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John Boggs, 80

John M. Boggs, age 80, of Sturgis, passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. Private services will follow visitation. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 25 people are allowed in the funeral home at a time and masks …

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Mary Kirby, 78

Mary Mable (Teadt) Kirby, age 78, of Sturgis, died at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, on Thursday, November 26, 2020. Mary was born in Sturgis, to Alfred and Ruth (Walters) Teadt on May 2, 1942. They preceded her in death. She attended Hiberly Country School, and then transferred to Centreville High School, from which she graduated in 1960. On August …

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Area high schools begin second round of playoffs

Six area high school varsity football teams will be in action this weekend during the second round of Michigan High School Athletic Association’s playoffs. With two games on tap this evening and three more Saturday, the slate begins with Mendon at No. 1-ranked Reading at 7 o’clock tonight. Meanwhile, a battle of St. Joseph County schools kicks off, also at …

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Miller disagrees with governor’s restrictions

State Rep. Aaron Miller said Gov. Whitmer moved in the wrong direction when she put more restrictions on people and businesses while extending her stay-at-home order until April 30. Whitmer last week ordered that stores no longer sell what she considers non-essential items and block off those areas so customers cannot access them. The governor also said she will not …

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MDHHS lobbies closed statewide

Due to heightened risk of the COVID-19 disease, all lobbies of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services locations statewide are closed. Agency officials urge residents to avoid public spaces and visit the office only if it is the result of a scheduled appointment or visit. Payment or benefit questions are being referred to 467-1200. The same number can be …

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Timothy Glenn, 37

Timothy Glenn, age 37, of Centreville, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Arrangements are pending at Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis.

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Investigation continues in Colon homicide

A 55-year-old Colon man is dead following a shooting that is being called a homicide, according to authorities. The incident occurred around 7 a.m. Thursday in the 200 block of South Blackstone Avenue. A suspect was in custody before the end of the day. St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said the suspect could be charged as soon as today. …

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Mendon man dies in Friday morning crash

A Mendon man was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Centreville-Constantine Road early Friday morning. The St. Joseph County sheriff’s department said the incident happened near Burgener Road in Florence Township. John Boyle, 36, of Mendon, was traveling southwest in Florence Township when the vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway and struck two trees head-on. The vehicle flipped …

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Investigation begins into grocery store fire

Investigators are expected to determine this week the extent of damage fire caused to the former Village Market grocery store in Centreville. Crews from six departments were dispatched late Friday to the 21,000-square-foot building at the east end of the village, where passers-by notified Central Dispatch of smoke coming from the building. First-arriving personnel saw flames coming through the roof, …

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Arson and drug charges for Sherwood Township man

A Sherwood Township man was arrested Tuesday on a charge of arson and possession of methamphetamine. State police said troopers were called to the 1200 block of Chippewa Drive in Branch County in response to a 40-year-old man setting a shed on fire. Investigators learned the property’s landlord planned to evict the man and his wife, and that the arson …

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