Glen Oaks Community College President Gary Wheeler announced Steve Ryno as the recipient of the Shaheen Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes a faculty member for innovation and quality instruction.
A professor of communications, Ryno, 35, is the 29th recipient of the award.
Ryno was named the winner of the award during the school’s 45th graduation ceremony, staged Friday in its gymnasium.
Wheeler also announced Three Rivers resident Anne McLeod as the President’s Award recipient. A native of England, McLeod was is president of Phi Theta Kappa at GOCC.
Wheeler commended McLeod for her dedication, perseverance, motivation and impressive work ethic.
About 130 of the school’s 184 members of the 2013 graduating class took part in the 90-minute commencement.
The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit Wednesday executed a search warrant on a suspected methamphetamine production lab in the 100 block of South Erie Street in Three Rivers.
The warrant was the culmination of an ongoing investigation that started with citizen tips, according to sheriff’s department officials.
Investigators found numerous components for manufacturing as well as paraphernalia for use of methamphetamine and marijuana. Two subjects were arrested at the scene and charged with operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth, maintaining a drug house and child endangerment.
Names, ages and addresses of the suspects were not included in a department media release.
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has cancelled its no-contact advisory for the St. Joseph River between the sanitary river crossing at Broadway Street in Three Rivers to the Constantine Dam in Constantine.
The department last week issued a no-contact health advisory due to a sewage discharge.
As the situation was finally under control later in the week, water-quality samples collected by Three Rivers Clean Water Plant indicated water quality is now acceptable for human contact.
The Day Reporting Center was announced as the recipient of the 2013 Liberty Bell Award, an honor bestowed annually since 1985 by the St. Joseph County Bar Association.
Its program director, Anthony Callaway, and the agency’s five-member staff will be recognized during a ceremony at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Joseph County Courthouse.
The Liberty Bell Award is presented to a non-lawyer, individual, or organization within St. Joseph County who has made an outstanding contribution to the community in one of five areas.
The Day Reporting Center opened in Three Rivers in January 1999 as a program of the Twin County Community Probation Center. In 2011, the Day Reporting Center expanded to open a satellite office in the old Sturgis Journal building on West Chicago Road in Sturgis.
The Day Reporting Center also provides programming for the Community Corrections Advisory Board, including anger management classes for men and women; embezzlers’ treatment group; alcohol-and-drug awareness classes; and provides space for substance abuse treatment and service providers.
Organizers of Saturday’s local “Save the Frogs Day” said a turnout of about 400 people made it safe to declare the three-hour program a success.
A variety of games and attractions comprised the event, which helped shed light on the dangers resulting in a dip in the frog population worldwide.
Also present for the three-hour program were the Weenie King push-cart hot dog stand and representatives from the monthly Kalamazoo Reptile and Exotic Animal Show were on hand with more than a dozen frogs.
Three Rivers was one of about 300 communities in the United States to stage events to mark Save the Frogs Day. Communities in another 40 countries are also expected to take part in what was the fifth worldwide observance of Save the Frogs Day.
Event organizers are optimistic they will be able to offer a fourth annual local Save the Frogs Day program in 2014.
A White Pigeon man was killed in a one-car crash late Saturday afternoon on Blue School Road near Dickinson Road in Constantine Township. The victim was identified as 74-year-old Richard Carter. The incident occurred when his car left the roadway and rolled over. The vehicle was a convertible that had its top off at the time of the accident. Carter was trapped in the vehicle. His son, Randy Carter of Caledonia, was treated and released at Bronson Methodist Hospital.