT — Hundreds of Southwest Berrien County residents received food boxes containing hams and side dish ingredients for Easter celebrations courtesy of Neighbor by Neighbor.
STEVENSVILLE — Police are investigating a report of a woman being assaulted April 1 on a nature path at Grand Mere State Park in Lincoln Township.
GALIEN — The Village of Galien announced March 29 that Dollar General is building a new store along U.S. 12 (customers will access the parking lot from Kiley Drive).
BRIDGMAN — Members of the Bridgman City Council and Lake Charter Township Board received updates on a variety of local matters during a March 29 joint meeting.
NEW BUFFALO — After-school activities and the district’s Transportation Department held the attention of the New Buffalo Area Schools Board of Education during its March 22 meeting.
BENTON TOWNSHIP — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met with Benton Harbor and Berrien County community leaders Friday to hear about the local COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
ST. JOSEPH — No charges are being filed against the former staff members of the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan who resigned in February, according to Berrien County Prosecutor Steve Pierangeli.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo City Council agreed during a March 22 special meeting to begin negotiations to make Darwin Watson the community’s next city manager.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo City Council and Planning Commission held a March 17 joint meeting to discuss a pair of draft short-term rental ordinances (covering proposed regulatory and zoning rules).
THREE OAKS — The New Buffalo and River Valley high school football teams will merge into one co-op program beginning in the fall of 2021.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Township Board heard an update on two initiatives affecting the area’s economy, along with a final plea to put a pause to its public safety special assessment district during its March 15 regular meeting.
ST. JOSEPH — A man who has been serving a prison sentence of life without parole for the murder of a friend’s mother when the two were teenagers will have a chance at freedom.
ST. JOSEPH — The ongoing pandemic has claimed another event, as Blossomtime officials announced on March 17 that this year’s Grand Floral Parade has been canceled.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo City Council on March 15 approved fee adjustments for short-term rentals, public beach parking and use if the city boat ramp by a 3-1 vote.
HARBERT — The Chikaming Township Board on March 11 gave unanimous support for Supervisor David Bunte to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) a letter objecting to the issuance of a permit for the installation of shoreline armoring at 14144 Swift Lane in Harbert.
NEW BUFFALO — During the March 11 meeting of the New Buffalo Downtown Development Authority (DDA), architect Bill McCollum sought feedback on outdoor seating options that are part of the plans being made for the 1 North Whittaker Street building that formerly housed the Grand Variety store a…
BENTON TOWNSHIP — People over the age of 65 who are still waiting on a COVID-19 vaccine in Berrien County should call the Berrien County Health Department.
ST. JOSEPH — Former Berrien County Road Department Director Jason Latham will receive almost $38,000 in a settlement agreement approved by county commissioners on March 11.
NEW BUFFALO — The City of New Buffalo Park and Harbor Commission recommended revised fees for public beach parking and use of the boat launch during its March 4 regular meeting.
THREE OAKS — Three Oaks Planning Commission on March 2 recommended the conditional rezoning of the front portion of a property at 23 West Ash St. from R-1 residential to C-1 commercial by a 5-2 vote, with Chairman Gene Svebbaken and planner Dustin Blaszczyk voting no.
ST. JOSEPH — A former board member of the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan is calling on the current board members to resign so a new board can be formed.
BENTON TOWNSHIP — Berrien County residents in the new COVID-19 vaccine eligibility groups will now need to monitor the Berrien County Health Department (BCHD) website for appointments to become available rather than sign up on a waitlist and be contacted, officials announced March 4.
HARBERT — The Chikaming Township Board unanimously approved a Shoreline Armoring Ordinance during a Feb. 25 special meeting that prohibits “hard armoring” along the Lake Michigan shoreline in the township while establishing a permitting process for “softer” protective measures against erosio…
THREE OAKS — The status of Chikaming Elementary Principal Heidi Clark was indirectly discussed during the Feb. 22 River Valley Board of Education meeting.
ST. JOSEPH — Local reaction was decidedly mixed Tuesday, March 2, to the news that the Whitmer administration is relaxing a number of pandemic restrictions, starting on Friday, March 5, and running through April 19.
NEW BUFFALO — Demonstrating why New Buffalo Elementary is a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School, Principal Adam Bowen gave an overview of the 275-student school during the Feb. 22 New Buffalo Area Schools Board of Education meeting.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo City Council was presented with the latest version of the city’s Waterfront Master Plan during its Feb. 16 regular meeting.
NEW BUFFALO — Without further discussion following a lengthy public hearing, the New Buffalo Township board unanimously approved a Public Safety Special Assessment District (SAD) for public safety during its Feb. 16 regular meeting.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Planning Commission got a peek at (and in most cases a voice in) a series of new additions planned for the city during a Feb. 17 meeting.
BENTON HARBOR — With more than 1,600 jobs available in Southwest Michigan, Michigan Works is holding the first of many virtual hiring events at the end of the month.
ST. JOSEPH — Several Berrien County commissioners expressed frustration Thursday at state officials for extending the 25 percent occupancy limit in bars and restaurants through March 29.
THREE OAKS — Three Oaks Police Sergeant Carl Krause provided a recap of 2020, along with some 2021 updates, to the Three Oaks Village Council during its Feb. 10 regular Zoom meeting.
THREE OAKS — After discussion and debate on the matter during their meeting on Feb. 8, members of the Three Oaks Township Board voted unanimously to adopt a resolution allowing the township to enact a .3750-mill property tax levy for the period of a year under the auspices of the Michigan Co…
HARBERT — After discussion on the matter on Feb. 11 there was a 5-0 vote by members of the Chikaming Township Board to decline the request of Harbert property owner John Coupe for the township to make a purchase offer on a piece of triangle-shaped property that includes 500 feet of lakefront.