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Great start for MagiCelebration

July 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The second annual MagiCelebration got off to a good start Wednesday, as out-of-town visitors and area residents descended on the village of Colon for some magic and fun during the four-day event.

The afternoon highlight centered on FAB Magic Co., where owner Rick Fisher drew a standing-room-only crowd for a free magic show.

Fisher said registration for magicians is up 15 percent from last year and ticket sales for the showcase performances at 8 o’clock nightly are up from 2013.

Today’s activities include an all-star close-up show at 3:30 at Colon High School and the evening performance at 8 o’clock.

Friday’s lineup includes MagicIdol youth competition at 10 a.m.

A full schedule of events and times can be found at www.fabmagic.com.

Constantine Schools release documents

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A 59-year-old Three Rivers man who previously taught in Constantine and Three Rivers was reprimanded at least a half dozen times for inappropriate behavior, according to personnel records detailing the employment of David Wing.

The documents, released by Constantine Public Schools in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, show the 59-year-old Wing agreed to surrender his teacher’s license in January 2013. In exchange, he received a $10,000 buyout, payment for unused sick and vacation time, and two additional years of retirement credit.

Wing, who was arrested at his residence July 12, faces three counts of criminal sexual conduct and a single charge of child sexually abusive activity.

The second-degree CSC incidents allegedly occurred in 2008 and 2009 in the first case, June 2014 in the second case and July 4 this year in the third case.

He is slated for a preliminary examination Thursday. Wing is free after posting $100,000 cash-surety bail.

Wing is represented by Three Rivers attorney Ron Grubbs.

Tuition-reimbursement for county employees

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved a tuition-reimbursement policy for county employees.

Spearheaded by Commissioner Don Eaton, the program allows county employees to receive reimbursement up to 100 percent of tuition cost per semester at an accredited college, university or trade school.

The course must be for credit or extended-education purposes.

County administrator Pat Yoder said the classes must be relevant to the line of work in which the employee is hired to perform.

The opportunity is available, as well, for an employee seeking to fulfill specific requirements for a degree program in which the employee is currently enrolled.

Reimbursement is limited to $3,500 per calendar year, per employee, and available only if the employee earns a grade of C or better.

White Pigeon Days concluded

July 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

White Pigeon Days concluded its three-day run Sunday, with a community church service and picnic at Wade Park.

Event organizers said Saturday night’s fireworks show was viewed by thousands of people who parked as far away as Dickinson Road to watch the display.

Earlier in the evening, Constantine High School’s alumni football squad topped a White Pigeon alumni team, 14-6. Proceeds from the game’s $10-per-person admission fee will be split between the two schools for their respective football programs.

Application deadline is approaching

July 4, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Three Rivers Area Community Foundation has announced the deadline for grant applications is July 18.

Eligible applicants include schools, government entities, and other 501(c)3 organizations within the City of Three Rivers and surrounding townships. Final grant awards will require 25 percent matching funds.

Selected grant recipients will be notified by mid-August informing them the award amount that the foundation will match and details regarding their acceptance of the grant.

Applications and guidelines are available online at threeriversfoundation.com. More information is available from Melissa Bliss at 273-1632.

Agreement allows students to earn bachelor’s

June 30, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

An agreement signed last week between heads of two local secondary universities makes official a pact that allows college students an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree at Glen Oaks Community College.

A ceremony involving Glen Oaks president David Devier and his Trine University’s Earl Brooks II took place Thursday at the Centreville-area campus.

Brooks said the agreement means students in certain fields can even earn a master’s degree, thanks to the agreement.

The deal means Trine classes previously held at a satellite location in Sturgis will instead take place at the Glen Oaks campus.

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