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Project FRESH

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has announced the return of Project FRESH. The nutrition-education and supplemental-food program is offered through the agency in conjunction with Michigan State University Extension Services. Project FRESH puts fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables into the hands of young families who qualify for Women, Infants and Children assistance. Participants receive 10, $2 coupons that …

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Two charged with meth

Investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed two search warrants Wednesday at a residence in the 29000 block of Edgewater Beach Road in White Pigeon Township, where two pounds of drugs were to be delivered by U.S. Mail. In conjunction with officials from the U.S. Postal Service, SCAN officers served a search warrant for a quantity of …

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Commission approves funds

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to cover a six-digit dollar amount request from Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The commission unanimously approved an allocation in excess of $168,000 to the agency. What was labeled a one-time request for the funds from CMH sparked a lengthy discussion by commissioners. The five-member panel criticized state legislators for …

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New Emergency Medicine partnership

Sturgis Hospital has announced its new Emergency Medicine partnership with Emergency Physicians Medical Group, which began offering services effective Sunday. EPMG is a physician-owned practice that has been creating a culture of care for patients since 1976. It has been charged with emergency care and leadership in seven states through effective integration, not only within hospitals, but also the communities …

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Debris cleaned up from river

A team of 15 people, including six first-time volunteers, gathered over the weekend to pull about 500 pounds of debris from the Fawn River. The first of five river cleanup events sponsored by the St. Joseph County Conservation District this summer took place Saturday. A four-mile stretch from Fawn River Road to Dickinson Road in White Pigeon Township yielded a …

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Four treated for injuries

Four people were treated for minor injuries following a two-motorcycle crash earlier this week in Mottville Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Pauletta Wagner, 50, of  Three Rivers, was driving west on U.S. 12 when she failed to stop in time from striking a motorcycle driven by her husband, Jeffrey Wagner, 58. He was stopped to turn left …

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River cleanup begins Saturday

The St. Joseph County Conservation District wishes to remind county residents that the first of five river cleanup efforts this summer takes place this weekend. Saturday’s event will start at 9 am and cover a four-mile stretch of the Fawn River, from Fawn River Road to Dickinson Road in White Pigeon Township. Volunteers are needed and may participate by showing …

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Veterans and families receive compensation

The St. Joseph County Office of Veterans Affairs has issued a media release, noting that St. Joseph County veterans and their families received more than $20 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013. Benefits in the form of disability compensation, pension, education, insurance and indemnities were paid directly to the county’s veterans …

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Boy struck by car

A 9-year-old Sturgis boy was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after he was struck by a car last weekend in Constantine Township. A helicopter trying to fly the youth to a Kalamazoo hospital, however, resulted in damage to the AirCare ambulance. Constantine fire officials said the incident occurred around 10 a.m. Sunday in the 25000 block of Riverside Drive. Investigators said …

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Faulty cord responsible for fire

A faulty extension cord is believed to have been responsible for starting a fire last weekend in Sturgis. Sturgis fire officials said the blaze was reported at 9:50 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of South Monroe Street. Upon arrival, firefighters noticed smoke emitting from two second-floor bedrooms. The victims told firefighters they attempted to extinguish the fire on their …

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