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Motel fire displaces families

Ten families were displaced after a New Year’s Eve fire about 8:45 p.m. at the Tower Motel, on North U.S. 131 in White Pigeon. First-arriving personnel found smoke coming from the eves of the building. The fire was confined to the attic area. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, as fire personnel were scheduled …

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Sturgis warns residents of freezing water lines

With cold weather continuing this week and into the weekend, Sturgis Department of Public Services is asking residents to be conscious of freezing water lines. Conditions are suitable for water lines to freeze, department officials said. In order to help citizens prevent their water lines from freezing, the city of Sturgis recommends that residents allow a slow stream of water …

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Multiple injuries in Sherman Township crash

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a two-car crash that occurred last week in Sherman Township. Deputies were called at 8:20 p.m. Friday to the intersection of Shimmel and Featherstone roads. Upon further investigation, they found that an eastbound car on Featherstone Road did not stop at the intersection and was struck by a pickup heading south on Shimmel Road. Three people …

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Top local news stories of 2017

Last week’s passing of Mendon Community Schools Superintendent Roger Rathburn was ranked “Top News Story of the Year” according to the Sturgis Journal. In its annual ranking, the newspaper said Rathburn’s passing had the greatest impact of any other local news story last year because of the number of people who knew him and his untimely passing. Rounding out the …

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Update – Free Ride Home

Twelve people took advantage of the 10th annual New Year’s Eve Free Ride Home over a six-hour period that started Sunday night. St. Joseph County Transportation Authority Executive Director Steve Yorks said 10 of the rides originated from the Three Rivers area, while the others were centered in Sturgis. The 12 rides are the fewest passengers since the program started. …

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County commission looks forward to 2018

The opening of a new Commission On Aging headquarters with senior housing tops the county’s highlights in 2018, according to its board chairman. Commission chair Allen Balog said there’s plenty of good to look forward to in 2018, but personally he is most excited about a plan by COA director Tim Stoll to convert the former Three Rivers Inn into …

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Citizen compliment county commission

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners was on the receiving end of compliments for its commitment to its parks and recreation department. During the “Citizens Comments” portion of the Dec. 19 county commission meeting, a half dozen people approached the podium and complimented the board for a job well done in 2017. The praise came in contrast to the …

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Centreville declines Nottawa Township requests

Centreville Village Council members recently responded to a letter from Nottawa Township regarding a variety of issues. The communication from Nottawa Township asked the village to help pay for ambulance service, take care of the maintenance on the Pioneer Cemetery and increase the rent payment for the village offices. The council declined in all cases. Its members said taxes it already …

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Police investigate Sturgis theft

The Michigan State Police are continuing to investigate a breaking and entering that occurred in Sturgis Township last week. Troopers said the incident happened in the early morning hours of Dec. 19 in the 69000 block of Hazel St. Taken from the home were a JBL Bluetooth speaker, a Fitbit brand fitness watch that was still in the box it …

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Roger Rathburn dies in accident

Roger Rathburn, superintendent at Mendon Community Schools, died Tuesday as a result of injuries stemming from an accident at Sauganash Golf Club. Police personnel were called to the golf club about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after Rathburn was found on the ground by family members. They said it appears Rathburn was on a ladder, cutting branches from a tree more than 15 feet in the …

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