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Appeals court throws out child abuse case

The Michigan appeals court has ruled the state’s child-abuse law doesn’t apply to unborn babies, a decision that was made in response to a case involving a Sturgis woman. The court threw out the conviction of Melissa Jones, who used methamphetamine during her pregnancy. Jones’ son weighed less than 4 pounds despite being delivered at full term in Sturgis. In …

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Dusk

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Hello. I’m Dusk and I am a male black and white “tuxedo” kitty. I’m about three months old and I really like to play hide-and-seek. I’m already housetrained and I do well with other kitties. I’ve had two playmates here who have already been adopted so I would really like to have a home of my own. I like to …

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Study shows financial impact of GOCC

An economic-impact study conducted for Glen Oaks Community College indicates the college, its students and regional alumni added more than $119 million in income to the local economy in the school’s 2015-16 fiscal year. The figure is approximately equal to 4 percent of the area’s Gross Regional Product. Idaho-based Economics Modeling Specialists International conducted the study. Its report concluded the …

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Three Rivers Health completes assessment

Three Rivers Health has completed its 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment, and posted results and its implementation plan on its website. Through the CHNA process, the hospital has determined the top health needs of the community center on: obesity/physical inactivity; mental health/suicide; physician services; education/prevention; and diabetes. The hospital has developed an implementation plan for addressing the needs, including services …

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Magician plans Houdini tribute

The 90-year anniversary of Harry Houdini’s death will be marked locally this weekend by Colon magician and entertainer Ron Carnell. Carnell plans to lead a séance in an attempt to contact the spirit of Houdini. It will take place Saturday at River Lake Inn as a special presentation to complement Carnell’s monthly “dinner-and-a-show” event at the Colon-area restaurant. Carnell said …

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New fund benefits at risk kids

In honor of Dan and Beulah Fryling, their family has established a fund to help at-risk kids in the Mendon Community Schools district. Mendon teachers can apply for grants to fund programs for students who have difficulty learning. The fund will be administered through the Mendon Schools Foundation. The Frylings, who met while students at Mendon High School, were fixtures …

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Judge won’t bend on allowing Michigan ballot selfies

A judge has refused to suspend her order that allows Michigan voters to take photos of their completed ballot in the Nov. 8 election. Citing the First Amendment, Grand Rapids federal Judge Janet Neff blocked Michigan’s ban on taking so-called ballot selfies. The secretary of state is appealing. The judge said Wednesday that she won’t freeze her decision while the …

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New Public Health Dental Clinic in Sturgis

Sturgis will soon be the new home of the fourth public dental center operated by My Community Dental Centers, Inc. (MCDC) on behalf of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency. The center will be a new resource open to the community and will serve children and adults enrolled in Medicaid, including Healthy Kids Dental, MiChild and the Healthy Michigan Plan, …

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Three men arrested in Three Rivers

A trio of Three Rivers men was charged with various offenses following an incident at Riverside Townhouses Tuesday. According to the Three Rivers Police Department, officers were called around 1 a.m. to 1200 Hov Aire Drive in response to someone jumping on a car and smashing its windshield. Three suspects fled the scene when officers arrived. One was arrested along …

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Lockport fire under investigation

Fire investigators from Michigan State Police are looking into a blaze that occurred Thursday morning at a home in the 20000 block of South River Road in Lockport Township. Officials believe the cause of the fire is suspicious. Heavy smoke was coming from the home when Centreville firefighters arrived at the scene around 11 a.m. The homeowners were not present …

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