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Lori votes to protect effective teachers

Posted June 9, 2011 by Bruce Snook

The Michigan House Thursday (June 9th) approved sweeping legislation reforming teacher tenure laws, which Rep. Matt Lori, R-Constantine, said will strengthen education for all Michigan children. The Teacher Quality Package, which encourages accountability at all levels of education, was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives following a number of committee hearings on reforming the […]

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Latest ‘Community Development Meeting’ explores ‘district library’

Posted January 25, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Libraries – specifically, district libraries – were in the spotlight Thursday evening (January 24th) during the first ‘Community Development Meeting’  (CDM) of the New Year, a session hosted by Three Rivers City Manager Joe Bippus and held in the Commission Room at City Hall. The gathering was the latest in a series of such meetings […]

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Open Arms program to offer weekend homeless shelter in Three Rivers

Posted October 19, 2009 by Bruce Snook

With the economic downturn continuing and winter approaching, efforts are underway to address the growing problem of homelessness in St. Joseph County through a weekend homeless shelter in Three Rivers.

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Lion drinking fountain returns to Scidmore Park

Posted June 14, 2012 by Bruce Snook

An old friend – looking better than ever – has returned to Scidmore Park. Thanks to “a lot of labor intensive revamping” by K & D Body Shop over the winter months, the lion drinking fountain is back in place, adjacent to the playground, and looking sharp. During an interview with the River Country Journal, […]

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Bald Eagles at Colon

Posted July 10, 2011 by Bruce Snook

Editor’s Note: The following personal account of Bald Eagles at Colon – and the accompanying photos – were submitted Millie Johnson, reporter/photographer and Colon resident. Colon, Michigan – Your eyes are not deceiving you. Yes, there are Bald Eagles nesting in St. Joseph County. The Bald Eagle, our National Symbol is a protected bird of […]

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Candlelight vigil remembering Jodi Parrack
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Candlelight vigil marks fifth anniversary of Jodi Parrack’s death

Posted November 8, 2012 by Bruce Snook

CONSTANTINE – Thursday (November 8) marked the fifth anniversary of the death of 11-year-old Jodi Parrack, whose body was discovered at 10 p.m. alongside her bicycle at Constantine Township Cemetery. Jodi’s death was ruled a homicide. More than 60 friends and family of Jodi held a candlelight vigil for her at 7 p.m. at the […]

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Constantine Village President Pat Weiss provides US-131 bypass update

Posted December 18, 2012 by Bruce Snook

President Pat Weiss updated the Constantine village council Monday evening (December 17) on the status of the proposed bypass along U.S. 131. Weiss said she attended a December 11 meeting of 35 Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) representatives, and contractors at the MDOT office in Kalamazoo. “All properties necessary for […]

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Upton praises passage of Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act

Posted December 14, 2011 by Bruce Snook

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) praised Tuesday evening’s (December 13th) House passage of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (H.R. 3630).  Among other things, this legislation extends payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits while preventing scheduled cuts to Medicare payments for physicians. H.R. 3630 also seeks to spur job […]

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‘Tea Party’ highlighted during TR City Commission meeting

Posted April 6, 2011 by Bruce Snook

Tuesday evening’s (April 5th) Three Rivers City Commission meeting provided the forum for a brief introduction to the ‘Tea Party,’ one of the players on the national political scene including the budget debate now raging in Washington, D.C. Jeff Brown of Sturgis spoke during the ‘General Comments’ portion of the meeting and said, “I’m helping […]

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House-approved legislation would move school board and ISD elections to November in even-numbered years

Posted August 26, 2011 by Bruce Snook

Legislation was approved this week by the Michigan House that would move school board and intermediate school district elections to November general elections in even-numbered years. “This switch is a common sense reform that is long overdue,” said state Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford. “We have had too many instances of low voter turnout and elections […]

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Clean Water Plant in Three Rivers experiences biosolids discharge

Posted April 4, 2012 by Bruce Snook

The Clean Water Plant (CWP) in Three Rivers experienced a discharge of biosolids from the treated storage tank via a “foam over” in the early morning hours of Wednesday (April 4). According to a news release from CWP Director James Baker, the discharge volume was estimated at 600 gallons. The discharge entered the St. Joseph […]

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No appointment for County Treasurer at this time, Chief Deputy to assume duties February 1st

Posted January 4, 2012 by Bruce Snook

There will be no appointment for County Treasurer at this time. That’s the word in a news release from County Clerk Pattie Bender reporting that the St. Joseph County Appointment Committee met Wednesday (January 4th) and made a determination that an appointment for County Treasurer will not be made at this time. According to the […]

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Finishing touches being put on MarketPlace North revitalization project

Posted August 26, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Revitalization of the former Village Square Shopping Center and its transformation into The Shoppes at MarketPlace North is nearing the finish line. This rather substantial economic development project was set in motion in October of 2010 when Tom Meyer and his son, Aaron Meyer, joined forces to purchase the bulk of the property in the […]

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St. Joseph County Apportionment Commission adopts plan for five commissioner districts, rather than seven

Posted May 3, 2011 by Bruce Snook

The St. Joseph County Apportionment Commission has adopted a ‘redistricting’ plan that calls for five commission districts, rather than the seven currently in place. The action came during a half-hour meeting Monday afternoon (May 2nd), the third meeting by the five-member group that consists of County Clerk Pattie Bender, County Treasurer Phyllis Bainbridge, County Prosecutor […]

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Upton highlights cutting-edge vehicle technologies and jobs at Eaton

Posted June 7, 2011 by Bruce Snook

GALESBURG, MI – Monday afternoon (June 6th), Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) visited Eaton Corp’s Vehicle Group in Galesburg for an update on the division’s developments in revolutionary vehicle technologies as well as to discuss the impact of federal policies on local job growth and innovation.  Upton has been a strong supporter of Eaton, having […]

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Trine “Development Agreement” available now

Posted July 7, 2011 by Bruce Snook

The Trine “Development Agreement” that will be the focal point of a public forum and hearing next week is now available via St. Joseph County’s website at www.stjosephcountymi.org. In action Tuesday evening (July 5th), the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners scheduled the combination forum/hearing for Wednesday, July 13th, at 6 p.m. in the Commission […]

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POSITIVELY EDUCATION – Have you ever really thought what schools are asked to do?

Posted November 17, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Schools date back to the time of the early settlers. The Puritans in Massachusetts started schools to teach basic reading and math skills.  Some geography and civics were added but the curriculum was limited and focused for 250 plus years.  At the beginning of the 20th century society began to assign additional responsibilities to the […]

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Prospective buyer of former Rexam plant in Constantine closer to finalizing purchase of facility

Posted October 13, 2011 by Bruce Snook

Nature’s Fuel, the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based company with an interest in the former Rexam plant in Constantine, is reportedly closer to finalizing its acquisition of the facility. For an update on the topic through a Sturgis Journal story by Jef Rietsma, click on the following link:  Nature’s Fuel closer to deal

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Springer verdict: not guilty of murder, guilty of torture and child abuse

Posted February 23, 2010 by Bruce Snook

A jury has found Anthony and Marsha Springer ‘not guilty’ of felony murder in the death of their daughter, 16-year-old Calista Springer, but ‘guilty’ of torture and first-degree child abuse. The verdict was delivered in St. Joseph County Circuit Court in Centreville around 5 p.m. Tuesday (February 23rd) after an eight-day trial in Kalamazoo and […]

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Three Rivers orthodontist expands offerings with new practice for treating obstructive sleep apnea

Posted June 7, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Longtime Three Rivers orthodontist James Souers has expanded his offerings with a new practice dedicated to treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Souers provides orthodontic services through Michigan Orthodontic Specialists at offices in Three Rivers and Kalamazoo, something he has done since 1980.  About six months ago – with assistance from his son, Loren Souers – […]

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