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Dori

I am remembering the Military and Service dogs for Memorial Day.  My name is “Dori”.  I am an energetic, nose to the ground girl.  I am about four years old, housetrained and I get along with other dogs and kids.  If you sit down with me I will be affectionate and let you love on me.  I love water and …

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Eastwood Elementary has new principal

Eastwood Elementary School in Sturgis has a new principal and will greet students at the start of the 2024-25 academic year. Board of education members agreed Monday to the employment of Christine Welc. She was chosen from a field of three finalists, who were involved in second-round interviews last week. Welc currently serves as an administrator and teacher at Paramount …

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Glen Oaks hosts political forum

Here’s a reminder that Glen Oaks Community College next week is hosting a political forum involving candidates for local races. The two-night event will begin May 29 with the two candidates for drain commissioner, followed by representatives involved in the five-person race for sheriff. On May 30, the agenda begins with a session involving candidates for probate judge. It will …

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Sturgis Kiwanis honors elementary students

The Sturgis Kiwanis Club’s annual “Knowledge is Dynamite” program was held recently at the Sturges-Young Auditorium, and a group of eight Sturgis fourth-graders from Eastwood Elementary School were honored. The eight were recognized for outstanding achievement and growth during the 2023-24 school year. Each student was selected by their teacher and received a special certificate, T-shirt and pencil bundle from …

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US 131 reconstruction update

Michigan Department of Transportation’s Chris Jacobs has provided an update on the U.S. 131 reconstruction project in southern Kalamazoo County. Work completed includes storm sewer and culvert installation south of the railroad tracks in Schoolcraft, crossovers added at four locations and resolution of watermain conflicts. The two-week outlook includes milling and hot-mix asphalt paving, storm sewer work on the southbound …

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Sheriff’s department welcomes facility dog

St. Joseph County Undersheriff Jason Bingaman has announced the newest member of the sheriff’s department – a facility dog named CJ. Bingaman said facility dogs are companion dogs trained to enhance stress-management techniques and be a calming presence. He said research shows the relationship between dogs and law-enforcement officers can have positive influence on the ability to prepare for and …

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Colon American Legion plan annual raffle

In advance of next month’s Magic City Grill Fest, tickets for the annual raffle to benefit Colon American Legion Post 454 are now on sale. Prizes include a Kamado Joe Grill, a patio set with outdoor fire pit, a deluxe kayak with paddle, a propane patio heater and a Blackstone tabletop griddle. Other prizes include Grandma Nettie cheesecakes, Five Star …

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Sturgis considers downtown lighting project

A proposed lighting project in downtown Sturgis has been brought back to the forefront. Sturgis Community Development Specialist Jeff Coney recently presented details for the proposed project to the Sturgis City Commission. The Sturgis Downtown Development Authority and some interested downtown business owners have been investigating a project to light downtown Sturgis buildings over the last few years. Through investigating …

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Kelly Ward announces probate court judge candidacy

A Flowerfield Township woman has announced her candidacy for Probate Court judge. Attorney Kelly Ward currently serves as a referee and indicated she is the right person for the six-year position. Incumbent David Tomlinson is unable to seek re-election due to age limitations. A county resident of more than 40 years, Ward previously worked for Van Buren County Circuit Court …

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Bicycle stolen in White Pigeon Township

Michigan State Police troopers are investigating a larceny incident involving a high-end bicycle in White Pigeon Township. A Jamis bicycle was taken between 5:45 and 9:30 a.m. Friday in the 17000 block of Indian Prairie Road. The bicycle is gray in color and is attached to a white pull cart.

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