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K-Wings move to Western Conference; Bootland discusses upcoming season

When the 2016-17 ECHL schedule was released on April 28, the Kalamazoo Wings were set to play their division foes, the Toledo Walleye, Wheeling Nailers and Brampton Beast between 8-10 games each during the season. While the K-Wings will still be playing those teams and all the others per the schedule, the ECHL announced that divisions and conferences have been …

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Use your library card to access Michigan state parks

Sen. John Proos is encouraging Southwest Michigan residents to use their library cards to check out Michigan’s great outdoors. “We are blessed to have numerous ways to have fun in our great outdoors, and I encourage Southwest Michigan families to get out this summer and enjoy Michigan’s amazing natural wonders,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Residents with library cards can take …

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Police: Driver who killed 5 bicyclists had taken pain pills

A man accused of killing five people when he plowed his speeding pickup truck into a group of Michigan bicyclists had taken pain pills and muscle relaxers less than two hours earlier, according to police reports. Charles Pickett Jr., 50, was initially charged with second-degree murder in the June 7 crash in Kalamazoo County. Charges of driving while intoxicated causing …

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Cheddar

07-12-16 BIS16000111 CHEDDAR beagle mix

Hi! My name is Cheddar and I am a male tricolor beagle mix. I am about 3-4 years old. You see that smile on my face? That’s because I got a treat every time I had my picture taken. M-m-m-m, I like those treats. I am a little stout, but I like to walk on the leash and could get …

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Text-to-911 available in county

St. Joseph County E-911 Central Dispatch has announced “Text-to-9-1-1” service is now functioning in the county as of this week. Dennis Brandenburg, central dispatch director, said the agency is still stressing the concept: “9-1-1, call if you can, text if you can’t.” He said the “Text-to-9-1-1” concept was introduced to better assist people who have a speech or hearing impairment. …

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Weekend of activities for Covered Bridge Days

Four days of activities begin today in Centreville, as the annual Covered Bridge Days community festival begins this evening. Organizers said the event for the first time will feature a kick-off parade, which takes place at 7 o’clock tonight on Main Street. The procession, which previously was a festival-ending event, will feature the village’s citizens of the year: John and …

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Prep begins for annual US 12 garage sales

Preparations are underway in many homes, organizations and businesses across U.S. 12 for Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale, an annual event taking place August 12, 13 and 14. Kristopher Martin, project coordinator for the event, said prospective participants interested in hosting a garage sale are encouraged to register their sale for free on the new U.S. 12 Heritage Trail website: us12heritagetrail.org. …

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Sturgis dog park proposal moves forward

Discussion regarding the concept of a dog park in the city of Sturgis continued this week, as the city’s parks and cemetery board reviewed pros and cons of a committee’s findings. After municipal leaders agreed to the idea, the conclusions of the committee charged with establishing the location highlighted Tuesday’s agenda. The committee has already suggested Old Depot Park as …

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Volunteers clean highway roadsides

The Michigan Department of Transportation is advising motorists to use extra caution beginning this weekend, as thousands of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers will head back to state roadways to pick up litter. Participants in the MDOT program will clean highway roadsides at various times between Saturday and July 24 during the second of three scheduled pickups this year. MDOT officials said Adopt-A-Highway …

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Conservation district plans next river cleanup

The recent drawdown of the St. Joseph River to allow for maintenance work at the Sturgis Dam near Centreville forced the St. Joseph County Conservation District to cancel its scheduled river cleanup event last weekend. With water levels more than three feet lower than usual, the St. Joseph River cleanup between River Run and Angevine roads will not take place. …

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