Dennis Rumsey

It was an EF2 tornado in St. Joseph County

The National Weather Service has now surveyed the damage and confirms an EF2 tornado touched down in St. Joseph County on Tuesday. The survey team says the tornado touched down one mile south of Centreville at 5:41pm, and then tracked northeast, passed north of Colon, then crossed into Branch County. The tornado finally weakened and lifted three miles southwest of …

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Roy Buel, 84

Roy J. Buel, age 84, of Centreville, died Thursday, May 9, 2024. Arrangements are pending at Wagner Family Funerals Connelly Chapel, Cassopolis.

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Jean Kelly, 87

Jean C. Kelly, age 87, of Goshen, and formerly of Howe, died on May 4, 2024 at Greencroft Healthcare in Goshen. Jean was born on June 25, 1936 in Battle Creek to Urban and Nell (Leestma) Wise. She and her family were long-time members of the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. Jean worked as a purchasing agent for General Fireproofing, …

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Laurie Van Tassel, 94

Loved and cherished by her family and friends, Laurie McCawley Van Tassel, age 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at her Corey Lake home near Three Rivers. She was born November 4, 1929 in Chicago, the beloved and only daughter of Albert and Blanche (Helmholz) McCawley. Her early married years were spent raising a family with her …

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Ervan Taylor, 61

Ervan Leroy Taylor, age 61, of Three Rivers, passed away Monday, May 6, 2024 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. He was born July 11, 1962 in Three Rivers, the son of Charles and Agnes (Brooks) Taylor, and graduated from Three Rivers High School. Ervan, also affectionately known as “ET,” worked at Three Rivers Hospital for some time, Harder’s Manufacturing for five …

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Bill Parker, 51

William C. Parker, age 51, of Constantine, passed away Monday, May 6, 2024 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born November 17, 1972 in South Bend, a son of Kenneth and Pamela (Murphy) Parker. William graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1990 where he served as football team manager for three years. He had worked at D&W …

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Barbara Sutcliffe, 91

Barbara Jane Sutcliffe, age 91, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at Maple Lake Assisted Living in Paw Paw. She was born on March 1, 1933 in Hillsdale, the daughter of Helen Padget. Barbara attended Centreville High School and was part of the 1951 graduating class. After high school she married George Sutcliffe in 1953. During Barbara’s working …

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Kerry Morgan, 52

Kerry Jean Morgan, age 52, of Three Rivers, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 3, 2024 at her home.  She was born in Three Rivers on January 23, 1972 the daughter of Ronald and Carol (Schabes) Morgan.  She attended Three Rivers High School. Kerry was employed at Walmart in Three Rivers and attended Riverside Church. Although she had a troubled …

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Suspected tornadoes hit local area

Areas of St. Joseph and Branch counties, and elsewhere in Southwest Michigan, are recovering from damage caused by a fierce storm that tore through the area late Tuesday afternoon. Undersheriff Jason Bingaman reported power outages and widespread damage, including exceptionally heavy destruction in and around portions of Nottawa, Colon, and Leonidas townships in St. Joseph County. A pole barn adjacent …

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Mendon schools – Millage renewal approved

Mendon Community Schools Board of Education can start its three-phase construction planning, as district voters Tuesday approved a millage-renewal request. Superintendent Leasa Griffith-Matthews said the district was seeking renewal of 8 mills over a six-year period. The $20 million proposal passed, 298 in favor to 182 opposed. Griffith-Matthews said several improvements on tap will include an addition at the middle/high …

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