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COVID-19 hospitalizations reach record high in Michigan

Michigan’s number of hospitalized adults with confirmed COVID-19 cases reached a new pandemic high Monday, nearing 4,200 as the state continued to confront surging infections. The total of 4,185 cases surpassed the previous record of 4,158, which was set seven months ago when fewer residents were vaccinated. More than one-fifth of COVID patients in Michigan hospitals were in intensive care. …

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Sheriff’s department budget amendments approved

St. Joseph County commissioners recently approved budget amendments to benefit the sheriff’s department. During their Nov. 16 meeting, commissioners OK’d a $62,000 adjustment for a policy-review service called Lexipol and an additional $65,000 to cover expenses related to a renovation project. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said the renovation centers on the former St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Department headquarters. The …

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Board OK’s list of public defenders

A process that was typically a routine matter in years past was approved earlier this month by St. Joseph County commissioners after an inordinate amount of attention. The roster of public defenders, whose members serve as court-appointed attorneys through 2022, was OK’d by the board Nov. 2. The matter drew a second look this year after former prosecutor John McDonough …

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Stuff a Blue Goose planned

Michigan State Police has announced details related to its 13th annual “Stuff a Blue Goose” events in Branch and St. Joseph Counties. Agency officials said with the difficult events of the past couple years, the need is greater than ever. The event takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Walmart in Coldwater. It continues 10 a.m. to 6 …

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Out and About – Week of November 29th

“The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” ~ Chinese Proverb For you married couples, I’m sure you now realize the following: There is no such thing as a perfect marriage, and for you couples thinking about getting married, I strongly suggest you enter into marriage knowing that it will not …

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Police fatally shoot man who wounded 3 passengers on bus

A 54-year-old man who shot three people on a city bus in Kalamazoo has died after being wounded while exchanging gunfire with police. Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Vernon Coakley said Anthony Oliver died Saturday at a hospital following the 9:15 a.m. shootings at the Kalamazoo Transportation Center. The motive behind the shootings was not immediately clear, Coakley said, adding that …

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Great Lakes’ warming has wintertime domino effect

Winter is just around the corner, but experts say the Great Lakes haven’t gotten the message. After summer and fall evenings that failed to cool sufficiently, surface temperatures in the massive bodies of water are trending above average, the Chicago Tribune reported. It’s an example of climate change. “What was kind of jarring was the consistency of the warmer-than-normal conditions,” state …

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Constantine – Parks & recreation plan approved

Members of the Constantine Village Council recently approved a five-year parks and recreation plan. In 2022, the plan calls for installation of a concrete pad at Riverview Park pavilion; chains for swings; painting the cannon and park equipment at Cannon Park; and a new drinking fountain. A year later, the village plans to support construction of a $100,000 splash pad …

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Welding lab renovation at Glen Oaks

The generosity of several area entities has resulted in the renovation of the welding technology lab at Glen Oaks Community College. Work is nearing completion on the $350,000 project, with $87,500 coming through donations to fund the cost of 20 new welding booths, complete with vacuum systems. President David Devier acknowledged Platinum-level sponsors TH Plastics Inc., Morgan Olson and Mike Elliott, …

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TR Rotary – New trees planted at Armstrong Park

Armstrong Park in Three Rivers has nearly two dozen new trees along its walkways thanks to the efforts of the Three Rivers Rotary Club. Rotary Club member Jared Hoffmaster, who was instrumental in development of Armstrong Park, said the addition positively changes the look of the park. Hoffmaster is vice president of the River Country Sports Commission, a non-profit that …

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