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Vendors needed for United Way fundraiser

Officials with the St. Joseph County United Way are looking for vendors interested in being a part of the upcoming Yards, Barns and Brews event. It runs 2 to 8 p.m. May 7 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8 at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds. Yards, Barns and Brews also affords local groups and businesses the opportunity to …

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Colon’s annual Magic Get-Together planned

Abbott’s Magic Get-Together in Colon is planning a return in 2021, but event organizer Greg Bordner said things will be a bit different. Bordner, president of Abbott’s Magic, said seating to the four nightly showcase presentations will be limited to 500 people, about half of the normal capacity. In an effort to maintain the same group of attendees nightly, Bordner …

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Glen Oaks offers more on-campus classes

Registration is underway for summer and fall semester at Glen Oaks Community College, where students will find an increase in on-campus classes. According to Michael Goldin, vice president of academics, the school would typically start fall semesters with about 85 percent of its classes in the traditional, face-to-face format. This past fall, nearly half of GOCC’s classes were held in-person. …

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Health department offers vaccines to anyone 16 and older

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has removed all barriers to receiving the COVID-19 vaccination in the tri-county area. Health officer Rebecca Burns said everyone 16 years of age and older can schedule an appointment at a clinic offered by the agency to receive the vaccine. As of a week ago, positive COVID-19 cases were at 11.2 percent in Branch …

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Police arrest man following home invasion

Three Rivers police last week arrested a parole absconder who broke into a residential garage. Officers were called at 8:15 a.m. Friday morning to the 300 block of Spring Street, where the victim told authorities someone broke into his garage and he was sure the suspect was still on the premises. Officers heard the suspect and called in the services …

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Sturgis Athletic Boosters receive donation

The Sturgis Area Foundation recently awarded $10,000 to Sturgis High School Athletics Booster Club. Athletic director Andy Hatt said the donation is greatly appreciated, as concession sales at home games for various sports have been far below average because of a limited number of spectators allowed at each event. The foundation’s Youth Advisory Council awarded the grant request. The $10,000 …

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Old Car Dust-Off postponed

Organizers of a longtime, spring tradition have decided to postpone their 2021 event. Officials with the Three Rivers Classic and Antique Restorers Club recently agreed to take a pass on the Old Car Dust-Off in Mendon. The event would have been the 57th Dust-Off on May 2 at Mendon High School. Club president Heidi Alexander said the show will hopefully …

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Spring Can Deliver Severe Weather Surprises

Spring brings warmer weather, longer days, and a much-anticipated break from winter. It also brings a very real threat of severe weather, according to disaster recovery specialist Anthony Blodgett of SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties. “The frequent change in cold and warm temperatures in spring creates an elevated risk for severe weather across the country,” said Blodgett. “Ranging …

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Arraignment held for Centreville treasurer

An arraignment was held last week for Centreville’s village treasurer, who is charged with two counts of embezzlement. Court officials said Carol Kotschevar, 59, was arrested March 5 on the charges, and released on bond the following day. Kotschevar was arraigned Thursday on separate charges of embezzlement of funds $20,000 or more. The charges stem from incidents at two area churches. Personal …

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Sturgis man arrested on assault charges

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Sturgis man last week on charges related to the suspect allegedly holding a woman captive for nearly two weeks and assaulting her. According to sheriff’s deputies, 37-year-old Rocky Gardner has been charged with assault to do great bodily harm less than murder, domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment. Following his arrest March 20, …

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