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Out and About – Week of July 17th

Being associated with Lions Clubs International for almost eighteen years, I’ve been to my share of conferences and conventions. I look at these events as opportunities to get together with fellow Lion friends and get caught up with everyone’s life experiences. I’m not a major fan of crowds; as a matter of fact, I really didn’t want to attend the …

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Short agenda before County Commission

St. Joseph County’s board of commissioners appears to be in store for a short meeting this evening. The only item of new business is the potential appointment of Theodore Brown as deputy medical examiner. Other items on the agenda include board nominations and appointments to Commission on Aging, Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the county Planning Commission, Workforce Development …

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Festival contest winners announced

Organizers of last weekend’s Centreville Covered Bridge Days have announced winners of the various competitions staged over the course of the three-day festival, which concluded Sunday. The winners of Friday’s River Country Has Talent were Courtney Hollenbeck of Centreville, Kathy Yoder of Centreville, Brandon Minnis of Three Rivers and Kelly Mishler of Ligonier, Ind. Saturday’s cornhole winning team was George …

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Marcellus man injured by tractor

A Marcellus Township man was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital after he was run over by a tractor last week. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 1 p.m. Saturday to the 16000 block of East Street in response to a private-property accident. They learned that 80-year-old Dale Stratton had been working on his property with …

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Fire destroys Sturgis garage

A hand-held tool is thought to be the source of a fire that destroyed a garage last week in Sturgis. The Sturgis Fire Department was dispatched around 1:30 a.m. Friday to the 200 block of First Street. It was reported by Sturgis Police Officer Frank Noel, who was patrolling the neighborhood and discovered the blaze in a detached garage. Upon …

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Cass County man arrested

A 44-year-old Cass County man was arrested last week on charges related to drugs and child pornography. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies conducted a search warrant Wednesday in the 13000 block of U.S. 12 in the community of Union. Deputies had received a tip that drugs and child pornography were possibly inside the residence. A search warrant was executed, and …

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Travel trailers stolen in White Pigeon

Two travel trailers were stolen last week from a property in White Pigeon Township. State police were called at 7:30 a.m. Friday to the 69000 block of Sevison Road, where the victim told authorities the thefts occurred between 2 p.m. July 4 and 7:30 a.m. Friday. The trailers are described as a 2018 Coachmen Freedom Express by Forest River and …

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Colon names interim superintendent

Colon’s interim high school principal was promoted Wednesday to interim superintendent. Ginny Kowalski will step in to the position Aug. 1. Christine Barnes, who was named superintendent in June 2015, is resigning at the end of the month to oversee Keokuk Community Schools in Iowa. Colon’s board of education meets at 6 p.m. Monday and its members will decide what …

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Police investigate Mottville theft

State police are investigating the theft of a trailer and riding mower from a residence in Mottville Township. According to a department media release, the theft occurred between 5 p.m. July 7 and 3 p.m. July 8 from a location on M-103, just north of the state line. The trailer is single-axle with a white, fiberglass body. It measures 6-by-12 …

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County real estate auction planned

The treasurers from Branch and St. Joseph counties will offer tax-reverted real estate at public auction later this month. The auction will be July 31, beginning with registration at 11:30 a.m. and auction starting at noon at Sturges-Young Auditorium in Sturgis. Online bidding will be available via www.taxsale. info. For more information or a list of the properties being sold, …

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