January 18, 2017
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He actually walked with Martin Luther King Jr on two occasions from Selma, Alabama and today LMC delivered an award that bears the civil rights leader's name to Pastor Aaron Cobbs...
Hunger relief in West Michigan scored unprecedented gains in 2016, with Feeding America West Michigan distributing more food to the needy than ever before...
If you purchased milk or most dairy products over the last 14 years, you may be entitled to a piece of $52-million dollars in court-ordered refunds...
A start-up drone operation based in Watervliet continues to expand sites and services with new satellite operations in both Grand 
Rapids and Lansing established...
A St. Joseph restaurateur with substantial franchise experience has signed a major deal to bring more than 50 new restaurants to Michigan over the next eight years...
St. Joseph Today is offering up a great mid-winter break in a couple of weeks with their 5th Annual Downtown Chili Tour, followed the next day by the Winter Beer Fest...
Lakeland Health continues to have a major impact on the well-being of Michigan's Great Southwest, as borne out in their new corporate annual report...
If you've been wondering what's going on along Fairplain Drive near Wings, Etc. in Benton Township...answers are finally coming into view...
The debate over rolling back or eliminating the state income tax is gaining steam and a couple of the latest to check in are Senator John Proos and the NFIB...
Member wineries along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail have elected their new association leadership for the coming year and installed them into their offices...
The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference is complete and the forecast is for modest by positive growth in Michigan state revenues...
An award winning producer in the real estate realm has been tabbed and installed as the new President of the SWM Association of Realtors for 2017...
If you're looking for a new career and find the right fit...the "cool kids" from Kinexus are hosting a Career Event early next month in Benton Harbor...
The hard part is done and now the fun begins as the Haymarket Brewery out of Chicago opens a new restaurant and taproom in the former Bridgman State Police Post...
A fiery crash in Atlanta has claimed the lives of three Benton Harbor natives including the sister of former NBA star Robert Whaley of the Utah Jazz...
An early morning dispute at a Cass County plastics manufacturing plant turned into murder today, with one man dead and a co-worker in jail...
What was supposed to be no more than a week's shutdown is finally over, as Chivo's Pizza prepares to return to the region, but with an unexpected twist...
A smoky fire at a popular take out restaurant in the Southtown neighborhood of St. Joseph caused considerable alarm and a massive response on social media tonight...
For the second time in as many months, the international trade community is working to protect American manufacturing, in the battle against foreign appliance dumping...
A one of a kind business man and civic leader who shared with the community for more than 40 years at the helm of City Plumbing & Heating has died in St. Joe...
New 100th Anniversary State Police patrol cars will take to the highways beginning tomorrow...and they should be recognized like any other squad car in the lineup...
The Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstone Alliance Business Recognition Breakfast is less than a month away, and tickets are now on sale...
Congressman Fred Upton has been instrumental in getting the Chicago Cubs World Series Championship Trophy Tour to visit St. Joseph on President's Day...
Manufacturing plays a major role in the economic success and recovery of Michigan...and today manufacturing leaders have unveiled their plan for state policy in the new year...
They provided more than $53,000 in grants a year ago, and they're getting ready to accept applications again at The Heart of Cook Foundation Fund...
Upon further review, Lakeland Health is seeking approval for additional parking at their St. Joseph hospital facility, including a fourth level on their parking garage...
Armed robbers have hit the same Benton Harbor party store twice in a ten-day span, stealing large amounts of cash before taking off on foot both times...
The 4th Annual Battle of the Buildings is ready to pit commercial and industrial building owners and operators against one another in a bid to reduce energy consumption...
The fields, orchards and vineyards of Southwest Michigan may be covered by a mantle of snow, but growers are still busy in the off season...
The fight over whether or not to eliminate or reduce the Michigan State Income Tax is getting underway in Lansing with a couple of shots over the bow so far...
FIRST Robotics competitors this year will hearken back to the steam age as they prepare airships for the race through robotic activities...
If you've been in business for at least two years and would like answers regarding your ability to sustain things going forward, there's a workshop for you...
December's snapshot of the West Michigan Industrial Economy comes up "Seasonally Flat," pretty much as expected for the time of year...
Michigan Congressman Bill Huizenga has been selected to Chair an important committee with tremendous financial oversight in America's equities markets...
There's housecleaning going on at the Michigan Talent Investment Agency regarding unemployment insurance issues and reforms being made there...
Ever since they've become available as a wedding reception venue, Shadowland at Silver Beach has been a hit...and its star continues to rise with another award...
The Food District experiment is over in downtown St. Joseph and the place is closed...soon to be replaced by a new authentic Italian restaurant in its place...
If you've been enjoying Amazon Echo's Alexa for simple answers, you're going to love what she can do for you in the kitchen or laundry thanks to Whirlpool...
A nationwide blood emergency has been declared and the American Red Cross in Southwest Michigan is asking for your donations in the days ahead to help resolve it...
Aggressive growth at Crystal Flash will drive the company deeper into Southwest Michigan thanks to its ninth acquisition in just five years' time...
Al Pscholka wasn't unemployed for long. Just days after being term-limited from his State Rep post, he has been tabbed by Governor Rick Snyder for an important post...
Widespread excitement in the manufacturing community today as Ford announces $700-million in investments and 700 new jobs for Michigan on several fronts...
There's another new associate member of the United Federal Credit Union, and she brings 25 years of business experience to the board room in St. Joe...
Even before the show officially begins, Whirlpool's team of innovators and engineers are celebrating huge wins among the 2017 Innovation Awards at the CES in Las Vegas...
A self-made industrialist in the tool & die industry who provided jobs for many across the region has died at the age of 70 following a lengthy battle with cancer...
An extended-length refueling outage at the Cook Plant's Unit 2 is now complete, and the army of 2,000 temporary workers head to other projects...
An early morning hold up at Family Dollar of Benton Harbor is under investigation and police are asking for your help in catching the gunman...
Whirlpool Corporation's penchant for product design excellence and innovation is being reflected in the company's support for a new center at WMU in Kalamazoo...
Human Resource Managers across the region seeking to develop new leadership for their organizations have a half day seminar coming to help out...
Michigan's gas tax goes up this weekend, and you'll be paying more for your automobile registration fees, but at last we'll see new roadwork underway going forward...
Thanks to memorials made in honor of two long time volunteers, the Therapeutic Equestrian Center will have warmth in the barn arena for year round riding...
There's a new agent in the mix for Farm Bureau Insurance of Bridgman, and he brings to the table a career in IT business management as well...
The entrepreneurs who brought us the Lazy Ballerina Winery to downtown St. Joseph will replicate that plan with a new tasting room in downtown Bridgman next spring...
A Four Winds Casino bus crashed into a wooded area near the casino this morning, killing the bus driver at the scene...
Lakeland Health is offering a serious alternative weight loss pilgrimage instead of the one-and-done New Years resolution to lose a few pounds...
To some it's the town with a dead end street for the central business district thoroughfare, but a new book at Baroda reveals a remarkable array of business talent anchored there...
Any further attempt by local units of government to ban plastic shopping bags or to charge fees for them has come to an end thanks to a new law signed Wednesday...
Even as they are counting receipts from the 2016 holiday season, Michigan retailers are forecasting the best start to the New Year in more than a dozen years...
If quitting smoking is on your agenda for the New Year, the Berrien County Health Department is ready to help you accomplish the task beginning right after the holiday...
For the fourth time in 2016 alone, Lansing's Neogen Corporation, parent to St. Joseph's International Diagnostic Systems, is growing through corporate acquisition...
The long awaited arrival of the Haymarket Pub & Brewery just north of Bridgman is just over the horizon at last, opening in the New Year...
If you're into the challenge of puzzles and teamwork...there's a new adventure center in St. Joe challenging you to try to escape in record time...
Your long wait for the return of Dino's Restaurant and Pancake House is just about over as the new place opens up on the day after Christmas...
Most among us have heard tell of the Horse Whisperer. Now comes Lori Hellenga -- the Horse Massager...as she builds her new business...Northway Equine Sportsmassage...
Start assembling your pretzel necklaces and get ready to line up your tickets for the 2nd Annual Winter Beer Fest presented by The Buck Burgers & Brew next month...
Christmas arrived a couple of days early for stockholders of Horizon Bancorp, where a quarterly dividend has been increased effective next month...
Nearly 600 people will enjoy a hot holiday meal thanks to a great partnership in the 2nd Annual Holiday Food Sharing program today...
They may have to reset the benchmark "best performance year" to 2016 if the record pace in home sales continues in December in SW Michigan...
Record quarterly revenue and net income has been posted by Lansing's Neogen Corporation, which is corporate parent to St. Joseph's International Diagnostic Systems...
For Fred MacMurray it was always "My Three Sons," for Ray & Linda VanDerZee, it's about to become all about Three Blondes Brewing, thanks to their daughters...
Police have asked us to share a word of caution about a potential police impersonator on the loose who tried to pull motorists over Tuesday afternoon...
Congressman Fred Upton's 21st Century Cures Act may already be creating jobs. Stryker has announced a $130M project with over 100 new jobs next year...
Whether you're starting up a new business or just getting your workplan in shape for the New Year, there's a SCORE workshop to help get the job done...
With a $160-million expansion project now underway, parking is being somewhat restricted at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph...
It's a problem that has long plagued border counties like Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph Counties in Michigan, but cigarette smuggling is growing nationwide...
The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail is welcoming back into the fold a founding winery, making the trail now 21 wineries strong in Michigan's Great Southwest...
Things are running inordinately slow at the iconic Red Kettle Campaign for the local Salvation Army, and they are hopeful folks will step up to fill the gap this Christmas...
He promised to be like Cal Ripken, Jr...and now, he's somewhat of the Iron Man of the Michigan House of Representatives...
If all the toys are already under the tree, or you're looking for something a touch more meaningful...consider the gift of education with the state of Michigan...
After severe weather curtailed the last scheduled Christmas Train ride at Eden Springs Park on Sunday, operators have added a bonus run this Friday night...
The early birds at the Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Club have a brand new endowment fund to help deliver on their mission to help the youth of Benton Harbor...
Michigan Wine Month has traditionally been celebrated in April...but starting next year it will move to a May recognition to capitalize on the tourism trade...
Your ability to track power outage data including where and how many are affected and potential repair times has been greatly enhanced by I&M today...
More than 100 Benton Harbor Promise students got some face time with higher education, technical training, and local manufacturers and other businesses today at LMC...
The Detroit Free Press called it Michigan's Most Romantic City, but by another measure St. Joe ladies are buying adult toys faster than almost anywhere else in the USA...
There's widespread applause on multiple fronts from a variety of organizations for a comprehensive new Michigan Energy Plan for the future...
A small "pop-up" store with a purpose that only happens once a year affords down on their luck parents the chance to shop with dignity for Christmas toys...
Any hope that another restaurateur would take over the former 5 O'Clock Sports Bar and re-open is fading rapidly today due to a liquidation auction...
There are Christmas cards that are simple greetings, and then there are Kinexus Christmas cards with a dual purpose of informing us of the organization's impact...
A shuttered quick lube oil change center, silent and empty for more than half a dozen years, has sprung back to life this week on the periphery of The Orchards Mall...
The Mosaic On the Move Capital Campaign is gaining momentum even as the Cafe Mosaic lines up a new Chef to take things forward in Benton Harbor...
Things should advance nicely for a new community park in Watervliet thanks to a DNR Trust Fund grant for nearly $300,000...
A Countryside Academy teacher's chicken and egg teaching concept has won her a national grant award for innovation from a financial corporation...
The men and women of Whirlpool got a nice little ego boost here in the holiday season thanks to the Forbes Magazine Just 100 list of the best corporate citizens in the USA...
The search for a new president at Lake Michigan College has drawn high caliber leaders and has now been narrowed to four finalists seeking the post...
Dowagiac authorities are searching for the Grinch who stole Toys for Tots money from the Shell Mart gas station there Sunday night...
With a 28-year old truck red-tagged for faulty gear, the City of Dowagiac, which maintains its own utility lines, has purchased a new truck to handle the work...
The couple who has operated TriState Payroll in St. Joseph for more than 25 years is turning the business over to a key employee and moving to a new location...
The body of a young man found in the snow in Benton Harbor early Sunday morning has now been termed a homicide and police are asking for your help...
Transformational change has taken place for Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Clarence William Brown, Jr. of St. Joseph with a new rebranding underway...
After creating a lending office in Grand Rapids in 2013, Horizon Bank is on the cusp of crafting a new full service branch network in that market...
Michigan State Police have identified the reason for a nearly six hour shut down of a section of Westbound I-94 Sunday near Stevensville...
A successful annual Christmas campaign marks its 10th anniversary year with an electronic appeal for help in the Adopt-A-Family Holiday program for Safe Shelter...
Whirlpool execs are heartened by Department of Commerce action Friday confirming dumping of washing macines in the U.S. by foreign competitors...
What was once a logistics center for Whirlpool Corporation in South America has been transformed into a new cooking range manufacturing facility...
Even Baroda has joined the public art movement in Michigan's Great Southwest with installation of a new sculpture in the central business district...
Manufacturers nationwide have earned a shot at additional support for U.S. manufacturing through tax law changes proposed by Senator Debbie Stabenow and others...
Whirlpool Corporation's commitment to sustainability will get a boost following groundbreaking this week for new wind turbines at a clothes dryer plant in Ohio...
A technology giant that grew up in Paw Paw to become the top selling battery case manufacturer in North America is expanding again in Michigan's Great Southwest...
Cornerstone Alliance rolled out its next 5-year strategic plan to investors tonight and afterward President Rob Cleveland says, "It's all about the buildings!"
If you were planning to be among those pounding the table over Berrien County's Animal Control Ordinance next week...the public hearing has been called off...
Palisades plant employees facing the loss of their jobs when the plant closes in 2018 will get transitional help from VB County's partnership with Kinexus...
The Four Winds Casino brand now has its fourth gaming property under construction with a new casino being built in South Bend...
Despite stiff competition from multiple sectors...Lakeland Health has garnered a unique and major award for a great component in their marketing campaign...
Reaction to the announced shutdown of the Palisades Plant in the fall of 2018 continues to flow in, including comments from Fred Upton and activist Kevin Kamps...
Shock waves are reverberating in the wake of news this morning that Entergy will permanently shutdown the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in 2018...
There are new owners of the Fairplain Plaza, and they are seasoned veterans in the retail shopping center trade promising exciting new changes there...
A 33 year tradition of Lake Michigan College Holiday Food Baskets for the needy and at-risk elderly continues...and you can play a role in it...
Legislation supported by State Senator John Proos would provide a more level playing field and protection for border towns engaged in job attraction projects...
We've learned forever that green means go...but MDOT wants us to know now that some times green will mean slow...as in slow down for the plows...
The team at Kinexus has successfully garnered a state grant for more than $180,000 to help provide skilled trades training to workers at local manufacturers...
A Kalamazoo auto dealer has completed a four-month journey to accomplish the purchase of prime real estate at I-94 and M-139 in Benton Charter Township...
Following the guidance of both their own planning commisson and the Berrien County Planning Commission, Benton Township Trustees have denied PriMar's zoning request...
Many a Detroit Lions fan in Southwest Michigan has just gotten an early Christmas wish...Benton Harbor's Joique Bell is a Lion once again...
Paul Chodak III is moving into a new role at American Electric Power Company headquarters in Columbus paving the way for a new President at I&M...
Mosaic is reporting a substantial boost to their capital campaign and the purchase of a new place for their Mosaic Cafe in downtown Benton Harbor...
A new non-stop American Airlines service route to Washington, D.C. will begin in the spring with access daily from West Michigan...
A case that has been bubbling under for more than five years now is finally in court in the case of New Products vs. Harbor Shores...
There were a lot of smiles today when the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary Club Foundation made grant awards for 2016 totaling $57K...
A gun scare at the Niles High School resulted in a brief school lockdown when police had to chase a student suspect into a nearby neighborhood today...
Last year it was an eleventh hour surprise gift to the community from Benton Harbor, Whirlpool and the PGA. This year marks the 2nd Annual Holiday Food Sharing Program...
Relative newcomer Great Lakes Drone Company of Watervliet has a new collaboration with Van Andel Arena for a first in the region Drone Racing Championship series...
The third crime in several years proved to be the third strike for a stockholder in several Benton Harbor liquor stores and now he's out and the licenses have been suspended temporarily...
By the time his expansion project is complete next spring, Bill Crowder's Signature Automotive Group will have invested nearly three quarters of a million dollars in Benton Township...
Conditions from the first winter storm of the season has blamed for an accident that killed two people on the highway and knocked out power to thousands more today....
I stumbled on the handshake of a major recording contract recently and can finally tell you the details of a Grammy Winner in our midst and his big local dance party...
The first ever Mustache King of Southwest Michigan has been crowned thanks to a North Pier Brewing Company fundraiser for the Humane Society...
The New Year will bring a new top boss for the team at Meijer, and it will be the first time in the company's history that the CEO is not a Meijer family member...
They cut the ribbon on the new Union Home Mortgage offices in St. Joseph Friday afternoon...where Jon Wallace is the man in charge...
It felt like Christmas weather, but was still moderate enough to bring out thousands for the Live Mannequin showcase in St. Joe Friday night...
Businesses with fleet drivers and any commercial traffic on the road will need to be extremely cautious next week as State Police are back with Eyes on 94...
The Admiral gas station on Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville has been sold to new owners for the second time in less than six months...
The parent corporation of International Diagnostics Systems, which is located on Cleveland Avenue in St. Joseph, continues to grow by way of acquisition...
Highly successful Stevensville entrepreneur Mike Welch is bringing a component of his new logistics firm to a new headquarters in downtown Benton Harbor...
The St. Joseph River Harbor Authority is now simply a part of the history books as its governing board voted today to disband for good...
Business owners are being reminded by the State of Michigan that the minimum wage rate increases one month from today...
The list of prospects for the new role of full-time Fire Chief for Lincoln Charter Township is now down to three...
Animal Aid of SW Michigan has been hosting an Open House Christmas Party on the day of the Reindog Parade for years, and they'll do it again Saturday...
The SWM Shore Wine Trail has dedicated two donated French Oak wine barrels to the LMC Wine & Viticulture program in the names of industry pioneers...
The next Benton Harbor Arts District Art Hop will certainly be a festive one -- It's the annual Holly Hop and it's happening on December 9th...
If you count yourself among those who miss the days of the Mansion Grille's Pasta Bar...you'll want to read this story about the LakeHouse in St. Joe...
After 25 years in business and relocation earlier this year to new digs in Bridgman, Arcadia Gardens has won a major industry award today...
A Berrien Community Foundation Challenge Grant for the Berrien County Sheriff's Department drew a huge response, more than ten times the challenge...
Major new money is coming to Michigan's Great Southwest in a quarter-million dollar grant to help improve clean water efforts along the Paw Paw River system...
The charm of small town America is ready to burst onto the scene with the community of Bridgman's Annual Holiday Village event next week...
It has been a remarkable year for Taekwondo Instructor Dalia Vitkus of St. Joseph, and now she's inviting everyone to her first anniversary in business...
 
State Representative Al Pscholka is squarely in the crosshairs of eleven major statewide organizations over his proposed bill on Detroit city income tax collections...
In this instant gratification world, you can now visit with your doctor in some cases electronically visit using Lakeland's MyChart system...
Developers of the Jefferson Lofts Condo project in St. Joseph are seeking a one year extension to allow ongoing construction to continue and finish the 22 unit plan...
New homeowners from Georgia to Utah will be sporting Whirlpool Corporation brands soon thanks to an exclusive new contract over the next three years...
Boating season may be over, but a lot of folks are still concerned about the St. Joe River's No Wake Zone and want something done to change it...
The high flying business of aerial photography drones has resulted in a new strategic alliance uniting two key operators in Michigan's Great Southwest...
The latest research report from the University of Michigan projects creation of more than 91,000 jobs in the next two years in Michigan...
The bid to get us all to Shop Small is gaining tremendous momentum and getting bigger by the year, much to the delight of small business everywhere...
Downtown Buchanan may or may not have white stuff on the ground tomorrow...but they're launching the season with White Saturday just the same...
Giving a child a book, gives them the chance to become avid readers for the rest of their lives according to a new survey supported by Forever Books in SJ...
One of South Bend International Airport's top air carriers is the top choice of corporate travel managers for the sixth consecutive year...
If you're interested in roasting chestnuts on an open fire this holiday season...Michigan's got a bumper crop this year according to the MSU Extension...
Whirlpool's never-ending drive to be sustainably green for the sake of our environment has earned them another major award as a result...
Scammers are trying to trade on the good name of the BH Tiger Football team and the Boys & Girls Club through bogus fundraising in the Fairplain Plaza...
A culinary genius who has thrilled diners for 16 years in Harbor Country will move his business to new quarters next year and double his capacity in the process...
After five straight months of record breaking home sales, the Southwest Michigan marketplace cooled its heels in October, fading by some 6-percent...
A seven-hour book signing and sales event at The Christmas Tree on Saturday will benefit the new Logan Autism Learning Center in Benton Harbor...
If State Senator John Proos has his way, small and craft distillers in Michigan will have a much more level playing field when it comes to state taxes...
MedExpress officials cut the ribbon today on their new urgent care facility in Benton Harbor which opens for business on Friday...
Honor Credit Union is growing again...this time through a partnership that will meld a Battle Creek area credit union into the fold...
While the Luminary Festival may have been a bit soggy, there's still plenty of Christmas magic headed into the central business district of St. Joseph...
A notable Michigan law firm with a growing presence across the state has now established a new beachhead in St. Joseph and signed on four new attorneys...
Benton Harbor School Board member Capt. James F.A. Turner is resigning his position effective immediately...
Based on input from retailers across the state, and information from multiple sources, Michigan retailers are expecting to find a Merry Christmas season ahead...
An inaugural program for online grocery ordering that originally included only two Indiana stores has now added a supermarket in Stevensville...
Just as sure as there will be turkey and football on Thanksgiving, you can be certain there will be beefed up State Police patrols to help keep you safe...
Night turned into day early this morning when a gasoline tanker truck exploded thanks to a rollover accident near South Haven...
Attempts to steal liquor from the South Haven Meijer supermarket have landed three South Haven area men behind bars on multiple charges...
The most wonderful time of the year is virtually upon us and downtown Stevensville hopes you'll join them soon in their Christmas in the Village celebration...
A recent Lakeland Health Foundations Gala event has established a new record for fundraising, and that's great news for Lakeland's new Pavilion...
A center that opened 22 years ago at LMC to help disadvantaged students will live on for at least five more years thanks to a new federal grant...
With welders in high demand, Lake Michigan College is teeing up specialized skills training at the Allegan Tech Center early in the new year...
The recent expansion and renovation of the YMCA locally has been dedicated to the memory of the man who led the team there for nearly 30 years...
The seventh and largest neighborhood to date for the Harbor Shores Resort will open to homeowners next summer in a major new waterfront development in St. Joe...
Make plans for your entire family to join the holiday tradition of the Kids Christmas Carnival on the Napier Campus of LMC this weekend...
In barely a month's time the Cornerstone Chamber offering of Disney Institute is more than three quarters sold out and it's still more than four months away...
A couple of local business owners stripped of thousands of dollars worth of electrical wire in two separate cases are fuming as detectives search for clues...
Its a Benton Harbor-based company that has been in our midst for seventy years now, but continues to grow as if it were still a teenager...
Benton Harbor's Downtown Development Authority is teaming up with multiple organizations for a great old-fashioned Home for the Holidays series of celebrations...
A St. Joseph law firm has ranked among the best in the nation thanks to colleagues and clients alike in the latest from U.S. News & World Report...
Some Michigan business owners have an annual ritual ahead to protect their very name from being used by others and the deadline is mid-February...
The magic and aura of the holiday season ahead takes flight Friday night with the season kick off led by the Luminary Festival from St. Joseph Today...
With food safety increasingly paramount in our society, there is an opportunity at hand for a Food Safety Technician with the Van Buren Conservation District...
Whirlpool's innovation incubator, WLabs, has introduced a revolutionary new product coming online to turn food scraps to fertilizer right in your own home...
There are 2,600 hospitals who have earned grades from The Leapfrog Group, but only 29 earned an "A," including Lakeland Health...
They're so sick of utility scams that a number of utilities are working together to bring new awareness to the issue...
Behind the scenes work has continued for the 14th Annual Public Art project in downtown St. Joseph and they'll host the big reveal tonight at city hall...
If you don't have time to decorate a Christmas tree this holiday season...Volunteer Southwest Michigan has the perfect answer for you this Friday night...
As a Benton Harbor church approaches its 125th anniversary year, they are campaigning to expand the building in an Open Wide initiative with an event on Sunday...
Imagine cruising the interstate highway and suddenly seeing an airborne pick up truck headed toward you like an incoming missile...it happened today...
A lifetime fan of cars, trucks and Mopar has launched a new custom truck accessories business, hoping to fill a gap in Michigan's Great Southwest...
If Black Friday shoppers near the Fairplain Plaza run into medical or health issues, the new MedExpress urgent care center there is slated to open that day...
For the second time in recent months authorities are warning about widespread theft from unlocked vehicles...this time from five different townships in Berrien County...
The week long public voting period has concluded in Celebration! Cinema's Celebrate Service Award campaign and the local winner is the Mason Jar Cafe...
Y-Country Radio's Stuff-A-Truck Food Drive for SW Michigan turns twenty next week and hopes to have your support for this milestone campaign...
Knowing Al Pscholka's appreciation for a good meal and top quality service, he may very well have a new favorite award in his legislative trophy case today...
In July word went out that U.S. 31 would finally be linked to I-94 near Benton Harbor. Today, MDOT made it an official part of their 5-year plan...
They broke ground at the beginning of June and already the more than 50,000 solar panels in Watervliet are generating power for I&M online...
After an upbeat and robust September report, the West Michigan Industrial Economy has returned to an "almost flat" growth pattern according to Dr. Brian Long...
The most prolific donors in the history of Lakeland Health have stepped up to the window again with a major new donation to the new Pavilion underway in St. Joseph...
Thanks to Tuesdays election results, the plan for South Haven Health Services to join the Bronson Healthcare system have won final approval...
A Stevensville businessman, lost and missing in the mountains of Colordao for four days while hunting, was found safe this week and is okay...
Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corporation broke ground today on a new 300,000 square foot strategically located distribution center for all products and all brands...
Having declined support for any Presidential candidate throughout the entire campaign, Congressman Fred Upton nevertheless has congratulated the winner now that the race is over...
It was a nail-biter of a night for Lake Michigan College Poll Watchers...but in the final analysis, it was a huge win, and now the work can begin...
Congressman Fred Upton and new State Representative Kim LaSata lead the way to victory in Election 2016 Tuesday...
With less than an hour to go on Election Day 2016, the Republican Party faithful will have a first-class venue to count the results this evening at the Inn at Harbor Shores...
Stay & Obey is packing up and moving to a new location with an Open House coming soon...all less than five minutes away from the current site...
A great spinoff of record home sales across the region as a Kalamazoo Realtor expands into the St. Joseph/Stevensville market with a new office...
Recently proposed legislation in the Michigan Senate fails to meet the standards established by the Michigan Manufacturers Association, leading to a letter saying so...
Their local focus is quality...and they're certainly maintaining a quality level of retention within their organization as cited by the national CEO...
A keen eye for making old things new and cool again, and a lifelong desire to own her own shop have led to the grand opening of a great new space near Eau Claire...
StorSmart Moving & Storage is partnering with Safe Shelter to help survivors of domestic violence eliminate a key barrier to relocation to safety...
A superstar among colleagues...that's the new role of a Van Buren County agricultural community leader recognized by his peers...
The award winning team at Allegretti Architects in St. Joe has earned another honor among colleagues for a Harbor Country design...
A Benton Harbor-based specialty aircraft painting company continues to grow exponentially, with a new addition to their operation at our local airport...
The love being shown to the Chicago Cubs has reached deeply into Michigan's Great Southwest...and one St. Joe store in particular...
Fans and organizers of Mosaic CCDA are hopeful that Benton Harbor City Commissioners will hear their story in a new light and approve their planned move at Monday night's meeting...
The Berrien County Health Department is warning of potential health concerns over contaminated frozen straweberries from commercial sources...
How's the curb appeal at your place of business? If you're in serious need of a facelift or upgrade, a local bank is offering special loan deals to achieve a new look...
Whirlpool competitor Samsung has been forced into a recall of 2.8-million top load washing machines that can spin out of control causing injuries...
An international divison of Lansing-based Neogen Corporation, which has a St. Joseph subsidiary firm, has won a contract to help improve the flagship beef industry of Scotland...
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds everyone to Know Before You Vote, and shares with us some rules of the polling place process you may not be aware of...
Despite some legislative efforts to stop the practice, the time will change again Sunday as Daylight Saving Time concludes. There are other things to take care of at that time, as well...
Exceptional students with an attitude and aptitude for high level achievement have overcome challenges to earn scholarships at LMC this year...
The Berrien County Prosecutor has issued final report findings on the July 11th Courthouse shooting incident that drew national attention...
For the second time in less than three months, Abonmarche Consultants of Benton Harbor advances into Indiana through acquisition of an experienced firm...
The major expansion launched last year by SPI Blow Molding of Coloma marches on with a substantial new investment in equipment to speed customer turnarounds and capacity...
A St. Joseph Broker/Developer is removing a blighted home in the Southtown neighborhood with a project which will yield one of the largest buildable lots on that side of town soon...
Public balloting begins today for the coveted Celebrated Service Award from Celebration! Cinema of Benton Harbor with ten companies in the chase...
An early morning industrial accident turned fatal for a crane operator working alone today. He also owned and operated the business where it happened...
A Harbor Country manufacturer engaged in precision machining and prototyping will invest $5.1-million and hire 53 additional workers thanks to a state grant assist...
There's a new rock, mineral, fossil and gem store in Bridgman that has evolved from a road show to a brick and mortar presence, fulfilling a longtime dream...
Timmy Dibble is "tougher than nails" and that's a good thing as he undergoes the battle of his young life at Bronson Children's Hospital with the support of many racing fans...
Last time we checked there was no rule that says that guys out at deer camp get to have all the fun. White Pine Winery has scheduled their 6th Annual Hunter Widow Night...
Firearm deer season begins next week, but at least one local businessman is working diligently to keep hunters from taking promising bucks too early in their life cycle...
With an ever increasing need for highly skilled workers, manufacturers who rely on the LMC Apprenticeship program are winning big...
From the "Where Are They Now" file -- an update on the new job acquired by former Cornerstone Alliance President Vicki Pratt...
Accountants and others at Plante Moran continue to do great things for the local community and they recently hit a home run with the home office as well...
St. Joseph Today will need to search for a new leader. The Executive Director has resigned her position today...
Movie lovers who prefer to watch from the comfort of a recliner will soon be able to do so at their Celebration! Cinema theatre thanks to a $1.5M investment...
Whirlpool Corporation has broken ground today on its new wind turbine project in Ottawa, Ohio...the third of its kind at Whirlpool facilities to date...
An entrepreneurial businessman with nineteen years of experience in many facets of business joins Cornerstone Alliance next week as a new Business Development Manager...
WNBA Star Skylar Diggins was the keynoter and the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor presented their new SMART Girl of the Year Award today...
The world renowned Niles Scream Park has achieved a major attendance milestone and one woman was the big winner when they hit their mark this month...
As more and more consumers focus on how animals are raised on farms, one local family farm is stepping up to the gold standard for their herd of pigs, earning AWA Certification...
Chemical Financial's third quarter performance has surpassed Wall Street expectations, even with the significant cost of merging with Talmer Bancorp...
A state tax tribunal has reduced the value of the Orchards Mall substantially, and while that's good news for the owner, it means new tax bills for other taxing units including schools...
Those headed over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house by train this Thanksgiving have a couple of additional options out of St. Joseph...
American Electric Power Company has increased its quarterly cash dividend to shareholders, now paying a cash dividend every quarter for more than 106 years running...
Some stockholders aren't taking the news very well this morning in the wake of Whirlpool's second reduction in their earnings forecast and lower than expected quarterly profits...
The ongoing pace of home sales in Southwest Michigan has Realtors smiling a lot these days...and September was another record month locally...
It was standing room only at the Benton Township Planning Commission meeting as residents urged denial of a rezoning request from PriMar Petroleum...
Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey has earned the respect and support of his colleagues in law enforcement, garnering a new leadership role at the state level...
Local students transferring from LMC and SMC to WMU-Southwest now have a distinct advantage through a tuition assistance program...
A group of patriotic Americans in our area who continue to honor our veterans and military personnel hope you'll join in a Night at the Hop to help them continue to do so...
Non-profit leaders who struggle with who to ask for funding can learn key techniques at an upcoming SCORE workshop in Buchanan...
The deal is done, and Horizon Bank says "two great banks have become one," as Horizon has completed acquisition of LaPorte Savings Bank...
It's one of the largest, indoor shows in the region...but best of all, it features all hand-crafted works. The SJ Lions 12th Annual Arts & Crafts Show is coming soon...
Anybody who lives, works, shops, or plays in the Village of Stevensville who has a dream for the future of that community is invited to a public visioning session next month...
A showdown that first started nearly ten years ago will face off at the Benton Township Planning Commission Monday night...
A 16-year veteran Berrien Trial Court employee faces multiple felony charges following her arrest stemming from incidents following the July 11th courthouse shootings... 
Somebody will get pies in the face at halftime in the Coloma vs Eau Claire game tonight in a United Way version of Cops vs. Teachers...
A small boutique that started out 15 years ago along Cleveland Avenue and moved to downtown St. Joe a couple of years later is celebrating a milestone annivesary...
The space many of us used to chase strikes and spares in will now be pressed into action to store your spare vehicles and other stuff...
Next Tuesday will mark a very important day in the lives of both Andrews University in Berrien Springs and its new President Andrea Luxton...
Another major industry sector survey is getting underway at Kinexus...and this time they're seeking data from the health care industry...
If you were a Michigan Craft Beer -- which one would you be?  Pure Michigan wants to know and hopes you'll share your craft beer photos up through Thanksgiving...
A strong third quarter "despite the tepid economic environment" has Fifth Third Bancorp delivering improved returns to shareholders today...
The $160-million Lakeland Health Pavilion project was launched tonight from the middle of the hospital's heli-pad...
We've worked to assemble a comprehensive list of Trick or Treat times in local municipalties, and share that list with you in this report...
The woman responsible for Painting Our Towns Pink and many other Breast Cancer Awareness efforts will be postumously honored next week by 100 Women Strong...
A colorful Fall Harvest Art Hop is being planned with fun, activities, food and more for the entire family this Friday in the Benton Harbor Arts District...
More than 80 craft beers from more than 20 of Michigan's finest breweries as Bridgman sets the stage for the 7th Annual Weko Beach Brewers Festival...
Farmers markets, hops growers, agri-tourism leaders, and many fruit and vegetable crop programs will all benefit from money delivered today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
With a three year lease ending this past summer, Dr. Sandy Martin had a decision to make...and she elected to re-invest in downtown Benton Harbor again...
That House Hunters episode that was filmed for television last spring is finally ready to air...and it's coming early next month...
Balancing the need for additional seasonal farm workers with the need to help them continue their education, Kinexus is teaming up with MSU for a plan...
There are many ties binding Michigan and Florida, and Western Michigan University will forge a new one tomorrow with a new Florida collegiate alliance...
As the chief real estate officer in the region sets sail into retirement next month, a new leader for the SWM Association of Realtors has been named...
Jim Roberts star continues to shine in the minority supplier universe with yet another major award for the St. Joseph entrepreneur at the state level...
Manufacturing in Michigan has picked up a major boost in recent weeks thanks to the Colson Group USA team which owns and operates the Shepherd Caster brand in St. Joe...
For the 11th consecutive year, the group that has brought major war reenactments to our region will host a patriotic concert at Lake Michigan College next month...
Lakeland Health is unveiling potentially huge news for women with early-stage breast cancer as they are first to the regional market with a treatment option...
Last fall we introduced you to a projected new wedding venue, and now the new Stonegate Manor is ready in all its Victorian glory for weddings and other events in Riverside...
Recognizing the added value of nurses with Bachelor of Science degrees, Lakeland Health is unveiling a new scholarship program to help achieve that level...
The Sunday Supper for the Readiness Center created nearly two decades ago by Pete & Nancy Racine lives on, even after his death last year...
There are new owners at the Anytime Fitness center in Southtown St. Joseph, and they're expanding and putting on a fresh face already...
If you recently moved here from Chicago, Detroit or Grand Rapids, you might be happy with your choice based on the cost of living numbers...
Those earthmovers you saw at Power in Motion Gymnastics last week were laying the base down for a sizable parking lot expansion at the booming gym...
Mortgage expert Jon Wallace is getting back into the saddle again as a partner in a firm where he becomes Producing Branch Manager with new offices coming to St. Joseph...
It started out as a small garden center and has grown into a Top 50 in the nation destination attraction independent garden center right in the heart of Harbor Country...
The Michigan Sheriff's Association has selected State Representative Al Pscholka for a high honor this week in Lansing...
Mary Jo Tomasini's promotional products company, Competitive Edge, is being recognized as a Best Places to Work site for the fourth straight year...
After three years in charge at the Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce in Niles, Tyanna Weller's job there is ending this month...
The man who has ruled the roost at the South Shore Health & Racquet Club for the past 18 years will step down at the end of the year...ready to retire...
They're still a week away from the formal groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Lakeland Health Pavilion in St. Joe, but they got a substantial gift today to kickstart things...
Whether you're in the market for a front-end loader, a pick up truck, a bicycle or a photo-copier, the City of St. Joseph might have what you're looking for...
A daylight bank robber struck the Niles branch of Chemical Bank and remains at large with an undetermined amount of cash, as police ask your help...
When Whirlpool employees conduct their United Way fundraising campaign...there's almost always something in it for you...and this weekend is a prime example...
The amazing success of a Kalamazoo manufacturer has led to relocation to larger more flexible facilities in Galesburg...
If you're looking to make a little extra dough during the holidays, Kohl's in the Fairplain Plaza will conduct an in-store hiring event this weekend...
Last summer I told you about dairyman Bill Shuler's new robotic barns and his dream to serve you fresh ice cream...well, come and get it!
Once we left the beach and got back to work, business improved nicely for the West Michigan industrial economy according to the latest report on Current Business Trends...
A Benton Harbor freelance writer has launched her own publishing company, and it has published its first children's book now on sale...
The people helping people through United Way of SW Michigan are being recruited for a Senior Day of Action next month...
A love story that turned into a broken heart has written the final chapter with the death this weekend of a great man now reunited with his wife of 65 years...
Cassandra Lopez spends her days attending to one of America's best kept secrets...the art of quality shoe repair...and she's marking a major milestone this month...
Papa Vino's of St. Joseph is celebrating ten years in business this month and they've enjoyed a stellar run in their first decade in their Italian Kitchen...
Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski's concern for the community and compassion for taxpayers in a bind continues to pay dividends for both...
It's Manufacturing Day in SW Michigan and across the nation, and it has been a stellar day with industry in the spotlight and record participation rates...
The call letters WHFB have been retired and the station as you know it will flip to an entirely new format effective next Tuesday...
Following extended deliberations, Premier Tool & Die Cast of Berrien Springs and Dowagiac is under new ownership this week...
Do you know what you're reading when you look at your company's income statements and balance sheets? If not, there's a class for that soon...
After hiding under wraps for reconditioning work over the past month or better, the iconic South Haven light house will be "unveiled" Friday morning for everyone to see...
Culinary notoriety continues for SW Michigan...with a St. Joseph pizza place garnering a nationwide website's declaration of Best Pizza in Michigan...
Fifth Third Bancorp moved to strengthen its business equipment finance group by defining four divisional markets for that group going forward...
Governor Rick Snyder has declared October to be Cybersecurity Month in Michigan...and will host a major North American Cyber Summit this month as well...
Manufacturing Day will be celebrated nationwide this Friday, but Whirlpool is going all-in with a month-long celebration including a unique video showcasing their technical innovations...
A strong advocate for small business in West Michigan, Senator Debbie Stabenow paid a visit to multiple entities today to see their work first-hand...
The Denise Bohn Memorial Play Fore Pink Golf Outing is coming Sunday to Lake Michigan Hills Golf to benefit Susan G. Komen during Pinktober...
Members of SCORE are underlining the latest data regarding health care costs for small businesses, and offering a chance to learn more about the organization...
One of the most popular restaurants in the Buchanan area has fallen victim to an overnight break-in which is now the Crime of the Week for Crime Stoppers...
A 35-year old Baroda manufacturer with an outstanding track record of growth is expanding for the sixth time thanks to a tax abatement from the village council...
Not only did Congressman Fred Upton win his NAM award today in St. Joe, a number of local organizations earned $50,000 in grant money from Bosch...
An army of 2,500 nuclear plant workers descend on Cook Plant Unit 2 this week for an extended refueling outage at the Bridgman power plant...
Commercial fleet operators and other business trucking teams are being alerted to Operation Safe Driver Week this month which will also target regular drivers...
The StorSmart Moving & Self-Storage crew continues to grow the company exponentially...now with two new locations in Berrien County...
Contrary to popular opinion, failure is an option...and there's a Failure:Lab event coming your way to prove that point in SW Michigan...
A Taste Sensation Culinary Cook-Off competition pitting local celebrities with some of your favorite restaurant chefs is coming up next week...
A major bridge over the Black River at South Haven will be closed starting Monday and won't reopen until next summer...
A large mass of scaffolding is in place, renovation is underway, and a ceremonial groundbreaking has officially launched Bridgman's Monogram Centre...
A major expansion is in the works for the Mosaic CCDA in Benton Harbor as they launch a capital campaign for Mosaic on the Move...
With a large contingent of manufacturers among his constituency, Congressman Fred Upton will be recognized by the National Association of Manufacturers for his support next week...
The first order of business in a new joint venture for Van Buren County's economic development efforts has been fulfilled with a new hire at Kinexus...
Whirlpool and one of the nation's top home builders have renewed a long-running relationship contract today to provide major appliances for new homes in America...
A former Chief Financial Officer for Benton Harbor's Whirlpool Corporation has ties back to SW Michigan through his appointment to the board at Armstrong World Industries...
The amazing story of the life and times of St. Joseph industrialist Merlin Hanson has been profiled by WNIT and the resulting documentary debuts on Thursday night...
One of America's major department store chains is hiring more than 13,000 employees for the upcoming holiday season...
A recently conducted Fall Farm Field Day yielded an eager crowd from the agricultural industry yearning to learn new skills and techniques...
A seven-month journey has resulted in a new spiritual leader for Peace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph and he begins there this weekend...
Congressman Fred Upton's Energy & Commerce Committee is breaking apart some of the Washington logjam with the Communications Act update...
According to word from the NFL Network, Benton Harbor sports hero Joique Bell is signing on to the Chicago Bears, just in time to play his former Lions on Sunday...
If your lifelong dream has been to open your own restaurant...Chef Giorgio Di Lemis is ready to give you the critical steps to get there thanks to SCORE... 
There are three new players in the ranks of medical professionals at Lakeland Health this week, filling important service gaps on the local health charts...
Leaders of the metalcasting industry converged on St. Joseph last week to take part in the largest single gathering of that industry sector for a software conference anywhere in the world...
It may very well be the very first time a sitting International President of the Lions Club has ever visited St. Joe later this week at the Vineland Center...
Two of the largest business organizations in the state of Michigan have sounded applause for the State House repeal of the HICA Tax...considered to be anti-competitive...
As Vintage baseball continues to grow in popularity, the season is drawing to a close locally, but there's still a big day at the Hop Yard Classic this weekend...
The special bond that links a couple of Watervliet HS grads from nearly twenty years ago lives on in a new joint venture opening soon in their hometown...
Lots of people want a dream job...and lots of high-paying, top quality jobs are going unfilled. An upcoming Job Fair hopes to create a match for both...
For the third consecutive year...Wightman & Associates bed racers have ruled beyond compare at the Slumberland/Rotary Bed Race in St. Joseph...
After a brief time out in July, the Southwest Michigan housing market soared back in August with record performances on most fronts...
A couple of highly entrepreneurial young women have established an entirely new real estate brokerage in Berrien Springs...the new Coastline Realty Group. 
You have several opportunities to help Mother Earth in the coming week, beginning with a recycling event tomorrow at Silver Beach...
One of the biggest art shows in the entire nation is underway in Grand Rapids and there are at least two local artists from our area in the running for big prize money...
Lots of powerful messaging from inspirational entrepreneurs around Michigan's Great Southwest today at a Women's Business Center luncheon...
Steve Upton's love for Michigan's Great Southwest continues unabated and is now backed by a $1.2-million grant program through the Berrien Community Foundation...
The latest Business Outlook for West Michigan from the Upjohn Institute may foretell of flat conditions going forward...
A couple of Harbor Country brothers have launched a new drive up coffee shop in St. Joseph called Berry Bean Coffe, and they're ready for your drive thru...
A new centralized branch location and improved amenities with drive-thru lanes are coming for Honor Credit Union members in South Haven...
The Big Lebowski Beer Tour is back...and Greenbush Brewing of Sawyer is at the epicenter of the whole affair...
Buchanan Community Schools students are literally climbing the walls this fall, thanks to a generous gift from the Lakeland Health Foundations...
As more and more people across the nation opt into credit union membership, one of the largest beneficiaries of the trend is United Federal in St. Joseph...
A new aerial drone operator has established a regional business in Michigan's Great Soutwest with headquarters in the community of Watervliet...
A gun-wielding motorcyclist fired his hand-gun at a commercial trucker on I-94 last Friday and has been arrested on multiple felony charges as a result...
Another bid to revitalize the central business district of Stevensville gets a boost with the upcoming move of the Stevensville Chiropractic Center...
The Niles community will come together next weekend in a big event to replenish the Salvation Army food pantry...
Homecoming ceremonies late this month will be larger than life at Andrews University in Berrien Springs with multiple events over a full four-day run...
The lure of the beach, the waterfront, the vineyards have proven effective in enticing King Media of East Lansing into establishing a second office in St. Joe...
If your home or business lost power last night and this morning and wondered why...you can thank an accused drunk driver...
The long-running Berrien County Manufacturer's Council is becoming a tri-county collaboration and re-focusing on talent development for the local work force...
College-bound students and their parents and others interested in higher-education have a unique College Night opportunity coming up at LMC...
The Michigan Chamber, the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers, and the Michigan Freedom Fund are all working to shoot down a proposed 250% beer tax hike...
Another jackpot tops $1-million at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo...and again it happened on a holiday weekend...
For the seventh consecutive year, the business community of the Niles-Buchanan area will be showcased at EXPOsing Greatness in Niles next week...
An errant driver plunged through the plate glass at the St. Joseph Dunkin' Donuts this morning...creating an inadvertent and unwanted drive-thru...
State Representative Al Pscholka has helped uncork a $1-million grant from the state of Michigan for the new Great Lakes Wine Institute at Lake Michigan College...
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