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Sturgis dog park proposal moves forward

Discussion regarding the concept of a dog park in the city of Sturgis continued this week, as the city’s parks and cemetery board reviewed pros and cons of a committee’s findings. After municipal leaders agreed to the idea, the conclusions of the committee charged with establishing the location highlighted Tuesday’s agenda. The committee has already suggested Old Depot Park as …

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Volunteers clean highway roadsides

The Michigan Department of Transportation is advising motorists to use extra caution beginning this weekend, as thousands of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers will head back to state roadways to pick up litter. Participants in the MDOT program will clean highway roadsides at various times between Saturday and July 24 during the second of three scheduled pickups this year. MDOT officials said Adopt-A-Highway …

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Conservation district plans next river cleanup

The recent drawdown of the St. Joseph River to allow for maintenance work at the Sturgis Dam near Centreville forced the St. Joseph County Conservation District to cancel its scheduled river cleanup event last weekend. With water levels more than three feet lower than usual, the St. Joseph River cleanup between River Run and Angevine roads will not take place. …

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Many events planned for Health Fair

Three Rivers Health is sponsoring its fifth annual Health Fair this weekend inside its Health TRAC facility. Organizers said the event, a benefit for the St. Joseph County United Way, runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and will include food and giveaways. Health screenings will be offered for $15, with one-third of the cost benefitting the United Way. Screenings …

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Miller announces informal office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced the latest round of office-hour sessions in the 59th House District. Miller said he will host the informal gatherings July 25 at three area locations: Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee in Sturgis, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.; Rachael’s on East Chicago Road in White Pigeon from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; and The Town Fryer …

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Sheriff: Inmate who killed 2 at courthouse cuffed in front

A Michigan sheriff pledged Tuesday to review his department’s guidelines for transporting suspects charged with violent crimes after an detainee who was cuffed in front rather than behind his back wrested a gun from a deputy and killed two court bailiffs. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey initially told reporters that Larry Darnell Gordon wasn’t handcuffed at all Monday during the …

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Letter to the editor – Appointment Process Explained

APPOINTMENT PROCESS EXPLAINED There seem to be some misconceptions regarding the appointment of the St. Joseph County Clerk and Register of Deeds. Here is an explanation of the process that took place prior to my retirement on June 30, 2015 regarding the appointment of Lindsay Oswald. It is the duty of the Circuit Judge to make the appointment of the …

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Out and About – Week of July 11th

“The customer is always right” is a phrase that has been around for years. Ninety percent of the time, it’s the truth. Let’s concentrate for a moment on the other ten percent. The uninformed might become extremely upset because they were told that they were not allowed to bring outside food or beverages into an eating establishment. The customer thought …

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Sturgis man dies from injuries suffered in crash

A Sturgis man died over the weekend from injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle accident July 2 in Burr Oak Township. Family members said Jimmy Whitt, 55, passed away shortly after he was taken off life support Sunday afternoon at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Sheriff’s deputies said a United States Postal Service mail-transfer truck driven by 55-year-old Kenelm Digby, of Otsego, …

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Leonidas man injured in crash

A 25-year-old Leonidas man was injured over the weekend after he was in a crash. Sheriff’s deputies said Isaac Eicher was driving north on Farrand Road in Colon Township, where he lost control of his vehicle shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle rolled over and struck a tree. Eicher was extricated from the vehicle. Investigators said he was not …

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