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Constantine – Medical marijuana ordinance reviewed

Members of the Constantine Village Council this week reviewed the most recent draft of an ordinance allowing medical marijuana facilities to operate in the village. The council set a special meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, when council members will consider a resolution to permit medical marijuana facilities. Michigan’s new medical marijuana licensing system begins Dec. 15. The state will accept licensing …

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Psychologist gets prison sentence

A Sturgis psychologist was sentenced to 28 months in prison after pleading guilty to executing a health care fraud scheme. George Compton Jr., 63, was sentenced Nov. 21 by U. S. District Court Judge Gordon Quist. Compton had operated a psychology practice in Coldwater. In a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Compton was accused of billing numerous health care …

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State Rep. Miller – Local office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced in-district office hours with local residents Monday, December 11th. Miller will be available from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Shell gas station in Mendon and from 5 to 6 p.m. at Yoder’s Country Market in Centreville. Miller said the feedback he receives at local meetings is the most important tool he has when …

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Remains of WWII radioman return to western Michigan hometown

The remains of a Navy radioman killed in a World War II plane crash have been returned to his western Michigan hometown. A military escort carried the casket of Navy Reserve Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Albert Rybarczyk into a St. Joseph funeral home on Thursday. Military officials identified his remains in August from among wreckage found in 2014. Rybarczyk was …

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Driver arrested on drug charges

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect earlier this week on drug-related charges. A vehicle was stopped Monday near the intersection of Arthur L. Jones and Corey Lake roads in Fabius Township. The driver, whose gender, age and community of residence was not stated in a department media release, was found to be driving on a suspended license. Upon a consent search …

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United Way holds raffle

The St. Joseph County United Way is offering a 50/50 Christmas Cash Raffle. The drawing takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sturgis City Commission meeting. Tickets, which are one for $5 or three for $10, can be purchased at the United Way’s Centreville office. All proceeds benefit the local United Way agency.

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

Sheriff’s deputies made a traffic stop this week that led to a drug-related charge. According to a department media release, a traffic stop was conducted Tuesday near the intersection of Hoffman and Ruggles roads in Fabius Township. Upon a search of the vehicle, deputies found a plastic pen tube. The residue on its inside tested positive for methamphetamine. The suspect, …

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Sturgis Hospital expands outpatient services

Sturgis Hospital has announced the expansion of its Outpatient Infusion Services. Outpatient infusion therapy can save patients out-of-pocket expenses in comparison to inpatient hospitalization, emergency room services and home-health services. Patients who need regular injections or IV therapy already experience the inconvenience of having healthcare visits monthly, weekly or even daily, said Rob LaBarge, President and CEO of Sturgis Hospital. …

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Ralphie

Christmas is coming and I hope to have a new home to celebrate in.  They call me Ralphie, I am a lab/hound mix.  The Animal Control people got my neuter surgery and Rabies vaccination so I am all ready for a new home.  I am about two years old, fifty pounds and tri colored.  I am interested in activities around …

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County commission approves parks and rec millage

St. Joseph County’s board of commissioners have approved a dedicated millage to fund the parks and recreation department. Tuesday’s action means an additional one-quarter of a mill will be imposed countywide in 2018. Over its four-year life, the millage is expected to generate about $485,000 annually. Commissioners said the move will ease constraints on the general fund while helping parks and …

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