Road work on South Nottawa Street

April 9, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Brick reconstruction on South Nottawa Street between US-12 and Congress Street began Monday.

The impacted section of South Nottawa Street will be closed to traffic. Vehicles are being detoured to South Maple Street. Homes and businesses in the impacted area, including city parking lots, will be accessible through the majority of the project.

In addition to the South Maple detour, several accommodations are being made for traffic in the project area. Notably, Pleasant Street will be open for two-way traffic and parking will be allowed on the west side of the street in the 100 block of South Monroe Street. There will be no parking in the construction area of South Nottawa Street or on Pleasant Street during the project. A detour map is available on the city’s website,, and Facebook page.

The city received a $470,000 grant from the state for the project. Total project, which is expected to conclude in late July, costs around $770,000 in all.

Hydrant flushing to begin in TR

April 8, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Three Rivers Department of Public Services will begin its twice-a-year hydrant flushing this upcoming weekend.

Amy Roth, DPS director, said the flushing will start at 11 p.m. Sunday. She said crews expect flushing to continue Sunday through Thursday nights through the end of May.

Each flushing will take place between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The work will begin in the city’s 4th District, then proceed to the 1st, 2nd and conclude in the 3rd district.

Due to a number of variables, Roth said the department is not able to determine the exact dates it will be in each district.

Roth advises that some rusty water may be experienced during the process.

Water-trickle ends

April 7, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Three Rivers Department of Public Services has announced it is ending its suggested water-trickle notice.

Most of the water services that were frozen over the winter months have now thawed, and frost is out of the ground in most areas, DPS officials said.

The suggested measure was noted a month ago.

Questionnaire results released

April 7, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Results of a needs-assessment questionnaire, distributed jointly by Sturgis Hospital and Three Rivers Health, have been released.

The fifth of five fields focuses on maternal and infant health.

According to the St. Joseph County 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, issues associated with teen pregnancies, teen births and poor birth outcomes ranked in the top five health concerns. More than half of community respondents indicated that teen births and teen pregnancies were a major concern.

According to the study, 41 percent of St. Joseph County’s high school students report having had sexual intercourse. Of those, 22 percent report that their first partner was three or more

years older.

In 2011, St. Joseph County’s teen birth rate of 34.6 per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19 years ranked 52nd out of 83 counties.

In addition, Title X Family Planning services are not available in St. Joseph County.

Firefighters extinguish fire

April 4, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Sturgis firefighters were called to a home in the 300 block of South Fourth Street just after 7 p.m. Wednesday for a kitchen fire.

Fire personnel arrived to find the homeowner with a garden hose spraying water through the back door of the home. Fire crews entered the structure and extinguished the fire.

Officials said the house sustained considerable smoke and fire damage. The fire was caused by a pan of grease on the stove, authorities said.

No injuries were reported.

Conservation Partner of the Year

April 4, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Jennifer Miller, administrator of the St. Joseph County Conservation District, was honored as the Conservation Partner of the Year by the Branch County Conservation District.

The Branch County Conservation District gives the annual award to recognize a deserving person who goes above and beyond the call of duty for the cause of conservation.

The award was presented to Miller last month. She was acknowledged for her commitment of personal time to the Prairie River Watershed Project, the St. Joseph County River Clean-up Project and to the general administration of the St. Joseph County Conservation District.

Carol Higgins, chair of the St. Joseph County Conservation District Board, confirmed Miller’s commitment to her job and the district’s local projects.

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week also acknowledged Miller’s award and concurred she is a worthy recipient.

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