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Frost laws not imposed

St. Joseph County Road Commission Manager John Lindsey said the department is not imposing “frost laws” on county roads this year. He said forecasts the agency has followed show the need for frost laws and subsequent weight restrictions on local roads will not be necessary. In addition to St. Joseph County, Lindsey said Cass, Branch, Lenawee and most other counties …

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Sturgis City Hall closed to public

In response to unified efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, Sturgis City Hall and other municipal buildings are closed to the public. The measure went into effect Monday afternoon. In addition to city hall, the Doyle Community Center and Sturges-Young Center for the Arts also are closed to the public until April 5. Furthermore, Sturgis officials said …

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Michigan governor bans dining out, extends jobless benefits

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued a sweeping order banning dine-in customers at restaurants and closing all bars, movie theaters, gyms and other sports facilities to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The order will last through March. She also prohibited large gatherings of more than 50 people and ordered that more people qualify for unemployment benefits during the global …

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SJC Courthouse – Closed to public

St. Joseph County government is temporarily closing to the public its offices in the historic courthouse as well as in its Annex 2, located east of the courthouse complex. County administrator Teresa Doehring announced Friday that the measure is in response to limiting potential exposure to the coronavirus. Departments affected by this move are county administration, county clerk and register …

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Cass County crash

A Three Rivers woman was involved in a two-vehicle crash last week in Cass County’s Porter Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 3:25 p.m. Friday to an area of U.S. 12 near Vera Drive. Investigators said a pick-up driven by 26-year-old Alexander Earl of Goshen was stopped to turn left into a driveway. It was struck from …

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Secretary of State – Reduced office hours

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Friday that all 131 Michigan Secretary of State branch offices will be changing operations to slow the spread of the coronavirus. During a three-week period starting today, branches will only offer services for critical transactions that must be conducted in-person and only by appointment. Walk-ins will be asked to make an appointment, for the …

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Out and About – Week of March 16th

It has taken me several weeks, but here are the final five suggestions that a man should share with his son when it comes to advice: In all things lead by example, not explanation. Vulnerability is okay and isn’t anything to be ashamed about. It’s not a sign of weakness to speak up. It’s okay for a man to cry. …

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Indiana’s RV industry hopes for minimal impact from virus

The RV industry in northern Indiana is watching what kind of impact the coronavirus may have on the market. Many of the factories in China that temporarily closed in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 are starting production again. But there are concerns about transportation and whether finished products will make it to their destination. The South Bend Tribune …

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White Pigeon Township Library

Statement from Perri Saunders, Director White Pigeon Township Library: In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and to responsibly demonstrate community mitigation strategies, the White Pigeon Township Library is now closed indefinitely. Curbside service will be available to patrons during regular library hours – 9 to 6 on Monday through Friday, and 9 to 1 on Saturday.  Patrons …

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Gov. Whitmer closes all Michigan schools amid COVID-19 scare

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that, effective Monday, all of the state’s public and private schools will closed for three weeks through April 5 to combat the spread of a rising number of coronavirus cases. The announcement during a late-night news conference came as officials said 10 more COVID-19 cases had been discovered in Michigan, raising the tally to …

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