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Firefighters to deliver gifts to children

For the tenth consecutive year, members of the Three Rivers Fire Department and Fabius-Park Fire Department will bring holiday spirit and joy to the community with the “Firefighters For Santa” program. Firefighters will be delivering gifts from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday. The program – funded through donations from local businesses including Meijer, Armstrong International, Three Rivers Schools and numerous …

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Man arrested after fleeing police

A 23-year-old White Pigeon man was arrested after authorities said he fled from police late Thursday. Justin Criddle was held on two warrants, failure to appear and violation of conditional release. Just before 11 p.m. Thursday, White Pigeon officers attempted to stop a vehicle Criddle was driving for a traffic violation. He stopped the car, then exited and ran from …

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Refurbished Pets receives donation

Members of Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan recently received $50,000 from Petco Foundation. Founded in 2007, Refurbished Pets has made an effort to aid in the reduction of euthanasia rates at animal shelters. The group’s correctional companion program began in 2008 in a partnership with the Coldwater prison complex and endeavors to find homes for dogs in shelters that would …

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Police investigate Branch County break-ins

State police are investigating the break-in of summer cottages at a lake in Branch County’s Ovid Township. According to a department media release, troopers were called around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to Longview Drive on East Long Lake. Several residences were entered and items taken included tools, electronics and alcohol. Neighbors told authorities they saw a white van in the area …

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Ground breaking for student housing project

Glen Oaks Community College officials this week staged a ceremonial ground breaking for a 108-bed student housing project. Wednesday’s ceremony followed a vote by the college’s board of trustees to approve a $5.3 million bid, submitted by Frederick Construction of Vicksburg, to build the new dormitory on the school’s campus. Construction is expected begin in coming weeks, weather permitting, with …

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County adds boat launch to park

A boat launch for non-motorized watercraft was completed this fall in an area at St. Joseph County’s newest park property. Parks and Recreation director Jaymes MacDonald said the handicap-accessible launch was built outside the entrance to Covered Bridge Farm Park, located on the north side of the St. Joseph River, just north of the Langley Covered Bridge. The 120-foot launch …

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