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Irrigation wire stolen in Constantine

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of irrigation wire from a field in Constantine Township. According to a department media release, deputies were called to an area near the intersection of U.S. 131 and Garber Road to investigate the incident. The victim told authorities the larceny took place between 9 p.m. April 8 and 9 a.m. …

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White Pigeon Food Pantry offers curbside services

Officials from Firm Foundation Ministries have announced that due to the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, the Building Hope Free Store will be closed for both shopping and donation drop-offs until at least April 30. Meanwhile, volunteers from White Pigeon Food Pantry said the facility will be open on Wednesdays and also every third Monday for curbside services. Wednesday …

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Miller disagrees with governor’s restrictions

State Rep. Aaron Miller said Gov. Whitmer moved in the wrong direction when she put more restrictions on people and businesses while extending her stay-at-home order until April 30. Whitmer last week ordered that stores no longer sell what she considers non-essential items and block off those areas so customers cannot access them. The governor also said she will not …

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Golf cart stolen in White Pigeon

Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said the department is investigating the theft of a golf cart. The vehicle was taken between 11:30 p.m. April 9 and 11 a.m. April 10 in the 71000 block of Roosevelt Road in White Pigeon Township. Lillywhite said the 2009 E-Z-GO is metallic green in color, lifted with chrome rims and has a handicap sticker on its …

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Michigan governor: Virus infection curve starting to flatten

The growth in coronavirus infections in Michigan is starting to flatten due to the extraordinary restrictions on people’s movements, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday. But she warned that this doesn’t mean business as usual will resume quickly or soon. “We’ve got to make sure that we avoid a second wave at all costs. That would be devastating for our economy,” …

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Lawn mower stolen in Fabius Township

A lawn mower was stolen last week from a location in Fabius Township. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called at 4 p.m. Tuesday to the 60000 block of County Line Road. The victim told authorities a Magnum zero-turn lawnmower and a 2015 6-by-8 Carry-On trailer were stolen. The incident occurred between 7 and 9 p.m. …

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Sturgis Fest moves to August

Sturgis Fest is moving to August. Members of the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce Board agreed Thursday to postpone the city’s annual summer festival to the week of Aug. 17. Originally scheduled for the week of June 22, Sturgis Fest will occur during a period in which it will not conflict with other community festivals or major events in St. …

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Glen Oaks continues focus on renovations

Glen Oaks Community College President David Devier said it’s imperative that the school continues to focus on planned renovations to its technology lab, library and art studio. The work collectively totals about $2.1 million. During last week’s board of trustees meeting, Devier said the college will continue to work with Kalamazoo-based architect firm TowerPinkster in order to keep renovation plans …

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Telemedicine surges in Michigan as doctors close offices

The closure of doctors’ offices across Michigan during the new coronavirus pandemic has spurred a statewide surge in the embrace of telemedicine, a practice that allows doctors to treat patients remotely by phone or computer, officials said. Hospitals and doctors have moved quickly to adopt the technology after government agencies and lawmakers removed regulatory obstacles starting in early March. Experts …

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Michigan reports 111 new virus deaths as cases near 24,000

Michigan has reported 111 new deaths from COVID-19, raising the state’s pandemic death toll to nearly 1,400 as its confirmed coronavirus cases approached 24,000. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, meanwhile, announced Saturday that 13 new or expanded COVID-19 drive-through testing sites would begin operating around the state under a plan to increase the state’s daily testing by about 40 percent. The state …

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