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A skunk has tested postitive for rabies, Van Buren County Animal Control Director Pam Hopkins said Tuesday afternoon. The white skunk was roaming around the grade school property then wandered over to the superintendent’s building Monday afternoon. School Resource Officer Steve Bradley shot the skunk and it was confirmed by the state Health Department Tuesday afternoon that the animal was infected with rabies. Hopkins said none of the children were exposed to the skunk. But, she said, the public should be cautious. If a skunk is out in the daytime, is acting sick or is behaving in an unusual way, such as seeming to be friendly, do not go near it. Call the Clinton Police Department or the Van Buren County sheriff’s office.

Sales Scam

On two different dates this month, May 13 and May 14, the Van Buren County sheriff’s office received reports that four individuals, two males and two females, were coming to area residences and representing themselves as Kirby vacuum cleaner salespersons. However, as the “salespeople” demonstrated the product at the two homes, items were disappearing. This investigation appears to reveal that similar incidences have been reported in neighboring counties. Anyone who has experienced a similar incident is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 745-2112. There are multiple suspects in this case with arrests expected in the coming weeks, according to the report from the sheriff’s office.


In observance of Memorial Day, the Democrat office will be closed Monday, May 27. Deadline for advertising in the May 29 newspaper is 2 p.m. Thursday, May 23. Deadline for articles for the May 29 paper is 2 p.m. Friday, May 24.

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