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Missing person found safe

April 4, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Three Rivers Police Department would like to thank the public for its help in response to a voluntary missing person.

Eighteen-year-old Zachary Allen Kelley has been located in Georgia, safe with a family member.

According to a Three Rivers Police media report, Kelley was last seen by his parents Tuesday. He had spent the night at a family member’s house in the Marcellus area, but had not been seen since.

Police did not indicate the relationship between Kelley and the family member with whom he was found.

County Board to meet with county road commission

April 4, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners has set a time and date for a work session to meet with the county road commission.

The meeting, set for 3 p.m. April 30 at the county courthouse, will center on the road commission’s millage renewal request this year and an update on road conditions in general.

County administrator Pat Yoder said he met with road commission head Christopher Bolt Tuesday and the two agreed the timing of a work session would be prudent.

Bolt later this spring is expected to appear before commissioners with a request for resolution to stage the millage renewal request.

The matter is one of likely a few agenda items slated for the work session.

Colon Schools have two candidates

April 3, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Colon Community Schools officials have whittled their list of top administrative candidates from three to two.

Victor Bungi and Mike Corey made the final cut following a day-long session of meetings Tuesday with committees and the district’s board of education. Candidate Drew Bordner was eliminated Tuesday.

Bungi, of Gladstone, is curriculum and instruction supervisor for the Delta/Schoolcraft Intermediate School District in the Upper Peninsula.

Corey, of Mesick, is superintendent of Mesick Public Schools.

Board president Ernie Baker said a site visit between now and the board’s April 21 regularly scheduled meeting will be the next course of action. He said Bungi previously held an administrative position at a Traverse City-area district. Rather than venture to the Upper Peninsula, district officials who make the site visit will instead find out more about Bungi from his former employer in Traverse City.

They plan to spend a day in Mesick on the way up to gain more feedback about Corey.

Either way, Baker said he is confident a decision will be made April 21.

Lockport Township no permit required

April 3, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

With the transition to fire protection coverage from the city of Three Rivers Fire Department, it will no longer be necessary for Lockport Township residents to call for a burn permit.

The action is not required because Lockport Township residents won’t be charged for a fire response.

Residents are reminded that open burning of household trash that contains plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals or hazardous materials is prohibited.

The burning of these household trash items poses a danger to human health and the environment Three Rivers fire officials said. The changes contain penalty provisions, which may be enforced by local units of government, should a local ordinance not exist.

Residents are also reminded to be responsible with open burning of leaves and brush. Fires should be supervised until extinguished, and weather conditions should be taken into consideration before starting an open burn.

Refrain from burning during dry conditions, and or high winds.

Logan to be superintendent

April 2, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Roger Rathburn’s likely replacement as superintendent of Three Rivers Community Schools is a familiar face to the district.

Jean Logan, who has served as Three Rivers High School principal since the 2010-11 academic year, was offered the district’s top post Monday.

Logan, 48, was one of two finalists. She and Gary Wood, superintendent of Mio-Au Sable Schools, were chosen as finalists from a field of six candidates who interviewed for the position last week.

Logan, whose salary as principal is $93,000 annually, is working with district officials regarding terms of her contract, including salary.

Logan spent 13 years with Constantine Public Schools before replacing Dan Ryan as Three Rivers High School principal.

To replace Logan, the district is working on posting its opening for a high school principal.

Renewed contract

April 2, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners has renewed its contract with Fabius Township for law-enforcement services.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the commission agreed to the one-year contract. The measure, which has been in place more than 13 years, calls for the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department to dedicate a car and deputy to patrol Fabius Township exclusively.

Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said patrol officer Tim Barnes will continue to serve as the township’s contracted officer. The $93,000 expense is paid for by Fabius Township.

One modification from previous contracts has to do with using the Fabius-Park Fire Station on West Broadway Street as a substation for Barnes. Lillywhite said Barnes is a Three Rivers resident, so rather than driving to Centreville in his personal vehicle then driving back to Three Rivers area for patrol, Barnes will leave the sheriff’s department vehicle in a bay at the station.

The setup will save Barnes driving time and miles on the county’s patrol car, Lillywhite said.

Barnes works a 40-hour week.

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