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United Way plans silent auction

The St. Joseph County United Way is in the final weeks of accepting items for its annual silent auction at next month’s 167th St. Joseph County Grange Fair. The Centreville-based agency uses proceeds from the auction to support more than 40 local events and organizations. Popular donated items include bikes, grills, gift cards, tools, outdoor furniture and sporting goods. The …

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County unemployment goes up

July’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was 1.3 percent higher than the previous month. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed the county’s 5.1 percent July unemployment rate marked an increase from June’s 3.8 percent. St. Joseph County was above the state unemployment average, which was 4.9 percent in July. The agency …

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Glen Oaks opens student housing

Glen Oaks Community College entered a new chapter in its history last week. School officials, students and faculty gathered Friday to celebrate the grand opening of the David H. and Patricia A. Devier Student Suites. A team of speakers who addressed the audience included Mary Judnich, from the office of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow; Chris Maxwell, program director for USDA …

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Items stolen from Constantine home

Antiques and other items were reported stolen from a residence following a breaking-and-entering incident earlier this month in Constantine Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said the break-in occurred between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 19 in the 10000 block of Quaker Road.

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Three Rivers to begin hydrant flushing

The Three Rivers Department of Public Services will begin its twice-a-year hydrant flushing at 11 p.m. Sept. 4. DPS director Amy Roth said flushing will continue through Sept. 29. Over the course of the four-week period, weekly flushing will occur 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Due to a number of variables, Roth said the department is not …

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Several drug arrests following investigation

The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit concluded a year-long investigation this week that resulted in the arrest of six people at locations in the Constantine area and White Pigeon. Sheriff’s officials said a follow-up on tips related to suspected drug activity resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the 14000 block of Riverside Drive …

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