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White Pigeon Days begins today!

The third of St. Joseph County’s eight community festivals starts today, as White Pigeon Days begins its three-day run. Event co-organizer Bekah Wagaman said the midway on South Kalamazoo Street opens at 3 p.m. Several activities follow, highlighted by the parade at 7 o’clock. A popular fundraiser, pie-in-the-face, follows. Cost is $2 a pie and proceeds support White Pigeon Days …

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TR man injured in crash

A Three Rivers man was injured in a two-vehicle crash earlier this week in Cass County’s Volinia Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday to the intersection of Decatur Road and Marcellus Highway in response to a personal-injury crash. Investigators said 43-year-old South Bend resident Jocylyn Vanfleeren was driving north on Decatur Road and …

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SJC law enforcement officers recognized

Undersheriff Jason Bingaman led an awards event last week recognizing law-enforcement across St. Joseph County. During the July 3 event, Bingaman presented “Employee of the Month” awards to deputies Brooke Bingaman, Veronica Hoggard, Devantae Jennings, Kevin Penn, Jesse Raymond, Spencer Schrader and Ethan Warren. Meanwhile, Bingaman gave lifesaving awards to Deputy Zach Radtke and White Pigeon Police Officer Matt Hanson.

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Art fest in Sturgis this evening

The annual MI Art Fest returns to downtown Sturgis with art, music and special events this evening. The festival, a collaboration between the Sturgis Downtown Development Authority and Open Door Gallery, takes place 5 to 9 p.m. Art and food truck vendors, a Jeep cruise-in, face painting, a live juggler, trolley car rides, live music and performances are scheduled as …

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Glen Oaks contributes greatly to our local area

A recent economic and investment analysis concluded that Glen Oaks Community College significantly contributes to both the local economy and the lives of its students, according to a comprehensive study conducted for the fiscal year 2021-22. The study, leveraging data from GOCC’s academic and financial reports and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau, …

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Highway pick-up this weekend

The window for the second of three Adopt-A-Highway litter pick-up programs across the state opens this weekend. Michigan Department of Transportation officials are advising motorists to be on the lookout beginning Saturday for volunteers manning roadsides in their effort to remove debris and trash. Participants will clean highway roadsides from Saturday through July 21. MDOT said Adopt-A-Highway volunteers regularly collect …

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Clarification from the Salvation Army

Kevin Kroehler, case manager for the Salvation Army in Sturgis, said clarification is in order regarding services provided and not provided by the agency. He said the office has been receiving phone calls from people under the impression Salvation Army either covers the cost of car repairs or offers a car-repair service. Kroehler wishes to set the record straight by …

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Scrap-tire drop-off this Saturday

Kalamazoo Conservation District is providing a scrap-tire drop-off at no cost to Kalamazoo County residents this weekend. The collection runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Swan Park, on East VW Avenue, just outside Vicksburg. Organizers said only passenger-car tires will be accepted. Tires cannot be painted and rims must be removed. Also, an appointment is required. The drop-off …

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Colon schools seeks input on strategic plan

Colon Community Schools is seeking resident input related to a five-year strategic plan. Superintendent Rachel Kowalski said the survey will provide valuable input in helping guide the district through the 2027-28 academic year. She said the district’s board of education in October 2022 implemented a strategic plan focusing on facilities and student learning, achievement and outcomes, human resources and team …

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Public input needed on fate of 2 dams

Officials from Indiana Michigan Power have set up an online survey for public input regarding the fate of the century-old Mottville Dam. In addition, a public open house takes place Thursday in Elkhart for more thoughts in the fate of the Mottville Dam and the Elkhart Dam. Both structures are on the St. Joseph River. Input will help guide company …

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