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Southwest Michigan – Aerial spraying in fight against deadly mosquito virus

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and 12 local health departments will be conducting aerial spraying in 14 counties to combat mosquito-borne disease. This action is due to the large geographic distribution and number of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) cases in humans and/or animals, coupled with warm weather projections. Spraying is scheduled to take place starting Sunday, September …

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Whitmer: State government won’t partially shut down

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says there will be no partial government shutdown next week now that the entire state budget is on her desk. The administration emailed all 48,000 state employees Friday afternoon, three days before the deadline to enact the spending plans. There will be no temporary layoffs starting on Tuesday. Department directors told workers that Whitmer “will be …

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Tire rims stolen in Fabius Township

Tire rims and a tire with rim were stolen from a shed in Fabius Township this week. State police said the incident took place at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 50000 block of Stoldt Road. Two suspects driving a red pickup with a white car-hauler dolly on the back were confronted by the property owner. The suspects fled from the …

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Elks raises money for scholarship

Three Rivers Elks Lodge held its 15th annual “Captains Cruise” last month in an effort to raise money for scholarships. About 70 motorcyclists took part in the 114-mile ride. Before the ride, this year’s recipients were introduced. Alexandria Deel, who now attends Ball State for pre-med and psychology, received $1,750; Erin Brady, an Olivet College freshman studying actuarial science, received $900; …

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Battle Creek – Two wolf pups at zoo died of mosquito-borne virus

Two Mexican gray wolf pups at a Michigan zoo have died of a rare mosquito-borne virus as health officials work to curb the spread of the virus in people and animals. Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek says results this week confirm the pups that died in early September were killed by Eastern equine encephalitis. Separately, in Kent County, a …

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Southwestern Michigan police chief dies in vehicle crash

A southwestern Michigan police chief has died after crashing his vehicle into a tree. Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Sgt. Craig Schmaltz says 59-year-old Nashville Police Chief Chris Allen Koster died in the crash about 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Richland Township. Investigators say Koster’s vehicle went off a road and struck a tree. No other passengers were in Koster’s vehicle at the …

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Roadwork set to begin in Branch County

Resurfacing of a major route in Branch County begins next week. Michigan Department of Transportation’s Nick Schirripa said the $2 million project will cover a stretch of U.S. 12 from St. Joe Road at the county line east to Wayne Street. Schirripa said the construction zone will feature single-lane closures with traffic regulators to manage the flow of traffic. The …

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Construction continues on new physician office

Bronson Healthcare system has selected sites – including one in Three Rivers – for seven new primary-care practices scheduled to open next summer. Construction on five of the buildings started in August, and work on the two remaining sites will begin this fall. As announced in January, the new primary-care practices will be staffed by approximately 60 providers from Portage …

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Sturgis Schools approve sale of property

Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education members recently approved the sale of the former Fawn River School property. Located at 69090 Carls Road in Fawn River Township, the school was sold for $25,000. Superintendent Art Ebert said the property had not been listed, as a family living in close proximity to the property had long expressed interest in it. Ebert …

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Outreach event seeks volunteers

Project Connect and its Veteran Stand Down program is seeking volunteers willing to work during next week’s event. The Oct. 4 program is a community-resource fair for individuals and families who are low income, homeless and/or veterans. It is designed to give a hand up and improve their quality of life. Event organizers said it is the county’s largest outreach event …

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