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Local student arrested on terrorism charge

A White Pigeon High School student has been arrested on a terrorism charge after allegedly making threats last week at school. Phillip Duane Stephenson, 18, is accused of making what school officials call threats to building safety. Stephenson has been suspended indefinitely, officials said. White Pigeon Superintendent Jon Keyer said he and school administrators determined valid statements were made and …

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Constantine eliminated from playoffs

St. Joseph County’s lone remaining representative in the high school football playoffs was eliminated Saturday. Constantine, which eked into the playoffs with a 5-4 record, bowed out in a 35-34 overtime loss to undefeated Grand Rapids North Pointe Christian in the Division 6 regional title contest. The Falcons forced overtime on their final possession of regulation, then went for the …

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Constantine continues in playoffs

A Division 6 regional title is on the line this weekend, when Constantine attempts to join the Final Four in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s football playoffs. The 7-4 Falcons will take on 11-0 Grand Rapids North Pointe Christian at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon at Comstock Park High School. Constantine has rolled in the playoffs, knocking off undefeated Schoolcraft …

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Events mark 10 years of Kalamazoo Promise scholarships

Events this week are marking the 10th anniversary of the Kalamazoo Promise free-tuition program. The anonymously funded plan, announced in the fall of 2005, pays the college tuition of students who graduate from Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports PromiseNet 2015 takes place Tuesday through Thursday. The conference brings together communities emulating the Kalamazoo Promise. Education and …

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Burr Oak approves sinking-fund millage

Voters in Burr Oak Community Schools were in a generous mood Tuesday, as a sinking-fund millage was approved by nearly a three-to-two margin. The 3-mill, five-year sinking fund request was supported by a vote of 116 in favor to 71 opposed. Tuesday’s request is identical to what was on the ballot in the May 5 election, when voters defeated the …

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Three area teams out of playoffs

Three of the area’s four state football playoff teams bowed out in the opening round of action Friday. The fourth, Constantine, pulled off an upset in topping previously unbeaten and state No. 2-ranked Schoolcraft. Constantine’s Tristian Butler kicked an overtime field goal to lift the Falcons over the Eagles, 31-28, in Division 6 action. Elsewhere, Mendon saw its 27-game win …

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TR Cares plans further recall effort

Members of the group TR Cares plan to assemble a slate of candidates for the local school board and a county position in elections next year. During what was promoted as a town-hall meeting Tuesday at the JOCO Center in Three Rivers, attorney Kelly Ward addressed more than 60 people who heard a recap of the timeline related to an …

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Benefit magic show at Colon Elementary

Colon Elementary School will be the location of a benefit magic show Saturday. Five acts over the course of an hour will take part in the fourth annual “Sharing the Magic” event, which will help address a critical need at the Colon Food Pantry. Event organizer Rick Fisher said admission to the show is a box or can of a …

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Constantine students involved in sexual misconduct investigation

Constantine Police Chief Mark Honeysett said he will seek charges against students involved in a sexual-misconduct investigation. According to WWMT TV, the case involves at least three teenagers who are students at Constantine middle and high schools. Honeysett said the misconduct happened off-campus between students who were left unsupervised at a home, according to published reports. Honeysett did not indicate …

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Glen Oaks receives Title III grant

Glen Oaks Community College is the recipient of a Title III grant totaling $2.25 million over a five-year period from the U. S. Department of Education. The award, $450,000 per year through 2020, was effective beginning Oct. 1 and is part of a federal Strengthening Institutions Program grant under the Higher Education Act of 1965. The focus is to improve …

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