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Maudy Hackett, 75

Maudy Arlene Hackett, age 75, of Centreville, Mich., and formerly of Sturgis, passed away Monday morning Dec. 30, 2013, at the Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Centreville, Mich. She was born Aug. 15, 1938, in Kalamazoo, Mich., daughter of the late Henry and Corneilia Griffioen. Maudy moved to Sturgis in 1976 from Kalamazoo. On Jan. 17, 1969, she married …

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Keith Buckhold, 77

Keith Buckhold, 77, of Marcellus, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. He was born March 10, 1936 in Marcellus, the son of Raymond R. and Lucille (Stage) Buckhold. He graduated from Marcellus High School in 1954. He retired as an accountant from Continental Can, Three Rivers and had previously lived at Big Fish Lake and truly enjoyed living there. He …

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Five kittens

Hi, we are 5 little kittens and have lost our mittens and need a home. We are Woody, Brandy, Star, Baby Ray and Buzz. There are 2 females and 3 males of us and some have long hair and some short hair, some are black and white and some are tigers. So, we have something for everyone. We are about …

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Thirty-five got free rides

Thirty-five people took advantage of a free ride home New Year’s Eve and early New Year’s Day in St. Joseph County. Thanks to the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority and a number of sponsors, the fifth New Year’s Eve Free Ride Home program saw a 13 percent increase in ridership from a year ago, when it attracted 31 participants. The …

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Ice rink is open

The city of Sturgis has announced its ice rink is open for the season. Open-skating hours are noon to dusk Sunday through Thursday, and noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Open hockey is available 8 a.m. to noon seven days a week.

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Three injured in crash

Three people were treated for injuries suffered in a one-vehicle accident earlier this week in Constantine Township. St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department officials said 30-year-old Kristina Steele told investigators she fell asleep Monday while driving north in the 10300 block of North River Road. The vehicle went off the roadway, injuring passengers Cory Hughey of Three Rivers and Bryan Cook …

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Fire destroys home in Sturgis

The Sturgis Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire early Wednesday at 204 North Centreville Road. All occupants were outside the home when firefighters arrived, with flames and heavy smoke in the front half of the residence. The structure appears to be a total loss due to heavy heat, smoke, and water damage. The cause of the fire is …

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Boy dies in crash

The parents of a 12-year-old boy who died following a southwestern Michigan crash where his 14-year-old friend was behind the wheel say the two had had sneaked out in the middle of the night for a joy ride. The Cass County sheriff’s department says the 14-year-old boy was speeding along a snow-slicked road about 2 a.m. Tuesday in Milton Township …

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Final results of wolf hunt

Michigan wildlife officials say 23 wolves were killed in the Upper Peninsula during the state’s first wolf hunt in four decades. That’s well short of the quota, and experts blame frigid conditions. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that one additional kill was reported on the hunt’s final day Tuesday. The department had a quota of 43 for …

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Remodel or build new?

A question of whether to remodel or build a new animal-control facility has been researched by county administrator Pat Yoder. Though Yoder has not yet reached a definitive answer, he said input from animal-control officer Tom Miller has helped him consider suggesting a remodel job. The issue was discussed during the county’s December committee-of-the-whole meeting. Yoder said there seems to …

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