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New shutoff rules for Sturgis utilities

Sturgis city commissioners have amended shutoff rules for city utilities to conform to new technology and state law. With the installation of new “smart meters,” the city will have the capability to remotely turn on and shut off electric and water utilities. The city must make at least two attempts to contact delinquent customers at least one day before shutoff …

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Judge rules three CMHSAS board members reinstated to panel

A Jackson County judge declared Tuesday that the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners did not follow proper procedure when voting last week to remove three people from the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Authority Board of St. Joseph County. As a result, Gaylene Adams, Larry Walton and board president Barb Parker were reinstated to the 12-member panel …

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Michigan confirms 1st case of chronic wasting in wild deer

Wildlife officials on Tuesday confirmed Michigan’s first case of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced a white-tailed female deer in Ingham County’s Meridian Township tested positive for the contagious and fatal disease that attacks the brains of infected deer and elk. Officials say they will require mandatory testing of deer killed in …

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Detours in Sturgis during reconstruction

Reconstruction of East West Street, from North Nottawa Street to North Lakeview Avenue, was slated to begin Monday in Sturgis. There will be no through traffic allowed during the construction phase. Detour signs will be posted. In addition, street lights will be removed for the reconstruction. Overhead lights are being installed during construction as a temporary measure and the decorative …

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Two arrested on drug charges following traffic stop

A White Pigeon man was arrested last month in LaGrange County, Ind., on several drug charges, including possession of cocaine. Jose Rubio, 21, was jailed along with Rafael L. Luna, 29, of LaGrange, following a traffic stop near Howe. County deputies said the vehicle in which Rubio and Luna were riding was stopped for an equipment violation A search of …

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Special enrollment period added for health insurance

Anyone who did not enroll in a health insurance plan during the Marketplace open-enrollment period may have a reprieve. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have added a special enrollment period for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and may be required to pay the shared responsibility …

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