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Annual post office food drive

The U.S. Post Office in Three Rivers will be one of thousands across the country to take part in what is believed to be the largest food drive in the nation. The annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive will be May 12. Post office officials are asking for anyone wishing to participate to leave non-perishable …

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Old cars coming to Mendon

The 55th annual Mendon Dust-Off takes place Sunday with the usual impressive variety of old cars, muscle cars and other vintage vehicles. It starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Three Rivers resident Arnold Alexander is a charter member of the event sponsor, Three Rivers Classic and Antique Restorers Club. He said Sunday’s show marks the 30-year anniversary …

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County commission approves correction grant application

A grant application for St. Joseph County’s Community Corrections was approved by commissioners Tuesday. The grant seeks nearly $175,000 from the Michigan Department of Corrections. According to Erin Goff, community corrections coordinator, the funding would be put in the agency’s 2019 budget and go toward programs that serve as alternatives to incarceration. Goff said the request is a renewal and …

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ARF presents animal kindness award

In a field crowded with worthy nominees, Kelli Lusk stood slightly above all others as the recipient of this year’s, “Jeanette Schirs Recognition of Kindness to Animals” award. Bestowed by the Animal Rescue Fund of St. Joseph County, the award was presented to the 31-year-old Sturgis-area resident during the organization’s annual mostaccioli dinner and live auction fundraiser Saturday at Three …

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STDs on the rise

Cases of chlamydia and other sexually-transmitted diseases are rising in the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph County area, according to 2016 data. Lauren Vogel, medical officer at the tri-county agency, said HPV exposure remains the most common sexually transmitted infections, with chlamydia being the most frequently reported disease. Vogel during last week’s department board meeting, said St. Joseph County showed 207 cases reported in 2016 …

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County unemployment down

March’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was four-tenths of a percent lower than the previous month. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed the county’s 3.7 percent March unemployment rate marked a decrease from February’s 4.1 percent. St. Joseph County was below the state unemployment average, which was 4.6 percent in March. …

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Three Rivers Health Wound Clinic receives award

Three Rivers Health physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered last week to celebrate the Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence award. The accolade was given to Three Rivers Health Center for Wound Healing during a ceremony Friday. The center has achieved patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than …

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Man arrested after fleeing police

A 29-year-old White Pigeon man was arrested after fleeing from police last week. Constantine police said its officers attempted Friday to stop a driver for an equipment violation. The man disregarded police orders to pull over and fled onto Youngs Prairie Road before turning onto Peck Academy Road. His vehicle crashed at the intersection of Peck Academy and Millers Mill …

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Cause of Mendon fire still unknown

Two victims of a house fire last week in Mendon Township were migrant farm workers. St. Joseph County Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said the cause of the blaze might never be known due to extensive damage to the house in Mendon Township. The home was owned by an area dairy farm, according to Lillywhite. Lillywhite said other occupants of the farmhouse …

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County Bar Association names award winner

The St. Joseph County Bar Association has selected Janice Clark, of Michiana Guardianship Services, as the winner of the 2018 Liberty Bell Award. Clark has been providing services to St. Joseph County citizens and courts for almost 20 years. The owner and operator of Michiana Guardianship Services, Clark has worked for the Cass County Community Mental Health system for nine …

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