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Man dies in Cass County crash

Cass County Sheriff’s Department responded Monday morning to a single-vehicle fatal crash in Penn Township. Deputies responded at 10:44 a.m. to Decatur Road, near Shurte Street, where a vehicle driven by 34 year-old Russell Jett, Jr. of Kalamazoo had struck a tree. Investigators said the Jett’s vehicle traveled across both lanes of traffic and struck a tree on the opposite …

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Woman arrested in Fawn River Township

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department made an arrest last weekend after responding to a report of a suspicious person in Fawn River Township. Sheriff’s deputies responded at 11 p.m. Sunday to the 28000 block of U.S. 12 to a report of a suspicious person. Upon investigation, deputies arrested a 32-year-old woman. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine and …

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Public hears plans for future COA

The St. Joseph County Commission On Aging gave the public its first opportunity to sit in on a meeting related to future plans of the former Three Rivers Inn. Staged Thursday at the West Broadway Street site, the meeting included Michael Flynn, vice president at Byce & Associates, an architectural and engineering firm, to present site and floor plans. He was joined by Greg Dedes, …

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Centreville rejects bids for Dean Street lift station

Members of the Centreville Village Council have rejected bids for the Dean Street lift station – a facility designed to move wastewater from lower to higher elevation. They also authorized rebidding. Tim Woodhams, of Civica Engineering, said with the time of year and competitive atmosphere, bids were higher than expected. Council members said $290,000 had been budgeted and quotes came …

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Ben Fries elected to ISD

Ben Fries of Constantine is the newest member of the St. Joseph County Intermediate School district board. He was recently elected to the chair vacated by Robert Trenary, who chose to end his 20-year stint on the board. Fries said his passion for education and commitment to the community was motivation for seeking the position. A school board member for …

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Mendon continues season with win

Mendon High School’s varsity football team is one win away from playing for the Division 8 state title. The Hornets improved their season record to 12-and-0 with a 14-6 win Saturday over Climax-Scotts and claiming a regional title. Mendon’s next opponent is Ottawa Lake Whiteford, also 12-and-0 on the season. It rolled to a 60-20 win Saturday to set up …

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Constantine reviews medical marijuana ordinance

Constantine Village Council members viewed a second, 11-page ordinance draft Monday authorizing commercial medical marijuana facilities in the village. The council reviewed licensing information provided by village Manager Mark Honeysett at the last four council meetings, and directed village attorney Howard Bush to work on a draft of the ordinance. The first draft was presented Oct. 16 and Bush attended …

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Sturgis searches for new superintendent

Members of the Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education have begun their search for the district’s next superintendent. School officials last month held a planning meeting to begin the process of replacing Tom Langdon, who plans to retire in March. Among those in attendance were Gary Rider, regional president of Michigan Leadership Institute, and Doug Knobloch, senior associate and consultant …

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Mendon takes on Climax-Scotts

One area high school football team remains alive in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s playoffs. Mendon High School will try to advance to the Division 8 “Final Four” bracket Saturday, when it squares off in a matinee contest against Climax-Scotts. The Hornets are 11-0 and will face for perhaps the final time a 9-2 Climax-Scotts squad. The showdown takes …

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Additional citations issued for White Pigeon trailer park

Follow-up inspections to a White Pigeon Township trailer park have found the owner did little to bring code violations into compliance since a checkup in August. Township supervisor Don Gloy said an update on the situation was provided at Tuesday’s monthly board of trustees meeting. Gloy said after the Aug. 14 compliance check conducted by the township’s code-enforcement officer Doug …

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