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State House approves child-support and parental responsibility bill

The State House this week approved a bill introduced by State Rep. Matt Lori, allowing courts to consider the best interest of a child when revoking a father’s paternal rights. Lori said House Bill 5473 is a continuation of constituent-driven legislation that he has authored to protect the rights of fathers in child custody cases. The legislation is part of ... Read More »

Portage man injured in single vehicle crash

A Portage man was treated for minor injuries after he was involved in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday in Park Township. Sheriff’s officials said Raymond Barclay, 32, was driving east on Moorepark Road around 2:20 p.m. when his vehicle crossed the centerline, went off the roadway, struck trees and overturned in a ditch near North Fisher Lake Road. Barclay was wearing ... Read More »

Fabius Township Citizens Coalition meets next week

The Fabius Township Citizens Coalition is staging its annual meeting next week. The event starts with a meet-and-greet session at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Three Rivers Community Center, followed by a potluck supper. Then, a short business meeting for the election of officers takes place before the main program, which will feature 59th District candidates for state representative ... Read More »

Recreation trail receives funding boost

Funding for a proposed recreation trail between Three Rivers and Fabius Township has received a $10,000 boost from the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. The amount was requested during Tuesday’s county commission meeting by River Country Recreational Authority member Lindsay Oswald. Oswald, who also serves as the county’s grant writer, said a significant amount of money in matching funds ... Read More »

McCann trial delayed

A Kalamazoo attorney defending Raymond McCann Jr. said his client’s case will probably not go to trial for two more months. McCann was arrested on charges that he lied to police during investigation of the 2007 murder of Jodi Parrack in Constantine. James Mequio, who represents McCann, said a status conference last week raised more legal issues that must be addressed ... Read More »

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meets this afternoon

A full agenda featuring 12 items of new business awaits the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this afternoon. Four matters of employment, a request for funding in support of the Three Rivers trail project, a soil-erosion and sedimentation-control ordinance, and review of the annual child-care and fund-plan budget are included on the agenda. Today’s meeting begins at 5 o’clock ... Read More »