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MDHHS seeks public comment on grant

Public comment on an application to be submitted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is being accepted through Friday. The public comment centers on the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, which provides funding to improve the health of mothers, infants and children, including children with health-care needs. Based on a needs assessment, the …

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Kayak stolen in Lockport

St. Joseph County sheriff’s deputies report that a kayak was stolen last week from a location in Lockport Township. The incident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday in the 58000 block of Pond View Lane, near the St. Joseph River. The green kayak was stolen sometime the previous night, the victim told authorities.

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Cass County crash injures woman

Alcohol is suspected of being a factor in an accident that injured a Cassopolis woman this week in Cass County’s Mason Township. The incident occurred at 1:30 p.m. Monday on Mason Street, east of Gordon Road. Investigators said a sport-utility vehicle driven by 49-year-old Stacey Garritano was heading east when she lost control of the vehicle and it struck a …

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Centreville softball earns another win

Centreville High School’s softball team is two wins from a state title after the Bulldogs won their quarter-final contest Tuesday. Centreville topped Ottawa Lake Whiteford, 7-to-3 in Battle Creek. On tap for the Bulldogs is a Friday evening, Division 4 semi-final contest against Unionville-Sebewaing. The Patriots will enter the 5:30 p.m. contest with a 29-and-7 record, while Centreville has a …

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ORLANDO LANDRUM, MD, JOINS THREE RIVERS PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER

Three Rivers Pain Management Center is pleased to welcome Orlando Landrum, MD, to our Pain Management program where he will proactively provide solutions to help meet the growing need for quality, safe, and responsible pain management treatment to those suffering from chronic pain. “At the Three Rivers Pain Management Center, I work with the pain management center staff to create …

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Police release name of man in lockdown situation

Officials from the Three Rivers Police Department have released the name of the man involved in a situation that resulted in lockdown status at Hoppin Elementary School last week. The suspect is 30-year-old Kyle Longacre of Three Rivers. He was taken to the county jail and arraigned on charges of one count of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent …

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Centreville names new principal

Centreville Public Schools has announced its new elementary principal. During a special meeting Monday, the district’s board of education acted on the recommendation of superintendent Stephanie Lemmer and an interview committee, and made official the hiring of Mark VenderKlok. His employment takes effect July 1. Terms of his contract are being negotiated. VanderKlok has spent the past eight years with …

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Constantine Board President recall suspended

The recall of Constantine Public Schools Board President John Shuler has been suspended. St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald issued a media release Monday, in which she stated at advice of legal counsel, the recall petition for Shuler is being rejected as to form. Consequently, there will not be a hearing Monday next week, as originally scheduled. The petition to …

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Central Dispatch begins equipment upgrade

On the heels of last month’s voter-approved request, St. Joseph County Central Dispatch is ready to proceed with its equipment upgrade. During last week’s county commission meeting, agency director Dennis Brandenburg was granted approval to enter into a contract with Motorola for nearly $3.5 million. The lease-to-own plan will allow central dispatch to replace all communication equipment at its Centreville …

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Michigan man gets 40 years in prison in deaths of 5 cyclists

(Kalamazoo) — A man buzzed on painkillers and other drugs when his pickup truck plowed into a pack of Michigan bicyclists, killing five, was sentenced Monday to at least 40 years in prison after he tearfully expressed regret over the rural road tragedy. “I’ll live with this the rest of my life,” Charles Pickett Jr. told a judge. “I would …

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