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Habitat for Humanity awarded grant

Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County was awarded a $5,000 grant from Omni Community Credit Union to help offset costs of Habitat’s “Hope to Home” program. Omni representatives presented a check to Nick Metzger and Habitat board members at Omni’s office in Centreville last month. Habitat’s Hope to Home program is designed to educate and assist families in taking …

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Constantine changes PE requirement

Constantine Public Schools Board of Education voted Monday to allow participation in four years of high school marching band or four seasons of sports to count for physical education credit. Currently, a half-credit of P.E. is required to graduate. Constantine High School Principal Travis Walker said the state has made the practice an acceptable policy that the district discussed last …

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Commission considers park project finance options

Funding to cover major projects at three county parks might be financed through the sale of bonds. Members of the county commission’s Executive Committee agreed Wednesday to consider the option to support nearly $1.4 million in proposed projects at Covered Bridge Farm and Plumb Lake parks, and Cade Lake Park and Campground. Parks and recreation director Jaymes MacDonald said the …

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Two arrested on drug charges

Two people were arrested and a significant quantity of drugs was recovered following an arrest Tuesday morning stemming from an investigation in Three Rivers. According to a Three Rivers Police Department media release, officers were engaged in a drug investigation centering on a Broadway Street motel. At 4:45 a.m., the target vehicle pulled into the motel parking lot, followed by …

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County fair received grant

With the support of The Andersons Inc. and in keeping with their mission of supporting communities that will increase their value, the St. Joseph County Grange Fair has received a $10,000 matching grant. Fair manager Bill Johnson said the grant was finalized over the winter and was recently received. Johnson said the grant is earmarked for infrastructure and will be …

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Roads Committee plans to meet monthly

A recently formed committee with a focus on roads is expected to meet monthly instead of an informal basis. The state of the Roads Committee was raised during Wednesday’s county commission Executive Committee meeting. Commission chairman Allen Balog late last year established the Roads Committee. Balog said the Roads Committee has been meeting every six or seven weeks, and he …

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Willie

02-14-17 BIS17-000023 WILLIE terrier

Hi! I’m Willie and I am a tricolor male terrier mix, about 3-4 years old. I’m a travel-size dog, just right for you to bring along wherever you go. I’m already neutered and I get along with other small dogs. I haven’t been around too many larger ones. Please come in to see me and give me a loving home. …

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Fawn River house fire kills 2 dogs

Two dogs perished in a residential fire Monday afternoon in Fawn River Township. A passerby alerted central dispatch at 1:30 p.m. that a house in the 30000 block of U.S. 12 was ablaze. Investigators said it appears the fire originated in a breezeway between the home and a garage/workshop. A preliminary assessment shows the fire was likely electrical in nature.

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Constantine may remove home destroyed by fire

Constantine Village Council members on Monday discussed a Jan. 11 fire that destroyed a historical residence at 320 S. Washington St., between the post office and Eley Funeral Home. Village Manager Mark Honeysett expressed mild surprise that, considering the intense heat from the blaze, there wasn’t more damage to the post office, although the plastic on one of its meters …

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Man acquitted in 1988 fatal shooting over drug debt

A man who was a witness for prosecutors and had immunity for his testimony about a 1988 southwestern Michigan slaying has been acquitted of murder in the case. A jury this week returned the verdict in the case of Guy Carl Simpson in Van Buren County Circuit Court. He was charged last year in the slaying of 22-year-old Charles Paul …

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