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Out and About – Week of September 1st

My first September column always gives me the opportunity to make everyone aware of the fact that summer is officially over for the year. According to the calendar, autumn hasn’t officially arrived, but the opportunity to take that family vacation has come and gone. The children are back in school, so Mom’s personal time has begun. Oh yes, gentlemen, you ... Read More »

First day of school for public schools in St. Joseph County

Public schools in St. Joseph County and the rest of Michigan begin the 2014-15 academic year today. In St. Joseph County, new superintendents can be found in Three Rivers and Colon, where Jean Logan and Vic Bugni, respectively, start the school year as leaders of their districts. Students in White Pigeon and Centreville will see the result of extensive work ... Read More »

River cleanup scheduled for this Saturday

Prospective participants in Saturday’s river cleanup event have until the end of the day Thursday to reserve a canoe or kayak. The St. Joseph County Conservation District on Saturday is staging the cleanup on a four-mile stretch of the Rocky River, from Flatbush Road to Floating Bridge Road in Flowerfield Township. Potential participants are welcome to bring their own watercraft. ... Read More »

St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department clarifies charges

Investigators from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department wish to clarify that alleged sexual encounters between Sturgis firefighter Joshua Snyder and a then-15-year-old girl did not take place at a Sturgis school. Snyder was formally charged Wednesday with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third- degree CSC and two counts of fourth- degree CSC for a ... Read More »

Another successful Mackinac Bridge walk

About 30-thousand walkers participated in this year’s Labor Day Mackinac Bridge walk. Just before Monday’s walk about 350 runners celebrated the Pure Michigan FIT campaign and hit the bridge deck to promote and encourage healthy physical activity in communities throughout Michigan. For the third year in a row, the Mackinac Bridge Authority and the Michigan Department of Transportation are asking the public to ... Read More »

B & E in Nottawa Township

St. Joseph County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 24000 block of M-86 Friday in Nottawa Township regarding a breaking-and-entering incident.  According to a department media release, cash was taken and items inside an unoccupied dwelling were damaged. Read More »

Tax exemptions for two Sturgis businesses

Sturgis city commissioners last week approved tax exemptions for two local companies. Each exemption is for a 12-year period. The first was Parma Tube, for investing $450,000 in two CNC tube benders, a tube-end-forming machine and supporting equipment. The exemption will also help maintain 62 existing jobs and create three new positions. The other was granted to Morgan Olson, for ... Read More »

Saturday celebration in Colon

The Colon Historical Society is celebrating its 40th birthday with an ice-cream social and other events 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Colon Community Park. The celebration will feature hometown entertainment, old-fashioned games, and prizes awarded for best homemade pie, biggest squash and biggest pumpkin. Other highlights include a husband-calling contest, sack races, wheelbarrow races, a three-legged race and a ... Read More »

Police find bike

State police said a bicycle was found last week in Mottville Township. The girls bicycle was located in an area along U.S. 12 and Vistula Road. The bicycle can be claimed by making positive identification and alerting the state police post in Coldwater, at 517-278-2373. Read More »

Good news for the RV industry

The RV industry is enjoying a smooth ride as the recession that devastated it fades into the distance.  Industry leaders say key manufacturers and suppliers have announced recent expansions, the stock market is at an all-time high and consumers are more confident in the future.  Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council executive director Mark Bowersox tells the South Bend Tribune the rebound ... Read More »