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Ambulance committee close to agreement renewal

St. Joseph County Ambulance Committee is close to reaching a one-year renewal with LifeCare Ambulance. White Pigeon Township Supervisor Don Gloy, a member of the 12-person committee, said the agreement is in the midst of being fielded by the dozen entities that are a part of the impending contract with LifeCare. The renewal is for $140,000 and its cost is …

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Carra introduced bill on election challengers

State Rep. Steve Carra recently introduced a plan to strengthen the rights of Michigan election challengers, and expand training for election officials and inspectors. Election challengers are appointed by political parties and other organizations interested in observing Michigan election processes. They ensure election laws are properly followed at polling places and absentee counting boards. House Bill 4963 would specify that …

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TRAM seeking volunteers

Elena Breiter, the new director at Three Rivers Area Mentoring, said the agency is working on rebooting and updating programs in 2021. She said she is looking for volunteers interested in mentoring, or helping with a youth club or workshop. Breiter said TRAM is attempting to set up partnerships with other local organizations and small businesses to provide valuable resources …

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Shoreline foam warning

Rebecca Burns, health officer for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, passed along a reminder from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services regarding foam collecting along shorelines and at the edge of bodies of water such as rivers and streams. The foam should be left alone as it could contain unknown chemicals or bacteria. Shoreline foam often has …

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Police: Man said he killed SW Michigan couple over noise

A man accused of killing two neighbors in southwestern Michigan told police that he shot them because they were too loud, according to a court document. William Wolfe knocked at the apartment door and shot Virgil Walker, 49, and his wife, Kailey Walker, 30, “without warning,” a Kalamazoo County sheriff’s investigator said in an affidavit supporting murder charges last week. …

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Branch County road project is underway

A three-month-long road project in Branch County’s largest community began on Monday. Michigan Department of Transportation officials said a 2.2-mile stretch of U.S.12 in the city of Coldwater will be resurfaced. The construction zone will stretch from Western Avenue to Michigan Avenue. According to MDOT, the $1.4 million investment includes sanitary sewer repairs, sidewalk ramp upgrades and pavement markings. There …

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Items stolen during Constantine break-in

A number of items were stolen during a breaking-and-entering incident last week in Constantine Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies were called Thursday to the 66000 block of Constantine Road in response to a breaking and entering. Deputies said suspects gained entry to a building on the property by breaking the door handle and prying open the door. Once inside, …

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COVID-19 testing continues at Health Department

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has issued a reminder that weekly curbside COVID-19 testing will continue through June. The screenings are free and the only requirement is a photo ID. They take place 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Coldwater branch, 570 Marshall Road, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays at the Three Rivers office, 1110 …

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Out and About – Week of June 7th

Visiting a Farmers’ Market is a win-win situation. You can find many great deals and you’re helping out the local community. The Huss Project Farmers’ Market is no exception. Located at 1008 8th Street, in the Second District, the market is open Saturdays from 9 AM until 1 PM, June through September. The unique thing about this farmers’ market is …

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Indiana man gets 60 years in woman’s 2019 torture-slaying

A northern Indiana man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty for his role in the 2019 torture-slaying of a woman whose body was dumped in southern Michigan. An Elkhart County judge who sentenced Matthew Murzynski on Thursday ordered that the Elkhart man be incarcerated, for his own safety, in a different prison from two other …

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