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April unemployment down

April unemployment in St. Joseph County continued a downward trend. Data released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget Analysis, showed the county’s unemployment rate for April was 7.7 percent. The figure reflects a 1.1 percent decrease from March. The rate is also an even 2 percent lower from April 2011. One other positive note: St. Joseph County’s …

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State police assisting Sturgis police

Investigators from the Michigan State Police at White Pigeon post are assisting Sturgis Police in a case involving the theft of catalytic converters from five vehicles parked overnight at two locations in the city and one in Sturgis Township. The incidents occurred between May 22 and 24 in the 1100 block of West Chicago Road, 1600 block of South Centerville …

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Police continue investigation

State police are continuing their investigation into the theft of jewelry from a residence last month in Lockport Township. A news release stated jewelry, a video camera and other items of notable value were taken from a residence in the 21000 block of Fairchild Road. The incident took place during the daytime April 30. Information detailing access to the residence …

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DAR Good Citizens for 2012

The Abiel Fellows Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution of Three Rivers has announced recipients for the DAR Good Citizens for 2012. Honored for their dependability, service, leadership and patriotism, each senior is recognized on the basis of merit. This year’s Good Citizens are: Lauren Kirby, Centreville High School; Adam West, Constantine High School; Leslie Bennett, Factoryville Christian School; Lindsey …

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New senior center is proposed

Members of the Sturgis City Commission have given their support to a proposed senior center sought by St. Joseph County’s Commission on Aging. COA executive director Lynn Coursey told commissioners last week the Three Rivers-based agency would like to retain existing services to its Sturgis-area clients and enhance opportunities for a better quality of life through a facility such as …

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Animal cruelty in Burr Oak

Officials from the village of Burr Oak have been fielding an unusually large volume of complaints regarding cruelty to animals. Specifically, cats seem to be the targeted animals, village officials said. The issue came to light after resident Anita Michielsen told Burr Oak Police Chief Cynthia Miller about a mother cat she believes was shot and killed, leaving behind a …

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Sturgis gets some visitors

For the tenth time since 1967, the city of Sturgis is welcoming a group of visitors from Wiesloch (VEES-lock), Germany. The Sister City group arrived in Sturgis on Saturday and will depart on Wednesday. As part of the visit, the Sturgis Sister City Committee hosted a gathering Sunday at Oaklawn Park. Mike Mestelle led a group of musicians at the …

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Ames turned himself in

A 27-year-old White Pigeon man, wanted after he escaped from sheriff’s deputies last week, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday. Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said Nicholas Ames was wanted for fleeing and eluding following a police chase that originated in White Pigeon shortly after 11 p.m. May 23. Ames fled westbound on U.S. 12 and eluded authorities by jumping off a …

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Schools schedule for dismissal

The first St. Joseph County school district to begin its summer break is in Colon, where its students have a noon dismissal today, wrapping up their 2011-12 academic year. Other last days of school in St. Joseph County are June 1 for Constantine; June 6 for Burr Oak; June 7 for Three Rivers and White Pigeon; June 8 for Centreville …

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Ladies recognized for their help

Members of White Pigeon Community Schools’ Board of Education recently recognized key representatives from the Chief Pride campaign. Jody Davidson, Melanie Atherton, Joy Weber and Melissa Grant were instrumental in organizing a “vote yes” campaign that resulted in the May 8 passage of the sinking-fund renewal. Superintendent Ron Drzewicki  said the district is grateful for the residents who helped with …

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