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Marcellus business destroyed in fire

A family-owned, plastic-molding company was destroyed by fire last weekend in Marcellus. Fire officials were notified around 11 p.m. Sunday that Tri-Star Molding was ablaze. Tri-Star molding is a plastic-injection-molding company. It makes parts for several different uses, including residential and office furniture. The owners of Tri-Star posted on social media that employees will continue to be paid while they …

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White Pigeon library plans fundraiser

White Pigeon Township Library is staging a new fundraiser to support its goal of purchasing a bookmobile. Director Perri Saunders said the program “Irish Fling: An Afternoon With Kennedy’s Kitchen,” will take place at 2 o’clock April 6 at the library. The 90-minute program, supported in part by Burr Oak Tool, will feature a generous amount of Irish music. Suggested …

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United Way raffle nears drawing

St. Joseph County United Way is a day away from conducting the drawing for its 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. They are available at the agency’s Centreville-based office, over the phone at 467-9099, and at the United Way’s temporary storefront in downtown Sturgis. The drawing will take place Thursday.

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TR boys district basketball begins

The Michigan High School Athletic Association begins its boys basketball post-season tournament tonight. We’ll have opening-round action featuring Three Rivers High School coming your way tonight from Kalamazoo County. The Wildcats will travel to Vicksburg, where Three Rivers looks forward to a fresh start following a 3-19 regular-season record and a last-place finish in the Wolverine Conference. Three Rivers hopes …

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County commission votes to dismiss architect firm

St. Joseph County is moving forward with dismissing the architect firm overseeing renovation of the county courts building. The move came by virtue of a 4-3 vote during last week’s county commission meeting. The decision means county administrator Teresa Cupp will work with the county’s legal team to terminate the contract with TowerPinkster. The company had been providing architectural services …

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Three Rivers agrees to purchase property for transitional housing

Three Rivers City Commission has followed through on the purchase of a house to be used as a transitional residence for veterans. Commission members last week agreed to purchase the house and property at 308 S. Main St. for $135,000. The city will lease the house to St. Joseph County, which will screen potential residents to determine who will qualify …

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Human Resources Commission plans upcoming events

St. Joseph County Human Resources Commission has provided an update on a few upcoming events. COPE Cost of Poverty training event is set for noon to 3 p.m. March 13 at Firm Foundation in Centreville. The training is meant for business leaders, agency staff, and church staff and leaders. Next, Community Resource Roundtable will be 8:30 a.m. to noon April …

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Wrestling teams fall short in state competitions

A pair of local teams participating in the MHSAA wrestling tournament ran out of steam over the weekend. Appearing in its first state quarterfinals appearance since 2001, Three Rivers was beaten by lower-ranked Greenville High School, 31-30 in Division 2 action at Wings Stadium. Three Rivers entered the tournament with a 29-0 record on the season. Meanwhile, Constantine High School, …

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State grant for demolition of White Pigeon landmark

A state grant announced this week will cover costs associated with demolition of a dilapidated landmark in White Pigeon. Doug Kuhlman, village zoning administrator, said he received confirmation Thursday of a grant in excess of $575,000 from the State Land Bank Authority. The amount, he said, is enough to cover demolition of the building that housed the former Tasty Nut …

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Expansion project proposed for AZO

A multi-million-dollar expansion project could be coming to Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport. WWMT is reporting that AZO released to the Federal Aviation Administration a proposal calling for weatherproofing and expanding the airport’s existing runway. If approved, the expansion would enhance the reliability and viability of the runway, allowing planes to land in excessive heat, cold or snowy conditions in …

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