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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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Number of CPL applications increased

Concealed Pistol License applications to the county clerk’s office were at an eight-year high in 2020. St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald shared various information with county commissioners during their executive committee meeting Wednesday, when she presented her annual report for the period covering 2019 and 2020. The number of CPL applications was one figure that stood out. In 2020, …

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County clerk asks for exception to hiring freeze

St. Joseph County commissioners appear to be in favor of honoring county clerk Lindsay Oswald’s request for an exemption to the county’s hiring freeze. Oswald told commissioners during their executive committee meeting Wednesday she is in need of a deputy clerk due to being short staffed. Furthermore, she said there’s a strong chance she’ll be down a staff member for …

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COVID-19 variant found in Hillsdale County

The COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 has been identified in a Hillsdale County COVID-positive resident. The individual has been in isolation since initial diagnosis, according to health officer Rebecca Burns. Variant identification is learned after further testing of the initial specimen called sequencing. The COVID-19 virus, as expected with a coronavirus, has changed over the past year. The variant originated in the …

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County commission considers in-person meetings

Permanently returning to in-person board meetings spurred a lengthy discussion during Wednesday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners executive committee meeting. The board plans to meet in person Tuesday next week for the first time since last fall. In order to maintain the option of meeting electronically, however, commissioners must approve a state of emergency resolution. Such a measure gives …

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Pfizer to break ground on new Michigan production facility

Pfizer is expected to start building a new pharmaceutical production facility in Kalamazoo County. The drugmaker broke ground Wednesday on the multi-story, 420,000-square-foot building on Pfizer’s global manufacturing campus in Portage, MLive.com reported. It is expected to bring 450 new jobs to the area. The $465 million facility is expected to be in operation in 2025, according to Pfizer. The …

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Whitmer doubles Michigan’s daily vaccination goal to 100,000

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday doubled Michigan’s daily COVID-19 vaccination goal to 100,000 shots. She cited continuous week-over-week increases in vaccine allotments the state is receiving and an expanded number of providers who can administer doses. She called vaccinations safe, effective and essential to getting the country back to normal. “These new, higher vaccine targets are a testament to what …

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Jaylin

I am Jaylin .   Look at me.  I am ready for adoption!  I need to be kept busy with a job or lots of exercise.  I may be a little shy at first but once I warm up, all I want is attention!  I think I am about a year old and will need my spay surgery.  If you’re interested …

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