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County officials request new units

St. Joseph County officials acknowledged a grant-application request from the sheriff’s department for preliminary-breath-test units. During Thursday’s executive committee meeting, county administrator Pat Yoder said law enforcement agencies in the county use the PBT units to assist deputies with drivers suspected of being intoxicated or impaired. Time and usage has resulted in a need for new units. Committee members agreed …

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Hydrant flushing starts Sunday

Here’s a reminder from the Three Rivers Department of Public Services will begin its twice-a-year hydrant flushing Sunday night. Amy Roth, DPS director, said the flushing will start at 11 p.m. Sunday. She said crews expect flushing to continue Sunday through Thursday nights through the end of May. Each flushing will take place between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The …

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Two retire from TR Health Board of Directors

Two longtime members of the Three Rivers Health Board of Directors were recognized during their final meeting. With over 25 years of combined service, Sue Potts and Pat Henderson were given an official sendoff and gifts during the board’s March meeting. Both said they would enjoy retirement with family, friends and hobbies.

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

More than 150 blue pinwheels were set up at Free Church Park in Sturgis Sunday afternoon in recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention month. The pinwheels were planted to recognize the confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect in St. Joseph County last year. The Child Abuse and Neglect Council of St. Joseph County uses the pinwheels to …

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TR Health has counselors on-site

Three Rivers Health now has two certified application counselors on site to assist residents in applying for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Its counselors can help people understand, apply online and enroll for health coverage through the Marketplace. They are available to answer questions and be a resource for the community. CEO William Russell said the Certified Application Counselors …

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Questionnaire results released

Results of a needs-assessment questionnaire, distributed jointly by Sturgis Hospital and Three Rivers Health, have been released. The fifth of five fields focuses on maternal and infant health. According to the St. Joseph County 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, issues associated with teen pregnancies, teen births and poor birth outcomes ranked in the top five health concerns. More than half …

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