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Two injured in Cass County crash

Cass County deputies responded earlier this week to the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Jefferson Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called around 2:30 p.m. Monday to an area near the intersection of Daily Road and Pine Lake Street. Authorities said Jones resident Michelle Hostler, 48, was traveling east on Pine Lake Street and failed to yield the …

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Legislation would help make police windows bulletproof

State Rep. Christine Morse recently introduced legislation that, if approved, would ensure windshields and side windows of police vehicles are bulletproof. The legislation, introduced to the state House last month, calls for a $25 million allocation to retrofit vehicles to comply with the bulletproof requirement. The concept was originally brought up by the father of Kalamazoo County Sheriff Sgt. Ryan …

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Household waste collection planned

Here’s a reminder that St. Joseph County Solid Waste Committee will host its annual fall collection of household hazardous waste and recycling of electronics Oct. 22. The twice-a-year collection will run 8 a.m. to noon. As it has in the past, the collection will be at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds. Organizers said they would like to promote the event …

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Weather spotter classes offered

The Northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service has scheduled classes to help with reporting weather events. Registration is open for four virtual sessions, each approximately two hours long. Participants will be instructed what, when and how to report weather events and learn about late-season severe and winter weather. The virtual sessions are Oct. 11, 13, 15 and 18. …

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October Fresh Food Distributions

Here’s a look at this month’s Fresh Food Distribution in St. Joseph County. A special distribution will take place at this week’s “Project Connect,” which runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds. Next, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, east of Centreville on M-86, will host an event at 4 p.m. Oct. 11. First Presbyterian Church on …

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Police investigate Bethel Township thefts

Michigan State Police troopers are investigating a breaking-and-entering incident that took place in Branch County’s Bethel Township. Troopers said the situation is ongoing, as thefts have been occurring from a location in the 500 block of Rierson Road since August. Items taken from the property include electronics and tools, as well as a catalytic converter. Authorities said a male and …

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Project Connect showcases local resources

The annual St. Joseph County Project Connect event returns this week. The event, which includes a separate component dedicated to veterans, takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Henningsen Show Arena at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds. Stephanie Zann, director of the SJC Great Start Collaborative and member of Project Connect planning committee, said Project Connect targets …

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Local church donates quilts

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Colon has more than 200 quilts destined for shipment by Lutheran World Relief. The congregation yesterday celebrated the completion of the quilts at the annual dedication service. A group of devoted quilters gather Tuesdays for the project. Quilts from St. Paul’s have been used in hospitals in India; refugee camps in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and …

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United Way Mega Raffle tickets available

Fewer than a dozen tickets remain for St. Joseph County United Way’s 11th annual Mega Raffle. Sponsored by Thurston Woods Village, the raffle will take place with dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at Covered Bridge Farm County Park. The first draw is at 7 o’clock. Purchase of a $100 ticket allows for admission to the meal and select beverage. Tickets …

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Health department has flu shots available

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wishes to remind the public that October is the optimal month to receive a flu shot. Kali Nichols, director of personal health and disease prevention, said an annual, seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. She said flu vaccination is recommended for anyone ages six months and up. Also, …

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