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Miller introduces mental health funds bill

State Rep. Aaron Miller has introduced legislation to more equally designate funds for county mental health services throughout the state. Miller introduced a similar bill last session that had hearings before the House Appropriations Committee, but never made it to the House floor. The bill changes the way money is distributed to Community Mental Health Service Programs based on criteria …

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Items stolen in Sherwood Township

Antler mounts, furniture and various tools were stolen Jan. 22 from a pole barn in the 800 block of Dunks Road in Branch County’s Sherwood Township. The incident was investigated last week by state police authorities. A department media release did not indicate the manner in which access was gained.

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Little Free Library comes to White Pigeon

A self-service book station at Wade Park will serve as the legacy of a longtime patron of the White Pigeon Township Library. The late Marge Randall is memorialized by the Little Free Library, a stand filled with about 20 books available for the taking. Perri Saunders, executive director of the White Pigeon Township Library, said she was long familiar with …

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River cleanup schedule is announced

The St. Joseph County Conservation District this week announced its 2017 river-cleanup schedule. Following a meeting Monday involving river-cleanup planning members, the schedule was set and features eight cleanups on seven dates. The upper St. Joseph River will be the focus of the first three cleanups, starting June 10 at Farrand Road in Colon Township. It will continue June 24 …

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Water Festival theme announced

Organizers behind the 61st Three Rivers Water Festival have announced the theme for the 2017 event. Slated to begin June 15 as St. Joseph County’s first of eight community festivals, the 2017 Water Festival theme is “TR Looks to the Future.” Water Festival Committee members encourage participants to incorporate a futuristic theme in their events, especially during the opening-night parade. …

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Miller named to House Appropriations Committee

State Rep. Aaron Miller has been named to the House Appropriations Committee by Speaker Tom Leonard, and will again serve as chair of the State Police Appropriations Subcommittee. Miller also will serve as a member of the subcommittees on School Aid and Michigan Department of Education; Judiciary; and Higher Education. In addition he was named chair of the House Elections …

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