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Freeze alert lifted

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Lockport Township officials have announced the freeze alert previously set by the Lockport Township Water Board has been lifted.

Its members also wish to note they will review the next quarterly billing for usage increases and apply credit as necessary in cases where residents followed the suggestion to leave a trickle of water running to prevent pipes from freezing.

Improvements for Farmers Market

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The city of Three Rivers has issued a media release indicating a number of improvements are underway at the Three Rivers Farmers Market.

City Clerk Melissa Bliss said a vendor meeting next week will yield more information about the revamped farmers market.

The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Three Rivers City Hall.

Questions about the meeting or the 2014 farmers market may be directed to Bliss at 273-1075, extension 105.

Public’s help needed in finding homes

April 16, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The co-founder of a Sturgis-area rescue agency for dogs and cats is appealing to the public for a home for the remaining animals before discontinuing operations.

Lois Rosenberg, who helped establish Pet Haven in 1998, announced late last year that she and partners Diana and Rick Capman decided to end Pet Haven. A lack of sustaining funds and people interested in adopting pets were major factors in the decision.

Rosenberg said she has 10 dogs remaining before she will focus on trying to find homes for nearly 30 cats.

She said all of the 10 remaining dogs at her Burr Oak Township farm have good personalities and would make perfect additions to the right family.

Proof of consistent veterinary care of current pets must be provided, Rosenberg said. All Pet Haven dogs are current on rabies vaccinations and kennel licenses. Rosenberg is waiving adoption fees but asks for a nominal fee to cover care for DHLPP.

All cats are spayed and neutered.

More information about Pet Haven, and its remaining dogs and cats, may be obtained by phoning 651-4237.

Replacing the village clerk

April 16, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A week after firing its village clerk, the Centreville Village Council has discussed options for a replacement, including holding off on filling the position.

Village president Jeff Johnson suggested at last week’s village council meeting that the board takes its time in replacing Terrie Tully.

Tully was fired April 2 from office duties, in part, for a faulty financial budget, village officials said. Since then, Johnson and deputy clerk Rhea Schrader have been performing office duties.

Johnson said he and Schrader had been reviewing financial records and he recommends seeking advice from the Michigan Municipal League on the fund balance.

Trustee Gary McClain advised revamping the entire computer system, making billing and revenue reporting easier.

In the meantime, Mendon Village Manager John Hyden has offered to lend the village a hand until it gets its clerk situation in order.

Venus Foundation wants to build shelter

April 16, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The mother of a Colon-area murder victim is looking to open a domestic-violence shelter in Sturgis.

Therese McComb, mother of Venus Stewart and founder of the Venus Foundation, is seeking property on which to locate the shelter. McComb said she is in search of a donation of land or funds to construct the shelter.

McComb said the 50 percent of women seeking a place to stay are turned away because there are not enough shelters. As a result, they have to return to their abuser or go homeless, McComb said.

The Venus Foundation was inspired by the 2010 murder of Stewart, who was murdered by her estranged husband.

To find out more about The Venus Foundation or to donate, its website can be found at: thevenusfoundation.com.

Handgun stolen from restaurant

April 15, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A handgun belonging to a Battle Creek man was stolen over the weekend from a Branch County restaurant.

State police in Coldwater said the man left a .380-caliber pistol in a bathroom stall around 7 p.m. Saturday at Bill’s Steak House in Bronson. Within the hour, he realized the oversight and called the restaurant to report the situation. Employees did not find the weapon and the man also failed to locate it when he returned to the business.

The incident was reported to state police around 8 p.m.

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