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Destruction of property

Sheriff’s deputies were called last week to investigate separate incidents of destruction of property. Deputies responded Tuesday to the 58000 block of U.S. 131 in Fabius Township, where forced entry into a barn was attempted. The building sustained minor damage. The second incident was an unrelated property-damage complaint in the 300 block of South Second Street in the village of …

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Out and About – Week of May 25th

I’ve never been much of a bird watcher, but since the current pandemic, and the “Stay at Home” order, we have become quite interested in observing some of the birds that frequent the area. Some friends turned us on to Orioles. I’m not referring to baseball’s Baltimore Orioles, but rather the birds who are noted for their bright orange coloring. …

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Michigan governor extends stay-at-home order through June 12

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order by slightly more than two additional weeks, through June 12, while keeping theaters, gyms and other places of public accommodation closed until at least then. A day after a judge ruled in her favor in a lawsuit filed by the Republican-led Legislature, the Democratic governor also extended her coronavirus emergency declaration through June 19. Both …

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Michigan governor wins legal fight with lawmakers over virus

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prevailed Thursday in a high-stakes challenge by Republican lawmakers who sued over her authority to declare emergencies and order sweeping restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak. A 1945 law cited by Whitmer, a Democrat, is not limited to regional emergencies and can have no end date, said Judge Cynthia Stephens of the Court of Claims. The opinion …

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Man arrested on murder charge

A 21-year-old man faces a charge of open murder following an incident Thursday in Three Rivers. According to a media release from the Three Rivers Police Department, police were called at 9:43 a.m. to the 300 block of Middle Street. Upon arrival, investigators found a 59-year-old Three Rivers man dead at the scene. Due to the nature of the incident, …

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MDOT will soon start work on M-86 in Colon

Michigan Department of Transportation has announced work on M-86 in Colon Township will begin next week. According to agency spokesman Nick Schirripa, the work will take place over a stretch of M-86 from Farrand Road east to Kane Road at the Branch County line. The $987,000 project involves resurfacing the 2.2-mile stretch and includes a new concrete curb and gutter, …

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Indiana Michigan Power issues grants for coronavirus relief

Indiana Michigan Power, on behalf of the American Electric Power Foundation, has announced issuance of grants totaling more than $700,000 to help communities in Indiana and Michigan amid the coronavirus pandemic. The funds throughout Indiana and Michigan will be available to local not-for-profits to support basic human needs such as housing assistance, shelter and food for those in need and …

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Constantine will put marijuana proposal on ballot

Members of the Constantine Village Council decided to put the proposal of adult-use marijuana before the village’s voters. The board voted 6-to-1 Monday at its virtual council meeting. Council members have been discussing the topic since passage of the 2018 Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, and approved eleven licenses for medical marijuana previously. Each licensee pays an annual …

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Sturgis names new Middle School principal

Sturgis school officials voted unanimously Monday to select James Lamb as the next principal at the Middle School. Lamb currently serves as assistant principal at the high school. He will succeed Chris Gerbers, who recently accepted an administrative position in Indiana, closer to his home. Lamb officially starts Aug. 1. Lamb has been employed at Sturgis Public Schools the past …

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Whitmer OKs nonessential health procedures, small gatherings

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday further relaxed stay-at-home restrictions, lifting a ban on nonessential health procedures late next week and letting residents immediately gather socially in small groups before the Memorial Day weekend. Retail businesses can reopen by appointment only, starting Tuesday, as long as there are no more than 10 customers inside at a time. People are required to …

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