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Mendon volleyball team to face Beal City

This football season may be done for the year, but Mendon High School has an athletic team one step from playing for a state title. The Mendon varsity volleyball team is set to take the court Friday afternoon in Battle Creek, where the Lady Hornets will face Beal City in a Class D match. Mendon, ranked No. 2 in Class …

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Constantine headed to semi-final game

Two of three St. Joseph County high schools came up short over the weekend in their bids to advance to the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s football playoffs. The Constantine Falcons were the only team to survive and advance to the final four in Division 6. The Falcons on Friday topped previously unbeaten Hillsdale, 49-35. Constantine will battle Monroe St. …

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Meetings in the area tonight

A few meetings in the area are on deck this evening. Members of the Constantine Public Schools Board of Education plan to assemble at 6 p.m. One matter of potential discussion may come from last week’s defeat of a Headlee renewal. The setback is keeping the district from more than $100,000 Elsewhere, 7 o’clock meetings are slated for the Lockport …

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GOCC has new board members

Glen Oaks Community College will see a trio of new faces on its board, following Tuesday’s vote in the general election. Joni Smith and John Bippus claimed the two, six-year seats to the board. Bud Malinoski came up short in the three-person race. Meanwhile, two candidates were unopposed for a pair of four-year terms. Newcomer Mary Lou Falkenstein will join …

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More local election results

A few incumbents on local, township, village and school boards were defeated in Tuesday’s general election. In Colon, challenger Tom Tenney soundly defeated incumbent village president Tom Whitford. Also, Colon Board of Education member and incumbent Eric Wagner was the odd person out in a three-person race for two seats. Incumbent Eric Bower will return and be joined by newcomer …

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School millage election results

School districts that acted on Headlee-related proposals batted .500 in Tuesday’s election. Voters in the Burr Oak Community Schools district agreed to continue a Headlee rollback that allows the district to collect the full 18 mills its voters levied in 1995. The district stood to lose $154,000 without voter support. In Constantine, a request to renew its Headlee rate of …

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Area football teams in playoffs

A trio of area high school football teams will move on to the second week of the playoffs after posting wins over the weekend. Three Rivers will hit the road to play Williamston after the Wildcats upset Battle Creek Pennfield Friday night, 20-14. Meanwhile, Constantine also gained a road win Friday, beating Watervliet, 48-33. The Falcons will face a stiff …

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School bus trouble in White Pigeon

White Pigeon Community Schools had four of its 14 buses red-tagged during annual inspections earlier this week. Superintendent Ron Drzewicki (joo-VICK-ee) told board of education members Wednesday the violations were on three of the district’s four oldest buses, which are 14, 15 and 17 years old. Drzewicki said Michigan State Police inspectors indicated the violations were minor and would not …

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Decrease in student enrollment

A projected decrease in student enrollment wasn’t as severe as White Pigeon Community Schools officials had expected. Members of the district’s board of education on Wednesday noted the district lost fewer than the 17 students for which it had budgeted. That and an increase of nine students overall from a year ago translates into about $120,000 for the district, Superintendent …

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