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Federal judge will retire

After nearly 30 years, Robert Holmes Bell is retiring as a federal judge in western Michigan. Bell is stepping down in January. Technically, he’ll be on senior status and can help if needed, but he has many interests to keep him busy. The 72-year-old says he wants to leave the Grand Rapids bench “with the sails up and flying.” Bell …

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Damaged bridge sign replaced

The latest incident of damage to the Langley Covered Bridge overhead sign occurred the last week of October, when the driver of a box truck disregarded the numerous advance warnings about height restrictions. The southbound vehicle struck the overhead sign arched over the north end of the covered bridge causeway. Road commission manager Chris Minger said the vehicle struck the …

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Two arrested on drug charges

Investigators from Michigan State Police were called last week to an incident initially reported to the St. Joseph County Child Protective Services. Troopers said the incident unfolded around 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Spartan Motel in Three Rivers, where a report was taken regarding meth activity in a room also occupied by two children. A CPS worker and state police …

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Eating well, staying active help prevent diabetes

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wishes to remind the public that November is National Diabetes Month. Theresa Christner, health education and promotion director for the Coldwater-based agency, said one in 11 adults living in Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties has diabetes. That translates into nearly 8,000 people. Another 20,000 adults in the tri-counties are at-risk for developing Type …

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Two youngsters injured in fire

Two boys were burned, one seriously, in an incident Saturday morning on the north side of Three Rivers near Enterprise Drive. Details are sketchy regarding the incident, in which the boys were reportedly attempting to start a bonfire. It appears one of the boys may have thrown a gasoline can into the fire, which caused an explosion. One of the …

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White Pigeon seeks millage renewal

Improved building ventilation, replacing domestic water piping and new interior doors appear to be the more-popular areas targeted by participants Wednesday during a community forum at White Pigeon High School. The district is planning to ask voters in May to renew a 3-mill sinking fund that originated in 2007 and was renewed in 2012. Wednesday’s forum was the second of …

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Centreville detour scheduled to be lifted

A four-month detour on a major route that feeds into Centreville is scheduled to be lifted next week. Work crews are expected to finish the M-86 bridge replacement project over the Prairie River Wednesday, according to Nick Schirripa, MDOT spokesman. He said the open-to-traffic date comes after a delay of about two weeks from original projections. He said if history …

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Sheriff’s Department selling 9-1-1 signs

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department’s Explorer Post 478 is selling 9-1-1 mailbox signs. The signs are 6 inches by 17 1/2 inches, with a green background and reflective three-inch numbers on both sides. Numbers may be placed vertically or horizontally. Signs cost $15.50 each, and proceeds are used by the post for uniforms and educational training. Signs can be …

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Annual Adoption Day planned

St. Joseph County Probate Court and the Department of Health and Human Services will celebrate the 14th annual “Michigan Adoption Day” next week. An adoption ceremony will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Monday in Probate Courtroom B before Judge David Tomlinson. Michigan Adoption Day is staged annually around Thanksgiving with the theme, “Giving thanks for families.” The celebration …

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Missy

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Hi! My name is Missy and I am a female tabby cat, about 3 years old. If you look at the picture you will see I am sitting close to a dish of food. I’m very hungry because I have had kittens. I’ve been a very good mama and took care of my kittens and they have all been adopted. …

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