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More schools waived from post-Labor Day start requirement

Michigan is waiving more public schools from a decade-old law requirement to open after Labor Day — a nod to increasingly popular year-round schooling, the addition of more mandated class days and other factors. In 2006, the first year in which August start dates were legally off limits, the state Department of Education issued nine waivers. More than 10 times …

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It’s back to school for White Pigeon students

Today is the last day of summer vacation for one St. Joseph County public school district. Students in White Pigeon Community Schools will return to classes Monday for a half day, as the district was granted an early-start waiver from the state for the 2016-17 academic year. Superintendent Jon Keyer said a key factor in the request – which is …

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Break-in near Colon

Two firearms were stolen from a Colon Township residence this week. State police were called to a breaking-and-entering of a residence in the 58000 block of Lepley Road around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. The victim said a .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle and a 12-gauge “stagecoach” style double-barrel shotgun were taken. A department media release did not indicate how access to the residence …

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Man pleads guilty in deer hunting violation

A Cooper Township man pled guilty last week in Kalamazoo County District Court to poaching-related charges. According to a media release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 29-year-old Craig Laws was originally charged with seven misdemeanor counts. Under a plea agreement, however, Laws pled guilty to possessing a deer while ineligible to secure a license; possessing a deer without …

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Trailhead grant awarded to Vicksburg

Vicksburg residents are one step closer to enjoying a new nature trailhead in their neighborhood with help from a Blight Elimination Program grant awarded by the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority. The $33,000 grant will be used to demolish an old car wash on the future site of the Vicksburg Nature Trailhead. The proposed trailhead will be a municipal-owned …

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Two officers suspended after man’s accidental death at jail

Two Kalamazoo officers have been suspended for one day following the accidental death of a 57-year-old man in police custody. Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley says in a release Wednesday that the officers should have recognized James Dunigan’s medical condition and sought treatment. Medical examiners have determined that Dunigan’s May 6 death was caused by medical issues which included heart …

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Wasp infestation closes part of path in Battle Creek park

Part of a path in a southern Michigan city park has been closed due to a wasp infestation. Nests were found near a clearing. Battle Creek officials say areas where the nests are found will be sprayed. Officials initially reported the infestation was by bees. No wasps have been found at a playground near the Linear Park path. The Kalamazoo …

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White Pigeon woman has died following traffic accident

A woman involved in a car-pedestrian accident earlier this week died Wednesday. State Police Det./Sgt. Todd Petersen said 24-year-old Kalan Rider was walking on the shoulder north with the flow of traffic on U.S. 131, near the intersection of U.S. 12, when she was struck from behind. The incident occurred late Monday afternoon. The driver of the car was 37-year-old …

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J.D.

2016 8 Aug 23     JD  Lab Rott

They call me “J.D”. I am one handsome dude with my black brindle markings. The ladies here think I am Lab and Rottweiler mix. I am about 5 years old. I like to take things easy and lay in the sun. Walking on a leash is a snap for me. I love to be with people. My Docket number is …

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