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Sheriff’s Department investigating breaking and entering

Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. The incident was reported shortly before 9 p.m. Monday in Colon Township, where entry was forced to a vehicle parked in front of a residence in the 60000 block of Lepley Road. Details about what was taken from the vehicle were not ...

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Michigan House approves land-acquisition plans

The Michigan House recently approved funding for Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund projects, including a pair of land-acquisition plans in Cass and St. Joseph counties. The Stewart Lake and Dowagiac Creek projects are among 69 land-acquisition and recreational-development projects totaling $24.7 million, according to state Rep. Aaron Miller. Miller said the local projects will be a boost to enthusiasts of ...

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State of the Area address planned

The Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce has announced it will host a State of the Area address next week. Officials from five governmental entities will provide economic updates during the 90-minute program that begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Three Rivers Community Center. The agenda features Centreville DDA Director Carol Snow-Penn, Constantine Village Manager Mark Honeysett, Mendon Village ...

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Out and About – Week of February 9th

Sorry for this late notice, but Valentine’s Day is this coming Saturday, February 14. It’s another one of those occasions when we let those we love know just how much they mean to us. We should do this every day, but especially on Valentine’s Day. The local merchants love Valentine’s Day. Eighteen billion dollars will be spent on gifts, and ...

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Mediation agreement approved by Commissioners

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners last week approved a mediation agreement with a former employee. Without discussion, commissioners approved a motion that awards $150,000 to Anita Trayling, who previously served as an appraiser in the equalization department. County administrator Pat Yoder said Trayling’s position was dissolved in 2009. She subsequently took a temporary position with the prosecutor’s office but ...

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No loan from county for Road Commission

The St. Joseph County Road Commission was thwarted two weeks ago in an attempt to secure a loan from the county to help offset costs of building repairs and upgrades. Road Commission chair John Bippus appeared before the county executive committee to inquire about $1.5 million the road commission would like to borrow to conduct repairs at its headquarters west ...

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Update provided on courthouse entry

St. Joseph County officials recently received an update on the concept of a single entry to the county courthouse. The county’s physical resources committee last month was provided additional details from Bob VanPutten and Stave Jara, representing Landmark Design Group. A review was provided regarding the security officers’ station with monitors, while the two also indicated all exit doors will ...

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State audit planned for I-94 following pileup

Last month’s massive 193-vehicle pileup on I-94 in Kalamazoo County is prompting an audit by the state. The Michigan Department of Transportation will study the 138-mile stretch of the highway from the Indiana state line to Jackson to see if any upgrades to I-94 are needed. The investigation was requested by state Senator Margaret O’Brien of Portage, whose district includes the crash ...

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Sturgis revises daily schedule

With nine snow days already in the books – three more than the state allows – Sturgis Public Schools will introduce a revised daily schedule that goes into effect next week. Every building in the district will add 20 minutes daily as a way of not extending the school year. Superintendent Tom Langdon said Michigan public schools are granted six ...

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Arrest made following accident

A Kent County man was arrested after he was involved in a slide-off accident last week in Constantine Township. Sheriff’s department officials said the incident occurred around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, when a car reported stolen out of Grand Rapids slid off U.S. 131 near North River Road. The incident was reported by a passing motorist, who also provided the license ...

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