Secretary Of State Reminding Michigan Residents To Check Eligibility Before Going To Get License Back

Posted on: October 21st, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

With the elimination of Driver Responsibility Fees on Oct. 1, Secretary Johnson reminds motorists that any license suspensions not related to the fees must be cleared up before a person’s license will be reinstated. 
“We strongly encourage people who lost their license to unpaid driver fees to make sure they know if they’re eligible to get their license back before heading to a Secretary of State office,” she said. “Know before you go and avoid the frustration of having to make additional trips.”

October Impaired Driving Campaign

Posted on: October 21st, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Office of Highway Safety Planning to get impaired drivers off the roads and help save lives. The high visibility national enforcement campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” runs through November 4th. During this period, just like at any other time, local law enforcement will show “zero tolerance” for impaired driving. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce impaired driving on the nation’s roadways. If you plan on enjoying fall activities like tailgating and football games, plan for a sober driver to get you home safely. During this two-week enforcement period, law enforcement officers from approximately 100 agencies in Michigan will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. Impaired driving represented 45.7 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2017. In 2017, there were 470 alcohol and drug related traffic crash fatalities in Michigan. A national roadside survey of alcohol and drug use by driver found that nearly one in four weekend drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could affect driving skills. The extra enforcement is paid for with federal traffic safety funds administered by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

New voting machines for Michigan’s disability community assure equal access on Election Day

Posted on: October 21st, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

A demonstration on Oct. 12 of one of the state’s new voter assist terminals for Michigan’s disability community affirms their right to cast a private and independent vote on Election Day, Nov. 6. The presentation was hosted by LARA’s (Department of Licensing And Regulatory Affairs) Bureau of Services for Blind Persons’ Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL), in partnership with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR). The new terminals replace the outdated Automark devices and were developed to assist people with all types of disabilities, among many others. Benefits of the new terminals include:
Detachable devices for voters to make selections more easily. Better touchscreen displays that are more readable with higher contrast viewing possible. Continual work by the device manufacturers, as part of their contract with the state, to improve the devices for voters with input from the Bureau of Elections and disability advocacy groups. For more information about LARA, please visit www.michigan.gov/lara

Extra helpings of Amtrak trains scheduled for Michigan Thanksgiving travel

Posted on: October 20th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Amtrak is prepared to accommodate the surge of Thanksgiving travelers with extra trains in Michigan, plus additional capacity on other Amtrak MidwestSM network routes for the holiday. Extra trains are scheduled to and from Chicago and the Illinois stations in Normal and Quincy, along with the Michigan stations in Ann Arbor and Holland. Trains sell out quickly and customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early. At Chicago Union Station, Sleeping Car and Business Class customers, as well as top-tier Amtrak Guest Rewards members, can experience the Metropolitan Lounge and pre-board their trains. Coach customers can purchase Legacy Club passes to access similar amenities.

Extra patrols planned to help deter impaired driving

Posted on: October 20th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Law enforcement officers from approximately 100 police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will make impaired driving a priority in Michigan during the enforcement crackdown which runs now through Nov. 4. Officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and will focus attention on those counties with a high number of fatal crashes involving drugs and alcohol. The month of October saw the third highest number of alcohol-involved fatal crashes in Michigan between 2011 and 2016, with 151 total. Only the months of August (167) and July (159) saw a higher number of fatal crashes. October was also the fourth highest month for the number of drug-involved fatal crashes in Michigan during the same six-year period, with 84 total. The impaired driving enforcement campaign is supported with federal traffic safety funds provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and coordinated by the OHSP.

October Impaired Driving Campaign

Posted on: October 20th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Office of Highway Safety Planning to get impaired drivers off the roads and help save lives. The high visibility national enforcement campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” runs through November 4th. During this period, just like at any other time, local law enforcement will show “zero tolerance” for impaired driving. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce impaired driving on the nation’s roadways. If you plan on enjoying fall activities like tailgating and football games, plan for a sober driver to get you home safely. During this two-week enforcement period, law enforcement officers from approximately 100 agencies in Michigan will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. Impaired driving represented 45.7 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2017. In 2017, there were 470 alcohol and drug related traffic crash fatalities in Michigan. A national roadside survey of alcohol and drug use by driver found that nearly one in four weekend drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could affect driving skills. The extra enforcement is paid for with federal traffic safety funds administered by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

Donate food at any Secretary of State Office until Nov. 21

Posted on: October 20th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Secretary Johnson encourages residents to donate nonperishable food at SOS offices statewide through Nov. 21 as part of the 28th Annual Michigan Harvest Gathering food drive. More information on the Michigan Harvest Gathering can be found at fbcmich.org/resources/michigan-harvest-gathering .

Michigan Election Information

Posted on: October 20th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is reminding eligible voters to cast ballots in the state’s general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To check their registration status, residents may visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at Michigan.gov/vote. They can see their sample ballot and find their polling place. Residents also can find information on absentee voting, Michigan’s voter identification requirement and how to contact their local clerk.

Over One Million Dollars Awarded in Wildlife Habitat Grants

Posted on: October 19th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

More than a dozen conservation organizations, units of government, landowners and nonprofit groups have been awarded a total of $1,037,600 in DNR Wildlife Habitat Grants for projects to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. These grant dollars will support projects to enhance large wetland complexes, winter deer complexes, mast-producing food sources, forest openings, oak savannas and small-game habitat. The successful applicants, the counties in which their habitat projects will take place, and the amounts awarded include: Allegan Conservation District (Allegan), $81,300. Learn more about the Wildlife Habitat Grant Program at michigan.gov/wildlife or michigan.gov/dnr-grants or contact Clay Buchanan at 517-614-0918 or Chip Kosloski at 517-284-5965.

Traffic Stop In Niles Township Leads To Narcotics & Firearms Violations For Indiana Man

Posted on: October 19th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

On Friday just before 2am, Deputy Phillips of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office effected a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Cavalier in the 2100 Block of S. 11th St. Township of Niles, for a defective equipment violation. During the course of this traffic stop, Deputy Phillips learned that the operator of this vehicle, 26 year old Joseph Blair of Mishawaka, had a suspended Michigan’s Operator’s License and Deputy Phillips placed Joseph Blair under arrest. During a subsequent search of this vehicle, Deputy Phillips located and seized the following items. #1: Two handguns, one of which was reported stolen out of Kent County, Michigan. #2: Approximately 45 grams of Methamphetamines. #3: 291 various prescription pills, including Clonazepam, Alprazolam, Oxycodone, and Hydrocodone. Joseph Blair was also placed under arrest for the above mentioned charges and lodged at the Berrien County Jail, pending his arraignment in the Berrien County Trial Court.

Over One Million Dollars Awarded in DNR Wildlife Habitat Grants

Posted on: October 19th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

More than a dozen conservation organizations, units of government, landowners and nonprofit groups have been awarded a total of $1,037,600 in DNR Wildlife Habitat Grants for projects to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. These grant dollars will support projects to enhance large wetland complexes, winter deer complexes, mast-producing food sources, forest openings, oak savannas and small-game habitat. The successful applicants, the counties in which their habitat projects will take place, and the amounts awarded include: Allegan Conservation District (Allegan), $81,300. Learn more about the Wildlife Habitat Grant Program at michigan.gov/wildlife or michigan.gov/dnr-grants or contact Clay Buchanan at 517-614-0918 or Chip Kosloski at 517-284-5965.

Health Experts Encourage Parents to Consider How Much Sugar Children are Consuming During Halloween

Posted on: October 19th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

As goblins and ghouls prepare to hit the streets for trick-or-treating, health experts say it’s important to think about just how much sugar they’re consuming on the holiday and every day. Added sugar is hiding in many of the processed foods and beverages kids and adults eat regularly, with Americans taking in an estimated 20 teaspoons of it per day – more than five times the recommended amount. Stacy Sawyer with the American Heart Association in Michigan says when you throw in Halloween goodies, the health effects can be quite scary. To cut some of the sugar while still enjoying the holiday, Sawyer recommends ditching the car and walking between houses, encouraging kids to take only one piece of candy per house, and even having a contest to see who can get the most steps that night. While a few days of increased sugar intake around Halloween might not be a make-or-break for longterm health, Sawyer says the much larger problem is general sugar consumption in the U-S. In the past few years, more families in Michigan and across the nation have opted to hand out non-food treats at Halloween, such as small toys and games, which Sawyer says also makes the holiday more inclusive for kids with food allergies.

Theft From Vehicles In St. Joseph

Posted on: October 19th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

The St. Joseph Public Safety Dept. is reporting that larceny from motor vehicles occurred between October 17 at 11:00 p.m. and October 18, at 7:00 a.m. in the city of St. Joseph. Several unlocked vehicles were entered and valuables were stolen. The department is reminding residents to please lock your vehicles and remove your valuables from the vehicle. 

Weather Postpones Upcoming Museum Fright Nights In South Haven

Posted on: October 18th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Due to the inclement weather predicted for this coming weekend, the Michigan Maritime Museum is postponing their Fright Nights event Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th to next year. “The safety of our visitors and volunteers is paramount to us,” says event organizer Ashley Deming. “It’s terrible to have to cancel any event, but we feel that the combination of high winds and wet weather for our outdoor event makes it not safe or enjoyable for those participating. We appreciate all of those who have pre-purchased tickets and assure you that full refunds will be made promptly.” The Museum will look to next year’s Haven Harvest Festival to bring back Fright Nights and some great scares.

Berrien County Health Department Walk-In Flu Shots In Benton Harbor and Niles

Posted on: October 18th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

The Berrien County Health Department will be offering Flu Clinics every Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM in both the Niles and Benton Harbor sites. Flu vaccinations offered for children, adults, and seniors include the flu shot, and the high-dose flu shot for seniors ages 65 and older. The cost for these vaccines are covered by most insurance plans. The Health Department accepts Medicaid, Medicare, MI Child, Priority Health, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurances and receipts are provided for other insurances to reimburse the cost. While the cost of the flu shot is usually free with insurance, no one will be turned away for an inability to pay. More information is on BCHDMI.org or by phone 269-926-7121.

Update: Reward Offered For Information On Location Of Missing Man

Posted on: October 18th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

In an update, Allegan County Sheriff’s Office stated a reward is being offered by Silent Observer for information on the location of Justin Brown. On October 13th, deputies assigned to patrol Saugatuck City were dispatched to a missing person. Family and friends told deputies that Justin Michael Brown, a 39 year old male from the Grand Rapids area, was last seen at a bar in Saugatuck City around 1:15am, early Saturday morning (10/13/18). Justin was last seen wearing a gray Columbia jacket, dark color baseball hat, and blue jeans. Silent Observer phone number is 800.554.3633.

Extra patrols planned to help deter impaired driving

Posted on: October 18th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Law enforcement officers from approximately 100 police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will make impaired driving a priority in Michigan during the enforcement crackdown which runs Oct.18 through Nov. 4. Officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and will focus attention on those counties with a high number of fatal crashes involving drugs and alcohol. The month of October saw the third highest number of alcohol-involved fatal crashes in Michigan between 2011 and 2016, with 151 total. Only the months of August (167) and July (159) saw a higher number of fatal crashes. October was also the fourth highest month for the number of drug-involved fatal crashes in Michigan during the same six-year period, with 84 total. The impaired driving enforcement campaign is supported with federal traffic safety funds provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and coordinated by the OHSP.

WHFB DNR Weekly Fishing Report

Posted on: October 18th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

In St. Joseph, fishing pressure was very low because of poor weather conditions. Gale force winds kept boats off the lake so no there are no trout, salmon or perch reports. Even though steelhead are in the area, pier fishing for them was slow.
The St. Joseph River has steelhead as fish have been spotted going through the fish ladder at the Berrien Spring Dam. Try spinners, spoons, flies, crawlers or eggs in the swift moving water.
In South Haven, no boats had been out because of the windy conditions. There are no perch reports. When they could get out, pier fishing was slow.
On the Black River, anglers were out trying but the steelhead fishing was slow.
On the Kalamazoo River, salmon are still being caught but most are turning quite dark. Steelhead were caught on spawn, small spoons, spinners and crawlers.

Stay & Obey Celebrating 10 Year Anniversary

Posted on: October 18th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Stay & Obey will be celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary, on Saturday October 20th, 2018, with an Anniversary Party and Open House. The fun begins at 12 noon and will continue until 4pm. Everyone is invited to attend the event with their furry friends. The celebration will include Food, Treats, prizes, Games and more… all pet friendly! For more information contact: Lisa Antonini – Owner Lisa@StayAndObey.com 269-465-OBEY (6239).

Extra helpings of Amtrak trains scheduled for Michigan Thanksgiving travel

Posted on: October 17th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Amtrak is prepared to accommodate the surge of Thanksgiving travelers with extra trains in Michigan, plus additional capacity on other Amtrak MidwestSM network routes for the holiday. Extra trains are scheduled to and from Chicago and the Illinois stations in Normal and Quincy, along with the Michigan stations in Ann Arbor and Holland. Trains sell out quickly and customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early. At Chicago Union Station, Sleeping Car and Business Class customers, as well as top-tier Amtrak Guest Rewards members, can experience the Metropolitan Lounge and pre-board their trains. Coach customers can purchase Legacy Club passes to access similar amenities.

Lincoln Township Police Address Recent Break-ins

Posted on: October 17th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

The Lincoln Township Police are telling residents to remember to lock your car doors and either hide your valuables or take them out of your vehicle. They have had numerous calls about vehicle break-ins that happened overnight within the township.

Grand Valley again named a green college by Princeton Review

Posted on: October 17th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

For the ninth year in a row, Grand Valley State University has been named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review. The university is included in the 2018 edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 399 Green Colleges.” The guide profiles higher education institutions in the U.S. that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability based on academic offerings and career preparation for students, as well as campus practices, initiatives and activities. Grand Valley has been included in the guidebook every year since the first issue was published in 2010. This latest recognition reflects Grand Valley’s commitment to sustainability. In September, Grand Valley was named one of the country’s greenest universities by Sierra Club, the largest national grassroots environmental organization in the U.S. In August, Grand Valley was again named a top performer by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Van Buren County Road Commission Participating In Public, Non-partisan Candidate Forum

Posted on: October 17th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

The Van Buren County Road Commission will participate in a public, non-partisan candidate forum at Freshwater Community Church tonight from 7-9 p.m. The event, will offer voters the chance to learn about the proposed road millage levy, as well as to meet candidates who are running for various offices this election year. The forum will begin with a meet-and-greet and refreshments at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to speak with candidates and ask questions one-on-one, both of the candidates, and of Road Commission staff.

GENA Inc (Oro Cheese) Recalls Feta Cheese Products Due to Mislabeling and Misbranding

Posted on: October 16th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Out of an abundance of caution, GENA Inc. (Oro Cheese), of Shelby Township, is voluntarily recalling all cheese products produced by the company because the products did not follow labeling requirements for raw milk cheese, as outlined in Michigan’s Manufacturing Milk Law.
No illnesses associated with the recalled products have been reported.
The dairy products being recalled are packaged in the following plastic containers:
6-ounce, small clear tub
1.2-pound medium container
1.8-pound large container
15-pound medium pail
30-pound large pail
Products include:
Bulgarian Feta Style (Oro Cheese)

French Feta Style (Oro Cheese)
Greek Feta Style (Oro Cheese)

The products can be identified by “Producer: GENA Inc.” on the label.

Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD) Traffic Safety Awareness Campaign

Posted on: October 16th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

Students at high schools across Michigan have the opportunity to help make their fellow teens better, safer drivers by taking part in this year’s Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD) traffic safety awareness campaign. This public-private partnership between Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) seeks to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities among new teen drivers. Inexperience, risk-taking behavior, immaturity, and greater risk exposure are all factors that increase crash risk for young drivers. In 2017, the 15-20 age group represented 7.8 percent (80) of all traffic deaths, with 57.5 percent (46) of those deaths being the driver. Overall, 10,521 teenagers and young adults were injured in a crash in 2017 in the state. Up to 75 schools will be selected to develop and implement a student-led, peer-to-peer traffic safety awareness campaign as part of the S4SD program. Campaign topics may include distracted driving, seat belt use, underage drinking and impaired driving, speeding, and winter driving. Participating schools will receive $1,000 to conduct their campaign. The application deadline to apply is November 14, 2018. Following the campaign completion, cash prizes will be awarded to the top five schools. All participating schools will have the opportunity to send students to a free Ford DSFL hands-on driving clinic in the spring with professional driving instructors. All Michigan high schools are encouraged to apply for the S4SD program. Participation and application information is available on Michigan.gov/s4sd. The S4SD application process coincides with National Teen Driver Safety Week which is October 21-27. The week is an effort to raise awareness and emphasize the role parents play in keeping teens safe on the road. MDOT stated that it’s important parents have conversations with their teens about some of the greatest dangers while driving: alcohol; no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding and too many passengers in the vehicle.

Portions of County Road 365 Closed In Van Buren County Wednesday

Posted on: October 16th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

On Wednesday, October 17th, several members of the Van Buren County Road Commission will be taking part in a tree trimming and removal training. Part of the training will be hands on, cutting trees along the road. During that part of the training, they will be closing portions of CR 365 between I-94 and CR 215. Residents will be able to access their homes at all times, but there may be minor delays. The department thanks everyone for their patience as their crew learns some new techniques to utilize around the County.

Van Buren County Road Commission Public Information Meeting

Posted on: October 16th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

This Thursday, October 18th from 11 to noon, the Van Buren County Road Commission will be hosting their daytime Public Information Meeting at the Conference Center in Lawrence. The department is encouraging residents to come hear about the millage on the upcoming ballot. The department stated they’ve heard concerns from residents about not knowing the specific roads being worked on. They will have the plan at this meeting and will be there to answer any questions you have. Additionally, staff is willing to bring this information to groups around the County. If you have an upcoming meeting that you’d like the department to attend, let them know.

Lane Road Closed In Cass County Today

Posted on: October 16th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

 

Lane Road between North Shore Drive and Davis Lake St is closed today, October 16th, from 8am-3pm to replace a failed culvert.

Missing Person In Allegan County

Posted on: October 16th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

On October 13th, deputies assigned to patrol Saugatuck City were dispatched to a missing person. Family and friends told deputies that 39 year old male, Justin Michael Brown, from the Grand Rapids area, was last seen at a bar in Saugatuck City around 1:15am, early Saturday morning. Justin was last seen wearing a gray Columbia jacket, dark color baseball hat, and blue jeans. Deputies, family, and friends searched the area extensively and could not locate him. There has been no activity on Brown’s cell phone and last known location of the cell phone was still in the Saugatuck area. Family and friends advised that he does not have any health or mental concerns and this behavior is not normal for him. Attached is a recent photograph of Justin Brown. If anybody has any information about Justin Brown or have seen him since Saturday, please call Detective Haverdink at 269.673.0500 ext. 4452 or Silent Observer at 800.554.3633.

Nominations Sought for 2019 Governor’s Service Awards

Posted on: October 15th, 2018 by webdesign No Comments

The Michigan Community Service Commission announced that nominations are being sought for the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards. The Governor’s Service Awards are given annually by the governor to individuals, organizations and businesses to acknowledge their commitment to serving their communities through volunteerism. This event is hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission. The online application for the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards is available at www.michigan.gov/governorsserviceawards. Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2019. Date and location of the event will be announced at a later date.