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Fallen limb causes crash

Heavy winds last weekend led to a one-vehicle crash that injured a White Pigeon woman. State police officials said the woman was traveling around 4:45 p.m. Saturday eastbound in the 10000 block of Barker Road when a limb fell across the road. The driver, whose name and age were not available, was unable to stop and her vehicle struck the …

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February unemployment rate unchanged

The February unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was unchanged compared to a month earlier. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 3.7 percent February unemployment rate was equal to the figure posted for January. February’s unemployment rate, however, was 1.1 percent less than the same month a year earlier, …

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First flu death of the year reported

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is reporting the first flu associated death this year, as the number of flu cases caused by Influenza A, H1N1 strain, increase. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is now reporting widespread flu activity throughout the state. Widespread means that outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenza-like illnesses are being reported, and …

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Several matters before city commission

Two public hearings and six matters of new business, including a contract for street-sweeping services, will be fielded this evening by the Three Rivers City Commission. Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners are expected to stage public hearings on a zoning amendment at 1001 Wood Street and surrounding parcels, and an IFT request for precision wire form. New business includes a …

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Chickenpox cases reported in St. Joseph County

Seven cases of chickenpox have been reported to the health department’s St. Joseph County office this past week. In January, the Michigan Disease Surveillance System confirmed seven cases in Hillsdale County; most of these cases involve school-age children. According to Michigan law, all students are required to be immunized with two doses of Varicella vaccine or have had a history …

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Potential site named for new health clinic

A county-owned building is being targeted as the location of a new health clinic for low-income and indigent St. Joseph County residents. But at least one commissioner made clear he will not support a plan to pay for costs associated with remodeling the site. During last week’s county commission executive session, commissioners discussed a bid from Brussee/Brady Inc. of Three …

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