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Sturgis and Dowagiac awarded grants

The city of Sturgis and a Cass County municipality have been awarded a share of a $3.6 million grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The Lansing-based agency announced a $48,800 grant to Sturgis. The city plans to demolish four properties in neighborhoods within walking distance of the central business district, public services, parks, schools and other amenities. Meanwhile, …

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Police investigate theft from barns

State police are investing a larceny from a barn incident that occurred this week in Florence Township. According to a department media release, troopers were called at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday to the 16000 block of Fairchild Road, where multiple barns were entered at some point between Aug. 6 and Aug. 7. A pressure washer and other farm supplies were among …

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ISD adopts strategic goals

The St. Joseph County Intermediate School District this week adopted Strategic Goals for 2017-18. The goals are: *Improve student outcomes related to individualized goals. *Improve communication with internal and external stakeholders to support learning. *Positively impact our district’s climate, culture and safety through strong relationships and support at all levels, and to develop a plan to monitor the implementation and …

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Authorities begin compliance check on trailer park

A number of residences at a White Pigeon Township trailer park were expected to be condemned following a compliance check Monday. Code-enforcement officer Doug Kuhlman and township building inspector Randy Schmeling, along with representatives from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department and the county’s animal-control department, descended on the West Fawn River Road neighborhood around 9 a.m. to begin a …

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ISD adopts restraint policy

Members of the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District have adopted a state policy regarding student seclusion and restraint. During Monday’s monthly board meeting, the five-member panel learned more about the policy from ISD Superintendent Teresa Belote. Belote said it is required that local school boards adopt the policy, which prohibits seclusion and a variety of restraints except in emergency …

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DASAS event raises money for local services

Supporters of Domestic And Sexual Abuse Services participated in the sixth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser Saturday in Three Rivers’ Lafayette Park. Sixty participants remembered those whose lives were lost to domestic violence and honored their families. Event organizers said more than $13,000 was raised, which will help support local services, including prevention education programs. Kim Kramer, …

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