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United Way accepting coat drive donations

The St. Joseph County United Way is spearheading its annual coat drive. The Centreville-based agency is collecting new and gently used winter coats in all sizes for local distribution. Furthermore, it welcomes donations of hats, boots and gloves, as well. Monetary donations are accepted and will go toward the purchase of winter coats. The drop-off site is at 662 E. …

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Health coverage renewal deadline near

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants consumers to know they have until Dec. 15 to renew their coverage or enroll in a plan in order for their health insurance coverage to begin Jan. 1. Agency officials urge current or prospective recipients to act as soon as possible. Inaction by Dec. 15 means those who currently receive such coverage will …

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Constantine Schools closed due to COVID-19

Constantine Public Schools Board of Education addressed the topic of a two-week shutdown of all schools at its board meeting Monday. Emails were sent Friday stating that a Riverside School employee had tested positive for COVID-19, and everyone in close contact was required to be quarantined for 14 days. Superintendent Jim Wisely said it was too difficult to find the …

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Cass County Tour added to Underground Railroad Network

The National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom has accepted the Underground Railroad Driving Tour of Cass County. The tour, produced by the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County, is one of more than 650 sites, programs and facilities within the network. It joins 12 new listings from the 40th round of “Network to Freedom” applications, representing sites …

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County COVID-19 numbers increase

St. Joseph County has experienced another jump in COVID-19 cases. As of Friday, Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency confirmed 31 new cases, for a cumulative total of 990. The number of deaths remained unchanged at 15. Meanwhile, Constantine Public Schools on Monday moved to a remote-learning setup districtwide, with a return to in-person instruction set for Nov. 9. District officials …

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Centreville village clerk receives award

Michigan Rural Water Association recently presented Michelle Thibideau, Centreville’s village clerk and head of the department of public works, with its wastewater operations specialist 2020 award. Since joining the village in 2009, Thibideau took MRWA classes and had private tutoring sessions with its staff to pass, on her first attempt, exams for water and wastewater matters. Thibideau, who is juggling …

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Foster care group awarded grant

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Michigan has been awarded a grant to support its work with area foster care children, Sturgis Area Community Foundation recently announced. CASA was selected for a $5,000 grant from Constantine Area Community Foundation in support of its work with foster care children throughout St. Joseph County. With the help of $20,000 in start-up grants …

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Coat drive continues this week

State Sen. Kim LaSata wishes to remind Southwest Michigan residents that her second annual “Kim’s Coat Drive for Kids” is underway. The collection, which continues through Saturday, is an effort to collect new or gently-used coats for children throughout her three-county district. She is coordinating with local school districts for distribution. Anyone who would like to donate a new or …

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Three Rivers Schools provide mobile WiFi

Three Rivers Community Schools is providing mobile WiFi internet service at new locations starting today. Offered from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, the mobile WiFi unit will be at Riverside Apartments and Townhomes on Lockport Drive, and in Flowerfield Township at Church and Grand streets. Log-in information will be provided at the site, though any student using …

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Man arrested in arson incident

A 40-year-old man was arrested on a charge of arson following an incident last week in Three Rivers. Sheriff’s deputies were called shortly after 10:30 a.m. Friday to a residence in the 16000 block of Lovers Lane in response to a suspicious fire. Investigators found that the suspect was seen pouring gasoline on the driveway and in the garage of …

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