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Sturgis Hospital implements new security measures

Sturgis Hospital has implemented measures to improve the security of patients, visitors and staff. Effective today, the inner door of the Emergency Room entrance will be locked at all times, and a hospital staff member will be stationed at the window between the inner and outer doors to provide access. Any time of the day, ER patients should come to …

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House approves teaching certification legislation

The state House this week approved state Rep. Aaron Miller’s legislation to eliminate the requirement for a professional teaching certificate to new educators, giving teachers more time to work with students and focus on educational growth in the classroom. New teachers are issued a standard – formerly called a provisional – teaching certificate, with a professional teaching certificate available to …

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Many roadways still water-covered

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department has issued a media release, reminding the public of flood-related information. Sheriff Brad Balk said to not drive on water-covered roads or around barricades. The suggestion is for public safety and to reduce the risk of road damage. Also, Balk said sandbags are still available at the sheriff’s office.

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Flooding poses electricity dangers

The Indiana-Michigan Power company is cautioning customers and the public to use extreme caution because of flooding. In the event waters rise around your home or business, do not go into any room or basement if water is covering appliance cords that are plugged in, or if the water has reached the wall outlets. Additionally, company officials said to not …

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Two arrested in White Pigeon

Two people were arrested by White Pigeon police last week. Officers said the vehicle in which the two were riding was pulled over Friday on U.S. 12 near U.S. 131. In searching the vehicle, police located approximately 28 grams of methamphetamine. The driver, a 29-year-old Sturgis woman, was arrested for possession of meth with intent to deliver. The passenger, a …

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Walk For Warmth raises money for Community Action

Thanks to the efforts of its organizer, the 2018 Walk For Warmth generated more than $33,000 over the weekend. Arranged by Nancy Percival, the one-mile walk took place Saturday from the Three Rivers Community Center to Carol Shippy Center on Broadway Street. Community Action had hoped to raise $11,000. Longtime volunteer Nancy Percival, however, on her own raised $11,000, which …

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Investigation continues into homicide

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation into last year’s homicide of a Sturgis-area man. Sheriff’s officials said the incident involves Larry Frohriep, 69, who was killed Nov. 29 at his residence on Maystead Road. Investigators are looking for fresh leads and asking the public for any information. The sheriff’s department’s phone number is 467-9045.

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Local help for flood victims

The Salvation Army of Sturgis has announced it will provide clean-up kits, clothing vouchers, household items, furniture and food for flood victims. Salvation Army can also help pay for damaged household items such as a furnace or water heater as long as it is $1,000 or less. Proof of address is required, such as a photo ID or mail with current address. …

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White Pigeon student receives scholarship

Casey Soto, a senior at White Pigeon High School, recently received a $180,000 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Marine Option Scholarship. The award covers four years’ worth of tuition, a $250 per month stipend and $ 750 per semester for books. The comprehensive application process involved standardized test scores, a writing component and a physical fitness component. Out of 130 applicants nationwide, Soto was …

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Number of roadways remain closed

The St. Joseph County Road Commission said portions of a number of roadways in the county remain closed due to water over the road. Unless restrictions were lifted Sunday night or early today, they are as follows: In Park Township, Marcellus Road between Buckhorn and Hutchinson roads. In Leonidas Township, Longnecker Road between McClish and Rosenbaugh; Blossom Road between Covey …

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