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No phones for students in Sturgis schools

Sturgis Public Schools students will not be allowed to have their phones on them during the school day starting with the impending academic year. The policy was adopted this month by the district’s board of education. As a result, students now will have to keep their phone silenced and in their locker. Superintendent Art Ebert says discussions about the policy …

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Annual river cleanup series begins

The 14th year of St. Joseph County Conservation District’s annual River Cleanup series starts this weekend with work concentrating on a waterway new to the agency. Conservation District officials and community volunteers will tackle a stretch of Swan Creek in Colon. Event organizers said the route is less than two miles, making it a good option for anyone interested in …

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MDOT update on US 131 construction

Michigan Department of Transportation’s Chris Jacobs has issued an update regarding the second phase of U.S. 131 construction. Work, which started April 15, is concentrated to an area that includes the village of Schoolcraft and an area north to Shaver Road. According to Jacobs, completed work includes installation of a storm sewer from Lyon Street to Eliza Street; three crossovers …

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Sen. Peters introduces formula oversight bill

U.S. Senator Gary Peters said he has introduced a bipartisan bill to strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of infant formula. Peters said countless families in Michigan and across the country found themselves in a predicament in 2022, when they were faced with a nationwide infant-formula shortage. The shortage was triggered after Abbott Labs in Sturgis inadvertently shipped formula …

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Preliminary exam continued in sexual assault case

The preliminary exam for a man accused of sexually assaulting two minors will continue later this month. Miguel Hernandez-Ruiz appeared June 5 before St. Joseph County District Court Judge Rob Pattison. After hearing testimony in a closed courtroom from the victims – ages 7 and 6 years – Pattison ordered Hernandez-Ruiz continue to be held at the St. Joseph County …

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Cooling centers available during heat wave

St. Joseph County and other areas in the region are under a heat advisory at least through Friday. Here are a few options for anyone in need of finding a cooling center: Commission on Aging, 1200 W. Broadway St., Three Rivers. Sturgis Enrichment Center, 306 N. Franks Ave. Three Rivers First United Methodist Church, hosted by the group HOPE. It …

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Sturgis schools receives grant

Sturgis Public Schools has received a state grant to improve literacy-instructional practices. The district received more than $410,000, which will be used to support kindergarten through fifth-grade teachers and classrooms throughout the school district in several categories. District officials said $103,500 has been reserved for items that will allow more robust K-5 classroom libraries to be built. Examples include book …

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Sturgis residents and commissioners concerned over careless driving

Sturgis residents and city commissioners concurred last week that careless driving in the city is problematic and police will be made aware of the concerns. Sturgis resident Greg Lomax during Wednesday’s city commission meeting asked that Sturgis police look into an apparent rise in speeders and vehicles altered to be loud. Lomax said he has begged police to give tickets …

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Weekly Michigan unemployment rose

Initial filings for unemployment benefits in Michigan rose last week compared with the week prior, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. New jobless claims increased to 6,392 in the week ending June 8, up from 4,642 the week before, the Labor Department said. U.S. unemployment claims rose to 242,000 last week, up 13,000 claims from 229,000 the week prior …

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United Way assisting with fund for fatal crash victim

St. Joseph County United Way is overseeing a catastrophic fund for the family of Melissa Hallack. A recently hired St. Joseph County assistant prosecutor, Hallack died following a head-on crash May 30 on Silver Street in Mendon Township. She was the mother of three young children. United Way officials said 100 percent of all donations will go to Hallack’s family …

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