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Reward offered for cemetery damage information

Damage at Oaklawn Cemetery in the city of Sturgis last weekend is estimated to be in excess of $50,000. The Sturgis Police Department said the majority of headstones destroyed or damaged date to the 1800s and are expensive to replace. Investigators said the incident occurred at some point between Friday night and 5 p.m. Sunday. The City of Sturgis is offering …

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White Pigeon president to step down

Dan Czajkowski, longtime president for the village of White Pigeon, has announced he will seek a seat on the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. The 60-year-old Bronson native said he will step down after a 30-year tenure on the village council – including the past 14 as its president – in order to concentrate on his bid for the …

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Fallen limb causes crash

Heavy winds last weekend led to a one-vehicle crash that injured a White Pigeon woman. State police officials said the woman was traveling around 4:45 p.m. Saturday eastbound in the 10000 block of Barker Road when a limb fell across the road. The driver, whose name and age were not available, was unable to stop and her vehicle struck the …

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February unemployment rate unchanged

The February unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was unchanged compared to a month earlier. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 3.7 percent February unemployment rate was equal to the figure posted for January. February’s unemployment rate, however, was 1.1 percent less than the same month a year earlier, …

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First flu death of the year reported

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is reporting the first flu associated death this year, as the number of flu cases caused by Influenza A, H1N1 strain, increase. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is now reporting widespread flu activity throughout the state. Widespread means that outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenza-like illnesses are being reported, and …

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Several matters before city commission

Two public hearings and six matters of new business, including a contract for street-sweeping services, will be fielded this evening by the Three Rivers City Commission. Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners are expected to stage public hearings on a zoning amendment at 1001 Wood Street and surrounding parcels, and an IFT request for precision wire form. New business includes a …

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