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Sheriff’s department welcomes facility dog

St. Joseph County Undersheriff Jason Bingaman has announced the newest member of the sheriff’s department – a facility dog named CJ. Bingaman said facility dogs are companion dogs trained to enhance stress-management techniques and be a calming presence. He said research shows the relationship between dogs and law-enforcement officers can have positive influence on the ability to prepare for and …

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Colon American Legion plan annual raffle

In advance of next month’s Magic City Grill Fest, tickets for the annual raffle to benefit Colon American Legion Post 454 are now on sale. Prizes include a Kamado Joe Grill, a patio set with outdoor fire pit, a deluxe kayak with paddle, a propane patio heater and a Blackstone tabletop griddle. Other prizes include Grandma Nettie cheesecakes, Five Star …

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Sturgis considers downtown lighting project

A proposed lighting project in downtown Sturgis has been brought back to the forefront. Sturgis Community Development Specialist Jeff Coney recently presented details for the proposed project to the Sturgis City Commission. The Sturgis Downtown Development Authority and some interested downtown business owners have been investigating a project to light downtown Sturgis buildings over the last few years. Through investigating …

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Kelly Ward announces probate court judge candidacy

A Flowerfield Township woman has announced her candidacy for Probate Court judge. Attorney Kelly Ward currently serves as a referee and indicated she is the right person for the six-year position. Incumbent David Tomlinson is unable to seek re-election due to age limitations. A county resident of more than 40 years, Ward previously worked for Van Buren County Circuit Court …

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Bicycle stolen in White Pigeon Township

Michigan State Police troopers are investigating a larceny incident involving a high-end bicycle in White Pigeon Township. A Jamis bicycle was taken between 5:45 and 9:30 a.m. Friday in the 17000 block of Indian Prairie Road. The bicycle is gray in color and is attached to a white pull cart.

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Out and About – Week of May 20th

Next Wednesday, May 29, Chef Brigitte Romanelli will offer a cooking class at the Immaculate Conception Church, 645 South Douglas Street, in Three Rivers. This “Cook for a Cause” will feature preparing Homemade Pasta and Meatballs. The cost is $55. per person and will begin promptly at 5PM. It is advised to register early at iccatholicschool.com, because the class size …

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Meet Up and Eat Up returns for summer

Details related to the annual “Meet Up and Eat Up” summer feeding program have been released this week. The free program is for people up to 18 years of age and adults with special needs up to 26-years-old. Burr Oak’s program runs June 3 through Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Colon Community Schools …

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Officials tour tornado damage

A group of federal, state and local officials toured tornado-damaged areas in Portage and other area communities Wednesday. The joint public damage assessment featured personnel from Michigan State Police, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Small Business Administration and local officials. The group was one of three teams assessing damage in Kalamazoo County, with additional teams surveying storm damage in Branch, Cass …

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Fatal crash Van Buren County

A Cass County man died in a single-vehicle crash earlier this week in Van Buren County’s Keeler Township. Authorities said deputies responded around 6:30 p.m. Monday to the 69000 block of 84th Avenue in response to a personal-injury crash. Investigators said first-arriving personnel reported a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air crashed into a tree. A 54-year-old man from Dowagiac was found …

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Flapjack

Well !  Finally! Sunny weather.  I have been waiting for a nice day.  My name is “Flapjack” and I am a Labrador Retriever about two years old.  I have been neutered and I am housetrained.  I get along with other dogs and kids.  Being still young I get excited and LOVE playing ball.  It takes me a little time to …

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