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Whitmer Marks Martin Luther King Day

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today issued a proclamation declaring Monday, January 17, 2022 as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Michigan, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Governor Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist call on Michiganders to reflect on the life of Dr. King and commit themselves to continuing his work. ... [Read Full Story]

University Of Michigan Fires President Schlissel

Mark Schlissel is out as president of the University of Michigan after the Board of Regents investigated an inappropriate relationship he had with a university employee. He was fired Saturday with the Regents using his own policy about banning such relationships. They also released 118 pages of emails between the two and noted in their letter to him the hypocrisy of his conduct.... [Read Full Story]

Land Conservancy Secures New Nature Preserve

There’s a new nature preserve in southwest Michigan. Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy President Peter TerLouw tells WSJM News the group last month cleared the purchase of the 160 acre Armintrout Milbocker Nature Preserve in Allegan. It sits along the west bank of the Kalamazoo River near M-40 and M-89. TerLouw says it has three miles of frontage along the Kalamazoo River.... [Read Full Story]

Improvements Planned For St. Joseph Park

A $690,000 improvement project planned for Whirlpool Centennial Park in St. Joseph has moved another step forward. During a meeting this past week, St. Joseph City Commissioners approved a request for proposals, agreeing to seek bids for the work. Public Works Director Greg Grothous said the city has been approved for a state grant of $345,000 for upgrades at the site with the Whirlpool Compass Fountain. He said the city got input from residents on what they would like to see there, and the top responses were restrooms and shade.... [Read Full Story]

Strategic Plan Language Now In Place At BHAS

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education has moved forward with a strategic plan for the district. During a meeting this past week, trustees approved a document worked out with the help of the Michigan Association of School Boards that lays out the beliefs, vision, mission, and goals for the Benton Harbor Area Schools School district. The language came out of an eight hour retreat with about 40 members of the community. Trustee Trenton Bowens was pleased to see everyone come together.... [Read Full Story]

I&M Gives Tips For Reducing Home Energy Bills

Indiana Michigan Power is offering customers some advice for saving energy in the new year. It says you can sign up to take part in the IM Green program, which enables customers to buy Renewable Energy Certificates from I&M-owned facilities. That costs as little as pennies per day for an average residential customer. When you sign up, you can pick a participation level and get information each year about how much your carbon footprint has been lowered. I&M has been adding solar facilities throughout its service area as part of a broad plan to switch to renewable energy. You can also get rebates for using energy efficient appliances. You can find more saving tips at ElectricIdeas.com.... [Read Full Story]

Michigan Works To Hold Expungement Fairs

Michigan Works will hold a couple of workshops on getting criminal records expunged in the next month. It says its resource and expungement fairs are for anyone looking to clear their criminal record, look for a new career, or receive education and training opportunities. The fairs will be held January 19 at the Michigan Works office on Red Arrow Highway in Paw Paw from 3 to 6 p.m. and February 16 at the Cass County Library on M-62 from 3 to 6 p.m. The event will have a variety of resources available including training, education and adult education services, barrier removal, and assistance with clearing criminal backgrounds. In addition, those who attend are encouraged to arrive interview-ready with a resume in hand, with the potential to be hired on the spot by local employers. Registration isn’t required.... [Read Full Story]

Andrews Running For Michigan House

There’s a new candidate in the running for the new 38th District in the Michigan House. Joey Andrews, who previously ran for state House in the current 79th District, is seeking the seat. The state’s redistricting commission created the new 38th. When it’s active, the 38th will include lakeshore communities all the way from New Buffalo up to Saugatuck. Areas farther inland are in different districts. Andrews is running as a Democrat, and the Democratic party stands a much better change of holding the 38th than it did the old 79th. Andrews told The Herald Palladium water issues are a major concern for the district. He currently works as a policy analyst for the AFL-CIO. He was previously a strategist for the campaign of Senator Gary Peters and ran a solar panel business. This now makes two Democrats running in the 38th District. Annie Brown of South Haven previously announced her candidacy.... [Read Full Story]