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Commission expected to approve grant request

St. Joseph County Commissioners this week are expected to approve a letter of support for a grant to be submitted by the county’s conservation district. During last week’s Executive Committee meeting, commissioners fielded a request from conservation district director Carolyn Grace. She sought and ultimately received the backing of county commissioners for a tally of road crossings she and her …

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Local residents participate in immigrant demonstration

About 80 residents gathered Thursday at Free Church Park in Sturgis to participate in “A Day Without Immigrants,” a nationwide demonstration to draw attention to contributions of immigrants to business and culture. The local demonstration was part of a movement that occurred throughout the U.S., in which immigrants were urged to stay home from work or school, close their businesses …

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Motorcycle crash near Mendon

A Centreville man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon in Mendon Township. 20-year-old Russell McKeehan III was riding his cycle southbound on Nottawa Road, when a car turned in front of him at the intersection of Simpson Road. That vehicle was driven by a 41-year-old Mendon woman, who identity was not released by state police. McKeehan, who …

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K-Wings lose to Fort Wayne; Wheeling

After defeating the Fort Wayne Komets (30-15-5-1) on Valentine’s Day by a score of 3-1, the Kalamazoo Wings (24-23-1-3) hit the road for a pair of weekend games. Traveling to Fort Wayne on Friday, the K-Wings and Komets tangled for the third time in a week. The game between the two rivals was the last of the regular season. Scoring …

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Fatal crash near Burr Oak

A Burr Oak resident died late Thursday night in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Witt Lake and Robinson Roads. The victim was identified as 29-year-old Joseph Leo-Thomas Hice. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Seasonal road restrictions in effect

The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced the implementation of seasonal speed and weight restrictions went into effect this week. As a result, a 35 percent reduction in truckloads and adherence to a speed of 35 miles per hour – depending on truck size and axle spacing – is being enforced on two dozen all-season county roads. The 35 …

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Glen Oaks names new Hall of Fame members

The Glen Oaks Community College Athletic Hall of Fame will add three new members this weekend. Athletic director Courtney Ivan said Colon residents Mike Miller and Larry Engle will be joined by Mt. Pleasant resident Erin Strang during induction ceremonies this weekend. Miller has manned the school’s basketball scorer’s table for 22 years. Meanwhile, Engle also has worked the scorer’s …

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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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