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Audra Noecker, 73

Audra Kay (Blood) Noecker, age 73, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Saturday morning, May 11, 2013, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., following a long illness with cancer and an abdominal surgery from which she failed to recover. She was born Dec. 3, 1939, daughter of the late Ora Anson and Marjorie (Sweazy) Blood. Audra was …

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Marjory Hayes, 86

Marjory Ethel (Preston) Hayes, age 86, of Centreville, Mich., passed away early Thursday evening, May 9, 2013, at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Centreville. She was born Sept. 14, 1926, in Flint, Mich., daughter of the late Rev. Lawrence and Louretta (Craig) Preston. Marjory resided in Centreville for the past six years coming from Three Rivers. She also lived in …

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Linda Swinehart, 64

Linda Lou Swinehart, 64, of White Pigeon, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Heartland Hospice. She was born on Sept. 10, 1948, in Three Rivers, Mich., to the late Delbert and Luvena (Collinsworth) Rink. Linda is survived by her significant other of 24 years, John Tadson, of White Pigeon; three sons, Tom (Yvonne Hines) Swinehart of …

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Auction Saturday a success

An auction of confiscated and drug-forfeiture items by the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department grossed about $45,000 in sales Saturday. Staged Saturday morning at the St. Joseph County fairgrounds, the auction included the sale of a Camaro Z28 for $10,000 and a trio of Harley Davidson motorcycles that sold for $11,000 collectively. Nearly 300 people had bid cards and many …

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Limited use of rifles for hunting

The House Tourism Committee last week approved a bill allowing limited use of rifles for deer hunting in an area now limited to shotguns, muzzleloaders and pistols. Introduced by State Rep. Matt Lori, the bill would allow the use of a straight-walled pistol cartridge in rifles that can accommodate such ammunition. The pistol cartridges do not travel as far as …

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MDOT announces road project

The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced a six-week road project impacting traffic on U.S. 12 in Cass County. MDOT’s Nick Schirripa said the agency starting Wednesday will be resurfacing U.S. 12 from M-62 in Edwardsburg to Mason Street in Union, and M-217 from the state line to U.S. 12 in Union. There will be single-lane closures under flag control, …

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Sheriff investigating breaking-and-entering

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department last week investigated a breaking-and-entering incident at a residence in Colon Township. Investigators said someone entered a seasonal residence in the 56000 block of Stowell Road between April 27 and May 10. A bed mattress, box spring and washing machine were stolen from the residence.

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Scholarships awarded

Nearly two dozen Sturgis High School graduates-to-be were recipients of the Sturgis Area Community Foundation Scholarship Reception for 2013. The recent program featured scholarship recipients and representatives from the families who helped make the awards possible. Close to $110,000 was awarded to students in educational and camp scholarship awards. Since 1999, more than 650 students have received in excess of …

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Lyle Livingston, 84

Lyle Dean Livingston, age 84, was called to heaven in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Lyle was born on February 19, 1929 in Springport Township, Michigan to LD and Madeline (McMurtrie) Livingston. Lyle is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 65 years, Betty Arlene (Carter) …

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Emory Dailey, 87

Emory E. Dailey, age 87, of Three Rivers died Saturday May 11, 2013 at Three Rivers Health following a one-month illness. He was born on Nov. 6, 1925 in Three Rivers the son of John Preston Dailey and Cecile (Jones) Dailey and has been a Three Rivers resident for most of his life. He served in the Pacific Theater with …

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