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Man arrested in arson incident

A 40-year-old man was arrested on a charge of arson following an incident last week in Three Rivers. Sheriff’s deputies were called shortly after 10:30 a.m. Friday to a residence in the 16000 block of Lovers Lane in response to a suspicious fire. Investigators found that the suspect was seen pouring gasoline on the driveway and in the garage of …

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Vicksburg changes Christmas celebration plan

The village of Vicksburg has announced several modifications to its annual Christmas celebration. During last week’s village council meeting, village council members reluctantly agreed to cancel the annual parade and Santa visit. However, a holiday committee has organized several other events, including downtown decorating, a Christmas Card Lane throughout the historic village section of town and the support of neighborhoods …

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Out and About – Week of October 26th

This Saturday is Halloween. Last week I wrote something about the origins of this last day of October. If you are planning to celebrate Halloween this weekend, please have a very festive time. If you happen to be Out and About, be watchful for the little goblins wandering about the neighborhoods. They will be wearing more than the usual masks …

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Decreased work week for county employees on hold

St. Joseph County’s plan to implement a 35-hour work week for non-union and union hourly employees hit a snag and, for the moment, will remain in a holding pattern. County administrator Teresa Doehring raised the issue during the county commission’s meeting Tuesday. She said the proposal derailed when the county’s largest clerical group – the AFSCME union – did not …

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Centreville millage on November ballot

Village of Centreville officials are seeking guidance from its residents to consider a new operating millage for repair, maintenance and improvement of sidewalks, alleys and public parking lots. Voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to authorize Centreville Village Council to levy a new tax not to exceed one-quarter of a mill for 10 years. If passed, the estimated revenue the …

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Woman injured in Branch County crash

Branch County authorities were called this week to an accident in which a woman from Ohio was injured. Deputies responded around 5 p.m. Monday to the intersection of South Fremont and Copeland roads in California Township. Investigators said Ryan Diveley, 36, of Kokomo, Ind., attempted to stop at the intersection but the weight of the cargo he was hauling on …

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St. Joseph ISD names new board member

St. Joseph County Intermediate School District’s board of education has selected Patricia Keller to fill a vacant seat. Keller, who has more than 30 years of experience in education, was one of two candidates for the appointed position. The interview and subsequent decision happened Monday. Keller was sworn in immediately after being appointed. Keller lives in the Colon Community Schools …

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Sturgis City Commission discussed destruction of election signs

The Sturgis Police Department is reminding residents that destroying or stealing an election sign is a crime. The matter was discussed at last week’s Sturgis City Commission meeting. Officials said they have received complaints of political-sign theft. Ryan Banaszak, director of public safety, said there have been reported thefts or destruction of signs around the city. Sign-theft is considered a …

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Flu shot mobile unit available through December

Centreville-based Covered Bridge Healthcare wishes to remind the public it is able to bring its mobile unit to any agency, work site or church in the county to provide free flu shots. No insurance is billed. More information is available by contacting CBH at 467-3228. The free service is available through December.

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