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Two wells test positive for PFAS

Two wells in Mendon have tested positive for PFAS at higher than screening levels, according to Paul Andriaachi, director of environmental health at Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency. Andriaachi said it is safe to drink the water, though further investigation is underway and more samples will be taken. He said 10 wells were sampled Jan. 3, including four just outside …

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Allen Balog announces run for State House seat

A longtime St. Joseph County resident with deep involvement in local government has announced his candidacy for the 59th House District seat. Allen Balog, former mayor of Three Rivers and currently the longest-serving member of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners, announced Tuesday he will seek the state post held by term-limited Aaron Miller. Balog, 63, said he has …

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County clerk explains ballot issue

St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald issued a media release Monday, explaining a situation involving presidential primary ballots in Florence Township. Oswald said the ballots were delivered Jan. 21 to Florence Township Clerk Allissa Bowers at her residence, which is her official office because of its accessibility to the Internet. The county clerk’s office was notified Jan. 29 that the …

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Balk recognized by county commission

On the heels of two ceremonies last Friday, St. Joseph County’s 11-year sheriff Brad Balk was recognized by members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners, who approved a proclamation in his honor during their meeting Tuesday. Read by longtime friend and board chairman Dennis Allen, the proclamation cited Balk’s start as a road patrol deputy – Allen paused …

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Break-in at Fabius Township storage facility

A Fabius Township storage facility was burglarized within the past week. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 14000 block of M-60 in response to a breaking-and-entering situation. Investigators found that the suspects forced entry to the facility as well as several storage units. The incident occurred between Friday last week and Monday this week.

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Colon receives Rural Development Fund Grant

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recently awarded 20 Rural Development Fund Grants statewide, including one to a community in St. Joseph County. The grants are designed to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefits rural communities. MDARD Director Gary McDowell said funds will be helping to develop or support everything from infrastructure and …

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Absences due to sickness caused school closure

Three Rivers Community Schools was the third district in the county over the past two weeks to call off classes for at least a day due to a larger-than-usual number of student absences due to illness. Superintendent Ron Moag said the decision to close Monday was based on the inordinate number of absences last week. Specifically, students as well as …

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Statement released following death of woman and daughter

Following the death of a woman and her 16-year-old daughter last week in a fire in Fabius Township, the family has released a statement. Michelle and Cheyenne Bixler died in the blaze at their home on Harder Road. Three other children in the home were able to escape safely and were taken to Three Rivers Health. “The Bixler family has …

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Fire injures one in Centreville

A Sunday morning fire injured one person at an apartment complex in Centreville. Centreville fire chief Dave Miracle said the department was dispatched at 10:43 to Mill Race Manor apartment complex on East Main Street. Miracle said the fire spread quickly through a portion of the complex. When crews arrived, they observed smoke emitting from the window of a unit. …

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Michigan governor to take national stage to rebut Trump

Democrats are putting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the national stage Tuesday to rebut President Donald Trump’s State of the Union message. By elevating a fresh face and casting an election-year spotlight on the Midwest, the party looks to win back states Trump narrowly captured. The 48-year-old’s ascendance comes as Democrats hope to solidify gains with female voters and as …

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