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Unemployment rate

Michigan’s unemployment rate increased in August for the third consecutive month. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget says the state’s jobless rate last month edged upward by two-tenths of a percentage point to nine percent. Total employment declined by 7,000 over the month, while the number of unemployed rose by 7,000. There was little change in the state’s ... Read More »

LaDonna Roberts, 89

LaDonna Ruth “Granny” Roberts, 89, of Three Rivers, passed away on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at the Heartland Health Care Center. She was born in Marion, Ind., on Nov. 26, 1923 the daughter of the late Bernie and Ruth (York) Weinberg. Mrs. Roberts was employed and retired from Continental Can Company after 32 years of service. She has been a ... Read More »

Jayanti Patel, 65

Jayanti M. Patel, age 65, of Sturgis, Michigan passed away late Tuesday evening September 17, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born December 15, 1947 in Maniyoi, India son of the late Mavjibhai and Jethiben (Patel) Patel. Mr. Patel resided in Sturgis since 1990 coming from Chicago, Illinois. On March 27, 1981 he married Uma J. ... Read More »


Hello, my name is Ed. I am a neutered male domestic shorthair cat, about 1 year old. I’m grey and white and love attention, like people and take things in stride. I’m also already litter-trained and have been around children and do fine. Come and see how friendly I am. My Docket # 11601, at the St. Joseph County Animal ... Read More »

Great time at the Fair

A pair of crowd-friendly events Tuesday drew large numbers of people to the St. Joseph County Grange Fair. Billed as “A Night of Destruction,” an off-road derby and demolition derby were well received by fans in the grandstand area. Meanwhile, a show ring to the east end of the fairgrounds featured chuck wagon races, an event in which 12, two-person ... Read More »

Payment approved

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to approve payment to finance director Joni Smith and human resources director Elishia Arver for their work earlier this year as fill-in county administrators. Both employees were paid $10,000 for providing professional services and responsibilities, as they worked together in the role of county administrator between the mid-January departure of ... Read More »