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Out and About – Week of January 18th

There is always a need for blood here in St. Joseph County and thanks to all the volunteer blood donors, the need is being met. St. Joseph Catholic Church in White Pigeon will host an American Red Cross blood drive this Friday, January 22. The hours for donating will be from noon until 5:15 PM. St. Joseph Catholic Church is …

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Free COVID-19 testing

Here’s a reminder that Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency will sponsor a COVID-19 test Tuesday. The drive-thru event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph County Transportation Authority in Three Rivers. Its address is 810 Webber Ave. Event organizers ask that prospective participants bring identification. The testing is free and no proof of insurance is required. …

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COA offering exercise classes

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging will offer group exercise classes at both its enrichment centers starting this week. COA director Pam Riley said sessions will begin Wednesday. Class size is limited, so registration is required. COA’s phone number is 279-8083. Masks are required at all times, and there will be floor markings and other signage to ensure social …

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Police investigate barn break-in

Michigan State Police troopers are investigating a breaking-and-entering complaint originating from an incident in Sturgis Township. Investigators were called to the 25000 block of U.S. 12, where a barn was entered illegally. The victim said the incident occurred between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1. An air compressor and two Stihl chainsaws were reported stolen.

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Centreville continues in football playoffs

Two local high school football teams fell short over the weekend in their quest to make it to the state championship game. Playing at Tecumseh High School, Constantine lost a tough contest against Clinton. The Falcons came up short in their Division 6 game, 40-to-6. Meanwhile, in a Division 7 matchup in Fenton, Schoolcraft suffered a 36-to-21 defeat to New …

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Michigan to distribute $58.5 million in grants to businesses

Relief is coming to Michigan businesses after a board last week approved $58.5 million in grants for economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic that has strained the state’s economy. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month signed into law a spending plan to help repair the economic impact from the coronavirus. It included an allocation to the Michigan Strategic Fund under the Michigan …

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Small group of armed protesters dwarfed by police at Capitol

A small group of gun-toting demonstrators rallied Sunday outside of Michigan’s Capitol building near a sizable presence of law enforcement officers on high alert after this month’s deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol. About a dozen protesters openly carried guns, including some who promoted the anti-government “boogaloo” movement, a slang term adopted by the pro-gun extremist movement that is a reference to …

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Guard activated at Michigan Capitol amid increased security

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer activated the National Guard, the state police continued to augment its presence at the Capitol and crews installed a 6-foot, chain-link fence around the 142-year-old building before expected protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The Legislature on Friday also canceled session next week, citing law enforcement’s concerns about “credible threats regarding events” at the Capitol. Michigan …

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Arrest made following pursuit

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Constantine man this week after he led law-enforcement officials on a pursuit that concluded in Sturgis. Investigators said deputies attempted to stop the vehicle after it was observed driving left of center around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Its driver failed to stop and instead sped from Fawn River Township into Sturgis. The 22-year-old driver continued onto Orange, …

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