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Body found in Three Rivers

Medical examiner officials at Western Michigan University are attempting to learn more about a body found last week at a location in Three Rivers. According to Three Rivers Police Chief Scott Boling, officers responded shortly after 6 a.m. Friday to the 200 block of Middle Street in response to a deceased subject found behind a residence. Officers confirmed the subject …

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Sturgis restaurant receives small business grant

A Sturgis restaurant is one of more than 30 recipients of a state-issued grant to support small businesses. A $25,000 award was issued to My Freakin’ Pizza, a downtown eatery that opened in May. Malinda and Christopher Merrill, who own My Freakin’ Pizza, submitted a grant request in hopes of securing funding to help offset the cost of a new …

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US 131 project detours traffic

Michigan Department of Transportation officials wish to remind the public that the railroad crossing at the south end of Schoolcraft will be closed starting today for at least two weeks. Agency officials said the heavily traveled railroad crossing will be rebuilt as a part of the $51 million U.S. 131 improvement. The two-year task started at the Rocky River bridge …

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July fresh food distributions

Here’s a look at the remaining Fresh Food Distribution events through July in St. Joseph County. Railroad Park in Burr Oak will be the site of the next distribution. It starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Two distributions will occur Thursday. The first will be at 10:30 a.m. at Gateway Village Apartments in Sturgis. The day’s other distribution begins at 4:30 …

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TR man injured in crash

A Three Rivers man was injured in a two-vehicle crash earlier this week in Cass County’s Volinia Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday to the intersection of Decatur Road and Marcellus Highway in response to a personal-injury crash. Investigators said 43-year-old South Bend resident Jocylyn Vanfleeren was driving north on Decatur Road and …

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SJC law enforcement officers recognized

Undersheriff Jason Bingaman led an awards event last week recognizing law-enforcement across St. Joseph County. During the July 3 event, Bingaman presented “Employee of the Month” awards to deputies Brooke Bingaman, Veronica Hoggard, Devantae Jennings, Kevin Penn, Jesse Raymond, Spencer Schrader and Ethan Warren. Meanwhile, Bingaman gave lifesaving awards to Deputy Zach Radtke and White Pigeon Police Officer Matt Hanson.

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Glen Oaks contributes greatly to our local area

A recent economic and investment analysis concluded that Glen Oaks Community College significantly contributes to both the local economy and the lives of its students, according to a comprehensive study conducted for the fiscal year 2021-22. The study, leveraging data from GOCC’s academic and financial reports and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau, …

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Clarification from the Salvation Army

Kevin Kroehler, case manager for the Salvation Army in Sturgis, said clarification is in order regarding services provided and not provided by the agency. He said the office has been receiving phone calls from people under the impression Salvation Army either covers the cost of car repairs or offers a car-repair service. Kroehler wishes to set the record straight by …

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Colon schools seeks input on strategic plan

Colon Community Schools is seeking resident input related to a five-year strategic plan. Superintendent Rachel Kowalski said the survey will provide valuable input in helping guide the district through the 2027-28 academic year. She said the district’s board of education in October 2022 implemented a strategic plan focusing on facilities and student learning, achievement and outcomes, human resources and team …

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Public input needed on fate of 2 dams

Officials from Indiana Michigan Power have set up an online survey for public input regarding the fate of the century-old Mottville Dam. In addition, a public open house takes place Thursday in Elkhart for more thoughts in the fate of the Mottville Dam and the Elkhart Dam. Both structures are on the St. Joseph River. Input will help guide company …

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