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Sheriff offers thanks

St. Joseph County Sheriff Brad Balk offered his thanks to citizens adhering to the snow emergency Tuesday, as road commission members were able to clear key roads in the area. As a result, the travel advisory was lifted at noon Tuesday, four hours earlier than its original expiration. Balk said the emergency is declared in situations when road crews need ... Read More »

Clinic moving to new location

The Three Rivers Health Family Care Clinic in White Pigeon is moving to a building its staff members hope will better accommodate the health needs of the community. The new location, a building that used to house Village Pharmacy, on the east side of White Pigeon, is undergoing renovations to feature eight examining rooms, a lab with a draw station, ... Read More »

Another flu death

A third death in Kalamazoo County is being blamed on the flu. Health officials say the latest victim had multiple underlying medical issues. All three Kalazmazoo County flu victims were over the age of 50. A flu-related death was also confirmed last week in Van Buren County.  (MRN) Read More »

Free radon test kits

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is offering free radon test kits to residents in its district. Rebecca Burns, environmental health director, said the offer is in conjunction with January being National Radon Action Month. She said radon has no taste or odor, and is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil and rock. Its vapors can seep through ... Read More »

Emphasis on mental health

State Rep. Matt Lori said he applauds Gov. Rick Snyder for continuing his emphasis on access to mental health services and improving the methods by which people who need attention may receive that treatment. In response to Snyder’s State of the State address Thursday, Lori said the Legislature has improved the state’s mental-health model during the past three years, and ... Read More »

Weather may be factor in crash

Slick roads may have been a factor in a Wednesday morning, two-vehicle crash in Lockport Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Hollie Chaffee, 36, of Three Rivers, was northbound on Lutz Road when she lost control of her vehicle near the intersection of M-86. Her vehicle was struck by a southbound automobile driven by Michael Marker, 49, of ... Read More »