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Sturgis traffic light to be replaced with stop signs

  Sturgis city commissioners last week approved removing a traffic light at the intersection of North Centerville Road and West West Street. The signal is to be replaced by stop signs. Beginning in late June, the traffic light was converted to flashing red and yellow signals at the intersection. After a six-week trial period, evaluations concluded that the traffic volume …

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Grant has been awarded

  A state transportation grant has been awarded to the city of Sturgis to support expansion of a local factory, which will result in 40 jobs and a significant investment in the local economy. State Rep. Matt Lori said VCI Inc. recently moved into a vacant building on West Dresser Drive in Sturgis and will invest $1.6 million in new …

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Road resurfacing projects

A Bristol, Ind., firm was chosen for the 2014 enhanced mill-and-resurface project in the city of Sturgis. During their meeting last week, members of the Sturgis City Commission awarded the job to low bidder Niblock Excavating Inc. The company’s bid was just over $1 million. Streets involved in the project are South Clay from U.S. 12 to West South Street; …

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Unemployment rate increases

The June unemployment rate in St. Joseph County increased by four-tenths of a percent compared to a month earlier. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 6.1 percent June unemployment rate was more than May’s 5.7 percent. June’s unemployment rate was 2.2 percent less than the same month one year …

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Building in Constantine gets new owner

The former Rexam building in Constantine is getting a new owner. Village manager Mark Honeysett stated during last week’s village council meeting that Central Manufacturing Services of Three Rivers closed on the purchase of the building July 15. Honeysett said he has had extensive conversations with CMS owner Jamie Clark, who indicated the building will house a logistics center comprised …

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Michigan Christmas Trees are a Year Round Business

While you won’t see winter decorations or hear holiday carols in the local retail stores just yet, it’s time to think about Michigan Christmas trees! The Michigan Christmas Tree Association was in the holiday spirit for their annual meeting at Peterson’s Riverview Nursery in Allegan on July 25. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development works closely with the …

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Embezzlement charges issued

A warrant was issued Wednesday for the former executive assistant of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce. The action comes a day after the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a charge of embezzlement against Deb Herring, 57, of Schoolcraft. Investigators said Herring allegedly stole between $20,000 and $50,000 over a seven-year period starting in 2007. She was dismissed …

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Great start for MagiCelebration

The second annual MagiCelebration got off to a good start Wednesday, as out-of-town visitors and area residents descended on the village of Colon for some magic and fun during the four-day event. The afternoon highlight centered on FAB Magic Co., where owner Rick Fisher drew a standing-room-only crowd for a free magic show. Fisher said registration for magicians is up …

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Man assaulted and robbed

Michigan Southern Railroad is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible for an assault and robbery of one of its employees. Around 8 p.m. Thursday, White Pigeon police were called to the railroad office at 501 Sol Morris Drive. A railroad employee told police he was confronted by someone and an altercation took place. …

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August 1st deadline

Michigan’s attorney general is reminding people who bought DRAM or computers or computerized devices that contain D-RAM between 1998 and 2002, that they may be entitled to a cash payment of at least ten dollars and possibly as high as 50-dollars or more. Attorney General Bill Schuette says at issue are devices like laptops, desktops, servers, graphic cards, video game …

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