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Grant available for Vicksburg businesses

The village of Vicksburg and the Vicksburg Community Foundation have partnered to distribute $40,000 to local businesses impacted by restrictions wrought by the COVID-19 virus. During their Dec. 21 meeting, council members heard village manager Jim Mallery describe the Business Survivability Grant, which creates financial assistance for businesses that meet eligibility criteria. Mallery said about two dozen potentially qualifying business …

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County commission makes hiring freeze exceptions

Four exceptions were made to the county’s hiring freeze Dec. 15. St. Joseph County commissioners granted permission for District Court to fill two deputy clerk positions, Juvenile Court to fill its director/referee position and treasurer’s office to hire a deputy treasurer. In a separate matter, the board heard from emergency services director Erin Goff regarding an update on the 2020 …

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Electric transmission line is being rebuilt

Indiana Michigan Power has announced it is rebuilding a 69-kilovolt transmission line that connects the Moorepark substation to the new Ripple substation in Three Rivers. Company officials said the improvements are essential to ensure continued reliable power is available for customers. The existing transmission infrastructure has reached an age where it is in need of replacement to improve electric service …

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Man arrested after police pursuit

St. Joseph County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 53-year-old Howe, Ind., man last week following a brief car pursuit in Constantine Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said deputies attempted to stop a vehicle for a speeding violation Dec. 21 near the intersection of Dickinson and Burke roads. The driver failed to stop and after a short distance, he was apprehended near the …

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Out and About – Week of December 28th

Thank God this year is almost over. It has been reported that this year has been one of the worst years in American history when it comes to health concerns. Since last March, there hasn’t been a single newscast that hasn’t had some mention of Covid-19. Thousands of Americans have died and at last report there is no end in …

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Rep. Miller announces plans for when his term ends

State Rep. Aaron Miller, whose six-year run in Lansing concludes next week, plans to work for a Sturgis-based financial institution. Miller said he has accepted an offer from Sturgis Bank & Trust. He has already started training and will begin his new job in early January. The 34-year-old Miller said he has been a lifelong customer. His job will be …

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Centreville delays return to in-person learning

Centreville Public Schools has decided to delay in-person learning by one week. In an email to parents, superintendent Stephanie Lemmer stated the district’s board of education agreed to resume in-person learning Jan. 11, one week later than originally planned. Lemmer said the district follows recommendations from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services regarding Young 5s through fifth grade. …

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Trail cameras stolen in Calhoun County

Michigan State Police troopers are investigating a larceny of multiple trail cameras in Calhoun County’s Homer Township. Investigators said the incident occurred after Nov. 24 in an area of 24 Mile Road near South County Line Road. The trail cameras stolen are tan-colored Wildgame Innovations Mirage cameras and a green Primos HD Game Trail camera.

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Christmas climate records

What does Christmas past look like? Here are some records for the two long-term climate stations in the NWS Northern Indiana service area. Nearly continuous climate records for these stations date back to at least 1900. While winter is going to make a return to the area for this Christmas, there certainly have been colder and snowier Christmas days.  (NWS)

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Glen Oaks project funding in spending bill

Funding for a project sought by Glen Oaks Community College was included in a $465 million package approved last week by members of Michigan’s House of Representatives. A portion of the supplemental budget is the final construction authorization for the college’s capital outlay project, initiated more than two years ago. It calls for the renovation of the north side of …

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