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Sturgis Board approves superintendent contract

Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education has reached a contract agreement with Art Ebert, incoming superintendent. During Monday’s board meeting, its members voted unanimously to approve Ebert’s contract. Board president Ann Bird said the sides agreed to a three-year contract, similar in total to the amount that was paid in the last contract for recently-retired Tom Langdon. His last 12-month …

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LaSata announces state Senate run

State Rep. Kim LaSata announced Tuesday she has filed paperwork to be a candidate for the 21st State Senate district in the 2018 election. LaSata, a Republican from the Berrien County community of Bainbridge, hopes to replace Sen. John Proos, who cannot seek re-election due to term limits. The 21st Senate District encompasses St. Joseph, Cass and Berrien counties. LaSata …

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Police investigate dumpster explosion

State police investigators out of the Coldwater detachment are looking into an explosion earlier this week in Branch County’s Sherwood Township. The incident occurred at 9:50 p.m. Monday inside a dumpster in the 100 block of Oliverda Drive. Authorities said the explosion was heard up to half a mile away and scattered debris more than 60 feet out of the …

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Adopt-A-Highway begins

The Michigan Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program will kick off its 2018 season across the state beginning this weekend, concluding April 22. Volunteers pick up litter three times a year. The next two pickups will be July 14 to 22 and Sept. 22 to 30. The AAH program began in Michigan in 1990. Today, more than 2,800 groups have adopted …

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Authorities searching Michigan river for kayaker find body

Authorities who have searched a southwestern Michigan river for a missing kayaker since February say they’ve found a body. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office says the body of a male was found Tuesday in Watervliet Township in the Paw Paw River. A statement says the body wasn’t immediately identified, but notes the search for the kayaker lasted more than 40 …

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Removal of controversial fountain expected to start soon

Removal of a southwestern Michigan park fountain that some say celebrates white supremacy is expected in the coming weeks. Kalamazoo officials say the Fountain of the Pioneers in Bronson Park will be dismantled and stored until a decision is made on where to relocate it. Last month, the city commission ordered the monument removed. The fountain was completed in 1940 …

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Man sentenced to prison

A southwestern Michigan man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in a police pursuit crash that killed an Indiana motorist. The South Bend Tribune reports 39-year-old James Morrison of Niles, learned his punishment on Monday after earlier pleading guilty to five felony counts, including resisting law enforcement, in the February 2017 crash. Police say Morrison had heroin …

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Out and About – Week of April 9th

Every April we have a rendezvous with destiny. This rendezvous involves the taxman. Oops, I’m sorry, the “Tax Person”. Some have already filed returns for 2017, and some have even received money back, if they managed their finances properly. If you owe the IRS, you have until April 17, because the fifteenth falls on a Sunday. I wish you all …

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April is Child Abuse prevention month

To recognize Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, the Michigan State Police is participating in the national Pinwheels for Prevention campaign by displaying a pinwheel garden outside of Headquarters in Lansing in April. The blue pinwheel is the recognized symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention with the garden serving as a reminder that children have the right to grow …

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Registration open for United Way golf outing

The St. Joseph County United Way said registration for its annual golf outing is now open. The event starts at 10 a.m. May 11 at St. Joe Valley Golf Course. United Way executive director Kelly Hostetler said the 18-hole scramble will include greens fee, lunch, appetizers and awards for $65 per person. Tee sponsors are available for $100 and all …

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