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Book sale at White Pigeon Library

White Pigeon Township Library Director Perri Saunders offered a few bits of information in her latest newsletter. First, Saunders said the library’s annual book sale is ongoing. She said items are $3 per bag. Next, she said this is the last week to donate to Operation Backpack. Saunders said supplies are needed more than ever, as kids are no longer …

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First case of EEE in Clare County

The first 2020 case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis was diagnosed recently in a horse in Clare County. Rebecca Burns, director of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, said confirmation of the EEE case highlights the need for both horse owners and Michigan residents to take safeguards against the disease. EEE is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes to animals and …

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Nottawa road project ready to begin

A five-week road project in Nottawa Township is set to begin next week. Michigan Department of Transportation’s Nick Schirripa said a five-mile section of M-86 will be resurfaced. The work will stretch from M-66 and continue west to Shimmel Road, just outside Centreville village limits. A smaller portion of M-86 will also be included, from Industrial Parkway to Eleanor Drive …

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Home damaged in Sturgis fire

No injuries were reported following a fire Sunday at a home at 208 Susan Street in Sturgis. Firefighters arrived around 8:45 p.m. and the fire was extinguished before significant damage was done to the structure. Investigators said most of the damage was sustained primarily by contents on the building’s interior. The home took on a fair amount of smoke and …

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Bronson man dies Monday following weekend crash

A Bronson man was airlifted from the scene of a two-vehicle accident over the weekend in Sherman Township, and died Monday at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Sheriff’s deputies were called around 11:30 Saturday morning to an area on North Centreville Road near Featherstone Road. Upon arrival, they found a 2005 GMC Canyon driven southbound by a 53-year-old Sturgis man had rear-ended …

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Sturgis public safety director arrested

Geoffrey Smith, public safety director for the city Sturgis, has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation into a crash that occurred early Sunday, resulting in Smith being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Sturgis city officials confirmed early Sunday that Smith was off-duty when the vehicle he was in crashed into an SUV in the 600 block …

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High school football moved to spring

The Michigan High School Athletic Association on Friday moved its football season to the spring, but said other fall sports would proceed as scheduled during the coronavirus pandemic. Executive Director Mark Uyl said the decision to delay football — considered a high-risk sport for the spread of COVID-19 due to the amount of face-to-face contact — was made after consulting …

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Free hearing and vision tests for incoming kindergartners

Here’s a message for parents or guardians of incoming kindergarten students. The tri-county health department is offering free hearing and vision screens in the next two weeks. Appointments are for any student entering kindergarten for the first time, whether they have opted for on-line only or in-person learning. Tests are between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and will be conducted …

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Glen Oaks president receives high rating

Glen Oaks Community College president David Devier was given a high rating by the school’s board of trustees last week. On a scale of 1 to 5 focusing on 48 specific performance expectations, Devier received an overall rating of 4.43, board chairman Bruce Gosling said. With help from Devier’s leadership and contributions of the staff, Glen Oaks has weathered numerous …

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New Constantine police officer sworn in

Sarah Bleything was recently sworn in as Constantine’s newest part-time police officer. Bleything graduated from the Kalamazoo Valley Community College police academy in early July, having been sponsored by the Constantine agency. Bleything served in the Army for eight years starting in 2006 and was deployed to Iraq twice. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2015 at …

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