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Curious Kids Museum, City Considering Future Of Building

The Curious Kids Museum is seeking to acquire ownership of its building in downtown St. Joseph. Speaking to St. Joseph City Commissioners this past week, museum Director Lori Marciniak said as the museum looks at repairs needed from a July fire, the idea of buying the building from the city makes more sense. She told us ownership would help with making improvements.... [Read Full Story]

Bridgman Holiday Village Returns December 10

The sights and sounds of the holidays will take over downtown Bridgman during Holiday Village on Saturday, December 10th. The event, which is organized and orchestrated by the Greater Bridgman Area Chamber and Growth Alliance (CGA), an affiliate of the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber, is a holiday staple in the Bridgman community bringing visitors to the downtown for family fun each December.... [Read Full Story]

New St. Joseph Assistant City Manager Settling In

St. Joseph’s new assistant city manager is settling into the position after about a week on the job. City commissioners hired Emily Hackworth this month and she was introduced to the public at a commission meeting Monday. Hackworth tells us she comes to St. Joe from New York City, but that’s not where she’s originally from.... [Read Full Story]

Van Buren County Creek Among Waterways To Benefit From New Grant

Michigan is one of six applicants to receive funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for conservation and connectivity work on rivers and streams in 14 counties. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced this week it’s receiving $5 million from the inaugural America the Beautiful Challenge, a $1 billion grant program launched in May to fund diverse, landscape-level conservation projects. Among the waterways to receive attention as a result of the funding is Hayden Creek in Van Buren County. That’s near Paw Paw. As part of the waterway work statewide, the DNR will partner with local organizations and tribes to reconnect nearly 200 upstream miles of rivers and streams, working toward improved climate resiliency and river connectivity. Among the groups the DNR is working with is the U.S. Forest Service.... [Read Full Story]

Police Targeting Drunk Drivers This Weekend

The night before Thanksgiving is known nationwide as the biggest bar night of the year, which means police are cracking down on those who plan to drink and drive. Lieutenant Keith Harper of the Rochester Hills Police Department says extra patrols will be on the roads through the holiday weekend looking to catch drunk drivers.... [Read Full Story]

Seven Michigan State Football Players Charged In Tunnel Melee

From the Associated Press — State charges have been filed against seven Michigan State football players stemming from a melee in Michigan Stadium’s tunnel last month. A statement from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office says the most serious charge is against Michigan State player Khary Crump of felonious assault. Charges against the six others are misdemeanors. Five are charged with aggravated assault, and one with assault and battery. The incident occurred on Oct. 29 when multiple members of Michigan State’s football team roughed up two Michigan players. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had said earlier he expected the suspended Spartans to be charged.... [Read Full Story]

New Buffalo Church Offering Thanksgiving Meal

A New Buffalo church is offering a Thanksgiving meal to the entire community Thursday. Lighthouse Village Church of God on US-12 will welcome anyone in need of a good meal. Doors open at noon and there will be a prayer at 2 p.m. The Thanksgiving meal will follow and doors will close around 7 or 8 p.m. The meal will include turkey, ham, sides, and dessert. The church tells us the meal will be free to those who can’t pay, although donations will be accepted at the door. Lighthouse Village Church has been offering Thanksgiving meals for a few years now, and organizers say the turnout is always strong. They tell us holding the meal is a way to serve the community and “live out our faith.”... [Read Full Story]

Grand Rapids-Area Man Charged With Human Trafficking

Kent County Sheriff Michele LaJoye-Young says a Comstock Park man is facing several charges in Cheboygan County after being caught with a 16-year-old girl from Grand Rapids at the Mackinac Bridge in October. He will be in court today, charged with sexually abusive activity, human trafficking, possession of child abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime. LaJoye-Young says they are the first charges since her office created a Human Trafficking Task Force this year. She was found hiding under a blanket in his backseat by a toll worker at the bridge, who notified police.... [Read Full Story]