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Collision causes injuries

Three people were treated for minor injuries following a two-vehicle accident last week in Centreville. Police said a 17-year-old Centreville woman stopped on Shimmel Road at M-86, and proceeded to turn in front of an eastbound vehicle driven by a 39-year-old Middlebury woman. The eastbound vehicle struck the Centreville woman’s car, forcing both vehicles into the westbound lane of M-86. …

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Woman sentenced for theft

A Kalamazoo woman was sentenced to three months in jail and two years of probation for her role in the theft of money from the UAW Local 2093 account. Nearly $80,000 in funds from the Three Rivers-based Local 2093 was stolen by Jacquelyn Copper, a six-year member of the UAW board. She pled guilty over the summer to a charge …

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Good attendance at the fair

More than 142,000 people attended the St. Joseph County Grange Fair over the course of its seven-day run last week, officials from the fair board announced Monday. Despite rain Friday night and Saturday morning, a strong crowd to the Saturday evening Alan Jackson concert helped push the weekly attendance to a point that it surpassed 2011 attendance by 2 percent, …

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Man arrested for meth

A 47-year-old Sturgis man was arrested on drug-related charges after he attempted to flee on a bicycle from pursuing officers. According to the Sturgis Police Department, the man was known to have warrants for his arrest and was spotted around 8:30 p.m. Sunday on his bicycle near the intersection of North and West West streets. He fled from police after …

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Suspect arrested near Vandalia

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department has apprehended a man who is a suspect in the armed robbery last week of the Hilltop Gas Station Union. Acting on a tip, Edward Wing was taken into custody from a location in Calvin Township. Wing was the subject of a manhunt Monday after he fled from police into a cornfield south of Vandalia.

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Weather a factor in attendance

The 162nd St. Joseph County Grange Fair is in the books, and organizers of the event said weather – as it usually is – was a key factor in attendance. Though a final figure for the seven-day event won’t be available until sometime today, a sunny Saturday afternoon coupled with more than 5,000 people attending the event-ending Alan Jackson concert …

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Increased fee for marriage waiver

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners have agreed to increase the fee for a marriage waiver. During Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners acted on Clerk Pattie Bender’s request to raise the fee from $5 to $25. In a memo to commissioners, Bender explained that when a couple applies for a marriage license, the law requires a three-day waiting period …

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Marine Corps will receive detachment charter

The St. Joseph County Marine Corps League has announced it will receive its detachment charter next month. Mendon resident Bill Stevens, chaplain of the detachment, said the ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Mendon Village Hall. The charter will be presented by the Michigan State Commandant as well as the National Commandant. Stevens said as is …

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Green Star Award to owners

A group of owners of four residences in Fabius Township were recently named recipients of the inaugural Green Star Award. Presented by Vic Eichler, chair of the Fabius Township Environmental and Wetlands Protection Advisory Committee, the Green Star Award recognizes Fabius Township property owners who have developed exemplary, natural lakefront shorelines. Recipients at last week’s township board meeting were Kaiser …

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Safe Routes to School gets money

The Centreville Downtown Development Authority has agreed to front more than $400,000 toward the Safe Routes to Schools program in Centreville. The opportunity to provide the up-front funding became available after it was announced a federal grant of $416,000 was conferred to the Centreville Safe Routes to Schools. In order to qualify for the grant, however, the money would be …

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