St Joseph County

Sidewalk contract on commission agenda

A sidewalk contract purchase order will be debated by the Three Rivers City Commission this evening. The increase from $80,000 to $97,000 would be adjusted in the city’s 2018 fiscal-year budget. It involves a contract with Northern Construction Services Corporation. The change is a result of more sidewalks identified as being in need of repair or replacement than originally targeted. …

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Sleep Center receives accreditation

Sturgis Sleep Disorder Center in Sturgis recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Sturgis Hospital Sleep Disorder Center is directed by Bharat Vakharia, MD, and is located at 916 Myrtle St. Dr. Ashish Verma is also certified in Sleep Medicine. “The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Sturgis Sleep Disorder Center on meeting the high …

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Constantine High School receives grant

Constantine High School recently received a $12,000 grant from Monsanto Fund’s site-grant initiative. Funds were used to purchase Chromebooks for science education, according to high school principal Travis Walker, who applied for the grant. The Monsanto Fund in 2017 awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations through its site-grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. The …

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CDC recommends flu vaccine

Members of Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency board received flu shots Thursday from agency staff members. Health care staff at areas hospitals are receiving the vaccine, as reports of flu increase, according to Centers for Disease Control. CDC recommends people get vaccinated by the end of October, at the latest. Typically, flu season begins in early October and continue through May. …

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Police investigate Sturgis larcenies

State police troopers are investigating a larceny from a motor vehicle parked at a business in Sturgis. The larceny occurred around 5 p.m. Friday outside Tractor Supply Co. Meanwhile, a wallet and other items were reported stolen from a number of cars between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday last week in the 68000 block of Vinewood Avenue in …

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Fundraiser purchases shoes for kids in need

A Sturgis real-estate agent recently purchased more than 100 pairs of shoes and boots for local children in need. Stacy Schwenk, a realtor at Re/ Max Elite Group in Sturgis, had raised more than $1,500 to cover the cost of the purchases through a 5K walk/run fundraiser she calls Stacy’s Kicks for Kids. The walk/run took place Aug. 12 at …

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Motorcyclist injured in crash

A Vicksburg resident was injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this week in Fabius Township. Sheriff’s officials said the 47-year-old victim was driving north on U.S. 131 at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, when he was distracted by another motorist at the M-60 eastbound intersection. The motorcycle driver failed to negotiate the curve, and the motorcycle went off the roadway and overturned. …

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Education bill goes to House floor

The House Education Reform Committee has approved legislation by state Rep. Aaron Miller, expanding post-secondary education and dual-enrollment options for high school students. Miller said lawmakers should allow students the best education options to help them build their own future. He said legislators should do what’s best for all students who live within a reasonable distance from the state line. The …

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A Middlebury, Ind., man was arrested on drug-related offenses following a traffic stop last week in Fabius Township. Three Rivers police said officers were notified at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 about a reckless driver on U.S. 131 near Hoffman Road. K-9 Jake responded to the scene of a traffic stop and reacted to the possible presence of narcotics. A search …

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Eviction proceedings begin for Sturgis tenant

The executive director of Maple Towers Apartments said eviction proceedings are underway against a tenant identified as the source of a cockroach infestation at the Sturgis facility. Jamie Blasius said the eviction is the last resort and comes after every option to work with the fifth-floor tenant was exercised. During Tuesday’s Sturgis Housing Commission meeting at Maple Towers, Blasius said …

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