Superintendent to be chosen

April 21, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Members of the Colon Community Schools Board of Education this evening are expected to choose the district’s next superintendent.

Board president Ernie Baker said the issue is on tonight’s agenda. He said it is his understanding the seven-member panel is ready to make a decision in order to have its new leader in place for the 2014-15 school year.

The finalists are Victor Bugni  and Mike Corey. Bugni, of Gladstone, is curriculum and instruction supervisor for the Delta/Schoolcraft Intermediate School District in the Upper Peninsula. Corey is superintendent of Mesick Public Schools.

Colon board member Eric Bower made a community visit to Mesick to learn more about Corey. Regarding Bugni, Baker said he and board members did extensive phone interviews with community leaders in the Delta and Schoolcraft counties and from his previous employer in Traverse City to gauge their feelings toward the candidate.

Tonight’s meeting starts at 6 o’clock in the high school media center.

Filing deadline is Tuesday

April 21, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The filing deadline to qualify for the Aug. 5 primary ballot is 4 p.m. Tuesday.

According to a press release from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, the deadline applies to partisan candidates for governor; U.S. Senate; U.S. House; state House and Senate; select county offices and judicial candidates.

It does not include write-ins, or candidates without a political-party affiliation, who file under different time frames.

Candidates have until 4 p.m. Friday to withdraw their names.

Locally, one noteworthy race up for grabs in the August primary is for the 59th District House. Hoping to succeed term-limited Matt Lori are Republicans Bob Sills, John Bippus, Aaron Miller and Roger Rathburn. The lone Democratic candidate so far is Mike Moroz of Dowagiac.

Sturgis man arrested for meth

April 21, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Sturgis resident Jerry Rial, 24, was charged with a drug-related offense following his arrest last week.

Sturgis police said Rial was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Thursday after a search warrant was executed in the 200 block of North Fourth Street, according to investigators.

Rial was charged with delivery of methamphetamine. In addition, 19-year-old Andrew Kidd was arrested after officers discovered a warrant for his arrest as a fugitive from justice.

Road restrictions have been lifted

April 21, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced seasonal road restrictions have been lifted.

The so-called frost law imposed speed and weight restrictions during the freeze-thaw cycle to help preserve the integrity of non-primary roadways.

The frost law was put into effect last month.

Businesses making improvements

April 21, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Mendon Village Manager John Hyden said the Mendon Downtown Development Authority is offering a $10,000 façade-improvement matching grant.

Any business willing to dress up the front and/or rear of its exterior, make improvements such as new windows or doors, or refresh or upgrade landscaping, is eligible for the matching funds.

He said three business owners have already hired contractors to make upgrades. One plans to paint, and add overhead doors and awnings; the second intends to improve their front entrance and add a small deck; the third is looking at making a new entryway,  reinsulating inside the business and undertaking general improvements to the front and rear of their business.

The Mendon DDA, a 10-member board with one seat currently available, supports 26 businesses from Nottawa Road west to the village’s industrial park.

Junior Sindt, 83

April 20, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Gordon Junior Sindt, age 83 of Three Rivers departed this life April 19, 2014. He was a gentle soul with an infectious smile. Junior was born April 5, 1931 in Dowagiac, MI to Gordon J. and Iris (Weidman) Sindt. He graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1949. After working at area businesses Junior joined and served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954. A medaled veteran of the Korean War, he returned from the military and worked for Three Rivers Builders until beginning his service with the U.S. Postal Service in 1960. Junior was best known in Three Rivers as the friendly mail carrier in Three Rivers’ third ward. Later in life Junior assisted at the Halverson Chapel for many years.

After retiring in 1993 Junior enjoyed daily pontoon rides on Pleasant Lake with his friends and family. He was an avid reader looking for any Western novel he could find. He never wavered in his passion for the Chicago Cubs despite many seasons of wanting more. Over his lifetime Junior enjoyed great times with “The Gang” and you know who you are! But most of all Junior enjoyed the time spent with his extended family.

Since May of 1975 Junior has been loved by Mary Ann (Doane) Sindt and there was no doubt he shared the same love for her. Between the two of them, they shared many nieces and nephews which is where Junior’s love and pride has shown the most. Our Uncle Junior was adored by all of us. The bottom line with Junior was, if you met him, you loved him. We were all blessed to have him in our lives.

Junior will be dearly missed by niece, Jackie (Gary) Schneider of Marquette; nephew, Steve (Terry) Krull of Constantine; great-nephews & great-niece Jeremy (Sara) Schneider, Rachel (Jody Alger) Krull, Tim Krull and great-great-nephews & nieces Gaven, Troy, Morgan, and Mira along with his sister Betty Krull of Portage; and many cousins. Junior was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Sindt.

Junior will also be missed by sister in law, Helen Jeanne (Ted-deceased) Doane of Chelsea, MI; brother in law, Dick (Mary) Doane of Pine Top, AZ; brother in law, Robert (Shirley) Doane of Fishers, IN; nephews and nieces Mark (Linda) Doane, Anine (Jon) Bessolo, Kathy (Paul) Milske, Michael (Laurie) Doane, David (Tanya) Doane, Christine Deems, Carrie (Mike) Kriech, Elizabeth (Ted) Byrer; great nephews and nieces Jennifer, Karen, Ted, Alexis, Mary Jeanne, Julia, Maria, Matthew, Taryn, Garrett, Scott, Shawn, Braden, Owen, Noelle, Zachary, Ben, Max, and their families.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday April 22, 2014 at the Eickhoff Farrand Halverson Chapel, 305 Rock River Avenue in Three Rivers. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday April 23, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, 320 N. Main Street in Three Rivers with Pastor Brenda Deily officiating. Military rites will be presented by Hice-Shutes American Legion Post #170. Interment of ashes will take place at Mission Hills Memorial Garden near Pokagon.

Memorial contributions can be made to either the Three Rivers Elks Lodge #1248 Education Fund, or to Three Rivers Health Hospice. An online register is available and condolences may be left for the family at

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