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Central Dispatch employees recognized on First Responders Day

A Kalamazoo County branch of Mercury Broadband played a role in helping St. Joseph County Central Dispatch observe First Responders Day. The national acknowledgment was Saturday, but a four-person team from Mercury’s Schoolcraft location showed up during shift change Friday afternoon to express its gratitude. Mishel Northrop, sales and marketing manager for the Kalamazoo market, said St. Joseph County is …

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Large turnout for household hazardous waste collection

A stronger-than-usual turnout for the fall collection of household hazardous waste Saturday resulted in some impressive numbers. Sponsored by the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Committee, the twice-a-year collection took place over a four-hour period Saturday morning at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds. Preliminary numbers: 20,000 pounds of electronics, nearly 1,400 tires, 15,000 pounds of household hazardous waste and three-quarters …

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Airline celebrates one year at AZO

Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport observed a special anniversary last week. Airport director Craig Williams said Avelo Airlines has served AZO for a full year. The first flight between Kalamazoo and Avelo’s Florida destination in Orlando was Oct. 26, 2022. The non-stop service between the two cities has brought affordable and convenient air travel options to Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan, Williams …

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United Way begins coat drive

St. Joseph County United Way is continuing a longtime tradition to benefit area residents in need of winter apparel. The Centreville agency’s annual coat drive is underway. Items in need include coats, hats, gloves and boots. New items are preferred but gently used items will be accepted. United Way officials said gently used coats can be dropped off at Ludders …

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Coldwater man pleads guilty in larceny case

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said a Coldwater man has plead guilty to stealing money from a client of the law firm where he worked. Nessel said 63-year-old James O’Briant plead guilty last week to four counts of larceny in excess of $20,000 and two counts of failure to file taxes. O’Briant had access to the money of a 95-year-old …

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Out and About – Week of October 30th

The Riviera Theatre and Bar would like to invite everyone to a special benefit concert for the Three Rivers Promise. This Saturday, November 4, Mick Kolassa and the Endless Blues Band will take the stage at the historic Riviera Theatre, 48 North Main Street in downtown Three Rivers. The lights go up at 7:30 PM. Three Rivers Area Mentoring (TRAM) …

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Glen Oaks receives national accreditation for nursing program

Glen Oaks Community College has received national accreditation for its nursing program. Sara Birch, Glen Oaks’ dean of health sciences, received notice after more than three years of preparation, submissions and a visit from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing evaluators. Birch said having the ACEN accreditation increases the value of the school’s program. Accreditation is for a five-year period, …

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Investigation continues in Cass County hit-and-run

Cass County deputies are continuing their investigation into a hit-and-run incident that occurred last week in Volinia Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said the agency was notified at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 19 that a Schoolcraft man was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Marcellus Highway. Michael Winchester, 75, was traveling east and entered the intersection of Decatur Road. Authorities said a …

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Sturgis schools approve placing millage request on ballot

Sturgis Public Schools officials will turn to district voters next year to restore a full 18 mills. The district’s board of education last week approved a resolution to place the supplemental millage request on the May ballot. Approval would allow the district to receive the full amount of its per-pupil foundation revenue allowance. The request will not impact district residents …

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Constantine considers options for new fire station

Members of the Constantine Village Council are looking into options related to construction of a new fire station. During their Oct. 16 meeting, council members recognized the cost for a new station to meet their specifications would be about $2.7 million. Congressman Tim Walberg, however, has indicated the availability of a federal grant that could cover as much as 75 …

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