An unidentified man was seriously injured Monday evening in an apparent meth lab explosion in Sturgis. Police were called to the 200 block of North Centreville Road where they found a 53-year-old man with second and third degree burns. He was airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital for treatment.
The Christmas season officially kicked off Friday in Three Rivers, as a crowd gathered for the annual tree-lighting ceremony.
Staged in the downtown mural mall, the ceremony included music from the Three Rivers High School Aristocrats. It also marked the first of a three-day celebration in downtown Three Rivers, where the Riviera Theatre hosted events Saturday and Sunday.
Cookie decorating at World Fare and pet photos with the Grinch at Downtown Dog also took place Saturday.
Centreville Public Schools has scheduled six dates during which the start of school will be delayed.
The two-hour delays will be Dec. 2, Jan. 13, Feb. 3, March 3, March 31, and May 5.
The district’s faculty will be involved in professional-development training on those dates.
The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced it is returning to its winter hours starting next week.
According to Julie Mayuiers, director of administration, the Centreville-based agency will be open for administrative purposes 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Its summer hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
National Adoption Day was observed locally in St. Joseph County Tuesday, as Probate Court Judge David Tomlinson administered an adoption proceeding for a Three Rivers family.
Taylor and Sara Tompkins, 12- and 8-year-old sisters, were made the legal children of Jessen and Brooke Tompkins.
The public procedure marked the 14th year of acknowledging National Adoption Day locally. Tomlinson said the Tompkins quartet was chosen to symbolically represent families of all adoptions past and in the future in St. Joseph County.
Karie Saylor, licensing specialist with the St. Joseph County DHS and licensing worker for the Tompkins, expressed gratitude to the husband and wife for taking on the role of foster parents.
Taylor and Sara came to the Tompkins household as foster children in December 2012.
Members of the Centreville Public Schools Board of Education joined district administrators Monday and thanked the community for its Nov. 5 support in passing a $12.8 million request for building improvements district wide.
Monday’s meeting was the first since the 2.95-mill request was approved, 351-to-226.
Superintendent Rob Kuhlman said the board and the millage committee worked hard to promote the matter and make the public aware of what was at stake with the request. Board members, in turn, thanked Kuhlman for his commitment to the issue and for overseeing a quartet of community gatherings staged to provide more details about the vote.
Kuhlman said plenty of work is ahead and he expects district officials to meet next month with project engineers to map out a timeframe for the impending improvements to Centreville Elementary and Centreville junior/senior high schools.