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Area resident to be honored at fair

A lifelong Centreville-area resident will be honored this weekend by the St. Joseph County Fair Board of Directors. Fair Manager Bill Johnson announced Wednesday that the indoor show arena at the east end of the fairgrounds will be named the Henningsen Show Arena. The honor recognizes Nottawa Township resident Fred Henningsen and his family for their decades of supporting the ... Read More »

Potential charges against Centreville village president dropped

Potential charges against Centreville village president Jeff Johnson have been dropped, according to St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough. A complaint was filed in June by Centreville Police Chief Luke Delcourt against Johnson for harboring a felon and obstruction of justice, following the arrest of Johnson’s 42-year-old son, Jeffrey Charles Johnson, and his 39-year-old girlfriend, Karissa Baltz. Baltz and the ... Read More »

Missing Kalamazoo man found

A Kalamazoo man was found Tuesday, hours after he was reported missing. St. Joseph County Sheriff Department officials said Chuck Williams was located around 1:30 p.m. on M-60 near North Airport Road in Lockport Township. The 56-year-old Williams had been last seen at the Amigo Center in Sherman Township at 10 p.m. Monday. He was discovered missing at 8 a.m. ... Read More »

Respiratory disease hits Michigan

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is warning area residents concerning an outbreak of a respiratory disease known as Human Enterovirus 68, as cases of the illness have been identified in Michigan. Symptoms begin consistent with the onset of a regular cold, but quickly escalate to more serious conditions. Children with colds that quickly develop wheezing, difficulty breathing, fever, a ... Read More »

4-H cat show takes place tomorrow

The 4-H cat show, staged as part of the St. Joseph County Grange Fair, will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday in the community tent at the fairgrounds, three days prior to the official start of the annual fair. Shelly Starr, a 4-H leader of 18 cats in this year’s show, wishes to invite the public to watch. Other pre-opening ... Read More »

Demolition begins on Sturgis hotel

Crews from Grand Rapids-based Pitsch Companies this week started demolition of the Wood Motel in Sturgis. At $62,000, Pitsch was low bidder for the project authorized by the city commission. Workers estimate it will take about 10 semi-truck loads to haul away debris and that the job, which started Monday, will likely be done by the end of the day ... Read More »