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Burr Oak reopens library

Burr Oak Township Library has reopened. Its summer hours vary daily, but reserved hours for vulnerable patrons and seniors are 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Library officials said entrance will be through the west door and exit through the east. Also, masks are required and social distancing must be practiced. There is a one-hour limit inside the facility …

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Three River’s Culver’s opens

A Wisconsin-based fast-food chain has opened its doors in Three Rivers. Culver’s, known for its signature ButterBurger, cheese curds and iconic frozen custard, opened Monday morning following a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Christy Trammell said Culver’s is a good complement to the U.S. 131 business corridor in Three Rivers. Aaron Archuleta, owner …

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Motorcycle crash injures White Pigeon man

A White Pigeon man was injured after the motorcycle he was driving crashed Wednesday in Florence Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said the incident occurred at 12:24 a.m. near the intersection of Lutz and Mintdale roads. Upon arrival, deputies found 28-year-old Floyd Parker was in the road and breathing but not conscious. Investigators determined he was driving south on Lutz Road …

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Potential virus exposure location notification

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency and the Center for Health & Wellness of Sturgis are notifying anyone who sought care at CHW since June 15th to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. The warning comes as four staff members at CHW have tested positive for the virus. Any patients who had close contact with a staff member at CHW and …

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Charges against McDonough announced

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a media release Tuesday, in which she announced formal charges against St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney John McDonough. Nessel said the 40-year-old McDonough has been charged with drunken driving and open intoxicants in a motor vehicle. McDonough has waived arraignment. The charges follow a complaint and warrant brought by the Michigan Department of Attorney General. Nessel said operating …

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Colon road project begins

A significant road-improvement project has started in Colon Township. Michigan Department of Transportation’s Nick Schirripa said the $1.2 million undertaking involves two state roads: M-86 from its eastward split off M-66 to the Colon village limits, and M-66 from the M-86 Colon split north to M-60. The task will involve milling, resurfacing, chip and fog sealing, and pavement markings on …

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State police arrest man on multiple charges

State police troopers arrested a suspect connected to an incident this week in Union City. Troopers were called at 5:45 a.m. Sunday to a self-serve laundry in the downtown area in response to someone stealing quarters from a change dispenser. Troopers arrested the suspect at the scene and through further investigation, they discovered he was involved in several additional offenses. …

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Scholarship award winners announced

Sturgis Kiwanis Club has announced its annual scholarship winners, awarded to select members of Sturgis High School’s class of 2020. Receiving $1,000 scholarships and their options for post-high school education are Christopher Gonzalez, University of Michigan-Dearborn or Michigan State University; Paige Pattison, University of Michigan or Dartmouth College; Kiley PeDue, Xavier, Seton Hall, Loyola, Tulsa, Michigan State University, U-M Dearborn …

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COVID cases increase by 38% in St. Joseph County in 14 days

Rebecca Burns, health officer for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, has made a public statement regarding the rapid increase in positive cases of COVID-19 in St Joseph County. On June 13, there were 167 total known cases in St. Joseph County and a week later the number was 202 cases. Burns said the additional 35 cases represent a 21 …

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Woman died in Branch County crash

A woman died last week following a crash on U.S. 12 at Deer Park Road in Branch County. The woman, whose age, identity and community of residence have not yet been disclosed pending notification of family, died at the scene. Investigators said a 2010 Dodge Caravan had stopped on Deer Park Road, then turned into the path of a Toyota …

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