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Man sentenced for hit-and-run that killed child

Sturgis-area resident Daniel Silich was sentenced Monday to between nine and 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to manslaughter with a motor vehicle last year. Silich, 43, was driving a vehicle that struck three children in April 2021 on Ralston Road in Branch County’s Sherwood Township. Landen Risner, 13, died from head injuries after he was airlifted from …

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Motorcyclist injured in crash

A Sturgis man was injured this week after the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a vehicle in Nottawa Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies were called at 5:40 p.m. Sunday to the intersection of Nottawa Road and M-86. Investigators said a pickup driven by a 23-year-old Burr Oak man was stopped on Nottawa Road. He attempted to proceed …

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Lansing-area woman dies at 114, third oldest in the US

A Michigan woman who was among the oldest living Americans has died at age 114. Irene Dunham died Sunday, son Bruce Dunham told the Lansing State Journal. Her mind was sharp but “her body just finally gave up,” he said Monday. Gerontology Research Group had Dunham listed as the 10th oldest living person in the world and the third oldest in the …

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Centreville names new superintendent

Centreville Public Schools Board of Education chose Chad Brady as its permanent superintendent following a second interview Saturday. Board president Jeff Troyer said Brady’s three months as interim superintendent have been good training and allowed Brady the opportunity to handle the duties in a trial capacity. Brady, 44, has served as interim superintendent since Feb. 1. He had been high …

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COVID numbers considered moderate

The number of new COVID-19 cases is considered moderate in Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties, health agency officer Rebecca Burns told her board Thursday. Rates are low compared to three months ago and the levels are nowhere near the spike of new infections reported in January, Burns said. Branch County averaged two new cases a day, the same as …

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Out and About – Week of May 2nd

If you’re a fan of “Swap Meets”, you won’t want to miss the Michiana 39th Annual Engine and Tractor Swap Meet this Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7. The venue is Boot Hill Ranch, one and one-half miles east of Jones, on Bair Lake Street. Admission is a $2.00 donation. If you are interested in being a vendor, there …

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Three Rivers man dies in crash

A Three Rivers man died in a single car crash Saturday afternoon at 4pm just west of Jones. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, 77-year Roger Wyman was driving his car on M-60 near Timberlane Drive, when it left the roadway, struck a tree, and overturned. Wyman, who was ejected in the crash, died at the scene. Wyman’s wife, …

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Constantine fatal fire – Victims identified

The young victims in last week’s fatal fire in Constantine have been identified by a local news source. Authorities said Liam Lurye, 4, and Lillianna Lurye-Gipson, 3, died after a fire started in their home during the early morning hours April 25. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, though authorities have focused their attention on a wood-burning stove.

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State border bills head to governor’s desk

Legislation that would outline Michigan’s role to formally establish — and permanently mark — the border between Michigan and Indiana, was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives Thursday. Senate Bills 627 and 628, sponsored by Sen. Kim LaSata, would establish a state commission responsible for meeting with representatives from a similar body in Indiana to make recommendations on how …

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Andrews Principal returns to job

Andrews Elementary School Principal Ben McIntyre has returned to work after being subject to a pair of investigations the past two months. District officials said McIntyre was deemed to have violated a number of board policies. They also said he did not perform certain job duties and violated his employment contract. The allegations are based on results of a district …

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