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Centreville Schools holds food drive and toy drive

Centreville Public Schools is holding its annual “Stuff the Bus” food drive at the high school.  Last year was the first time running this event and 3,000 pounds of food was collected and donated. A toy drive is also underway, and is being organizede by the elementary school.  Potential donors are asked to bring a new, unopened toy between 9 …

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Man injured in Cass County accident

An Edwardsburg man was injured last week following a single-vehicle accident in Cass County’s Mason Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday in response to a personal-injury accident. The incident occurred on Mason Street, near Gordon Road, where 44-year-old Jonathan Wagers, was traveling eastbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway. The vehicle struck …

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Community Health Agency recommends flu vaccination

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wishes to remind the public that the best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated. The agency offers flu vaccines, and qualifying families with children age 18 or younger can receive free vaccinations through the Vaccines for Children program. The program is for children who are not insured or whose insurance does …

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Out and About – Week of December 2nd

Welcome to December. This is the final month of a year that has experienced some very odd weather. Last June was cold and wet and a month ago we experienced weather that normally arrives in December and January. It has become very difficult to keep seasonal clothing nearby. No one really knows what the next couple of months have in …

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Impeachment may complicate 2020 for lonely Michigan moderate

Republican Rep. Fred Upton has easily won reelection to his southwest Michigan House seat for more than 30 years by touting his “common-sense values” and bipartisan accomplishments. But then came the hyperpolarized politics of the Donald Trump era. Now no one, including Upton, really knows what the future holds for him heading into the 2020 election. With the impeachment storm …

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Police officer shot, wounded outside a Battle Creek home

A 33-year-old police officer has been shot and wounded outside a home in Battle Creek. Battle Creek officer Jeffery Johnson was in stable condition at a hospital after being struck about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the chest and left leg. A slug also grazed one of his wrists. Police say officers were on patrol when they heard yelling at the …

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Constantine – Recall language is approved

The St. Joseph County Election Commission has approved the language for a recall of a Constantine Public Schools Board of Education member. A clarity/factuality hearing Monday acted on the recall, filed by now-retired district band teacher Marge Caid. Caid has alleged that Syntia Salisbury violated a school board policy related to ethics, conflict of interest and using a board position …

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United Way fundraiser is underway

Here’s a reminder that tickets for the St. Joseph County United Way’s Christmas Cash Fundraiser raffle are on sale, with all proceeds to benefit the Centreville-based agency. Tickets, which are $5 each or five for $20, are available from the United Way office and Sturgis City Hall. The drawing will take place during the Sturgis City Commission’s Dec. 11 meeting.

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Constantine superintendent is a finalist

A St. Joseph County school superintendent is a candidate for the job of chief of Bronson Public Schools. Steve Wilson, superintendent of Constantine Public Schools, is one of seven people to be interviewed for the post. One other candidate with local ties is Harmonee McCrea, who currently serves as principal at Wall School in Sturgis. First-round interviews will take place …

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High school sports honors

Three teammates from Mendon High School’s varsity volleyball team have been recognized for state accolades. The Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association earlier this week released its members of the 2019 All-State team. In Division 4, junior Anna Smith and senior Juliana Hagenbuch were each voted to the First Team, while senior Gracie Russell landed on the Second Team. In Division …

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