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New Fire Chief and Rescue Captain

The Colon Community Fire and Rescue Department has announced a new fire chief and rescue captain. Board members of the fire-and-rescue agency said Matt Overholt will serve as chief. He succeeds Tim Doenges, who resigned after a 13-year tenure due to family reasons. Overholt was selected last week from a field of three applicants. Meanwhile, Todd Wadsworth was named the …

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Water Plant foam-over

The City of Three Rivers Clean Water Plant is reporting a foam-over incident from one of its treated biosolids tanks. The process that caused the Wednesday morning discharge was shut down immediately and crews deployed drain blockers to prevent discharge into the storm sewers, plant officials said. About 50 of the 2,300 gallons that spilled to the ground around the …

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Annual Hospital Garage Sale

The St. Joseph County United Way, in conjunction with Sturgis Hospital, is staging its annual Hospital Garage Sale over an eight-hour period Friday. All proceeds raised during the sale, which takes place at the Sturgis Hospital Medical Commons Building, at 1717 E. Chicago St., will be turned over to the St. Joseph County United Way. The sale starts at 7:30 …

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Relay for Life raised money

Organizers of last month’s Three Rivers Relay for Life said more than $122,000 was raised through the 24-hour event. Event chair Danielle Rohrer said proceeds are turned over to the American Cancer Society. The June 22 event in Three Rivers attracted 43 teams and also drew 115 cancer survivors who participated in the Survivors Lap.

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More State Police Patrols

St. Joseph County is one of 26 counties in Michigan to receive funding for enhanced law-enforcement patrol specifically targeting drunken drivers. The additional enforcement has been in place since last weekend and will continue through Sunday. The Michigan Office of Highway Planning has provided the funding to cover the cost of additional state police patrols.

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No serious injuries after crash

A 33- year-old Sturgis man escaped serious injury last week, when he crashed a motorcycle. Deputies said Michael Ritter was eastbound on Banker Street, near Zabel Shores about 11: 30 p.m. Wednesday, when he tried to avoid a deer, lost control of the motorcycle and crashed. Police said Ritter and the bike slid about 70 feet along the pavement. Ritter …

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