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Constantine tables marijuana consumption lounge request

Constantine Village Council members last week tabled a request by Tranquility Fields of Ann Arbor to place a cannabis-consumption establishment/event center and a recreational retail provisioning facility downtown. The request was for a location at 230 N. Washington St. Company representatives said the business would have 20 employees. The concept of a consumption lounge did not exist when a recreational …

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Bootland Bids K-Wings Adieu; Martin Tapped as New Head Coach

For nearly two decades, Nick Bootland has been a fixture in the Kalamazoo Wings organization as a player and a coach. Bootland first joined the K-Wings during the 2003-2004 season, playing in 17 games.  The following season saw Bootland playing the entire season with the Cleveland Barons of the AHL. Upon his return to the K-Wings in the 2005-06 season, …

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Out and About – Week of August 22nd

Because this column deals with getting Out and About, I thought it was about time to do just that. A week ago, we met my brother for lunch in Marshall, Michigan. When I think of Marshall, the first thing that comes to mind is Win Schulers restaurant. I haven’t been there in over fifty years, so I’m not sure if …

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Work to begin on Nottawa Road bridge

A bridge on a heavily traveled north-south route in St. Joseph County will be closed starting next week. St. Joseph County Road Commission officials said the Nottawa Road bridge – south of M-86 and north of Findley Road – in Nottawa Township, will be out of service beginning Monday. MDOT and county officials said the 60-year-old bridge is being reconstructed …

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Police investigate break-in

Michigan State Police troopers are investigating a breaking-and-entering incident that occurred this week in Sherman Township. Troopers were called shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday to a residence in the 27000 block of Orchard Drive. Investigators said the suspect broke into the residence and but scared off by the homeowner before anything was taken.

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County commission takes tour of courts building

St. Joseph County commissioners this week got a first-hand look at the many needs of St. Joseph County’s courts building. During a 30-minute tour Tuesday led by Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman, commissioners were provided a sobering reality of how much work the 50-year-old building needs. The blemishes they saw include water-stained ceiling tiles, faded carpet more than 20 years …

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White Pigeon recall petition insufficient

St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald announced Wednesday that a White Pigeon man’s effort to recall village president Tyler Royce fell short. Oswald said 21 of the 126 signatures submitted by businessman Jerry Kash were invalid. The 105 valid signatures were three short of the minimum required to continue the process. The minimum number of signatures from registered voters who …

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Nottawa vote halts Dollar General development

Nottawa Township officials voted Monday against re-zoning a 1.6-acre parcel from agriculture to commercial. As a result, a plan for development of a Dollar General store in the community of Nottawa is derailed. By unanimous vote, Nottawa Township Board of Trustees supported the township planning commission’s July 19 recommendation against re-zoning. The decision thwarts a proposal to develop a 10,000-square-foot …

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Multiple items stolen in Park Township

Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a breaking-and-entering incident last weekend from a location in Park Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said the incident occurred between Friday and Sunday at a commercial building in the 55000 Block of Franklin Drive. The victim told authorities a large amount of building materials was taken, including metal siding, insulation, and …

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Michigan coronavirus cases decrease

Michigan reported fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Aug. 14, adding more than 16,000 new cases. That’s down 20 percent from the previous week’s tally of more than 20,000 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19. St. Joseph County reported 128 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 107 cases and …

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