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Constantine man arrested after traffic stop

A Constantine man was arrested on multiple charges following a traffic stop over the weekend in Mottville Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies attempted to stop a vehicle shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday following a traffic violation on Burke Road near U.S. 12. Deputies said the driver was speeding and disobeying stop signs in the area. The vehicle was pursued …

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State Rep. Carra selected for several committees

State Rep. Steve Carra has been appointed by House Speaker Jason Wentworth to serve as vice chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. Carra was also selected to serve on the Transportation Committee; Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee; and Financial Services Committee. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules is a statutory panel of the Legislature. The committee is …

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Two arrested following traffic stop

Two area men were arrested on drug-related offenses Monday in Sturgis Township. Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop on Hazel Street after observing the vehicle had an improper license plate. The driver, a 27-year-old Constantine man, and a 32-year-old Sturgis man were arrested after deputies located methamphetamine and a loaded firearm inside the vehicle. The suspects were charged with several …

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Man injured in car crash

State police troopers said speed is believed to be a factor in a single-vehicle crash last week in Mottville Township. The incident occurred just before 7 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 12, east of Blue School Road. The driver, a 22-year-old Sturgis man, told authorities he was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee on U.S. 12 when he lost control of the …

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Vaccine shortage slows Michigan’s effort to end pandemic

If Michigan could administer 50,000 coronavirus vaccine doses a day, it could hit its goal of inoculating 70% of people age 16 and older by August. At the current rate, about 29,000 per day, it would not finish until a year from now. The issue is limited supplies — something Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and health officials hope can be addressed …

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Whitmer mum on health chief’s resignation, sports ban

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday refused to discuss the circumstances surrounding the abrupt departure of Michigan’s health director during the coronavirus pandemic, including whether she asked for his resignation. The Democratic governor also declined to set a date for the return of youth contact sports, despite growing pressure after her administration extended the ban through Feb. 21, three months after …

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County unemployment down for December

December’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County dropped more than 1 percent from the previous month. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed the county’s unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, down from 4.3 percent in November.  St. Joseph County featured the lowest unemployment rate in the region in December. The rate in Kalamazoo …

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Fundraising push begins for United Way

The St. Joseph County United Way is winding down its 2021 campaign and agency officials are issuing an end-of-campaign challenge. Director Kelly Hostetler said the seven-day, $15,000 challenge is on and will conclude Friday. Prospective donors are able to donate with a credit card, check or cash at the United Way’s Centreville office. Pledges can also be made and a …

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Annual Legislative Update planned

Here’s a reminder that the Three Rivers area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Legislative Update takes place this week. State Sen. Kim LaSata and State Rep. Steve Carra will be featured in the Zoom session. The annual program will take place 8 to 9 a.m. Friday. Event organizers urge anyone interested in participating to call the chamber to register and receive the …

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Centreville wins first football title

St. Joseph County is home to a high school state championship team. Centreville High School’s varsity football squad claimed the Division 8 state title Friday in Detroit, where the Bulldogs defeated Ubly, 22-0. The defensive-led team entered the game 10-0 and took a 16-0 halftime lead to the locker room thanks to a pair of second-quarter scores. Sam Todd secured …

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