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Suicide victim in Sturgis

June 29, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis Police were called to the 600-block of Devonshire Friday afternoon in reference to a suicidal 31-year-old man who was armed with a gun. The St. Joseph County Special Response Team was called in to assist, and after three hours of unsuccessful attempts at establishing communication, made entry into the residence. Officers located the man, who was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

America & Me contest winners

June 27, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Three students from Colon Jr./Sr. High School have been named local winners in the 45th annual “America & Me” essay contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The students who earned first, second and third place awards respectively were Rachel Jensen, Haley Tyler and Myrh Brimmer.

All three received award certificates for their achievement. As the school’s first-place winner, Jensen’s name will be engraved on a plaque for permanent display at the school.

Jensen’s entry advances to the state level from which the top 10 essays in Michigan will be selected. The topic of the 2013-14 contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.”

New phone system for health department

June 27, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has installed a new phone system in two of its county health department offices, and has plans to install the system into the third office by mid-July.

The new voice-over-internet system will improve communication between the three offices, as well as provide significant cost savings for the agency, according to Steve Todd, Health Officer of the tri-county health department.

Todd said the agency will be implementing the new system in Three Rivers in July.

In addition, several technological changes are scheduled to occur during the next few months. The next change relates to email, which will migrate to a web-based system, Todd said.

Relay for Life generates funds

June 26, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Last weekend’s Relay for Life in Three Rivers generated nearly $100,000.

Event organizers said more than $98,000 was raised through pledges and donations. The relay, which helps raise funds for cancer research, started Friday evening and ended 24 hours later at Three Rivers High School.

A team from American Axle & Manufacturing was recognized for contributing more than $37,000. Other teams from various businesses and groups were acknowledged for raising dollar amounts in excess of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000.

Injuries after accident

June 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A White Pigeon woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident last week in Cass County’s Porter Township.

Sheriff’s deputies said a car driven by Becky Worth, 48, was heading west on U.S. 12 around 5:30 a.m. June 18 when an approaching car driven by 21-year-old Dwight Ottman of Cassopolis crossed the center line.

The vehicles struck in the westbound lane, spun and came to rest on the north side of the roadway.

Worth and Ottman were transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.

Ottman told police he fell asleep at the wheel. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the incident.

Minor injuries after accident

June 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Sturgis man suffered minor injuries last weekend after the motorcycle he was driving struck a deer in Sherman Township.

Sheriff’s officials said Samuel Brackob, 25, was heading north on Balk Road Saturday when a deer entered the roadway near Mintdale Road. Brackob’s motorcycle struck the deer, causing the cycle to veer off the road and come to rest in a ditch.

Brackob was treated at the scene.

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