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Constantine home destroyed by fire

A Constantine residence was declared a total loss after it was destroyed by fire early Monday. Chief Mike Haydon said the department was alerted at 4:41 a.m. to a fire in the 100 block of East Third Street. Upon arrival, crews noticed flames coming from the windows and doors on the east side of the structure. The fire, which was …

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Police respond to domestic disturbance

State police troopers were called over the weekend to a home in Branch County’s Sherwood Township regarding a domestic disturbance Troopers were dispatched Sunday to a residence where they learned the suspect had injured himself and fled on foot. A K-9 unit was summoned and led to the apprehension of the suspect in a nearby field. The suspect was transported …

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Update on US 131 project

Here’s the weekly update from Michigan Department of Transportation regarding its work on the U.S. 131 improvement project in Three Rivers. Stage 2 traffic pattern remains in place, as two-way traffic continues in the area of the M-60 junction as well as in the area of Hoffman Road at the north end of the project. Meanwhile, roadbuilding and box-culvert construction …

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Cassopolis woman injured in crash

A Cassopolis woman was injured over the weekend in a traffic accident. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 2:10 p.m. Friday to the intersection of M-152 and North Street in Silver Creek Township. A pickup driven by 55-year-old Deborah Ganser lost control in a curve, left the roadway and struck several trees. Ganser was hospitalized for her injuries.

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Large crowds for Mendon Riverfest

Organizers of the 32nd annual Mendon Riverfest declared the three-day community celebration a success. Starting with a dozen acts in Thursday’s lip-sync contest and ending with a crowd-pleasing fireworks display Saturday, the 2019 Riverfest featured strong crowds throughout the balance of the day Friday and Saturday. Riverfest chair Spencer Howe said more than 80 teams participated in Friday’s cornhole tournament …

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Detour around M-86 closure

Michigan Department of Transportation has issued a media release regarding a project this week impacting traffic east of Colon. M-86 will be closed for culvert replacement between Matteson Lake Road, in Branch County’s Matteson Township, and Snow Prairie Road in Batavia Township, near Coldwater. The closure begins today and continues through Friday. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour …

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Out and About – Week of August 19th

In last week’s column, I gave some interesting facts about Canada, our neighbors to the north. Lo and behold, someone complained and said that I should give equal to the our home-state of Michigan. So as not to ruffle any more feathers, here are some things you might not know about “Pure Michigan”: Michigan is first in the United States …

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Woman dies in Cass County lake

A Shipshewana woman died Tuesday in a swimming accident in Cass County’s Porter Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 7:30 p.m. to a location at Long Lake, where a group of seven people from Indiana were wakeboarding. The group stopped for a break when one of the participants, 19-year-old Janelle Miller, left the boat to swim. Shortly …

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Community Health Agency encourages vaccination

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is encouraging parents to keep pre-teen and teenage students prepared for school by being fully immunized. Whenever children are brought into group settings, there is a chance for diseases to spread, according to Yvonne Atwood, director of Personal Health and Disease Prevention at the tri-county agency. The health department offers immunizations by appointment, and …

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Bridge dinner deemed a success

Pealer Street bridge, which spans the Rocky River in Three Rivers, was filled with diners and music Saturday at this year’s installment of Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Discover the Treasures of St. Joseph County” series. Christy Trammell, president and CEO of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, said the event was a success. Ribs, chicken, sides, doughnuts and …

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