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Meat judging contest provides full circle experience for youth
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 08:18:09 -0700

BRANCH COUNTY — Michigan Youth were recently provided an exceptional learning opportunity as they participaed in learning about their livestock projects. The experience came full circle as youth competed in the Michigan 4-H/FFA Meat Judging Contest on July 25.

Dent gets 22 years for 13 kilos of cocaine
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:03:18 -0700

COLDWATER — Almost six years after his conviction at trial, Steven Duane Dent was sentenced in Branch County Circuit Court for possession of 13 kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute and resisting Michigan State Police (MSP) Trooper Matt Unterbrink by driving off with the trooper holding onto his SUV.

Hart-Haberl concedes race to Leutheuser
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 03:18:48 -0700

COLDWATER — Eric Leutheuser won the Republican nomination for the 58th District Michigan House race Tuesday by taking more votes out of opponent Tim Hart-Haberl's home base of Branch County than Hart-Haberl could take out of Leutheuser's native Hillsdale County.

Tour provides entertainment, insight into operations
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:45:07 -0700

QUINCY — Preston Farms in Quincy opened its farming operation to residents of Hillsdale County and Branch County Saturday during the fifth annual Preston Family Farm Tour and Ice Cream Social.

$13.4M purchase of Old Wayne County Building, parking lot closes
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:47:35 -0700

Kirk Pinho - The vacant Old Wayne County Building officially has a new owner. June West, director of communications for county Executive Robert Ficano, said the deal to sell a private New York investment group the building and a 120-space county-owned parking lot at 400 E. Fort St. in downtown Detroit for $13.4 million closed Tuesday. The 226,000-square-foot building at 600 Randolph St. was ...

New law could impact Branch County veterans
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:23:03 -0700

COLDWATER — While serving in Germany during the Vietnam War era, Coldwater resident Chris Pavka was injured. Despite the fact that he was using crutches at the time, he was discharged with zero percent disability.

New state funds won't end crisis
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:03:15 -0700

LANSING — Recently, the Michigan Legislature approved a supplemental $144.5 million for the 2015 fiscal year for winter roads maintenance – nearly $380,000 of which will be intended for Branch County.

Ready for kickoff? Branch County teams set sights on 2014
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:24:38 -0700

BRANCH COUNTY — When the prep football season begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, it will be the first opportunity for Branch County teams to accomplish their goals.

Area unemployment rose in July
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:14:45 -0700

LANSING — With summer layoffs of school staff, unemployment numbers rose in southern Michigan during July.

Winter salt needed as prices spike
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:32:39 -0700

COLDWATER — The Branch County Road Commission (BCRC) has little road salt for the coming winter and must now try to find 4,000 tons as prices increase.