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Sturgis names interim superintendent

Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education has agreed to offer the position of interim superintendent to Rob Olsen. Current superintendent Tom Langdon announced more than a year ago he plans to retire at the end of March. During a Monday meeting, district officials concurred Olsen would be the best candidate for the three-month period ending June 30. Kerri Millett, Gwen …

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Former fire chief remembered

The Three Rivers Fire Department is remembering a former chief whose leadership was recalled with high regard. Danny Cross served as chief from 1992 to 2008. He passed away Dec. 8 in Texas following a career that spanned four decades. The 68-year-old Cross was credited for his focus on improving the city’s ambulance service, helping bring the city’s current ladder …

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Glen Oaks receives donated welding simulator

Students in the welding program at Glen Oaks Community College are learning welding techniques on a new welding simulator thanks to the generosity of a $20,000 donation from Morgan Olson LLC. Through the use of the simulator, students virtually train with different types of welding on a computer screen before applying hands-on training in the school’s welding lab. Morgan Olson …

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Glen Oaks approves tuition rates for high school students

Glen Oaks Community College’s Board of Trustees voted Thursday to approve in-district tuition rates for all high school students, regardless of their residence. Glen Oaks president David Devier said the college has been approached by high schools outside its service area to offer dual-enrollment classes and the Early Middle College program. Those outlying areas include Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Branch and Elkhart …

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Man injured when car slid off road

A Niles man was injured after his car went off the road due to icy conditions last week in Cass County. Sheriff’s officials said 56-year-old Walter Langheinrich, of Niles, was driving on Leet Road, north of U.S. 12 at 9 p.m. Thursday, when his vehicle went out of control, struck a mailbox and rolled over. He was extricated from the …

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SCAN makes several arrests

Five people were arrested following the execution of a search warrant at a Sturgis residence. St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said SCAN members last week went to the 500 block of Susan Avenue to apprehend Renee Garten for a narcotics-related warrant. SCAN unit members confirmed she and a number of other people were inside the residence. Garten, however, allegedly refused …

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Glen Oaks takes award nominations

Current and former Glen Oaks Community College students, staff and community members are invited to submit nominations for a number of awards presented annually at the college’s May 4 graduation ceremony. They are: Distinguished Alumni Award, the Fellows Award and the E.J. Shaheen Chair for Teaching Excellence Award. The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to alumni who are making …

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School closings

Centreville Public Schools: Delayed 2 hours Colon Community Schools: Delayed 2 hours; Monday Howardsville Christian School: Closed Monday Immaculate Conception School: Closed Monday; Teachers report at 11 a.m. Sturgis Public Schools: Delayed 2 hours; Due to road conditions Three Rivers Community Schools: Closed Monday (2/12); Teaching staff report @ 12:00

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United Way surpasses fundraising goal

St. Joseph County United Way reached unprecedented heights in its 2018 fundraising campaign. During Tuesday’s “Victory Celebration” at Covered Bridge Farm County Park, the agency announced its annual campaign for the first time topped the million-dollar threshold. Co-chair of the 2018 campaign Mark Lillywhite said the final tally was $1,034,573. The total exceeded the goal of $911,000. United Way director …

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Commission makes appointment to Planning Council

St. Joseph County Planning Commission member Joe Woodin was appointed to the Southcentral Michigan Planning Council this week. The move was approved by the county commission during its meeting Tuesday. Woodin, a Marcellus-area resident, replaces Mendon resident Lon Huffman, who has stepped down from the post. Woodin’s appointment was endorsed Jan. 31 by the county planning commission. His term expires …

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