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Glen Oaks, MSU partner for new degree

Glen Oaks Community College announced last week it has entered into a partnership with Michigan State University to offer an Associate of Applied Science in Business degree with a concentration in Agricultural Operations. The partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology while working toward an associate’s degree from Glen Oaks. The agreement, according ...

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Sports complex proposal update on commission agenda

St. Joseph County’s board of commissioners this afternoon will hear an update on the proposal for a sports complex in Three Rivers. The update is one of just three items on the agenda for today’s 5 o’clock meeting. Other matters before commissioners are a GIS grant application and secondary road patrol grant application. Today’s meeting takes place in the third-floor ...

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Sturgis will send resolution to legislature to repeal fireworks safety act

Sturgis city commissioners recently voted to repeal Michigan’s Fireworks Safety Act, saying the 2011 law took away local government’s ability to regulate consumer fireworks. The law liberalized fireworks sales in the state and limited local governments’ oversight authority. Following the latest July 4 holiday, commissioners had complained about widespread use of loud pyrotechnics in Sturgis neighborhoods, claiming it created a ...

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New business for City Commission

Three Rivers City Commission members are expected to handle two matters of new business this evening. Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners are expected to accept funds for the purchase of a new K-9 from World Class Canine LLC. In addition, commissioners will consider authorizing the expenditure of $14,600 to purchase way-finding signs and $9,000 to Burkett Signs for their installation. ...

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Pet cemetery up for vote in White Pigeon

The White Pigeon Township Board is poised to make history tonight, as its members are expected to approve the state’s first public pet cemetery. Slated for the northwest corner of White Pigeon Township Cemetery on Vermont Street, the proposed cemetery will have a capacity of 1,040 gravesites. Jean Tefft, township office coordinator, has played a key role in gathering information ...

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July unemployment up

The July unemployment rate in St. Joseph County increased by nine-tenths of a percent compared to a month earlier. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 5.6 percent July unemployment rate was higher than June’s 4.7 percent. July’s unemployment rate, however, was 1.5 percent less than the same month one ...

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