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Vehicle vandalized

A Sturgis resident reported his vehicle was vandalized and gas was stolen from it at some point during a five-day period last week. State police said the incident occurred near Ilene and East West streets in Sturgis. The victim said the incident took place between June 16 and June 20. In addition, the suspect broke into the victim’s garage and …

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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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Area athletes named to all-state team

Three area athletes have been named to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association First Team all-state team. Pitcher Chance Stewart, a Sturgis High School three-star athlete who has committed to Western Michigan University as its football quarterback, was chosen as a Division 2 member for his baseball prowess. In Division 4, Kaleb McCarroll of Mendon added the all-state honor …

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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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Jury chosen for trial

A 12-member jury has been chosen in the trial of Andy Brown. The two-day process of interviewing prospective jurors concluded shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, when Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman announced a jury has been seated. More than 150 people were questioned and considered as a potential juror, before prosecutor John McDonough and defense attorney Michael Hills agreed on …

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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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