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Warmer weather raises concerns for Michigan’s fruit growers

Fruit experts in Michigan say they’re concerned about the state’s fruit trees and bushes getting their buds out too early due to the unusually warm weather. Michigan State University Extension Service fruit educator Mark Longstroth tells MLive the warm temperatures will be “a little worrisome,” if they continue and the buds start waking up in the region’s peach trees and …

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Two killed in Cass County crash

Two people, including a 4-year-old boy, died in a single-vehicle accident Sunday morning in Cass County’s Silver Creek Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly after 3 a.m. to School Street, near Tice Avenue, where a car driven by 21-year-old Jordan White of Dowagiac left the roadway and struck several trees. Investigators said it appears White was driving …

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Sturgis home damaged in fire

A Sturgis residence sustained smoke and water damage following a fire around 7 p.m. Saturday. Crews were dispatched to the 200 block of North Fourth Street following a report of an upstairs bedroom on fire. Sturgis Police confirmed the presence of smoke from the area in question. Firefighters were advised upon arrival that all occupants had evacuated the residence. A …

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Vehicle theft reported in Fabius

St. Joseph County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft of a vehicle last week in Fabius Township. According to a department media release, deputies were called shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday to Mick’s Heating and Air, where a 1999 Ford F150 was reported stolen. The vehicle was gold in color, had red mirrors and a chrome tool box in back. …

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Scout plans pet fundraiser

A White Pigeon High School student has organized a pet-friendly event as a means of securing his Eagle Scout badge. Aiden Adams is hoping for a strong turnout Saturday to an event he is calling “Fun Dog and Cat Show.” It takes place 3 to 5 p.m. at the White Pigeon American Legion Hall, 600 U.S. 12. Participants are asked …

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Sturgis City Manager receives pay raise

Sturgis City Manager Mike Hughes received a 2 percent raise, retroactive to July 2016, after city commissioners last month reviewed results of a unique job performance evaluation. The pay-bump takes Hughes’ annually salary to more than $108,000. His most-previous raise was a 1.5 percent boost in 2015. Hughes said the 2 percent increase is consistent with salary hikes granted to …

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