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Man injured in crash

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle accident Thursday morning in Mendon Township. Deputies were called shortly after 3:30 a.m. to Silver Street, just south of Michigan Avenue, where a vehicle went off the road and struck a tree. The driver, Roy Spencer Jr., whose age and community of residence were not listed in a department media …

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Three Rivers beats Plainwell

Three Rivers’ varsity football team beat Plainwell for the first time in seven years Thursday. The Wildcats trailed early, but scored all its points in the second half as they picked up the 35-15 win. Quarterback Jalen Heivilin threw for 288 yards and two scores. He also held on for three quarterback keepers that found the end zone, as well. …

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Centreville names new fire chief

A veteran firefighter was named Centreville’s new fire chief Monday. Chris Loker, a 20-year firefighter, will take over the department following the retirement of 13-year chief Ed Rangler last month. Loker began working at Centreville Fire Department in 2008, serving three years as lieutenant and three with Centreville Rescue. Previously, he spent 10 years on the Marcellus Fire Department, serving as lieutenant …

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Vacancy on Three Rivers School Board

Three Rivers Community Schools is seeking applications for a vacant position on the board of education. The seat will expire Dec. 31, 2018. Prospective applicants should submit a letter of interest and qualifications by noon Sept. 1. Potential candidates may drop off their information to the superintendent’s office at 851 Sixth Ave. The district’s board of education will conduct interviews …

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Road commission approves truck purchase

St. Joseph County road commissioners last week approved the purchase of two new Peterbilt asphalt distributors, according to agency manager Chris Minger. Minger said the road commission’s garage workers will be able to convert the vehicles into trucks to be used for snowplowing. Cost for the two trucks, two tar tanks, underbody scrapers, wing plows and underbody hydraulics is about $638,000. …

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School begins in Burr Oak

The first of St. Joseph County’s nine school districts returned to school Tuesday, while four others will begin classes Monday. Burr Oak Community Schools started its academic year Tuesday to stay consistent with the calendar followed by the Branch Area Careers Center. Meanwhile, students in Colon, Constantine, Mendon and White Pigeon will head back to classrooms Monday next week. The …

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