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COA receives grant

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging has received nearly $6,000 from Area Agency on Aging as part of a grant supporting a program called “No Wrong Door System” It is a technology grant for COA members to use a variety of devices in its Sturgis and Three Rivers centers to help combat social isolation, bring virtual access to people seeking supports and services, and develop innovative services. Agency director Pam Riley …

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Branch County man sentenced

A Branch County man was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for his role in the sexual abuse of a 9-year-old girl. Peter Casey, 30, was sentenced recently, along with 37-year-old Shannon Moore of Kalamazoo. Casey was sentenced on six different offenses. The case began in March 2019 when the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children followed …

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Local farmers in state competition

Two St. Joseph County farmers are participating this week in state-level, leadership-development programs sponsored by Michigan Farm Bureau. It provides “Young Farmer” members, ages 18-35, with several competitive opportunities to hone their talents and measure themselves against peers from across the state. Riley Brazo and Marcia Cripps, both of Sturgis, will represent the organization’s five-county southwestern region in the final …

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Quilts on display in annual show

The River Country Quilters organization is in the midst of hosting its annual showcase event at the Carnegie Center. Opened two weeks ago, the 2021 show runs through Dec. 14. It has nearly 100 quilts on display. A vote by spectators is ongoing to determine the public’s favorite quilt in this year’s show.

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Sheriff’s department budget amendments approved

St. Joseph County commissioners recently approved budget amendments to benefit the sheriff’s department. During their Nov. 16 meeting, commissioners OK’d a $62,000 adjustment for a policy-review service called Lexipol and an additional $65,000 to cover expenses related to a renovation project. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said the renovation centers on the former St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Department headquarters. The …

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Board OK’s list of public defenders

A process that was typically a routine matter in years past was approved earlier this month by St. Joseph County commissioners after an inordinate amount of attention. The roster of public defenders, whose members serve as court-appointed attorneys through 2022, was OK’d by the board Nov. 2. The matter drew a second look this year after former prosecutor John McDonough …

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White Pigeon to review engineer report

A special meeting will take place Tuesday in White Pigeon to hear results of a report that could determine the future of a century-old business. Village council members earlier this month agreed to set the special meeting to review the report compiled by a structural engineer from the South Bend firm Jones, Petrie, Rafinski. The focus is the Union Brick …

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Stuff a Blue Goose planned

Michigan State Police has announced details related to its 13th annual “Stuff a Blue Goose” events in Branch and St. Joseph Counties. Agency officials said with the difficult events of the past couple years, the need is greater than ever. The event takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Walmart in Coldwater. It continues 10 a.m. to 6 …

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Items stolen from vehicles in Flowerfield Township

Several reports of breaking-and-entering into automobiles were made from Flowerfield Township early Monday. State police said troopers fielded multiple reports of items stolen from vehicles parked in driveways in the early morning hours. A specific area was not indicated in a department media release. The stolen items included two guns, money, identification, wallets and purses. All vehicles involved were unlocked …

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Gas stolen from vehicles

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft of gas from vehicles parked at a location in Nottawa Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies responded to a report of gas stolen between Wednesday and Thursday from vehicles and tractors parked in the 27000 block of Prairie Corners Road.

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