County Information

COA receives donation

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging recently received a $750 donation from Farmers State Bank in Sturgis.  The money was raised by the employees at the bank. The donation will go toward benefiting COA members and the activities and other programs in which they participate. On Wednesday, January 24, representatives from the bank presented the check to the COA …

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United Way fundraiser well attended

The second annual Trivia Night, organized by the St. Joseph County United Way, drew a full house at nearly 150 people Saturday. The $30-per-person cost, 50/50 ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction all went to the Five Star Pizza Adoption Fund. In all, more than $5,000 was raised. Carl Thornton, owner of Five Star Pizza in Colon, said …

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County commissioners okay truck purchase

Members of the St. Joseph County Road Commission Board recently agreed to purchase two new trucks. The new vehicles are a one-ton pickup truck with a dump box and one three-quarter ton pickup for a total cost of just under $77,000. Agency officials said the larger truck will pull the department’s chip sealer, allowing personnel to carry the tar right …

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Colon considers office options

Colon municipal officials are considering a new village office. The matter was discussed sporadically last year, but a malfunctioning furnace at the village office has exacerbated the need to find a new municipal office. Village manager Michael Mitchell revisited the issue during last week’s council meeting. He said options explored so far include existing buildings, downtown storefronts and a new …

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Mendon plans donation to scholarship fund

Mendon Community Schools plans to take up a collection in hopes of making a sizable contribution to a scholarship honoring its late superintendent. Assembled for their first board meeting since the Dec. 26 passing of Roger Rathburn, members of the district’s board of education Monday agreed to stage the collection and turn the funds over to his widow, Susan. The …

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SCAN makes arrests in Colon

Two Colon residents have been arrested on drug-related charges. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit recently executed a search warrant at a residence in the 58000 block of Lepley Road in Colon Township. SCAN members located a number of items related to the production of methamphetamine, according to authorities. …

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Man dies in Leonidas crash

A Mendon man died over the weekend in a two-vehicle accident in Leonidas Township, where rescue personnel said heavy fog played a role in the incident. Sheriff’s deputies were called at 5:30 p.m. Sunday to the intersection of Summit and Pleasant roads, just west of Leonidas. Investigators said Mark Russell, 60, was driving a Jeep west on Pleasant Road. Meanwhile, …

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Man arrested after not paying for merchandise

A Three Rivers resident was arrested after attempting to leave the Sturgis Meijer without paying for merchandise. Sturgis police said the 26-year-old man fled the store around 7 p.m. Saturday despite an attempt by store personnel to stop him. Sturgis K-9 officer Tucky was brought to the scene and successfully located the man in a nearby field. He was charged …

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Children overcome by exhaust fumes

Medics from the Tri Township Fire Department and Lifecare Ambulance personnel treated two Coldwater children who were overcome by exhaust fumes over the weekend in Fawn River Township. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called at 11:50 a.m. Saturday to Sweet Lake Trailer Park on U.S. 12 in response to two children who had stopped breathing. …

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Cass County crash injures one

Cass County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a two-vehicle accident that occurred last week in Calvin Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 3 p.m. Thursday to the 17000 block of Chain Lake Street. Investigators said a 16-year old Cassopolis girl lost control of her car while driving eastbound and came upon a patch of ice. Her vehicle crossed …

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