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Roof collapses from snow

Heavy snow has taken its toll on a Cass County building. The roof at Bair Lake Bible Camp in Jones collapsed late Sunday due to the immense weight of snow that had accumulated. No one was injured, said Nanci Tissot, Bair Lake’s director of marketing. Tissot said the collapse of the roof over the dining hall came with no warning. …

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Building should be revamped

A consultant hired to assess St. Joseph County’s animal-control facility suggested the current building could be gutted and reconfigured instead of constructing a new building. St. Joseph County Animal Control Advisory Board Chair Bev Levett and member Suzanne Lee told panel members Wednesday that engineer Scott Learned made the observation during his Feb. 6, half-day tour of the county-owned building. …

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New position at sheriff’s dept.

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has approved a new position at the sheriff’s department, where a diversion program is expected to better meet the needs of people requiring mental-health service evaluations. During Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners approved the position of director of assessment. The specialist’s salary will come out of a $350,000 grant administered by the state to the …

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Calico

If you think I am pretty you should also come and see my three friends who recently came into animal control. There are two more calicoes like me and a black little miss with white whiskers and white feet. We are all females and some of us are polydactyls, which means we have more than 5 toes. Legend says polydactyls …

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Six left homeless

A family of six was left homeless after their home was destroyed by fire over the weekend. Burr Oak firefighters were called to Spade Road, between Lafayette and Witt Lake roads, around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The home and its contents were a complete loss. The family has four children, three boys ages 4, 9 and 10, and a girl, 6. …

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Possible snow removal ordinance

The Three Rivers City Commission on Tuesday took a step closer to establishing a sidewalk snow removal ordinance. After commenting on a draft prepared by city attorney Pat O’Malley, Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners directed O’Malley to document a small number of revisions and present a potential final draft at the commission’s March 4 meeting. The issue resurfaced in January …

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Ceremony for Aldi

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new Aldi supermarket takes place Thursday morning. A number of local dignitaries will be on hand for the 9 a.m. event at the new store, 1220 W. Broadway St. The ribbon-cutting also signifies the official public opening of the store, where product sampling and an on-site sweepstakes will be offered.

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Credit for low-income

The state of Michigan is providing a credit to help low-income, working families offset home-heating expenses this winter. State Rep. Matt Lori said homeowners and renters alike may qualify for the credit even if they do not owe any Michigan income tax and do not file an income tax for 2013. And unlike most tax credits, which need to be …

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Tuition increase at Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame is raising undergraduate tuition by 3.8 percent to more than $46,000 next school year. The school says the percentage increase is the same as in recent years. With average room and board rates of more than $13,000, total student charges for 2014-15 will be about $59,500. Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, thanked parents …

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Multi-vehicle crash on I-94

Six people were hurt in a huge 40-vehicle pile-up on Interstate 94 in Van Buren County that resulted in the highway being shut down for several hours Monday night. The crash involved about 20 semi trucks and happened during the evening commute as heavy snow fell throughout the area. The Interstate re-opened after the wreckage was finally cleared-up around 3:30 …

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