St Joseph County

Man dies in Leonidas crash

A Mendon man died over the weekend in a two-vehicle accident in Leonidas Township, where rescue personnel said heavy fog played a role in the incident. Sheriff’s deputies were called at 5:30 p.m. Sunday to the intersection of Summit and Pleasant roads, just west of Leonidas. Investigators said Mark Russell, 60, was driving a Jeep west on Pleasant Road. Meanwhile, …

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Man arrested after not paying for merchandise

A Three Rivers resident was arrested after attempting to leave the Sturgis Meijer without paying for merchandise. Sturgis police said the 26-year-old man fled the store around 7 p.m. Saturday despite an attempt by store personnel to stop him. Sturgis K-9 officer Tucky was brought to the scene and successfully located the man in a nearby field. He was charged …

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Children overcome by exhaust fumes

Medics from the Tri Township Fire Department and Lifecare Ambulance personnel treated two Coldwater children who were overcome by exhaust fumes over the weekend in Fawn River Township. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called at 11:50 a.m. Saturday to Sweet Lake Trailer Park on U.S. 12 in response to two children who had stopped breathing. …

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Three Rivers Health wins award

Quorum Health Resources recently announced Three Rivers Health as a winner of the Excellence in Leadership awards. Three Rivers Health received the award for “Most Improved Performance” in the Under $100 million revenue category. Interim CEO David Shannon said TR Health has increased its operating margin by refocusing its efforts to more efficiently manage labor and supply costs. Meanwhile, QHR …

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Grant allows technology purchase

Constantine Middle School Prinicpal Ray Bohm said the school recently purchased a set of Chromebooks thanks to a grant from Pioneer Giving. Bohm, who applied for the grant earlier this year, said the 18 Chromebooks will increase student achievements, provide the ability to access curriculum independently and assist students to work collaboratively with teachers on assignments and projects. School counselor Steffany …

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Logan heads to Jackson ISD

Members of the Jackson County Intermediate School District Board of Education this week hired Jean Logan to a newly created position. Logan, whose resignation as superintendent of Three Rivers Community Schools was accepted by its board Wednesday, will serve as early college administrator for what is described as the ISD’s Learning Services Team. Her employment was approved by the Jackson …

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Police investigate Sturgis break in

State police are investigating a breaking-and-entering incident that took place earlier this week in Sturgis Township. Troopers were called Monday to the Memory Lane trailer park, in the 25000 block of U.S. 12, where a residence was burglarized between 4 a.m. and 1 p.m. A laptop computer and undisclosed amount of money were stolen during the break in, according to …

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Three Rivers awarded preservation grant

The Michigan Strategic Fund has awarded a grant to the city of Three Rivers for preservation of historic downtown buildings. State Rep. Aaron Miller announced the news Thursday. The $365,000 Community Development Block Grant will provide funds for blight elimination and historic preservation needed for the proposed Landmark Taphouse and Grille project. The project is expected to generate nearly $1 …

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County enrollment up overall

A preliminary report from the October “Count Day” shows school enrollment is slightly up in the county overall, from 10,652 students in 2016 to 10,712 students. Three Rivers Community Schools had the biggest jump, up 87 students, from 2,623 in 2016 to 2,710 in 2017. Mendon Community Schools experienced the biggest dip in enrollment, down 42 students from 581 in …

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Board accepts Logan’s resignation

Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education members during a special meeting Wednesday accepted the resignation of superintendent Jean Logan. She advised the board last week that she expects to land a position in another district. A second order of business Wednesday saw the board hire Portage resident Rob Kuhlman to serve as interim superintendent. Kuhlman, 61, retired in June …

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