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Michigan governor closes indoor bars, allows to-go cocktails

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday said she was closing indoor seating in bars in parts of the state, including a city with a bar that has been linked to a rising number of infections. Whitmer also signed a bill allowing bars and restaurants to sell to-go cocktails in an effort to help those businesses. Bars won’t have to close …

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Indiana delays lifting capacity limits on restaurants, bars

Indiana will keep capacity limits in place for restaurants, bars and entertainment venues because of worries about a possible increase in coronavirus cases across the state, Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday. The state’s reopening plan had called for those restrictions to be lifted this weekend, but Holcomb said he would keep them in place until at least July 18. The …

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Constantine company plans to add provisioning center

The Constantine Village Council voted recently to allow Fawn River Cultivation Company, pending approval of legalities, to add a medical-marijuana provisioning center at its site. Located at 621 Industrial Drive, the company currently has permits for growing and processing. Company president Dominic Iemma said he was applying for an abandoned permit granted previously to another facility but not renewed by …

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Road commission approves road conversion policy

A policy for the conversion of private roads to public roads was approved last month by the St. Joseph County Road Commission. Managing director John Lindsey said the agency fields questions regularly from people inquiring about converting roads. He explained requirements and specifications guarantee that roads constructed in accordance with them will require a minimum of maintenance costs. In addition, …

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Grant will expand fresh-food initiative

Sturgis Area Community Foundation was awarded a $70,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in support of expanding the fresh-food initiative throughout St. Joseph County. The initiative currently provides fresh produce, dairy products, baked goods and meat at six community locations throughout St. Joseph County. Under normal conditions, each distribution event typically serves up to 150 households per site, …

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Three Rivers man enters plea bargain

A St. Joseph County man, who stole a Jeep and led authorities on a pursuit in the city of Hillsdale, has entered into a plea bargain in 1st Judicial Circuit Court in Hillsdale County. Michael Mercer, 23, of Three Rivers, appeared in court last month, facing charges of receiving and concealing stolen property; third-degree fleeing/eluding police; felonious assault; resisting arrest; …

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Rise in COVID-19 cases in St. Joseph County

Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency Health Officer Rebecca Burns shared grim news during the agency’s monthly meeting last week. She said St. Joseph County experienced 50 new cases of COVID-19 between June 17 and 24. For comparison, there were 17 in Branch County and six in Hillsdale County over the same time period. On June 24, St. Joseph County reported …

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Water line infrastructure upgrade will cost customers more

Village of White Pigeon water customers could end up paying $24 more per quarter than originally predicted as a result of an upcoming, system-wide upgrade. That figure is three times the amount project officials first estimated. During a special village council meeting last week, Ken Jones, of South Bend-based Jones, Petrie, Rafinski Corp. engineering, explained the potential increase was the …

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Sturgis Hospital continues non-COVID-19 care

Sturgis Hospital announced it will work with patients during as well as after the state of emergency to ensure those who need care for non-COVID-19 procedures receive it. Officials urge people not to delay emergency care out of fear of contracting COVID-19. Sturgis Hospital has improved supplies of personal-protective equipment and staff availability, and will begin to resume other important …

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Centreville considers block scheduling for fall

Centreville Jr./Sr. High principal Chad Brady told school board members last week he and the school-improvement team discussed considering a block scheduling scenario. With a four-block schedule, Brady said, students would spend more time in each class. Class sizes could be smaller and the school could open additional electives. After the semester break, students would shift to a different set …

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