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Indiana panel backs ban on drivers using handheld phones

A proposal to ban drivers from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads is advancing in the state Legislature. A state Senate committee voted 8-1 Tuesday to endorse the bill that only permits cellphone use with hands-free or voice-operated technology, except in emergencies. Tina Smith of Indianapolis testified from a wheelchair about how she and her husband had stopped their motorcycle …

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Murder-mystery performance planned in Colon

Magic City Players is preparing for its next presentation: “Dead to the Last Drop.” The Colon-based group has four performances of the interactive murder-mystery, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 29, and at the same times on March 1. Set at a coffeehouse and bookstore, the performance includes audience members voting on one of four possible killers and four possible …

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Glen Oaks seeks award nominations

Glen Oaks Community College is seeking public input for three awards presented annually during the college’s graduation ceremony. Recipients will be announced May 8 for the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Fellows Award and E.J. Shaheen Teaching Excellence Award. The E. J. Shaheen Teaching Excellence Award is presented to an outstanding faculty member who exemplifies high professional standards, excellence in teaching …

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K-Wings drop two of three over weekend

After a thrilling come-from-behind over the Toledo Walleye on Friday night, the Kalamazoo Wings (19-24-6-1) nearly pulled off two more exciting comebacks in their other two games this past weekend. Unfortunately for the K-Wings, they ended up losing both of those games. On Friday, the K-Wings jumped out to a 1-0 first period lead on a power play goal bby …

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United Way names next chairpersons

After revealing it had exceeded $1 million for its Campaign 2020, the St. Joseph County United Way announced its chairpersons for the agency’s next fundraising effort. Frank and Mary Kay Schultz, and Greg and Amy Hackman were introduced Tuesday at the United Way’s “Victory Celebration.” Sturgis residents, Frank Schultz works at his family-owned business, Retail Warehouse, while Mary Kay retired …

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Miller to host local office hours

Here’s a reminder that State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced he will be hosting local office hours in February with State Sen Kim LaSata to hear the concerns of those in the community. Miller said the House has had a great start to the year in Lansing, and that it’s important to keep the lines of communication open to ensure …

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Sturgis restaurant to close

A longtime fast-food presence in Sturgis is closing at the end of the week. Burger King, located on South Centerville Road, will close at the end of the business day Saturday. Robert Snyder, general manager, said Tria Company of Battle Creek made the decision. Snyder said the closure affects him and another 20 employees. Some have invested 15 years there …

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Out and About – Week of February 17th

There are some politicians who give other politicians a bad name. Years ago, there was a joke going around about politics in Chicago. Rumors about getting names of registered voters from the local cemetery to name just one. Back in the fifties, there were some parents who would have been proud to have a child who wanted to be President …

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Police investigate gasoline theft

State police investigators are looking into the theft of gasoline from Klinger Lake Country Club. According to a department media release, the incident occurred Wednesday night, when a white sedan drove behind the club’s maintenance garage and its driver stole about 17 gallons of gas. The pumps were secured by a lock that had been cut off. Authorities are reviewing …

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Judge rules on police procedure in murder case

A St. Joseph County judge has ruled that police did not use proper constitutional procedure during a search following a dismemberment case in Sturgis. Wade Allen, 35, was arrested in the May 2019 case and charged with murder, dismemberment of a corpse and failure to report a death. At a hearing Wednesday in St. Joseph County Circuit Court, Judge Paul …

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