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Police investigate Lockport break-ins

State police investigators are looking into a series of breaking-and-entering incidents at a residence in Lockport Township. According to a department media release, troopers were called at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15 to the 18000 block of 6th Avenue. The victim told authorities construction supplies, copper wire and tools were stolen on at least three previous occasions. Troopers were able to …

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United Way receives donation for animal control

The St. Joseph County United Way was the recipient of a recent donation to benefit the sheriff’s department’s animal control department. Kelly Hostetler, executive director of the Centreville-based agency, said a $10,000 cash gift was recently made by an anonymous donor. The donor specified that the funds go toward the eventual development of a new animal-control facility. Animal control is …

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Centreville FFA recognized

Six members of the Centreville Future Farmers of America were among the students recognized during the organization’s annual convention and expo. The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year more than 4,000 American Degrees were awarded at the 90th national gathering in late October …

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Demolition and site restoration approved for Sturgis building

Sturgis city commissioners on Monday approved a bid of $44,400 from Dore and Associates for demolition and site restoration of the building at 113 North St., contingent on results of the phase 2 environmental study. The former Sigrist’s building, used for storage and furniture sales for many years, has some structural issues on its south and west walls. Those will …

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Hit-and-run incident in White Pigeon

State police are investigating a hit-and-run incident that occurred over the weekend in White Pigeon Township. According to a department media release, a large mailbox was struck between 8 p.m. Saturday and dawn Sunday on Indian Prairie Road near Marl Lake Road. The vehicle was heading in a southeast direction and may have been a beige-colored Ford passenger car. Investigators …

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Burr Oak Schools to receive door barricades

Burr Oak Community Schools will soon be equipped with Nightlock Lockdown classroom door barricades, thanks in part to the St. Joseph County United Way. Kelly Hostetler, executive director of the local United Way agency, said her board of directors made a commitment to fund half the cost to any school countywide wishing to have Nightlocks. Burr Oak Community Foundation came …

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Glen Oaks nursing pass rates higher than national average

Glen Oaks Community College continues to receive high marks in nursing pass rates, as graduates from both Level I and Level 2 programs pass the National Council for Licensing Exam at rates higher than the national average. Graduates from the one-year practical nursing program had a 100 percent pass rate, compared with a 92 percent Michigan pass rate and an …

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Man injured in hit-and-run

A Middlebury man was injured in a hit-and-run accident last week in Cass County. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 11:20 p.m. Friday to M-217, near Wayne Street. Investigators said 57-year-old Dale Shrock was driving north on M-217 when another vehicle collided with the car Shrock was driving. Shrock told deputies the driver of the other car left …

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Mendon out of playoffs

St. Joseph County’s lone representative in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s football playoff bowed out in a Division 8 contest Saturday in Howell. Mendon fell to Ottawa Lake Whiteford, 50-21 in a state semi-final matchup. The Bobcats coasted to a 36-7 halftime lead and never looked back. Both teams entered the wet and windy contest with 12-0 records. Whiteford …

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White Pigeon building receives restoration donation

The U.S. Land Office in White Pigeon was the recent recipient of a donation from Sturgis Bank & Trust Company for continued restoration of the facility. In recognition of that effort, bank officials presented a $5,000 check to members of the St. Joseph County Historical Society. Trudy Gloy, White Pigeon branch manager, said the bank supports communities when it can …

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