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State grant will upgrade Constantine Road

A one-mile stretch of Constantine Road will be upgraded thanks to a state grant and financial contributions from two local entities. During last week’s county commission meeting, Commissioner Dennis Allen said he received confirmation of the funding from Michigan Department of Transportation. The financial help will be provided through a “High Risk Rural Roads” grant. The 80/20 grant will see …

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Constantine rescinds medical marijuana ordinance

The Constantine Village Council held a special meeting Tuesday to review a medical marijuana ordinance to allow facilities in the village. A resolution and permit application also were reviewed. The ordinance initially passed by a 5-2 vote, but village attorney Howard Bush advised that a criteria and decision on how many such businesses the village will allow should be in place. …

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Police investigate thefts

Troopers from Michigan State Police are investigating recent, unrelated thefts. The first incident involved multiple packages left at a home on Patterson Lane, a dead-end street in Three Rivers. The theft occurred between noon and 1 p.m. Sunday, police said. The packages were left on the ground in front of the home and no one was at home. The items stolen …

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White Pigeon woman heads to Mrs. World contest

After more than three anxious months since winning the title of Mrs. America 2018, Mekayla Eppers finally finds herself on the verge of attempting to capture a more global prize. Eppers last week arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa, to take part in the Mrs. World competition. The contest is Saturday. A 2007 White Pigeon High School graduate and native of …

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Commission approves bylaws amendments

St. Joseph County’s board of commissioners has approved amendments to the bylaws of the Veterans Affairs Board. During last week’s meeting, commissioners agreed to the changes that include dropping the requirement calling for at least one board member to have served in WW I. The bylaw was changed to read “… at least one member shall represent a congressionally chartered …

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A Christmas Carol will be performed this weekend

On Broadway Little Black Box Theater in Union City will present Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” this weekend. The theater performance is set in 1940s radio station WBFR. It is presented as a live radio play as performed before studio audiences of that era. The cast includes Colon-based magician and illusionist Ron Carnell as Scrooge. Many of the props and …

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Annual Walk For Warmth planned

A Colon woman who has dedicated several years to Community Action’s annual Walk For Warmth event has begun raising awareness of the 33rd annual event. Nancy Percival recently issued a media release to remind the public of the Feb. 24, 2018, event. According to Percival, the event annually raises more than $10,000 and benefits nearly two dozen St. Joseph County …

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Constantine hears presentation on wastewater system

Representatives from Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering gave a presentation recently about the Constantine wastewater system and asset management planning. Jon Moxie and Lindsay Sagorski said parts of the village system are from the 1940s and in bad shape. Moxie said sewer and water rates are set so the village is just breaking even. He suggested the village begin setting aside …

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Sturgis home damaged in fire

Fire caused heavy damage Monday to a home in the 70000 block of M-66 in Sturgis Township. Tri-Township firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the residence and authorities believe the fire started in the rear of the home before spreading to the attic. No injuries were reported. The homeowner was at work at the time of the blaze, …

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Lights of Love surpasses goal

The Three Rivers Health Auxiliary surpassed its 2017 goal by raising more than $11,000 in its 27th annual Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony last weekend. Lights of Love Committee member Karen Armstrong said Lights of Love exceeded its $10,000 goal this year. The event will allow the auxiliary to purchase a new bladder scanner for the hospital. Donors gave …

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