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Annual Walk for Warmth planned

A longtime supporter of the annual “Walk For Warmth” fundraiser made her annual pitch to the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners earlier this month. Nancy Percival, who has been involved with the event for more than 25 years, reminded that the 32nd annual “Walk For Warmth” will take place Feb. 25 at the Three Rivers Community Center. The goal …

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New lights installed on maintenance vehicles

The St. Joseph County Road Commission will install green lights alongside its amber lights to improve visibility of its maintenance vehicles, including snow plows. Agency officials said the green lights appear brighter and can be seen from farther away than other colored lights, making them suitable for enhanced visibility in inclement conditions. Road commission director Chris Minger said the commission …

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K-Wings drop back-to-back games

Christmas has come and gone and it seems even Santa Claus himself didn’t have anything in his sleigh to help the Kalamazoo Wings (11-17-0-3) put together a post-holiday winning streak. After dropping a 4-1 decision to the Cincinnati Cyclones on Tuesday night, the K-Wings fell to the visiting Toledo Walleye by the same score on Wednesday night. On Tuesday, Tanner …

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Mark My Words — Christmas is what you make it…and trains!

Trains. Every year at Christmas, I think of trains. For many years when I was younger, much younger, I always asked for a train set for Christmas. I attribute my desire for a train set to a couple of reasons. Growing up, on our car rides between Constantine and Three Rivers, I remember having many conversations with my Grandma Wellington …

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Teenager arrested after theft from restaurant

A 17-year-old employee was arrested following a breaking-and-entering incident at Mancino’s Italian restaurant in White Pigeon. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the eatery Monday in response to forced entry through a rear door. Investigators found access was gained by drilling out the locking mechanism and prying the door open. Two flat-screen televisions, a laptop computer and the contents from the …

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Commissioners disband traffic safety commission

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners last week voted to disband the county’s Comprehensive Traffic Safety Commission. Instead, it will be re-established through the “Traffic Safety Programs, Guidelines and Services” through the county commission’s committee system. The Comprehensive Traffic Safety Commission was established in 1976 and will now dovetail into the county’s Law Enforcement Committee. As a result, the …

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Sturgis woman enters plea in embezzlement case

An embezzlement case involving a Sturgis woman and Sturgis Youth Soccer Organization advanced a step earlier this month. Tammy Cain recently entered a no-contest plea on charges of attempted larceny in a building in a proceeding that took place in St. Joseph County Circuit Court. As part of the plea agreement, Cain agreed to pay the organization $20,000 in restitution. …

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County agrees to MSU extension contract

St. Joseph County officials last week approved an agreement to continue extension services from Michigan State University. The matter had been debated during budget discussions but ultimately, commissioners agreed to a contract in excess of $123,000 For the money, St. Joseph County will receive an educator and program coordinator, both on a part-time basis. In addition, the allocation will cover …

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Out and About – Week of December 26th

This is the final column for 2016. I’m taking the rest of the year off and recharging my brain. I do this at this time every year. The next column will be on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. One of the weird things about beginning a new year is remembering to change the year when writing a check. Then, with all …

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Two arrested on multiple charges

Two people were arrested on drug-related offenses last week and face additional charges of mail theft. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said deputies spotted a vehicle at 3:15 p.m. Saturday parked along Mill Pond Road near Fawn River Road in White Pigeon Township. Investigators said a 23-year-old woman was seen burning mail. Meanwhile, deputies found she and her 24-year-old …

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