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Grants approved for construction of pork processing facility

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved $12.5 million in grants to support the construction of a 550,000-square-foot pork-processing facility in Branch County. The Clemens Food Group operation will acquire 450 acres at the southeast corner of I- 69 and Jonesville Road in Coldwater Township. It is expected to create more than 800 jobs and $255 million in total investments. Grant ...

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Commissioners continue discussion of land acquisition

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners met in executive session last week to discuss a potential land acquisition. Administrator Pat Yoder said the property in question is in the Centreville Industrial Park and could serve in the future as a satellite location for county operations. No action was taken on the potential purchase, other than Yoder being instructed to continue ...

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3 local agencies receive DHS funds

The St. Joseph County Department of Human Services board recently voted to provide a total of $3,500 to three area agencies. DHS director Cindy Underwood said a $500 donation was made to the St. Joseph County United Way K-9 Fund. Once the fund reaches $12,000, it will allow for the purchase of a new dog for the Sturgis Police Department. ...

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50 families benefit from White Pigeon Food Drive

The White Pigeon Fire Department collected more than 2,600 pounds of food to be shared with 50 White Pigeon families over the holidays. Assistant fire chief Tyler Royce said the department’s food drive began in November with “Fill the Fire Truck.” Along with the help of local mail carriers, 1,700 pounds of nonperishable food were collected. On Dec. 13, firefighters ...

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No injuries in Burr Oak area crash

A 16-year-old Sturgis boy and five passengers were unharmed following a single-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Burr Oak Township. State police said the car was being driven around 4:15 p.m. on McKale Road when it went out of control south of Hackman Road, rolled over and landed upside down in a ditch of two to three feet of water. An ...

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Promotions for two TR firemen

Two firefighters from the Three Rivers department have been promoted. Travis McGahan and Jeff Bloomfield were recognized during a pinning ceremony at last week’s city commission meeting. McGahan has risen to the status of full-time firefighter, while Bloomfield was promoted to deputy chief. McGahan lives in Three Rivers while Bloomfield is a Marcellus resident. Bloomfield, who was promoted from the ...

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