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Celebrate Breastfeeding in August

“In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers,” is the slogan for World Breastfeeding Week 2018, recognizing the importance of breastfeeding to a baby’s future. To promote early breastfeeding success and breastfeeding outcomes, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency offers a variety of supports to families. Breastfeeding …

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Out and About – Week of August 20th

School used to start the day after Labor Day, but as far as when the school bell rings this year will depend on where you live. School has already started in parts of Indiana and Illinois. No matter when school starts for your children, it’s not too late to shop for those back-to-school clothes and supplies. The Stone House, located …

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Woman arrested after fleeing police

A 36-year-old Three Rivers woman is being held at the St. Joseph County jail after police say she attempted to flee from officers late Wednesday last week. Police attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Melissa Jo Alvarado for a registration violation on U.S. 131 near U.S. 12 about 10 p.m. Alvarado drove north on U.S. 131 before her vehicle …

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Man arrested in attack at Centreville

A 59-year-old man who attacked and cut a 38-year-old man last week in Centreville has been arrested. Around 5:30 p.m. Friday, St. Joseph County sheriff’s deputies were called to Keystone Place, 505 E. Market St., after a man reportedly had been stabbed. Deputies arrived and found the man responsible for the assault. He was tased and arrested. The victim received minor …

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Pilot dies in plane crash

A 25-year-old man from Clinton County died after the single-engine plane he was flying crashed over the weekend in Branch County’s Bethel Township, east of Bronson. State police said Phillip Ching, of Elsie, was crop dusting a field near Kosmerick and South Snow Prairie roads when the plane went down around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police the plane was …

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Church computer lab closed until fall

The computer lab at Sturgis Missionary Church, which has hosted a once-a-week opportunity for computer help, will be temporarily closed until the fall, church officials said. The service, which was offered Friday mornings, assisted anyone who needed help applying for services, housing, online job applications or to print materials. Church officials said the public will be notified when the service …

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One injured in Cass County crash

A Dowagiac man was injured in a one-vehicle crash over the weekend in Cass County’s Marcellus Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly before 7:30 p.m. Saturday to investigate a personal-injury crash on Marcellus Highway. Investigators said Shawn Jones, 46, was traveling west on Marcellus Highway and lost control of his vehicle. It ran off the roadway and …

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Mendon Riverfest deemed a success

The 31st year of the Mendon Riverfest community festival is in the books and organizers are declaring the three-day celebration a success. Riverfest planning committee member Roger Cupp said attendance was strong, entertainment was solid and all other components of the festival appeared to be well received. Cupp said in his opinion, the event-ending fireworks display Saturday night was the …

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Sturgis woman arraigned in embezzlement case

A Sturgis woman has been arraigned after she was accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from her employer. State police said 43-year-old Jill Schmidt was arraigned this week after it was alleged she stole the money from BHS Group, a property/real-estate company for which she worked until last year. She had been an employee at the Sturgis business as an …

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Glen Oaks begins concourse renovation

Renovation of Glen Oaks Community College’s concourse began earlier this week with a ceremonial event led by school president David Devier. The $2.2 million job will be led by Frederick Construction of Vicksburg as general contractor and Mishawaka-based Arkos Design will serve as project architect. The college’s board is expected to meet Tuesday to finalize a loan through the U.S. …

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