DOVE Ag Services, Inc., a Union City-based agricultural company, agreed earlier this year to purchase the former Essex Wire property off Broadway Street, in Three Rivers.
In light of the recent accident in the city of West, Texas, DOVE Ag Services officials said in a press release it is important to assure Three Rivers residents that its state-of-the-art facility design focuses on safety to employees, residents and the environment. To that end, company officials wished to state the National Fire Protection Agency has given UAN, a liquid fertilizer, a flammability rating of zero.
Additionally, UAN is not considered a hazardous waste under Federal Hazardous Waste Regulations, and is not listed as a hazardous material by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transport Canada and the United Nations, company officials said.
DOVE Ag Services Inc. plans to construct a two-million-gallon tank to store liquid fertilizer.
Additional information regarding DOVE Ag Services, Inc. may be found on its website, at doveageservices.com.
State Rep. Matt Lori voted in favor of a budget plan supported by both Republicans and an Independent lawmaker that cuts government waste and prioritizes funding for public safety, roads and schools.
Lori, R-Constantine, joined a majority of his colleagues in voting Wednesday in favor of House Bills 4228 and 4328, the Fiscal Year 2014 House budget recommendation.
Lori, who chairs the House Department of Community Health Appropriations Subcommittee, said the House-approved budget is more than adequate to cover the community-health needs of the state. He added, however, that the budget is still a work in progress.
Lori said the measure is now before the Senate.
Lori praised the overall House budget as a responsible spending outline that does not depend on one-time funding or other gimmicks.
Thirty-two food-service establishments in St. Joseph County were recognized for earning exemplary inspection scores by the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency.
Certificates of excellence were awarded to the eateries for meeting criteria set by the state and earning top scores after being inspected at least once annually by the Coldwater-based department.
Among the fast-food and sit-down establishments in Sturgis, Mancino’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Mike’s Pizza, Dairy Queen, Taco Bell and Wendy’s were recipients of the certificate.
Elsewhere in the county, fast-food and sit-down restaurants to achieve the top scores were Chicken Coop and Rachel’s in Constantine, and Los Cazadores in White Pigeon.
The six food-serving establishments in Three Rivers to be recognized were Andrews, Norton, and Three Rivers Middle schools, Sam’s Place, Three Rivers Health and Twin County Community Probation Center.
Tickets are now available for the banquet and program to honor Carol Boulette as this year’s Three Rivers Lions Club “Citizen of the Year.”
The gathering takes place May 14 at Belle Epoque in downtown Three Rivers. A reception is at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30.
Tickets are $20 per person and available at the Southern Michigan Bank and Trust office in downtown Three Rivers.
They will be on sale through May 7. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded to separate reports this week regarding unlawful entry and damage to property.
Three campers at the Latvian Center in Fabius Township were entered either Friday or Saturday. An investigation is ongoing to determine what was taken from the campers.
Meanwhile, investigators responded to a separate incident in White Pigeon Township, where the front windshield of a vehicle was damaged between 8 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. Friday in the 21000 block of Marathon Road.
A Minnesota man was cited for failure to yield as the result of a three-vehicle accident Saturday night in Three Rivers.
State Police investigators said the 54-year-old driver of a mini van attempted to turn left from southbound U.S. 131 into the Super 8 hotel parking lot. He turned in front of a northbound car driven by a 38-year-old Three Rivers man, whose vehicle struck the side of the van.
The collision forced the minivan to spin out of control and struck a third vehicle, driven by a 34-year-old Three Rivers woman. She was treated for minor injuries at Three Rivers Health.
The incident occurred at 10:30 p.m. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.