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Police: Woman fatally shot as child, 12, plays with shotgun

Police say a 12-year-old child was playing with a shotgun at a Kalamazoo home when the weapon accidentally discharged, killing a 28-year-old family friend. Kalamazoo officers responded about 5:50 a.m. Friday following a report of the shooting, which happened while the child’s family slept. In a statement, police described the child as “mentally impaired.” The boy’s grandfather, Daniel Hummel, told ...

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Colon Schools cut two support staff positions

Two support-staff members were the first victims of Colon Community Schools’ employee-reduction plan. The next wave, which could include as many as five teachers, is expected to hit when the board conducts a special meeting in early June. During Monday’s regularly scheduled board meeting, district officials agreed to layoff high school secretary Marianne Verner and elementary teacher assistant Stacy Sult. ...

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Board of Commissioners Chairman reflects on Memorial Day

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Dobberteen said a trip to France earlier this month has given him a new perspective of Memorial Day. During the chairman’s report portion of last week’s meeting, Dobberteen said he has visited a number of military cemeteries through the years, but a stop at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial was unequal ...

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Oswald begins her role at commission meetings

The first sign of change as a result of county clerk Pattie Bender’s impending retirement was seen last week, as Lindsay Oswald took Bender’s seat at the dais and recorded the minutes of Tuesday’s county commission meeting. Oswald will have two more opportunities to perfect the task before Bender calls it quits June 30. Oswald, a 35-year-old Lockport Township resident, ...

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Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership speaking event planned

Two Rivers Coalition will host its first speaking event of the year this week. Julia Kirkwood of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Water Resources Division will present “Restoring and Protecting Inland Lakes with Natural Shorelines.” The program takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the North Dining Room of the Van Buren Intermediate School District Technology Center, 250 South Street ...

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Consultant search progressing

St. Joseph County Administrator Pat Yoder this week provided an update on the commission’s search for a consultant to review financial and procedural operations at the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County, as well as its health department. During Tuesday’s county commission meeting, Yoder said he and human resources director Teresa Doehring have reviewed three ...

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