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29th Sturgis Toy Run

Organizers of the 29th Sturgis Toy Run reported a well-attended event over the weekend. The 60-mile ride around St. Joseph County drew thousands of spectators roadside to greet the hundreds of participants, who made their way around the county in a clockwise direction. Bikers paid $20 per motorcycle and made a donation of a new toy in order to participate …

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Still investigating hit-and-run incident

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation into a hit-and-run incident involving a bicyclist earlier this week in Sturgis Township. Department officials said White Pigeon-area resident Delmer Gayheart, 42, was riding his bike east on Fawn River Road Tuesday, when he was hit by an eastbound vehicle around 2:30 p.m. The driver of a blue-gray Chevy or …

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Man arrested, didn’t pay for fuel

A 30-year-old Three Rivers resident was charged with a pair of offenses after he attempted to leave a local gas station without paying for fuel. The Three Rivers Police Department said the man pumped an unstated quantity of gasoline around 8:30 a.m. Friday and fled the Admiral gas station without paying. The store clerk was able to secure license plate …

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Transportation Authority recognized

The St. Joseph County Transportation Authority was recognized last week by the Michigan Department of Transportation for attaining 10 years of service. CTA executive director Steve Yorks said the state agency issued plaques to transportation agencies across the state observing milestone anniversaries this year. He said the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority was acknowledged for being in existence for 10 …

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Woman in critical condition

A 50-year-old Nottawa woman remains in critical condition as she recovers from being struck by a car while riding her bike last week. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Esther Schmucker has been at Bronson Methodist Hospital since she was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by 28-year-old Jeremy Conley, of Sturgis. The incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. Thursday …

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RV dumping station closed

Officials from the city of Sturgis have closed the RV dumping station near the municipal airport due to several incidents of improper and illegal use of the site. Road construction on West Lafayette Street this summer forced the station to be closed temporarily. Numerous incidents of illegal use and misuse, however, prompted city officials to close the site for good. …

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Warner Drive, name for new road

Mayor Tom Lowry and members of the Three Rivers City Commission have agreed to name a new city street in memory of a community activist and long-time employee of Three Rivers Community Schools. During their regularly scheduled meeting earlier this week, Lowry and commissioners agreed to name a road in memory of Suzy Warner, who passed away in April. Warner …

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MDOT announces road closures

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced TWO road closures in the WLKM listening area: • There will be a total closure of M-60 from M-62 to Calvin Center Road in Cassopolis (Cass County) from 5 p.m. Monday, August 6, through 8 p.m. Friday, August 24, for CN Railroad track reconstruction. Detour routes will be posted. • There will …

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SJCTA added a second bus

The St. Joseph County Transportation Authority has added a second bus to its Circle Line route in Sturgis. CTA Director Steve Yorks said the additional bus, which began operating Monday, was necessary to accommodate steady ridership aboard the six-day-a-week Circle Line already in place in Sturgis. He said an average of 1,200 people patronize the Sturgis Circle Line monthly. The …

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More State Police Patrols

St. Joseph County is one of 26 counties in Michigan to receive funding for enhanced law-enforcement patrol specifically targeting drunken drivers. The additional enforcement has been in place since last weekend and will continue through Sunday. The Michigan Office of Highway Planning has provided the funding to cover the cost of additional state police patrols.

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