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Ceremony marked 14th anniversary of attack

State Rep. Aaron Miller was joined last week on the Capitol rotunda by Sturgis Chief of Public Safety Geoff Smith and Assistant Chief of Public Safety Ryan Banaszak prior to the House of Representatives’ Sept. 11 memorial service on the House floor. House members invited first responders and members of the military as their guests during the ceremony, which marked …

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Man arrested, charged in 2007 cold case slaying of Constantine girl

A White Pigeon man has been charged with the 2007 homicide of 11-year-old Jodi Parrack. St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough made the announcement during a press conference Thursday afternoon at the county courthouse. He said the August arrest of 65-year-old Daniel Furlong resulted in the collection of DNA that matched DNA found at the Parrack crime scene. Furlong following …

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TR Cares files lawsuit against county clerk

A Three Rivers-based group seeking to recall a trio of Three Rivers board of education members filed suit Thursday against St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald. Attorney Kelly Ward, representing TR Cares, said Oswald failed to properly fulfill her duties in the signature-verification stage of the procedure. Oswald last week said after a full review of the signatures on petitions …

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Report: Small plane operating erratically before fatal crash

A preliminary report about a small plane crash that killed a pilot at a southwestern Michigan airport last month says witnesses reported seeing the plane operating erratically while taking off. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports ( ) the National Transportation Safety Board says a witness “saw that the wings were rocking back and forth during the takeoff.” The plane crashed …

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Obama invokes Reagan during speech at Michigan college

President Barack Obama pushed his plan for free community college at a Michigan school, and invoked a former president from the other side of the aisle who visited the campus three decades ago. Obama on Wednesday said Ronald Reagan told a Macomb Community College audience the nation’s duty is to ensure that students have the “same America” of opportunity and …

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Team Midwest Launches Gig-Speed Internet

Rural portions of Edwardsburg and Schoolcraft, along with other parts of southwest Michigan, recently joined the big cities of Atlanta, Charlotte and Kansas City in having gigabit speed internet service available. Midwest Connections, teaming up with Midwest Energy Cooperative, launched a fiber-to-the-premise internet service in 2014, offering the first true broadband experience to homes and businesses in rural southwest Michigan. …

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Swartz Scholarship awarded to GOCC’s Skye Russell


Skye Russell, of Mendon, has been awarded the Professor Emeritus B. Swartz Scholarship for Excellence in Mathematics. Russell recently graduated from Glen Oaks Community College with an Associate of Science degree with a Life Science focus and plans to begin classes at Western Michigan University this fall to complete her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and minor in general mathematics. Russell …

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Kalamazoo to celebrate opening of 6-acre Riverview Launch

In this photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015,  a workers prepares Riverview Launch for the grand opening. in Kalamazoo Mich. A grand opening for Riverview Launch, a former tax-foreclosed greenhouse property along the Kalamazoo River that has been redeveloped for public use, will be held Thursday, Sept. 10. (Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

A former greenhouse property that’s been redeveloped to provide a public gathering space for biking, running, walking and other purposes is set to open this week along the Kalamazoo River. A grand opening ceremony for the Riverview Launch will be held Thursday. The event will feature food and drinks, live music, yard games and entertainment. The Kalamazoo County Land Bank …

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Hello. My name is Zeus and I am a male black and tan Min Pin/Chihuahua mix. I’m about 9 months old and am full of energy. I really like people, am good with children and other dogs and cats. I’m very loving but I do need some potty-training, but I’m still young so can learn that pretty easily. I’m just …

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Sturgis Junior Women’s League makes 3 donations

The Sturgis Junior Women’s League donated $3,200 each to three area organizations. Recipients of the donations were Pregnancy Helpline of St. Joseph County, Keystone Place and St. Joseph County Victim Services. Checks were presented last week. Karen Bates, president of Sturgis Junior Women’s League, said there have been years when the total raised equaled the amount provided to each of …

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