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Bad air, heat in western Michigan; nervous farmers want rain

Experts are predicting unhealthy levels of ozone Thursday for certain areas in western Michigan. State regulators say children and people with respiratory ailments should limit their exertion outside. A plume of Chicago air will be hitting counties along Lake Michigan, from Holland to Ludington. Temperatures will be in the 90s in parts of Michigan through the weekend. Some farmers say …

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Thief confronted by armed girl, 11, gets 25 years in prison

A serial home invader who was confronted by an 11-year-old girl with a shotgun in Lapeer County has been sentenced to at least 25 years in prison. James Wasson was sentenced Tuesday for a series of robberies. He owes his victims more than $10,000. Prosecutor Tim Turkelson says Wasson finally was stopped as he tried to flee the county in …

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Local Business Receives Award for Outstanding Revenue Performance at SERVPRO’s Annual Convention

Local entrepreneur Anthony Blodgett of SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties was recognized with the MILLIONAIRE’S Gold award for outstanding revenue performance during an Awards ceremony at the 47th Annual SERVPRO® Convention. A record-setting group of more than 2800 franchise owners, key staff and corporate representatives attended the convention, which was held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas from …

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New director named for local COA

Tim Stoll Picture

A Colon High School graduate has been named the new executive director of the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging. Tim Stoll, 44, was offered and accepted the position Monday. Stoll replaces Lynn Coursey, who resigned last month after a 13-year reign as the agency’s leader. Stoll, a Sherwood resident, said he was excited to be recruited for the position …

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Qualified labor is needed for local job positions

St. Joseph County manufacturing companies are having a problem finding qualified labor to fill well-paying jobs, according to a Southwest Michigan First official. But, the situation is not unique to the area, noted Ken Jones, chair of the agency’s Economic Development Corporation Board. Jones provided county commissioners a quarterly update during last week’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners executive …

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Millage request for Lockport Township

Lockport Township officials have decided to seek a 1.5 mill request in November to support fire and ambulance services. At stake will be an additional mill for fire protection and half a mill for ambulance service. The township’s fire mill is currently 0.6 mills, which expire next year. Meanwhile, ambulance service currently is funded with 1.5 mills. Board members last …

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New school board member in Constantine

Constantine Public Schools has added a new board of education member. Sam Maddox was chosen last week to complete the term of Scott Manning, who stepped down after a work-related relocation resulted in his residency outside the school district. The term expires in November.

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Robbery at White Pigeon store

Police are investigating a robbery that occurred last weekend at Dollar General in White Pigeon. The man entered the store around 7 p.m. Sunday and handed the clerk a note, demanding money from the cash register. The clerk complied. He left in a 2004 or ‘05 silver Chevy Malibu with a temporary Indiana plate. Authorities said the suspect is a …

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Out and About – Week of July 18th

Brad Sugars once said, “If you can’t be positive, at least be quiet.” You don’t have to look far to find negativity these days. A good example would be the current political campaigning that has been going on for at least six months, and will continue until election day next November. The constant mudslinging makes me think that perhaps we …

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Sturgis Hospital FastCare Clinic to Open

Sturgis Hospital announces it will have a FastCare retail health clinic insider of the Sturgis Meijer, 408 W. South St.. The clinic is scheduled to open on Sept. 1. FastCare clinics offer convenient and economical health care for minor conditions and symptoms. Among those seen and treated are sore throats, fevers, flu and colds, ear and sinus infections, pink eye, …

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