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Keep the Wreath Green

The Sturgis Fire Department has started its 2012 “Keep the Wreath Green” campaign. Department officials said they have placed at the front of the North Nottawa Street station a wreath clad in green lights, except for the top, which is yellow to honor those in the armed forces. Every time the department responds to a fire call, a red bulb …

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Meetings in the area

A few meetings in the area are slated to take place today. Sturgis Township’s Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m., while the Three Rivers Planning Commission will assemble at 6:45 p.m. At 7 o’clock tonight, village councils in Centreville and Constantine are expected to begin their meetings.

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Cook says goodbye

Co-workers gathered Friday to say goodbye to a longtime employee at the St. Joseph County Central Dispatch agency in Centreville. Susan Cook, who has worked for the Centreville-based department for more than 20 years, was the recipient of numerous well-wishers from police and fire agencies throughout the county, as she is retiring. Cook said the biggest changes she has seen …

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Unemployment drop for October

St. Joseph County’s October unemployment dipped to 6.8 percent, a decrease of half a percent compared to September’s figure. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget indicated seasonal jobs and continued hiring in the education field offset an increase in job losses in the leisure and hospitality areas. Compared to October 2011, last month’s …

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Drugs found in car

An undisclosed amount of heroin and prescription drugs were found in a vehicle stopped Tuesday on U.S. 131. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said four Grand Rapids residents were in a southbound vehicle stopped near Arnold Street in Three Rivers. A motorist had informed central dispatch it appeared the driver may have been intoxicated. Three Rivers Police initiated the …

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Dedication at Riverside Elementary

A bookshelf and nearly five dozen books were dedicated this week at Riverside Elementary in Constantine in memory of Jodi Parrack. The bookcase was assembled by Dale Wentela’s shop class at Constantine High School and funds to purchase 56 books came from proceeds left from a previous fundraiser. Labels inside the new books included a picture of Parrack and reference …

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Vote recount for Wagner

An incumbent on the Colon Community Schools Board of Education has sought a recount from the Nov. 6 election. Eric Wagner, who finished third in a race for two seats, requested the recount in light of his four-vote loss to second-place finisher Deb Bordner. Incumbent Eric Bower was the leading vote-getter by nearly 100 votes. St. Joseph County Clerk Pattie …

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Lori’s bill to go before the Senate

The Michigan House on Wednesday approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Matt Lori that allows the Michigan Department of Community Health to use email to notify Medicaid providers of changes in policy. The House bill allows the DCH to email changes to the Michigan Medicaid Provider Manual instead of using the U.S. Postal Service, as currently required. Lori said the …

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Trail Way still being discussed

Supporters and opponents of a proposed non-motorized trail way made their feelings clear about a 20-mile stretch of abandoned railway between Sturgis and well into Branch County. The former Indiana Northeastern Railroad Co. route is being sought as a route for bicyclists, joggers and walkers. Residents who live adjacent to the rail bed, however, have cited lack of privacy and …

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Man robbed Sturgis gas station

The Admiral gas station in Sturgis was robbed Tuesday morning by a man who used pepper spray to disorient the sales clerk. Sturgis police said a black man with cornrows in his hair entered the West Chicago Road station at 8:15 a.m. and discharged the spray on the clerk. The suspect then took a large sum of money from the …

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