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An increase in flu cases

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has issued a press release, noting that the Centers for Disease Control has declared a health advisory. Increasing reports of severe respiratory infections among young and middle-aged people due to H1N1 infections have resulted in Michigan’s flu activity being upgraded from local to regional. According to Steve Todd, health officer for the local health …

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Three injured in crash

Three people were treated for injuries suffered in a one-vehicle accident earlier this week in Constantine Township. St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department officials said 30-year-old Kristina Steele told investigators she fell asleep Monday while driving north in the 10300 block of North River Road. The vehicle went off the roadway, injuring passengers Cory Hughey of Three Rivers and Bryan Cook …

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New board members

Eric Jones, Mark Heydlauff and Tommy Hamilton were recently appointed to join the Sturgis Hospital Board of Directors and Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. Jones joined the board Oct. 9 and will serve until May 2014. Since 1991, he has been president and owner of Michiana Corrugated Products Company. He is presently a member and vice-president of the Sturgis Hospital …

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Thanksgiving party at TR Health Rehab

Three Rivers Health Inpatient Rehab unit recently held their annual Thanksgiving Party for the patients, their families, and staff. Staff and families brought in various homemade dishes to add to the potluck dinner. The Three Rivers Health Dietary department provided the mainstays for the event. Adding to the celebration, patients joined in by preparing the potatoes for the meal earlier …

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Man arrested for trio of offenses

A 23-year-old Three Rivers man was charged with a trio of offenses following an incident Saturday in Three Rivers. According to a department media release, officers were called to the 600 block of South Douglas Avenue in response to a disorderly subject. Officers found that the man had broken lawn ornaments, kicked in a door to the residence and took …

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Did you get your flu shot?

Because it takes about two weeks after receiving the flu vaccine to be fully protected against the flu virus, state health officials urge Michiganders to get a flu shot before they head to holiday parties and other gatherings where infections can spread rapidly. Angela Minicuci, of the Michigan Department of Community Health, says influenza can lead to serious illness and …

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No injuries after accident

A 53-year-old Three Rivers man was not injured after a one-vehicle accident Monday morning in Three Rivers. Three Rivers Police said Kenneth Haines was driving west on Broadway Street when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a power pole on the north side of the roadway, just before South Hooker Avenue. Haines told police he apparently fell asleep.

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29th Walk For Warmth

The Community Action Agency of St. Joseph County has issued a media release providing advance notice about its 29th Walk for Warmth event. Nancy Percival, CAA board member, said the fundraiser will take place Feb. 22. It will take place simultaneously in six communities in St. Joseph, Barry, Branch and Calhoun counties. A fundraising goal of $50,000 has been set. …

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Three arrested for meth

Three people, including a Three Rivers resident, were arrested on drug-related charges following a traffic stop last week in Park Township. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, a pickup truck driven by a 34-year-old man from Three Rivers was stopped around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Klines Resort Road and Silver Street. A subsequent search of …

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Meeting for Relay for Life

A meeting for prospective volunteers in the 2014 Sturgis Relay For Life takes place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Sturgis VFW. Volunteers for the American Cancer Society-sponsored event may be walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, or anyone wanting to make a difference, according to event organizers. In addition, volunteers will be asked to help organize and recruit …

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