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COVID-19 cases on the rise

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s service area. Three additional deaths were reported this week in St. Joseph County. On Tuesday, 18 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in St. Joseph County, bringing the cumulative cases since March to 938. County cases passed the 800 mark last week. In Branch County, …

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Whitmer: Michigan at ‘dangerous moment’ as virus cases spike

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned Wednesday that Michigan has more confirmed daily cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month. The number of COVID-19 cases had been gradually rising for months prior to the Oct. 2 ruling, from a seven-day average of 119 in June to 984 — …

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Whitmer signs bill extending unemployment into law

Unemployed Michiganders can get an extra six weeks of benefits under a bipartisan bill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Tuesday. Whitmer signed Senate Bills 886 and 991 codifying part of her now-void executive orders expanding unemployment benefits to Michiganders from 20 to 26 weeks until the end of the year. The Michigan Supreme Court on Oct. 2 ruled the 1945 law from which …

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Hit-and-run suspect pleads guilty

A 27-year-old man who fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run incident in the Meijer parking lot in Three Rivers pleaded guilty in St. Joseph County Circuit Court. Thomas Stambaugh appeared Monday before Judge Paul Stutesman. Stambaugh pleaded guilty to driving on a suspended license causing death. The incident occurred June 18 and killed 62-year-old Three Rivers resident Laura Jacobs. …

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Food drive donations accepted at United Way

The St. Joseph County United Way is accepting donations for its annual “Thanksgiving For All” food drive. The Centreville-based agency is hoping to secure enough donations to feed 250 families. Drop-off boxes for nonperishable items are available at the United Way office. In addition, donations of cash and gift cards can also be given at the office. Event sponsors include …

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Sturgis receives PFAS testing results

Sturgis city officials said 12 test sites for PFAS came back with little or none of the industrial chemical recently found in groundwater. Municipal officials last week said the city voluntarily tested 12 private drinking-water wells south of Big Hill Landfill property on Big Hill Road in August as part of proactive monitoring of PFAS. Test results were received in …

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High volume collected at hazardous waste recycling event

Saturday’s collection of household hazardous waste and electronics recycling was declared a success, according to Pat Kulikowski, secretary of the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Committee Board. She said the collection numbers were unusually high for fall, as the spring collection typically is almost always the larger of the two. The event took place at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds. …

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Fabius Township crash injures two people

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle collision over the weekend in Fabius Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies were called around 8 a.m. Sunday to the intersection of U.S. 131 and Broadway Street. Investigators said a northbound minivan attempted to turn left onto Broadway despite signs indicating left turns are prohibited at the intersection. The vehicle was driven by …

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United Way holding clothing sale

The St. Joseph County United Way is offering a sale of LuLa Roe clothing items. Executive director Kelly Hostetler said a generous donor gifted the remainder of their LuLa Roe inventory to the Centreville-based agency. Hostetler said the inventory includes many styles and sizes, ranging from XXS to 3X. All items are new and everything is $10 each. The sale …

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Woman shot in Cass County incident

A 34-year-old woman was shot during a domestic situation over the weekend in Cass County’s Mason Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly after 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the 19000 block of Chain Lake Street. Deputies arrived to the scene and sought the aid of ambulance personnel. The victim subsequently was flown to Memorial Hospital in South Bend. …

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