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Road commission names award honorees

Three nominees will be a part of the inaugural class of the St. Joseph County Road Commission “Recognition Award” program. Commission manager John Lindsey announced the recognition and honorees during last week’s county board meeting. Lindsey said Bruce Jones, D.W. Arney and Frank Shellenberger will be recognized for the honor. Jones, who passed away in 2018, spent 52 years with …

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Grants expected to bring 450 jobs to Sturgis

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday announced economic development grants for manufacturers Cruiser RV and Heartland Recreational Vehicles in support of two new manufacturing campuses in Sturgis. State officials said the projects are expected to support 450 new jobs in St. Joseph County. The projects, identified as Project White and Project Black, were announced in March by the city of Sturgis, with state stipulations preventing details …

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Police arrest suspect in shooting incident

An arrest related to a shooting incident in Three Rivers earlier this month has been made. Authorities said 21-year-old Sturgis resident Donovan Foster has been taken into custody, as he is the suspect in a shooting July 12 at Paul’s Pantry, 261 E. Michigan Ave. Foster was arrested Thursday at a home in Sturgis and taken to the St. Joseph County jail. A …

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TR Chamber celebrates new location

A celebration recognizing the new location of Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce took place Monday. The fanfare and ceremonial ribbon-cutting marked the $1 million transformation of a previously vacant development known as Maple Lane Plaza, on North Main Street. The rebirth of the former Maple Lane Plaza was detailed and praised repeatedly by a number of speakers who addressed …

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Catalytic converters stolen in Park Township

Michigan State Police troopers are investigating the theft of catalytic converters from two Dodge Ram pickup trucks. According to Trooper Jason Sylvester, the trucks were parked at a business in the 52000 block of U.S. 131 in Park Township. The incident occurred sometime between June 16 and July 19, Sylvester said.

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Michigan governor resumes wearing mask at indoor events

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday resumed wearing a mask at indoor events, citing revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a recommendation from Michigan’s chief doctor. The Democratic governor, who is vaccinated, said she does not anticipate reinstating a face covering requirement, though “not in the near future and maybe not ever.” The CDC on Tuesday reversed …

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Sheriff’s deputy fatally shoots man after police dog stabbed

A man who stabbed a police dog has been shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy in southwestern Michigan. Deputies were called to a home in Gobles about 7:30 p.m. Monday for a reported assault, the Van Buren County sheriff’s office said. The police dog was sent inside about 9:30 p.m. to force the 39-year-old man out, but was stabbed …

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GOCC selected for grant-writing program

Glen Oaks Community College has been selected to participate in a National Science Foundation program that provides training and support to assist the college’s expertise in grant-writing. Glen Oaks is one of 13 two-year colleges nationally chosen to participate in the program in which Project Vision’s staff and its teams work with local faculty and staff to put together strong …

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COA advisory board considers collections policy

St. Joseph County Commission on Aging Advisory Board members are considering a collections policy for Rivers Enrichment Center and Residence in Three Rivers. The issue, raised at last week’s board meeting, centers on the fact that more than $5,000 is owed for damages and unpaid rent from three former tenants. Board chair Deb Davis said the county doesn’t use a …

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ARF reaches funding milestone

Animal Rescue Fund of St. Joseph County recently reached a financial milestone. Over the course of its 23-year existence, ARF has helped fund $500,000 in services and assistance, said Loralee Knepper, a charter member of ARF. Knepper, a Mendon-area resident, said ARF has a small-emergency program but its main focus and biggest outlay has been spay/neuter, which accounts for the …

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