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Money raised for business

About 100 people attended a benefit magic show Saturday at Colon High School. More than $1,000 was raised to help Dan and Kathy Earl and their son, Casey. The Earls owned Curly’s bar and restaurant, which was destroyed by a fire in early March. The three-act, 90-minute magic show featured Rick Fisher, B.J. Mallon and John Sterlini, and music from ... Read More »

Betty Fries, 81

Betty A Fries, 81, of Mendon, died Friday June 7, 2013, at Heartland Health Care in Three Rivers, following a short illness. She was born July 23, 1931, in Schoolcraft, a daughter of Millard Pierce and Alice Janice (Amos) Granger. She had been a Mendon resident since 1965, coming from Schoolcraft and Vicksburg. She was owner and operator of Auntie ... Read More »

Barbara Yoder, 91

Barbara D. (Hochstetler) Yoder, age 91, of Nottawa Road, Sturgis, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013, at her home after several months of failing health. Barbara was born Oct. 6, 1921, in LaGrange, Ind., a daughter of the late Daniel and Anna (Wickey) Hochstetler. On Nov. 2, 1941, she married Moses D. Yoder Sr. in Centreville. He preceded her in ... Read More »

Charles Burg, 85

Charles Eugene Burg, 85, passed away at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Heartland in Three Rivers after an extended illness. He was born March 26, 1928, in Sturgis, to the late Frank and Agnes (Bothamley) Burg. Charles is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Stubig of Sturgis, and Betty (Ralph) Fetch of Constantine; also surviving include several nieces, nephews ... Read More »

Factory destroyed by fire

Nine fire departments, including six from St. Joseph County, responded to a commercial blaze Wednesday in Cass County’s Newberg Township. The manufacturing section of Southern Michigan Rubber Co., located on M-60 near the St. Joseph County line, was destroyed by the afternoon blaze. Company officials indicated the fire appeared to have started near the rear of the building in a ... Read More »

LaGrange County man sentenced

A LaGrange County man suspected of setting fire to a Sturgis restaurant in 2009 was sentenced to prison Wednesday for unrelated felonies. Nathan Lumbard, 30, was ordered to serve a six-year sentence in Indiana after he completes a sentence he is currently serving in Kentucky, where he will be incarcerated until June 2014. Lumbard, who has yet to stand trial ... Read More »