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Magic City Players prepare for performance

Members of the Magic City Players are a week away from their second performance of the 2019 season. “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” will feature an all-local cast of talent. Performances are 7 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7, and a matinee performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sept. 8. More information is available through the Magic City Players’ Facebook page.

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Sturgis sets open house for transmission line information

The city of Sturgis has set an open house to provide information to property owners along possible routes for the radial 69 kV transmission line into Sherman Township. The event is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 18 in Dresser Business Development Center at Glen Oaks Community College. There are three possible routes proposed for the transmission line: • Centerville Road, Featherstone …

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Dem: 45-cent tax hike is dead, other options must be in mix

A top Democratic lawmaker says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase is dead, and proposals such as raising the corporate income tax and taxing heavy trucks must be in the mix. House Minority Leader Christine Greig said Thursday that with majority Republicans vehemently opposing the 45-cent plan, there are alternative ways to raise revenue without having to increase …

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Conservation District will host annual dinner

The St. Joseph County Conservation District has issued a reminder that its annual Local Food Dinner will be Sept. 11. An allotment of just 200 tickets will be made available for the $25-per-person event. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m., according to event organizers. The four-course meal, which will feature locally-sourced food prepared by …

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Man injured in Cass County crash

Cass County Sheriff’s deputies were called earlier this month to a single-vehicle accident on Pokagon Highway. According to Sheriff Richard Behnke, deputies were dispatched around 11 p.m. Aug. 15 to an area in the vicinity of Pokagon Highway and Oak Grove Road in LaGrange Township. Ardee Joseph-Louis Mabry, 36, of Battle Creek, told authorities he was driving east on Pokagon …

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Grand Rapids airport to add 8 gates; passenger volume up

Gerald R. Ford International Airport in western Michigan will add eight passenger gates during a $90 million expansion that is expected to create hundreds of jobs. The airport’s governing board says “Project Elevate” will enhance the airport and make more flights available to the public. The money will come from bonds, government grants and passenger fees. The Grand Rapids airport …

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Local communities receive grants

State Sen. Kim LaSata on Tuesday applauded four Southwest Michigan communities, including three in St. Joseph County, for being awarded competitive grants through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s “Site Readiness Improvement Program.” According to MEDC, the grants were awarded through a new “Michigan Build Ready Sites Program,” which aims to boost the state’s inventory of available properties ready to compete for …

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Two horses in St. Joseph County die from EEE

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has notified the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency that as of Aug. 21, two unvaccinated horses in St. Joseph County have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and both have died. EEE is an infectious and often fatal disease of horses, humans and pigs. It is transmitted by mosquito vectors. When levels …

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Fatal crash in Branch County

State police troopers responded to a fatal accident last week in Branch County’s Girard Township. Troopers were notified at 3:35 p.m. on Friday that a vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree at Gorbell and Bidwell roads. The vehicle was traveling north on Gorbell Road when it failed to navigate a 90-degree right turn. It instead went straight through …

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Volunteers work on trail

Volunteers worked today (Wednesday) with representatives from the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy at a location in Fabius Township. The conservancy hosted the “Create the Corey Lake Trail” workday at the Corey Lake North Bay Preserve near Three Rivers. In early July, the Mittler Family, their children and grandchildren, who donated the preserve to SWMLC in 2014, met at the preserve …

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