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Parents join Kalamazoo district’s plan to sue Michigan

Several parents are joining a planned lawsuit against Michigan’s School Reform Office over its threats to close low-performing Kalamazoo schools. Kalamazoo Public Schools and nine parents say the state office lacks the legal authority to determine if schools should close. Superintendent Michael Rice tells the Kalamazoo Gazette he plans to file the lawsuit this week in the Michigan Court of …

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Motorhomes destroyed by fire

A storage garage and motorhomes were destroyed by fire late last week at a facility in Schoolcraft Township. According to Tracy McMillan, chief of the South Kalamazoo County Fire Authority, the department was called at 10 p.m. Thursday to the 15000 block of U.S. 131, where a fire was reported at Cloverleaf RV & Storage Acres. McMillan said heavy smoke …

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Investigation continues in fatal accident

No new information is available regarding a fatal motorcycle accident last week in Burr Oak Township St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department deputies are continuing their investigation into Thursday’s incident involving 29-year-old Joseph Hice, who lost control of his motorcycle shortly after 11 p.m. at Witt Lake and Robinson roads. Hice was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies said an initial …

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Commission expected to approve grant request

St. Joseph County Commissioners this week are expected to approve a letter of support for a grant to be submitted by the county’s conservation district. During last week’s Executive Committee meeting, commissioners fielded a request from conservation district director Carolyn Grace. She sought and ultimately received the backing of county commissioners for a tally of road crossings she and her …

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Local residents participate in immigrant demonstration

About 80 residents gathered Thursday at Free Church Park in Sturgis to participate in “A Day Without Immigrants,” a nationwide demonstration to draw attention to contributions of immigrants to business and culture. The local demonstration was part of a movement that occurred throughout the U.S., in which immigrants were urged to stay home from work or school, close their businesses …

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Motorcycle crash near Mendon

A Centreville man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon in Mendon Township. 20-year-old Russell McKeehan III was riding his cycle southbound on Nottawa Road, when a car turned in front of him at the intersection of Simpson Road. That vehicle was driven by a 41-year-old Mendon woman, who identity was not released by state police. McKeehan, who …

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K-Wings lose to Fort Wayne; Wheeling

After defeating the Fort Wayne Komets (30-15-5-1) on Valentine’s Day by a score of 3-1, the Kalamazoo Wings (24-23-1-3) hit the road for a pair of weekend games. Traveling to Fort Wayne on Friday, the K-Wings and Komets tangled for the third time in a week. The game between the two rivals was the last of the regular season. Scoring …

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Fatal crash near Burr Oak

A Burr Oak resident died late Thursday night in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Witt Lake and Robinson Roads. The victim was identified as 29-year-old Joseph Leo-Thomas Hice. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Seasonal road restrictions in effect

The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced the implementation of seasonal speed and weight restrictions went into effect this week. As a result, a 35 percent reduction in truckloads and adherence to a speed of 35 miles per hour – depending on truck size and axle spacing – is being enforced on two dozen all-season county roads. The 35 …

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Glen Oaks names new Hall of Fame members

The Glen Oaks Community College Athletic Hall of Fame will add three new members this weekend. Athletic director Courtney Ivan said Colon residents Mike Miller and Larry Engle will be joined by Mt. Pleasant resident Erin Strang during induction ceremonies this weekend. Miller has manned the school’s basketball scorer’s table for 22 years. Meanwhile, Engle also has worked the scorer’s …

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