Dennis Rumsey

Fatal shooting incident in Sturgis

A 32-year-old man died after a shooting at a Sturgis business. Authorities said Jeremy Lampaert died after he was shot around 6 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot at Country Hearth Inn and Suites. The business is located at the southeast corner of Fawn River and South Centreville roads. Witnesses said they believe the shooting was the result of an …

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Norris Youngs, 79

Norris R. Youngs, age 79, of Alamosa, Colorado died December 21, 2022 at the UC Health Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. Norris was born at home in Pipestem Valley Township, North Dakota, the son of Ray C. Youngs and Mildred E. (Marlow) Youngs. He and his family moved to Three Rivers, and he graduated high school in 1961. After graduation, …

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Anna Bontrager, 78

Anna C. Bontrager, age 78, of Centreville, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. Anna was born on January 11, 1944, a daughter to the late Christ S. and Amanda C. (Miller) Bontrager. On September 27, 2012, Anna married Alva Bontrager. Alva preceded her in death on May 19, 2016. Anna had many friends and was a member of the …

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Clara Bontrager, 69

Clara W. Bontrager, age 69, of Centreville, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2022 at her home. She was born March 23, 1953 in Decatur, Indiana daughter of the late William J. and Lydia Mae (Yoder) Bontrager. Clara resided most of her life in Centreville. She owned and operated Bontrager Tax Service since 1983. Clara was a member of the Old …

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Plans move forward for new Vicksburg village office

Vicksburg municipal officials last month took another step toward construction of a new village office. During their Dec. 19 meeting, village council members approved a motion to manage the bid process related to the project. Village Manager Jim Mallery said the new building has been on the village’s radar since 2017 and required disciplined financial planning in order to follow …

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Jia Ludwick, 52

Jia A. Ludwick, age 52, of Pulaski, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday evening, December 27, 2022 at Sturgis Hospital. He was born on January 24, 1970, in Coldwater, son of Richard and late Ann (Carpenter) Ludwick, Jia moved to Pulaski, Wisconsin in 2009. Jia was a self-taught Macintosh technician and mastered his trait working at Cody High School and later …

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Kalamazoo police chief to retire after harassment complaints

A police chief in southwestern Michigan is stepping down following allegations by three female city employees of discrimination, sexual harassment and verbal abuse. Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Vernon Coakley is on unpaid administrative leave and will retire effective Sunday with a severance package of more than $155,000, the Kalamazoo Gazette and WOOD-TV reported Thursday. Coakley has been with the public safety department for more …

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Melora Mendelssohn, 72

Melora L. Mendelssohn, age 72, of Leonidas, died Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at Fairview Living and Rehabilitation Community in Centreville after a thirty-year battle with multiple sclerosis.  She was born on May 13, 1949 the daughter of Donald D. and Donna (Carkenord) Hiemstra. Formerly known as Bonnie Hiemstra, she was a 1967 graduate of Mendon High School. She was a …

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Lois Cary, 82

Lois Kathryn Cary (Garber), age 82, of East Lansing, and a former resident of Sturgis, passed away Friday, December 23, 2022 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was born in Manhattan, New York, on June 6, 1940, the daughter of the late Dr. Kathryn Small Garber and Dr. Clarence Zent Garber. Lois’ young life began in an apartment overlooking the …

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Grants awarded in Vicksburg for local businesses

Vicksburg Village Council members in October announced that nine local businesses would, collectively, be awarded more than $63,000 in grants aimed at property improvements within the village’s Downtown Development Authority boundaries. The first two businesses were to be presented their respective grant awards Thursday afternoon. Historically, the Village of Vicksburg has provided small grant opportunities that were restricted to façade …

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