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Iola Holtz, 94


Iola June Holtz, age 94, of Cassopolis, died peacefully Sunday morning, May 1, 2016 in the presence and comfort of her family in Cass County Medical Care Facility in Cassopolis. She was born March 28, 1922 in Volinia, Michigan to Leon and Mollie (Hoffmeister) Rice. She married James Lorel Holtz December 9, 1944 in Penn Township, Michigan. After almost forty …

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Potential amendments to municipal loan process

St. Joseph County officials are expected to approve a few amendments to their municipal loan fund process. County administrator Pat Yoder said the matter arose through discussions with various townships. One in particular is looking into the purchase of a fire truck, an expense projected to be about $500,000. The township, Yoder said, has saved $100,000 and it will likely …

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Sturgis man arrested following break-in

A 36-year-old Sturgis man was arrested last week after he was discovered unauthorized inside an apartment unit. Sturgis police were called shortly after 1 a.m. Friday to the 200 block of North Clay Street in response to a break-in. Officers entered the unit and discovered the intruder. He was charged with second-degree home invasion, possession of methamphetamine and possession of …

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Area establishments receive food service awards

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Board of Health released its annual “Certificates of Excellence” in food service for the year 2015. Award recipients represent food establishments that met stringent criteria to adhere to safe food-handling practices. Ninety-two tri-county food service establishments, including restaurants, bars, catering kitchens and schools, received this year’s award. In St. Joseph County, the 35 award-winners …

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White Pigeon man injured in roll-over crash

A 30-year-old White Pigeon man was injured in a single-vehicle accident last week in Cass County. Sheriff Joe Underwood said deputies were called at 7:45 p.m. Thursday to the intersection of U.S. 12 and Sunset Boulevard for a roll-over accident. Deputies said Thomas Defreese, was heading west on U.S. 12, when his vehicle drove off the right side of the …

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K-Wings Ftorek named head coach of SPHL team

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Wings are in the market for a new assistant coach as Sam Ftorek is leaving the K-Wings to become the head coach of the Roanoke Rail Yard Dogs of the SPHL. Ftorek became the assistant coach of the K-Wings this past season after retiring from playing, which he did for 17 years. The native of …

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