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Sturgis teacher arrested on criminal sexual conduct charges

A 37-year-old teacher at Sturgis High School is on paid administrative leave pending a police investigation into allegations of criminal sexual conduct. The teacher was arrested Monday after a police investigation showed he allegedly had a sexual relationship with a student. A day later, St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough charged the suspect with one count of distributing or promoting …

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Rathburn remains Mendon superintendent

The return of an admired former administrator to Mendon Community Schools was, by all appearances, a reunion the district and community were more than ready to embrace. And, for about 24 hours, the idea of Chuck Frisbie coming back to help lead the 580-student district looked like it was going to happen. Interim superintendent Roger Rathburn will stay on board …

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Colon principal receives award

A Colon Community Schools educator has been awarded state recognition. Officials with the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association said Martha Hymer, principal at Colon Elementary School, has received the 2016 MEMSPA Region Honors Award from Region 4. This award is presented to a single member from each of MEMSPA’s fourteen regions who has merited such recognition as acclaimed …

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Ladies basketball hosts Allegan

The Three Rivers ladies basketball team is ready for some home cooking in prep hoops action tonight, welcoming in the Allegan Tigers. Three Rivers comes in having lost two straight since the new year, falling to Otsego and Westview in road contests. The Lady Cats are now 2-4 on the season and 0-1 in conference action. Meanwhile, Allegan enters tonight’s …

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Area school counselor traveled to White House

A Centreville High School counselor had the opportunity last week to witness what may go in the presidential annals as a historical footnote. Sarah Dickman was a party Friday to what was described as the final official event in which Michelle Obama participated as first lady. The program, which took place at the White House, was the “School Counselor of …

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Michigan limits seclusion, restraint methods in schools

Michigan public schools will be banned from physically restraining or secluding students except in emergencies under legislation signed Thursday by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. The laws require the state Department of Education to develop a state policy on seclusion and restraint that is consistent with the bills. Local school boards will have to create their own corresponding policies by the …

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