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Traffic signal change in Sturgis

The city of Sturgis has issued a temporary traffic signal change for the intersection of West West Street and North Centerville Road. Beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, the traffic signal will be changed to flashing-red mode for West Street and flashing-yellow for Centerville. The change is being made as an evaluation period for a possible change to the traffic control …

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Two more arrests for meth

Two people were charged with drug-related offenses following the discovery of methamphetamine earlier this week at a residence in Sturgis. According to the Sturgis Police Department, officers were called to the 600 block of North Fourth Street in response to a tip regarding a fugitive from justice. Upon arrival, officers searched the residence and noticed a recently active methamphetamine lab …

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Sturgis Fest a success

Organizers of the Sturgis Fest community festival said the 2014, seven-day community celebration was considered a success. The festival concluded Saturday with an impressive fireworks show that capped several special events, including a motorcycle show, an old-time baseball game and a kick-off event with a special recognition of Sturgis’ citizens of the year, Kerri Millet and Skip Sisson. Sturgis Fest …

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Suicide victim in Sturgis

Sturgis Police were called to the 600-block of Devonshire Friday afternoon in reference to a suicidal 31-year-old man who was armed with a gun. The St. Joseph County Special Response Team was called in to assist, and after three hours of unsuccessful attempts at establishing communication, made entry into the residence. Officers located the man, who was dead from a …

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America & Me contest winners

Three students from Colon Jr./Sr. High School have been named local winners in the 45th annual “America & Me” essay contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. The students who earned first, second and third place awards respectively were Rachel Jensen, Haley Tyler and Myrh Brimmer. All three received award certificates for their achievement. As the school’s first-place winner, Jensen’s name …

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New phone system for health department

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has installed a new phone system in two of its county health department offices, and has plans to install the system into the third office by mid-July. The new voice-over-internet system will improve communication between the three offices, as well as provide significant cost savings for the agency, according to Steve Todd, Health Officer …

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Relay for Life generates funds

Last weekend’s Relay for Life in Three Rivers generated nearly $100,000. Event organizers said more than $98,000 was raised through pledges and donations. The relay, which helps raise funds for cancer research, started Friday evening and ended 24 hours later at Three Rivers High School. A team from American Axle & Manufacturing was recognized for contributing more than $37,000. Other …

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Injuries after accident

A White Pigeon woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident last week in Cass County’s Porter Township. Sheriff’s deputies said a car driven by Becky Worth, 48, was heading west on U.S. 12 around 5:30 a.m. June 18 when an approaching car driven by 21-year-old Dwight Ottman of Cassopolis crossed the center line. The vehicles struck in the westbound lane, …

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Minor injuries after accident

A Sturgis man suffered minor injuries last weekend after the motorcycle he was driving struck a deer in Sherman Township. Sheriff’s officials said Samuel Brackob, 25, was heading north on Balk Road Saturday when a deer entered the roadway near Mintdale Road. Brackob’s motorcycle struck the deer, causing the cycle to veer off the road and come to rest in …

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Fire caused by lightning

Recapping last week’s fire at the Bentwater Apartments, Three Rivers Fire Chief Dan Tomlinson has issued a press release detailing the damage. The fire, caused by a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon, damaged a total of five of the building’s 16 apartment units. Tomlinson said the most severely compromised apartment sustained about 70 percent damage. Two of the other four were …

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