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First COVID-19 cases in Berrien and Cass counties

State Rep. Brad Paquette has issued a statement regarding this week’s announcement of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in both Berrien and Cass counties. Paquette, of Niles, said his heart goes out to the individuals and their families impacted by the diagnoses. The area’s first reported cases are a concern, but not a shock, he added. That being said, …

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Update on COVID-19 cases

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is moving toward a daily notification model to local media. Health officer Rebecca Burns said the measure is necessary, as the number of positive cases begins to increase within the three-county service district. As of 2 p.m. Thursday, St. Joseph County had no confirmed cases, 10 people pending test results and 38 individuals known …

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Storage unit break-in in Centreville

Several items were reported taken from a self-storage unit in Centreville. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department was called shortly before 2:30 p.m. March 11 to Mill Race Storage Facility on East Main Street. The victim indicated approximately $150 worth of items stolen from his storage unit. Those items included several tattoo and artwork magazines, and Star Wars and Dungeons …

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Items stolen from Lockport garage

A garage was entered and items taken from a residence in the 17000 block of South River Road in Lockport Township. Sheriff’s deputies said the breaking-and-entering incident occurred between March 18 and this past Sunday. The suspects broke a window to the garage door and were able to lift the garage door. Once inside, they took a Craftsman push mower, …

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Michigan hospitals open beds to help overwhelmed system

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer again is pleading with Michigan residents to stay at home to corral the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the state’s chief medical executive says hospitals with empty beds are stepping up to ease the burden on overwhelmed medical centers. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun says hospitals in southeastern Michigan are “at or near capacity.” Whitmer made an appeal for hospital gowns, ventilators, …

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ISD details plans for closure

Members of the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District board recently heard details related to how the ISD is handling closures because of COVID-19. Superintendent Teresa Belote said the ISD has identified necessary staff, including those who will perform food delivery and preparation for students, those who support online learning, maintenance/custodial staff and business-office staff performing essential operations. They have …

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County clerk moves to e-recording for documents

St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald issued a media release detailing the process of e-recording. Oswald said in order to best support financial-services infrastructure while being mindful of the current state of COVID-19, all documents for the clerk’s and register of deeds offices are to be submitted through e-recording. Oswald said the county’s website has phone numbers available for CSC, …

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Glen Oaks postpones graduation ceremony

Commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 8 at Glen Oaks Community College have been postponed. College president David Devier said the school recognizes and values the hard work of Glen Oaks students, and commencement is an important part of their college experience. Devier said the college will be providing further details for graduating students over the next few weeks. Glen Oaks …

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Former K-Wing Kyle Bushee looks to the future

The 2019-20 season was to be the last for former Kalamazoo Wings defenseman Kyle Bushee.  The 35-year- old native of Otsego, Michigan, joined the K-Wings for the 2016-17 season and played for his hometown team for a total of three years. During that time, Bushee played in 192 regular season games and 13 playoff games where he racked up 28 goals and …

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Hillsdale County reports three COVID-19 cases

Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has been notified of three positive test results for COVID-19 within its jurisdiction. The victims, two adult males, and an adult female from Hillsdale County, have been self-isolating, according to health officer Rebecca Burns. The health agency will consult people who have been in close contact with the patients, and assess for symptoms, quarantine and …

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