Cold temperatures are expected across Michigan after an arctic blast swept across the Northern Plains and made its way east. In Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula, temperatures in the teens were reported Thursday morning in Ironwood. In much of the rest of the state, temperatures were in the 30s to 50s, but they were expected to be in the 30s or below by Thursday evening. A mix of snow and freezing rain is expected in places, making travel difficult. Cold weather is to continue through the weekend. Gale warnings are in effect Thursday for Lake Superior and parts of northern Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, with high waves expected. In Lake Superior, the National Weather Service says waves of 18 feet are likely with maximum heights of up to 26 feet. (AP)
The boil-water notice for Lockport Township is continued until further notice, according to Michiana Operations Inc.
The advisory has been in place since Friday evening and was expected to be lifted Tuesday. Michiana water supervisor Jennifer Ransbottom, however, issued a media release late Wednesday advising that the order remains in effect.
Michiana’s detection system noted a drop in the township’s water system last week, creating conditions that could cause bacterial contamination in the water supply.
Ransbottom said a pump failure occurred due to an electrical malfunction, resulting in the loss of pressure. The township’s water system is being flushed and bacteria samples are still being taken until water quality conforms to state standards.
A notice will be issued immediately when the boil-water order is lifted.
St. Joseph County’s 2014 fiscal-year budget was approved by the five-member St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.
More than $16.7 million was set aside for county operations in 2014, an increase of more than $1.6 million from the amended 2013 fiscal year budget of $15.1 million.
Joni Smith, St. Joseph County’s director of finance, said in addition, the county has budgeted a transfer from the general-fund fund balance of $2 million to the county’s Building Improvement and Replacement fund.
The transfer, she said, is to set up a reserve to address the future facility needs in the county.
A review of the 2014 financial allocations show almost $2.3 million to the sheriff’s department, $2.2 million to the jail and turnkey, and $1 million to District Court. The allocations are increases from 2013 in all three cases.
The County’s appropriation to the road commission has increased from $70,000 to $191,000 for 2014. Smith said that is the only significant change in appropriations to outside agencies or organizations.
A variety of Christmas-related celebrations are taking place over the next three days throughout St. Joseph County.
In Constantine, the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony takes place at 6 o’clock tonight.
The village is also staging its Fourth of July fireworks fundraiser dinner tonight at Meeks Mill. Dinner settings are at 5 o’clock, 6:30 and 7:30.
Also in Constantine Saturday, downtown stores will feature a Christmas scavenger hunt 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Santa and reindeer will be at Shelby Park from 11 a.m. until 2. Prospective participants are advised to bring their own cameras.
Christmas in Colon takes place Friday, when a downtown parade starts at 6 p.m. Santa and carolers will be at the Colon Community Park at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Centreville Downtown Development Authority has announced Santa will be coming to Centreville at 7 p.m. Saturday. The village’s Christmas tree lighting will occur at the same time in the courtyard gazebo.
A riding lawnmower and several other items were reported stolen Tuesday from a container storage in Sturgis Township.
State police said the lock on a container located in the 68000 block of White School Road was cut sometime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 29. In addition to the XMARK brand mower, four tires and a vehicle engine were stolen from the site.
Larry Jay Hartzell, 68, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. He was born in Three Rivers on June 18, 1945 to Calvin and Dorothy (Ransbottom) Hartzell. He attended Three Rivers High School. In his earlier years Larry’s favorite pastimes were playing guitar, woodworking and travel. Especially spending time in Florida with his stepfather, Max Moorlag.
Before his early retirement Larry worked as a carpenter, in farming and as an over the road truck driver. More recently he became a Syfi and TV movie fanatic.
Larry is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter Tammy Green; sons David (Sue) Hartzell, Calvin Hartzell; stepdaughter Angela (Harold) Leiby; stepsons Christopher Barrone, Mike (Jackie) Salmen, Mark Salmen, Chip Johnson, Dallas (Malisa) Johnson, Travis (Brandy) Johnson; brother William (Judy) Hartzell; sisters twin Sandra Shalz and Linda (Tom DelVecchio) Towles. Also left to cherish his memory are many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Family and friends will be received Sunday, Dec. 15 from 12:30-3 p.m. with a celebration of life service to immediately follow visitation at the First Church of God, 17398 M-86, Three Rivers. Cremation has taken place. Elkhart Cremation Services is entrusted with arrangements.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Three Rivers Hospice for their loving care.