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Armed robbery on WMU campus

A warning has been issued to Western Michigan University students following an armed robbery at a campus residence hall. The Kalamazoo school says in a statement the male student was robbed at gunpoint about 4:40 p.m. Sunday in the third floor hallway of LeFevre Hall. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports police are seeking two suspects. The school says “extreme caution is …

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Auto training program receives accreditation

The automotive-training program at Glen Oaks Community College has received accreditation by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, school officials announced this week. The program has been accredited in the areas of maintenance and light repair. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment were used to achieve the recognition. Automotive Service Excellence is …

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Students defend school district

Several Kalamazoo students turned out at a school board meeting to dispute allegations by a man who held a hunger strike to highlight what he believes is a problem with the district’s textbook policies. Six students from Loy Norrix High School went to the podium Thursday to say they weren’t getting an inferior education from the public school district, the …

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Sturgis Board of Education reports successful bonds sale

Sturgis Public Schools’ Board of Education has detailed the successful sale of its 2015 refunding bonds, Series A, in the amount of about $25.3 million and 2015 refunding bonds, Series B, for about $10.6 million. The Series A bonds are being issued for the purpose of refunding that portion of the school district’s outstanding 2005 refunding bonds. Series A bonds …

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Burr Oak teacher honored with Excellence in Education award

A St. Joseph County educator known for using hands-on experiences to help students learn about science, and for her support and leadership of a variety of school programs, has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery. Jan Summey a science teacher at Burr Oak Middle School, recently won the weekly award. She will receive a …

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Glen Oaks adopted employee tuition-reimbursement policy

The Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees last week adopted a tuition-reimbursement policy for employees. The program is aimed to help eligible employees improve job skills and enhance opportunities for advancement. Full-time employees on the job at least a year as a regular-status employee are eligible. Courses must be from an accredited college, university or trade school and must …

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Early Head Start grant awarded

St. Joseph County has been awarded $3 million over the next three years for a new Early Head Start program that local educators say has the potential to change the landscape of preschool child care countywide. The competitive grant — one of only three awarded in Michigan — is expected to have impact on the kindergarten readiness of more than …

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Special anniversary at GOCC

Glen Oaks Community College’s athletic program has announced a special event taking place between women’s and men’s basketball games later this month. Athletic director Steve Proefrock said the kick off to Glen Oaks’ 50-year anniversary will take place Jan. 31 between games against Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Proefrock said the program will feature the raising of a banner for the …

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White Pigeon graduate speaks to Rotary

A nationally known pageant contestant returned to her roots Wednesday. Mekayla Diehl, a 2007 White Pigeon High School alumna, was the guest speaker at the White Pigeon Rotary Club meeting. Diehl, an Elkhart resident, represented Indiana in last June’s Miss USA Pageant. She placed in the top 20. With high school students from the White Pigeon Rotary’s Interact Club present, …

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Firefighters for Santa served more than 60 families

Several members of the Three Rivers Fire Department had the opportunity to play Santa during Tuesday’s eighth annual Firefighters For Santa event. Josh Griffin, a fireman/paramedic, said about three months of planning culminated with the delivery of toys to more than 60 families in Three Rivers, and Lockport and Fabius townships. An additional 30 children benefited from the event through …

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