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Increased fee for marriage waiver

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners have agreed to increase the fee for a marriage waiver. During Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners acted on Clerk Pattie Bender’s request to raise the fee from $5 to $25. In a memo to commissioners, Bender explained that when a couple applies for a marriage license, the law requires a three-day waiting period …

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Marine Corps will receive detachment charter

The St. Joseph County Marine Corps League has announced it will receive its detachment charter next month. Mendon resident Bill Stevens, chaplain of the detachment, said the ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Mendon Village Hall. The charter will be presented by the Michigan State Commandant as well as the National Commandant. Stevens said as is …

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Green Star Award to owners

A group of owners of four residences in Fabius Township were recently named recipients of the inaugural Green Star Award. Presented by Vic Eichler, chair of the Fabius Township Environmental and Wetlands Protection Advisory Committee, the Green Star Award recognizes Fabius Township property owners who have developed exemplary, natural lakefront shorelines. Recipients at last week’s township board meeting were Kaiser …

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Safe Routes to School gets money

The Centreville Downtown Development Authority has agreed to front more than $400,000 toward the Safe Routes to Schools program in Centreville. The opportunity to provide the up-front funding became available after it was announced a federal grant of $416,000 was conferred to the Centreville Safe Routes to Schools. In order to qualify for the grant, however, the money would be …

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Another two arrested for meth

Members of the St. Joseph County Narcotics unit arrested two men Tuesday following an investigation into the production of methamphetamine. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, a 43-year-old Three Rivers resident and a 42-year-old man from Vicksburg were charged with a number of meth-related offenses. They were taken into custody after a search warrant was executed at a …

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Armed robbery suspect still at large

Cass County Sheriff Joe Underwood Jr. said the suspect behind an armed robbery Tuesday in the unincorporated community of Union remains at large. The incident occurred at 5:10 p.m. and took place at Hilltop Laundry, located in the 13500 block of U.S. 12. Witnesses identified the suspect as a white male in his late 30s. He reportedly stands about 5’7″ …

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Plumbing fixtures stolen

Brass and chrome plumbing fixtures were stolen Monday from a residence in Sturgis Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said the incident took place in the 68000 block of Stubey Road, where the victim was working in the backyard. At some point over a 30-minute period, someone went inside the unlocked residence and stole a bucket in which the …

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Man gets at least four years

A Kalamazoo man will serve at least four years behind bars for stealing a car and escaping from custody while on a work crew at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds last year. Adryll Matthews, 24, was sentenced last week by Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman to between four and more than seven years in jail for stealing a fair employee’s …

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911 dispatch to get half a mill

The millage amount to be levied for St. Joseph County’s 911 Central Dispatch service in 2013 will be half a mill, one-quarter of a mill less than what voters authorized in August. Millage amounts to levy next year for four county agencies were set Tuesday by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. While the county’s roads, transportation and commission …

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Foundation accepting proposals

Officials with the Constantine Area Community Foundation have announced they are accepting proposals from non-profit organizations for the foundation’s 2012 fall grant period. Areas of focus for the Constantine Area Community Foundation include improvement of living and working conditions for the citizens of Constantine; youth and recreation; educational, charitable or benevolent purposes; and care of the elderly. Prospective applicants may …

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