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Fall merger expected between two banks

A merger between two banks – one with four area branches – has been announced by respective officials. Horizon Bank will merge with Peoples Federal Savings Bank. Peoples has branches in Howe and LaGrange in Indiana, and two in Three Rivers. Horizon does not have any branches in the vicinity. Headquartered in Michigan City, Ind., Horizon has been in an ...

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Bids for Sturgis road construction under projection

Sturgis City Manager Mike Hughes said the city’s ability to seek bids early for this summer’s major reconstruction of East West Street may be largely responsible for saving 23 percent on the project’s cost. The street was initially constructed in 1922 and its current condition made it a priority for reconstructing 2,600 feet of street surface and replacing more than ...

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Michigan snow, freezing temps, pile up closings for schools

Michigan Snow Days

This winter’s icy grip has some in the Michigan Legislature arguing once again that the state should allow schools more than six days for closures before they must make up the time. Schools are required by state law to provide at least 175 days of instruction each school year. Schools can be closed for up to six days, or the ...

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Funeral mass held for former judge

A funeral mass was held Saturday in Kalamazoo for former U.S. District Judge Richard Enslen who died Tuesday. During his 30 years on the federal bench, the 83-year old Enslen ruled on a number of major cases in Michigan, one of which changed high school athletics. Enslen held that under Title IX of federal law guaranteeing equal education between the sexes, Michigan ...

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Fire suspect arraigned

The man accused of setting the fire that destroyed a Kalamazoo adult store was arraigned Friday. 41-year-old Mitchell Hapner has been charged with one count of arson and one count of fleeing and eluding police. Hapner has told police he torched Hollywood Nights in an effort to eradicate  pornography from his neighborhood. Bond for Hapner was set at $250,000. Owners of the store ...

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Constantine and Rexam reach tax agreement

The village of Constantine has reached an agreement with Rexam for a refund of 87 1/2 percent of a tax abatement the company owes the village. The village agreed to a 12 1/2 percent reduction, including a waiver of any penalties and interest, dropping the amount it is owed from $280,000 to a little more than $252,000. Abatements were granted ...

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