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COVID variant identified in Branch County

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has announced the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 has been identified in a Branch County COVID-positive resident. The individual has been in isolation since initial COVID-19 diagnosis. Variant identification was learned after further testing of the initial specimen called “sequencing,” according to agency health officer Rebecca Burns. All three counties in the tri-county area have now …

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Farm Bureau pledges $100,000 to Project RAISE benefiting MSU pavilion

The Farm Bureau Family of Companies has announced a $100,000 pledge to benefit Michigan State University’s Project RAISE (Raise for Agriculture Industries, Shows and Education), an initiative to expand the university’s Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. MSU has proposed a $4 million, 40,000-square-foot expansion through Project RAISE to increase capacity and meet the future needs of Michigan’s agricultural community. The expansion will provide a second indoor arena allowing concurrent events, increased animal housing, …

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All Michigan residents ages 16 and up eligible for vaccine

All people ages 16 and older in Michigan became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, as the state passed the halfway point in its goal of inoculating 70% of that population by year’s end. More than 36% of roughly 8.1 million residents had received at least one shot as of Sunday, a share that has tripled in two months. Federal …

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Man arrested in Three Rivers after pursuit

A Kalamazoo man was arrested last week after he led authorities on a pursuit that ended in the city of Three Rivers. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies became involved in the pursuit shortly after 6 a.m. Friday. The vehicle, a Ford passenger car, was observed speeding as it was traveling north on Lutz Road, near Fairchild Road. Deputies attempted to …

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Local unemployment rates are lower

February’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County, and its neighboring counties, was lower than the rate in January. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, which showed the county’s drop in unemployment, was released last week. St. Joseph County’s 5.2 percent unemployment rate for February was down from 5.8 percent the previous month. Meanwhile, …

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Cass County – COVID update

Here’s the latest COVID-19 update from the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department. Agency officials said they are now administering Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson to all residents 18 years of age and older. Through last week, the department had administered in Cass County nearly 8,700 shots, which represents about one-fifth of the county’s population. Cumulative COVID-19 cases in Cass County …

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Out and About – Week of April 5th

“Happiness makes up in height, what it lacks in length.” ~ Robert Frost Welcome to April, 2021. Thanks to all you readers, I am now starting my sixteenth year writing this column. When I started the column, this newspaper was delivered to your home and was available at several newspaper stands six days a week. A lot has changed over …

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April is Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect month

The St. Joseph County Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect wishes to remind the public that April is Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect month. Typically, CA/N Council members plant pinwheel gardens throughout St. Joseph County. Due to COVID-related precautions, however, council members will provide buckets of pinwheels to anyone who would like to display them. In addition, …

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Three Rivers man charged with receiving stolen firearms

A Three Rivers man was charged with receiving stolen firearms and accessory after-the-fact to a home invasion. State police officials said 39-year-old Alexander Zuchnik was arrested in March. He was arraigned March 25 and a preliminary court date of April 6 has been set. Authorities said four rifles were taken June last year from a residence on Shaffmaster Road in …

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Branch County home destroyed in fire

A Branch County residence was destroyed by fire this week. Bronson Fire officials said the department was called shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday to the 300 block of West Barnhart Road in Batavia Township. Chief Scott Wilber said a ranch house was ablaze when fire personnel arrived to the scene. He said windy conditions made battling the blaze difficult and, …

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