St Joseph County

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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Three Rivers Health wins award

Quorum Health Resources recently announced Three Rivers Health as a winner of the Excellence in Leadership awards. Three Rivers Health received the award for “Most Improved Performance” in the Under $100 million revenue category. Interim CEO David Shannon said TR Health has increased its operating margin by refocusing its efforts to more efficiently manage labor and supply costs. Meanwhile, QHR …

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Grant allows technology purchase

Constantine Middle School Prinicpal Ray Bohm said the school recently purchased a set of Chromebooks thanks to a grant from Pioneer Giving. Bohm, who applied for the grant earlier this year, said the 18 Chromebooks will increase student achievements, provide the ability to access curriculum independently and assist students to work collaboratively with teachers on assignments and projects. School counselor Steffany …

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