The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced seasonal weight restrictions take effect at 6 a.m. Wednesday on routes not designated all-season roads.
As a result, multiple-axle vehicles must reduce the weight of their loads and adhere to speed restrictions when traveling on non-all-season roads. The seasonal restriction does not apply to passenger cars or pickup trucks.
The measure is in place to prevent roadway damage during the early spring, freeze-thaw cycle that makes certain roads vulnerable to heavy loads and high speeds. The restrictions will be lifted at a date when temperatures are likely to remain above freezing.
The same restriction will be in place in Kalamazoo, Van Buren, Berrien and Cass counties.
The Three Rivers Police Department has released the names of residents who have recently been arrested for parole violation.
Courtney Krontz, 22, was arrested March 5 in the 200 block of North U.S. 131.
Tana Jo Fox, 45, and Bridget Looney, 18, were arrested Feb. 26 also in the 200 block of North U.S. 131
Arrested for probation violation were Jonathan Ray-Pell Tullos, 21, Larry Martin Jr., 27, and Elizabeth Blazco, 31. They were taken into custody March 3 after their arrests on South Main Street.
A house in the 100 block of East Congress Street in Sturgis was destroyed by fire early Monday.
The Sturgis Fire Department said flames and heavy smoke were observed coming from the front half of the residence upon their arrival.
There was nobody in the residence at the time of the blaze, and neighbors told firefighters it had been unoccupied for at least three weeks.
An investigation to determine the cause of the fire continues.
The Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority has provided an update on its status as one of three Michigan Main Street “Select Level” recipients.
Christy Trammell, DDA director, said representatives from Lansing-based Michigan Main Street will be in Three Rivers April 2, 3 and 4 to conduct some formalities and begin their services that Three Rivers will receive for its standing as a Select Level community.
Trammell said a formal declaration regarding the Select Level acceptance, signage and a community–visioning session will be conducted by Michigan Main Street staff members. In addition, a meet-and-greet event will take place with community officials and volunteers.
The community announcement and visioning session will take place at 6:15 p.m. April 2 at the Riviera Theatre. Trammell said she is asking for the public’s support in attending the session to ensure adequate input is offered.
Three Rivers City Manager Joe Bippus and his wife, Cheryl, were crowned the winners of the inaugural Dancing With the St. Joseph County Stars event Friday.
Staged at Glen Oaks Community College’s Nora Hagen Theater, the fundraiser featured six teams. The couples and their respective coaches volunteered their time as part of the fundraiser to benefit the St. Joseph County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Second place went to Matthew and Jessica Mosher of Three Rivers, while Geoff and Stephanie Smith of Sturgis placed third. People’s Choice was bestowed to Constantine-area residents Mark and Marti Brown.
Event organizers said they were pleased with the turnout of more than 200 spectators and sponsors, who combined to help raise more than $4,500 for the Centreville-based agency.
The village of Centreville has announced it is seeking nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year recipient.
Candidates are typically chosen based on their community standing and involvement. Committee members ask that nominations also include details about organizations, hobbies and other factors to consider in selecting the citizen of the year.
Nominations should be made in writing and delivered to the village office by April 30.