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Debate continues on Bronson and Colon shared superintendent

Two weeks after Colon Board of Education members debated the idea of a shared superintendent with Bronson Community Schools, their counterparts in Bronson had an opportunity Monday to further discuss the potential arrangement. Jay Newman, interim superintendent of Colon Community Schools, presented the possibility of the two districts sharing the services of superintendent Teresa Belote. Newman said both districts attend …

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A 22-year-old Indiana man was charged with drug-related offenses following a traffic stop this week in Park Township. According to a state police media release, the man was driving a car that was stopped around 11 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 131 near Heimbach Road. A search of the vehicle yielded approximately one pound of marijuana. Charges are being sought for …

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One injured in Park Township crash

One motorist was injured in a two-vehicle accident earlier this week in Park Township. Sheriff’s officials said a 54-year-old Three Rivers man was in the median crossing dividing U.S. 131 at Moorepark Road and was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of traffic. The man pulled his vehicle into the path of a vehicle driven by a 20-year-old Sturgis woman. …

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Bender gives final clerk report

St. Joseph County Clerk Pattie Bender issued to the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners her 24th and final annual clerk’s report Tuesday. As she wrapped up her four-minute report, an emotional Bender called her 45 years as a county employee a great ride that has included 385 elections, thousands and thousands of meetings, and everlasting friendships. A lifelong Centreville …

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Michigan officials requiring canine flu case notification

Veterinarians and diagnostic labs across Michigan now must notify the state if they suspect canine flu or see a positive test for the disease. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says state veterinarian James Averill added canine influenza Wednesday to the state’s 2015 Reportable Disease list. Three cases of canine flu that hit the Midwest earlier this year …

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WMU approves 3.2 percent tuition hike, $388 million budge

Western Michigan University trustees have approved a 3.2 percent increase in tuition and fees as part of a $388 million general fund budget for the coming fiscal year. The board of the Kalamazoo school approved the spending plan Wednesday. It covers the 12 months that begin July 1. The budget is up 2.6 percent from the current fiscal year and …

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County courts better than state average in public satisfaction

Overall public satisfaction with St. Joseph County Trial Courts was greater than the average of county courts statewide, according to Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman. The results are based on a six-question, public-satisfaction survey administered at the behest of the State Court Administrative Office. Stutesman included links to the survey results as part of his annual Circuit Court report presented …

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Motor stolen from boat

State police were called to Kline’s Resort this week in response to a larceny incident. According to a state police media release, a trolling motor was taken off a boat between 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The boat was parked alongside a barn on Silver Street south of Kline’s Resort Road. The motor was removed by force, causing …

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2 dead after set of tires comes off truck, hitting car

Authorities say two Illinois residents have died after a set of tires on a semi-truck came loose along Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan, striking a car with three people inside. The Portage Department of Public Safety says the car’s 67-year-old backseat passenger Rebecca Avery of Glenview died at the scene of the Saturday crash and the 34-year-old driver Michael Ditewig …

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Sisters arrested after raid on home of man killed by police

Western Michigan authorities have arrested two women during a raid on the home of a man killed by police two weeks earlier. The Kalamazoo Gazette says police raided the Kalamazoo-area house late Saturday after reports of gunshots, and they seized 27 weapons that include loaded rifles, shotguns and handguns. Police say 39-year-old Amy Pelletier and 34-year-old Michelle Pelletier refused to …

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