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Colon agrees to payment in lieu of insurance policy

Members of the Colon Village Council agreed Tuesday to adopt a “payment-in-lieu-of-insurance” policy for its full-time employees. Village president Diane Downs said the offer is available to employees who receive insurance through their spouse instead of the village. Council members agreed two payments a year would be made to those who decline village-offered insurance. Married employees who qualify will receive …

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COA hosts Antiques Roadshow

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is hosting an Antiques Roadshow at both centers. The first takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 12 at the Three Rivers location. The Sturgis facility will host the event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18. Area residents are encouraged to bring their hidden treasures to get …

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Home destroyed by fire

Firefighters from four departments battled a residential blaze Monday afternoon in Sherman Township. Crews were dispatched around 3 p.m. to the 66000 block of Klinger Lake Road. First responders saw flames emanating from the rear of the home. Flames quickly spread to the front of the home, according to authorities. The residence was a complete loss. An initial investigation suggests …

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Meth lab found in vehicle

A 37-year-old Sturgis man is being held in the St. Joseph County Jail after police found methamphetamine labs in his vehicle earlier this week in Sturgis Township. A sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle for an expired license plate around 10:30 a.m. Monday on U.S. 12 near Stubey Road. The deputy soon discovered a meth lab was in the back of …

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Traffic stop leads to multiple arrests

Three people were arrested for various offenses following a traffic stop last week in the city of Three Rivers. According to a department media release, the vehicle was pulled over Friday on West Michigan Avenue near Andrews Street for an equipment violation. The driver, a 30-year-old man from Jones, was found to have a vehicle with improper registration. A 44-year-old …

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Dog park fundraiser planned

The city of Sturgis is planning a fundraiser kickoff for its proposed dog park. The so-called “Sturgis Bark Park” is slated to be developed at the site of the former Depot Park, an area in excess of 22,000-square-feet. Kickoff is set to begin at noon Feb. 4 at the Doyle Community Center with four hours of events and activities scheduled. …

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