Burr Oak Heritage Days

July 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The fifth annual Burr Oak Heritage Days hits full stride this weekend.

A 5K run, Farmer’s Market and three-on-three basketball tournament get the day started Saturday.

Also, an 11 o’clock parade, and a kiddie ferris wheel and tethered balloon rides are also part of Saturday’s agenda. Mud volleyball takes place 3 to 6 p.m., a hot dog-eating contest at 8:20 in the evening, port-a-potty pulls at 8:30 and the fireworks show will cap the night at 10 o’clock.

A complete list of events and activities can be found through a link on the website:

Secretary of State office closed

July 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Here’s a reminder that the Secretary of State office in Sturgis will be closed next week for remodeling.

The office will remain unavailable through Aug. 1.

Staff members said the South Centerville Road office will be remodeled to include a fresh coat of paint and new carpet.

The office is slated to re-open Aug. 4.

Burr Oak Heritage Festival

July 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

St. Joseph County’s smallest village kicks off its annual community festival today, as the Burr Oak Heritage Festival begins.

Organizers said brats and bingo will start off today’s activities at 6 o’clock. A light parade, featuring illuminated bicycles, strollers, golf carts and tractors, starts at 9:30. The sky-lantern launch is at 10.

A busy day awaits on Friday, highlighted by a vaudeville/talent show at 7 p.m., a vintage baseball game at 8:30, and live music and a beer tent starting at 9:30.

A complete list of events and activities can be found through a link on the website:

Fatal stabbing in Battle Creek

July 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Police say they’ve arrested a man in the fatal stabbing of a 27-year-old Battle Creek gas station employee. Police answered a call about a robbery and shooting about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and found the body of Nicole Gates of Battle Creek at a Citgo gas station. Detective Sgt. Jim Martens says it appears that an acquaintance stabbed Gates to death before stealing money, beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets. Police say they arrested 30-year-old Shawn Pike of Battle Creek about 10:30 a.m. on first-degree murder, robbery and other charges. Police also have arrested a 21-year-old man, whose name wasn’t immediately released. The men are expected to be arraigned Thursday.  (AP)

Deadline for tickets

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The deadline for purchasing tickets to Saturday’s “Discover the Treasures of St. Joseph County” event is fast approaching.

Christy Trammell, executive director of the Three Rivers Chamber, said the deadline for an evening at Rawson’s King Mill in Leonidas Township is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Trammell said an accurate figure is necessary so the event’s caterers know about how much food to prepare.

Tickets for the luau-themed event are $45 each, which includes a meal, drinks, entertainment and the option of a canoe or kayak ride down the Nottawa Creek from Factoryville to Rawson’s.

Last year’s inaugural “Treasures” event drew more than 100 people to a night of fine dining in the Langley Covered Bridge.

Tickets for the 6 o’clock event can be purchased at the Three Rivers Area Chamber or through its Facebook page. In case of rain, the event will take place Sunday.

Identity released of drowning victim

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The name of a man who drowned early Sunday in the St. Joseph River has been released by the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. The body of Tommy McDonald, 65, was found around 6 p.m. Monday by a resident who lives about two miles from the location where McDonald fell into the river. Sheriff’s officials said McDonald was fishing with his son around 2 a.m. in an area between the 67000 block of Oxbow Drive and the 11000 block of Riverside Drives. His son went ashore and called for help. Rescue personnel, however, were unable to locate McDonald’s body.

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