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Deer Forest controversy

July 17, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The former owner of Deer Forest in Coloma is the target of a complaint filed against the animal park by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa tells WSJM Radio the complaint was filed within the past several weeks in the federal court system and is based on several complaints that were filed by the public over the course of several years. Espinosa says it’s a civil case, not a criminal one, and current park managers Jon Stolarz and his wife Amy Gadberry are not included. John Modica of Chicago owns the land and is the former park operator, and could be hit with fines. Another investigation is also underway by the USDA into Deer Forest, and pressure has been put on Coloma Township officials to make moves to shut it down. A group of people is calling on the township to revoke the grandfathered status for Deer Forest that allows it to be run as an animal park, which could force its closure.  (MRN)

Crash on US-12

July 16, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Schoolcraft resident was treated for minor injuries after she was involved in a two-vehicle accident this week in White Pigeon Township.

State police said 32-year-old Victoria Clark was driving east on U.S. 12 around 10 o’clock Monday morning, when her vehicle collided into the back of a car driven by Thad Jones, 46, of Greenville.

The incident occurred near Sevison Road.

Clark was transported to Sturgis Hospital. She was cited for failure to stop within an assured clear distance, police said.

ATV crash – Serious injury

July 16, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Three Rivers man was seriously injured late Tuesday afternoon in a four wheeler crash on Michigan Avenue north of the city. 74-year-old Gerald Butler was riding the ATV when he attempted to cross the road and collided with a vehicle driven by Jordan Key, age 27, of Kalamazoo. Key swerved to avoid the collision, but a boat trailer he was towing, struck Butler, throwing him to the roadway. Butler was airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital with serious injuries.

White Pigeon Days concluded

July 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

White Pigeon Days concluded its three-day run Sunday, with a community church service and picnic at Wade Park.

Event organizers said Saturday night’s fireworks show was viewed by thousands of people who parked as far away as Dickinson Road to watch the display.

Earlier in the evening, Constantine High School’s alumni football squad topped a White Pigeon alumni team, 14-6. Proceeds from the game’s $10-per-person admission fee will be split between the two schools for their respective football programs.

Michigan’s alcohol and drug abuse counseling

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Coordinating how Michigan provides alcohol- and drug-abuse counseling throughout the state is now possible thanks to a bill introduced by State Rep. Matt Lori.

Public Act 249 requires the Michigan Department of Community Health to establish and maintain credentialing standards for the statewide substance use disorder service systems.

The bill is a direct result of recommendations made by the Mental Health and Wellness Commission, to which Lori was appointed in December 2012. Lori is chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health.

The commission found that coordination of care is vital to wellness, recovery and management of chronic illness, but a lack of statewide standards made that synchronization difficult to attain, Lori said.

Road project finished

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Sturgis road project that started in March has been completed.

City officials said the brick portion of South Nottawa Street has been completed and opened to traffic Friday.

As a result, the detour route has been lifted and Pleasant Street will return to a one-way street. In addition, the west side of South Monroe Street will revert to its no-parking status.

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