Burgoyne charged with DUI

April 17, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

A veteran member of the White Pigeon Police Department was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence last week following a one-car accident in Branch County.

State police investigators said Sgt. Bill Burgoyne, who has a two-decade career with the White Pigeon department, faces charges related to drunken driving after an incident around 6 p.m. Friday in Sherwood Township.

Burgoyne was charged after the vehicle he was driving went off the roadway and rolled over on Mendon Road.

He was off duty at the time of the crash. Michigan State Police investigated the crash and did not release his blood alcohol level. He posted bond and was released from the Branch County Jail.

Burgoyne reportedly remains on the job, as the village’s contract with its police union does not allow it to take action based on allegations. Burgoyne is slated to appear in Branch County court next week.

MDOT issues grant to Sturgis

April 17, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

The Michigan Department of Transportation has issued a road-improvement grant to the city of Sturgis to complement an expansion project underway by Summit Polymers.

State Rep. Matt Lori announced the $242,640 grant would be matched by $60,660 put up by the city to improve a 1,420-foot portion of Broadus Street between Progress Street and Dresser Drive for all-season access to Summit Polymers.

Sturgis City Manager Mike Hughes said the grant complements the company’s commitment to a $1 million investment in equipment for a new line and overall upgrades of the automobile-parts supplier’s Sturgis plant.

While Summit Polymers has already started work on its new line, the city will complete the roadwork for which the grant was awarded later this calendar year, Hughes said.

Summit Polymers currently has 157 employees at its Sturgis facility and plans to add 27 more workers when its new line is put into operation.

Unlawful entry and damage done

April 17, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded to separate reports this week regarding unlawful entry and damage to property.

Three campers at the Latvian Center in Fabius Township were entered either Friday or Saturday. An investigation is ongoing to determine what was taken from the campers.

Meanwhile, investigators responded to a separate incident in White Pigeon Township, where the front windshield of a vehicle was damaged between 8 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. Friday in the 21000 block of Marathon Road.

GOCC registration underway

April 17, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Glen Oaks Community College has announced registration for the 2013 spring/summer and the fall semesters is underway.

Spring/summer semester classes begin May 13 and fall classes start Aug. 26.

Students are encouraged to register early to ensure they receive class schedules at times they prefer.

Class schedules are available at the college, mailed upon request or online at

Financial aid and scholarships may also be available for prospective students who qualify.

Out and About – Week of April 15th

April 16, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

A little over two weeks ago, we celebrated Easter. We thought we’d try something a little different and have Easter dinner with relatives at Gun Lake Casino, south of Grand Rapids. I was surprised to find out that the casino was open on such a holy day, but it was, and from what I gathered, a bunch of people had gone to church early, because the establishment was not hurting for business.

Anyway, we had a delicious ham dinner, which included mashed potatoes, carrots, and a dinner roll. The open-face meatloaf looked good, but it was Easter, so we opted for the traditional ham.

After dinner, we strolled through the casino. I was surprised to see patrons smoking. Evidently the casinos are not under the law of “No Smoking in Public Places”. I’m sure I would have had that issue explained to me, if I had asked.

Now, I lived and worked in Las Vegas for around two years, prior to returning home to Three Rivers, so I’ve been in a few casinos. Besides the Gun Lake Casino, I’ve been to one other, and that was in St. Ignace. Casinos have changed over the years, or perhaps it’s just that the casinos in Las Vegas are different from the others owned by Native Americans. I just don’t understand the slot machines. I’m used to playing the Video Blackjack, or Video Poker. I didn’t see any of those up north. The machines now deal with different symbols and characters. It doesn’t require any skill to play the slots, in my mind. It all deals with chance. Playing the Blackjack Tables does require some skill and concentration. The secret is playing with the knowledge that you are going to lose. As we used to say, “Las Vegas didn’t become the attraction that it is, by losing money.”

Please don’t think that I’m talking down Gun Lake, because we did have a good time, and it was fun to watch the patrons spend their social security. I just hope that the Native American owners are making a profit and that they aren’t giving the U.S. Government more than they deserve. Oops! Who brought that soapbox in here?

I love parades! I get choked up watching a marching band pass by. When the fire trucks appear, I get goose bumps, because I have so much respect for the firefighters and public safety personnel. I even thank the Auxiliary Police officers directing traffic along the parade route. Whenever I see an aerial flyover during a parade, I get weak in the knees. Let me get to the point here. Water Festival happens over Fathers’ Day weekend in June. The theme this year is “TR’s Wild West”, and the fun begins with the parade on Thursday evening, June 13, with a 7 PM step-off. Those interested in being a part of the parade should make sure they have the Parade Entry Form filled out and turned in by Friday, May 17. Forms may be picked up at the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce office, 57 North Main Street, in historic downtown Three Rivers. I must thank my buddy Dean for this reminder.

If you enjoy a good murder mystery, and if you enjoy a satisfying dinner, then here’s something you might want to consider attending. Three Rivers Eagles #2303 will host a murder mystery dinner this Saturday, April 20, at their lodge, located at 715 East Hoffman Street, on the east side of Three Rivers. Dinner starts at 5PM and lasts until it’s gone. If you are wondering what’s on the menu, you must remember that it’s a mystery dinner, so you’ll just have to go and find out. Everything is pretty much a mystery, except for the fact that you will meet Marilyn Monroe, George Burns, Bruce Lee, and even Elvis. Sounds like an exciting evening to me. If this frightens you, take a friend with you. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. This is open to the public.

Here’s something that you probably didn’t know. Because of the speed at which Earth moves around the Sun, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

Commission meeting tonight

April 16, 2013 by WLKM · Comments Off 

A slate of annual reports tops the agenda for today’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Reports on tap today will center on the Friend of Court, Circuit Court, County Clerk, Juvenile Court and District Court.

In addition, commissioners will review and consider renewing law-enforcement agreements between the sheriff’s department and separate contracts for exclusive patrol arrangements with Fabius Township and the village of Centreville.

Today’s meeting starts at 5 p.m.

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