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MDOT ready to begin US 131 work

Here’s a reminder that the second phase of U.S. 131 roadwork begins Monday in southern Kalamazoo County. Michigan Department of Transportation’s Nick Schirripa said the work will impact traffic flow in and around the village of Schoolcraft, as well as at a key intersection further north at Shaver Road. The seven-month project comes after MDOT crews in 2023 completed the …

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DHHS seeks foster parents

St. Joseph County Department of Health and Human Services is staging a promotional campaign in hopes of securing residents interested in serving as foster parents. Agency officials said there are 112 children in foster care in the county but only 27 licensed foster homes. Furthermore, there are only seven foster homes licensed for children over the age of 13. DHHS …

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Styrofoam collection dates announced

Waste Management has announced it will continue its Styrofoam recycling opportunities in 2024. The next quarterly collection is 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 11 at Westside Landfill Recycling Center, 60050 Roberts Road, Three Rivers. The recycling station is on the east side of the landfill. There is no charge and acceptable items include dinnerware, take-out containers, meat and fish trays, …

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2-car crash in Cass County

Cass County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-car crash over the weekend in Milton Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called around 10 p.m. Saturday to the intersection of Redfield Street and Kline Road. Investigators said 67-year-old Virginia resident Mary Corbett was driving south on Kline Road. Corbett allegedly crossed Redfield Street without checking cross traffic. Behnke said her …

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Pedestrian struck by two cars on US-131

This morning at 5:38am, St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to US-131 near Wilbur Road (North junction) for a report of a car vs. pedestrian traffic crash. Once on scene, Three Rivers and Fabius Fire Departments provided medical attention to a 39-year-old male. Deputies interviewed motorists in two separate vehicles which had struck the pedestrian on the south bound lane …

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Indiana man injured in Cass County crash

An Indiana man was injured in a single-vehicle crash over the weekend in Cass County’s Milton Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly before 8 p.m. Friday to U.S. 12 and Conrad Road in response to a personal-injury crash. Investigators said 55-year-old James Harker Jr., of Osceola, Ind., apparently fell asleep while driving. His vehicle left the roadway …

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Former White Pigeon police chief dies

A long-time White Pigeon village employee died last week following a brief illness. Oliver “Dutch” Baker passed away March 28. He served as White Pigeon Police chief from 1995 to 2015. Baker, who was 73, was a Dowagiac High School graduate and previously a member of Howard Township Police Department before he accepted the job in White Pigeon. He also …

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County commission considers board re-appointments

St. Joseph County officials on Tuesday discussed the re-appointment of four people to the board previously known as St. Joseph County Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The agency has been rebranded and now goes by the name Pivotal. Recommended for re-appointment to the board were: Carol Naccarato, Kathy Pangle, Katherine Decker and Rick Shaffer. In another matter Tuesday, …

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Health department warns of rise in STI cases

Van Buren/Cass District Health Department is sounding the alarm on rising cases of syphilis and urging residents to get tested. April marks Sexually Transmitted Infection month. The department is focused on raising awareness about the importance of routine screening for STIs, particularly syphilis. Dr. Larry Wile, medical director at VBCDHD, said he encourages individuals to take proactive steps by getting …

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Retiring GOCC president receives award

Retiring Glen Oaks Community College President David Devier received special recognition over the weekend from a distinguished organization. Devier was honored by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society with the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award. It was presented Saturday in Orlando. According to the honor society, the award is given to retiring college presidents who have shown support of student-success initiatives …

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