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Several ideas outlined in Colon project

Wayfinding signs, a block-long social district, in-ground planting strips, rooftop gardens and brightly painted crosswalks were just a few of several ideas presented Tuesday to potentially enhance Colon’s image. The third of a three-part series centering on efforts to make Colon a destination community took place Tuesday at the American Legion. The 90-minute program was led by Michigan State University’s …

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Food drive will support Centreville Food Pantry

Centreville FFA is once again sponsoring a “Stuff the Bus” food drive. The one-day event will be 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 10 in the parking lot shared by Yoder’s and Dollar General in Centreville. All donations will go to the Centreville Food Pantry. Event organizers said expired food items cannot be accepted. Suggested items include boxed dinners, pasta, condiments, …

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Former township supervisor’s case headed to trial

The legal case involving former Fabius Township Supervisor Ken Linn appears to be headed to trial. Linn, 57, was charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct Oct. 26. He is accused of assaulting a woman while she was physically incapacitated and unable to give consent following an August 2010 golf outing. The victim, who was 22 at the …

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Woman arrested on drug charges

A 51-year-old woman was arrested on drug-related offenses following a traffic stop in Sturgis earlier this week. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies pulled over a vehicle at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Meijer parking lot on South Centerville Road. Deputies suspected narcotics were concealed inside the vehicle and requested the Sturgis K9 unit respond to the stop. K9 Odin and …

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December fresh food distributions

Here’s a look at this month’s Fresh Food Distribution in St. Joseph County. Burr Oak High School will host the first collection of December. It will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday next week. Next, First Presbyterian Church on Lakeview Avenue in Sturgis will be the site of a distribution, starting at 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Seventh-Day Adventist Church, east …

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Michigan’s COVID-19 deaths top 40,000

Deaths linked to COVID-19 have now surpassed 40,000 in Michigan since the pandemic began in 2020, the state health department reported. More than 36,400 deaths have been confirmed while 3,676 were probably caused by COVID-19, the state said Tuesday on its coronavirus website. There were 113 in the past week. “Throughout the pandemic, we have seen deaths predominantly occurring in … …

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Mackinac Bridge traffic restricted after winds top 50 mph

The Mackinac Bridge Authority restricted traffic on the 5-miles span Wednesday after winds in the Mackinac Straits topped 50 mph. The authority just before 5 p.m. said it was allowing only passenger cars, passenger vans, and empty pickup trucks without tonneau covers, bed caps or similar items. Motorists were being instructed to reduce their speeds to 20 mph as they …

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Speed-enforcement zones to begin

St. Joseph County Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said speed-enforcement zones at various locations throughout the county will be in place over a three-month period starting Thursday. State funding has been made available to cover overtime costs related to the enhanced patrol, Lillywhite said, adding the enforcement will also be conducted by state police and local law-enforcement agencies. State authorities said there …

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Colon school board opening available

The Colon Community Schools Board of Education has an opening for a four-year term. Superintendent Rachel Kowalski said the position is available after no one ran in the Nov. 8 election. Joe Smolarz and Laura Alva’s terms are up and they opted not to run again. Becky Jackson ran for one position. No one petitioned for the second opening. Kowalski said …

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