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Cellphones soon to be banned in courts building and historic courthouse

A security precaution at the St. Joseph County Courthouse will go into effect in April, resulting in a full ban on cellphones in the courts building as well as the historic courthouse. Sheriff’s department Sgt. Don Heath told commissioners during Wednesday’s executive committee meeting that the single-entrance measure is about a month from being introduced. Once the single entrance is …

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Yoga event raises money for ARF

The organizer of a fundraiser to benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of St. Joseph County said nearly $1,200 was raised during the one-day event in Colon. Paula Alexander Livermore said “Yoga For A Cause” took place Saturday at her Colon yoga studio with 20 participants. Together, they raised $1,182 for the organization. She hailed the event as a success and …

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New dental center opening

My Community Dental Center at Maplecrest Plaza in Sturgis is scheduled to open today. MCDC offers dental care at an affordable price, said Pearline Bailey, regional manager. Services cost about 20 percent less than at a private dentist and the clinic accepts all insurance plans, Medicaid patients and residents with no insurance. It provides a sliding-fee scale for the uninsured …

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Colon prepares to hire village manager

Colon village president Diane Downs said a search committee charged with hiring a village manager will assemble as soon as possible to begin the process of interviewing two finalists. Fourteen résumés were turned in by the late January deadline and Downs said she reviewed them all. Eventually, the list was narrowed to three. One of the three, however, subsequently accepted …

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Lower ambulance costs for local jurisdictions

An increase in calls for service and the savings of regional operations will result in a reduced subsidy cost for St. Joseph County governmental units that contract with LifeCare Ambulance. Sturgis Township last month became the first of 12 local jurisdictions to sign a new four-year contract with LifeCare Ambulance for emergency medical response. According to Mike Bobalik, Sturgis Township …

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Walk For Warmth raises more than $13,000

An agency that helps seniors and low-income St. Joseph County residents with overdue gas bills could have nearly $40,000 in its coffers thanks to an annual fundraiser last weekend. The 32nd “Walk For Warmth” event took place Saturday in Three Rivers. Event organizers said more than $13,000 was raised by participants and other donors. Thirty-year volunteer Rick Shaffer said additional …

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