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Results of United Way fundraising

The St. Joseph County United Way will announce this afternoon the results of its 2013 fundraising campaign. Though it started last February, the 2013 drive kicked into high gear in August with the Donut Days giveaway in each of the county’s eight communities. The 2013 goal is $715,000, the most the Centreville-based agency has ever sought. A month ago, Kelly …

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Advisory Board accomplishments in 2012

The St. Joseph County Animal Control Advisory Board had a long list of accomplishments in 2012, its first full year. Former board chairperson Lynda Molter presented the panel’s inaugural annual report to members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. Molter said a major accomplishment was the animal shelter getting rid of its gas chamber, a euthanasia chamber …

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St. Joe Co. Fair to receive grant

State Rep. Matt Lori on Tuesday announced the St. Joseph County Grange Fair will receive a $20,000 state grant to fund construction of an educational exhibit pavilion to showcase beef. The county is participating in the County Fairs Capital Improvement Program, which provides Michigan’s county fairs with funds for proposed enhancements to fairgrounds across the state. Lori said agriculture has …

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Two arrested for possession of marijuana

Several dozen marijuana plants and a large amount of marijuana were discovered following the execution of a search warrant by members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit, at a home in the 2800 block of Bonham Road in Colon Township. Two subjects were arrested at the scene for manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, maintaining a …

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Business moving operations

A business founded in Sturgis nine years ago is moving its operations to LaGrange County, Ind. Lake Area Designs, which manufactures wood furniture and custom moulding for the recreational-vehicle industry, was awarded a tax abatement earlier this week by officials from the town of LaGrange. Lake Area Designs is expected to invest $1.5 million to lease and renovate a 24,000-square-foot …

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New TRAM director

Three Rivers Area Mentoring has a new executive director. Jennifer VanOosterhout will succeed Stephanie Schoon, who is committing more time to her role as a personal trainer. TRAM has also announced that Norah Rodgers is the 2012 Mentor of the Year award winner.

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