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MDOT awards grant in Branch County

The Michigan Department of Transportation is awarding a transportation economic development grant that will support 750 new jobs in Branch County. MDOT officials said the Transportation Economic Development Fund grant totaling nearly $2.6 million will leverage $255 million in private investment. Pennsylvania-based Clemens Food Group is partnering with a number of family-owned farms in Michigan and Ohio to process pork …

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Two attorneys added to contract defender system

Two area attorneys were added to St. Joseph County’s Contract Defender System. Following action Tuesday last week by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners, Luke Nofsinger and Kevin Kane were included to the roster of contract defenders. The change was necessary following Kevin Kleidon’s passing earlier this year. For housekeeping reasons, Kleidon’s name was removed from the roster.

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Gas station robbery in Sturgis

A clerk at the Admiral gas station at 1207 E. Chicago Road in Sturgis was robbed early Monday. Sturgis police were informed that a man had robbed the station at gunpoint shortly after midnight, taking an undisclosed amount of money. No additional details are available, as police are working with store officials to investigate the incident.

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Court administrator to attend conferences

Approval was granted last week for an employee from St. Joseph County Circuit Court to attend four out-of-state conferences in the coming year. Members of the county commission gave consent for Kathryn Griffin to attend conferences related to National Association for Court Management. Griffin, circuit and probate court administrator, is an elected member of the NACM’s board of directors. In …

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Colon bridge opening delayed

Due to a delay in curing of concrete, the newly installed Decker Road bridge will not open until Nov. 18, according to the St. Joseph County Road Commission. The bridge, located in Colon Township, initially was scheduled to open this week.

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Dozens attend candlelight vigil for Parrack

A candlelight memorial for Jodi Parrack took place Sunday at Cannon Park in Constantine. Thirty sky lanterns were released, as more than 40 people attended the event. Parrack was a victim of homicide in 2007. Her mother, Jo Gilson, has held a vigil annually since then. Gilson, however, said this is the last candlelight vigil she plans to stage. Daniel …

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