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Local non-profits benefit from #GivingTuesday

A benevolent effort two weeks ago raised more than $19,000 for six local, non-profit organizations. Three Rivers Area Community Foundation Administrator Melissa Bliss said the money raised as part of #GivingTuesday Dec. 2 will benefit the following: Three Rivers Community First Fund, Three Rivers Main Street/DDA, Three Rivers Sports Complex, River Country Recreational Authority, Three Rivers Food Site and the ...

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Proposed Sturgis senior center concerns discussed

Members of the Sturgis City Commission expressed specific concerns this week about the proposed senior center slated for the east side of town. Nonetheless, the $2.6 million project remains on task for a groundbreaking in the spring. Jonathan Rambow, representing designer Slocum Architects of Kalamazoo, said plans for an 11,000-square-foot building, located about 350 feet south of the existing Doyle ...

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Nottawa Park ownership expected to change

Ownership of Nottawa Park is expected to revert to St. Joseph County, according to county administrator Pat Yoder. Located on the east side of Sand Lake in Nottawa Township, Nottawa Park was turned over to Nottawa Township’s Board of Trustees in 2012. Yoder said the county board is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to take over ownership again. The ...

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Recount in Kalamazoo County

A recount confirms that Republican Margaret O’Brien narrowly beat Democrat Sean McCann in the race for the 20th District state Senate seat in Kalamazoo County. The recount completed Wednesday concludes that O’Brien got 61 more votes than McCann. He asked for the recount after the original count showed him losing by 59 votes in the Nov. 4 election. Both candidates ...

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Mendon woman recommended for county human resources director

St. Joseph County administrator Pat Yoder has recommended a Mendon woman to fill the role of county human resources director. During Wednesday’s committee-of-the-whole meeting, Yoder nominated Teresa Doehring to fill the position left vacant since last month. Elishia Arver stepped down from the post to take a human resources job in the private sector. Yoder said the committee – which ...

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Counterfeit money found

Two counterfeit $20 bills were found in a customer’s deposit at First-Merit Bank, according to Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce. The bills have the same serial number and no hologram on the bottom right of the bill. Area officials are advising the public to be especially aware of bills $20 and larger, which have a tendency to surface during the ...

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