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Zoning designations changed for 2 Constantine parcels

The Constantine Village Council last week changed zoning designations for parcels at 420 and 460 E. Second St. from residential to industrial. Michigan Milk Producers Association has a sales agreement pending to purchase the properties in order to construct an employee parking lot. Station Street residents Justin and Mollie Kent said they were worried about having a parking lot next ... Read More »

COA serves nearly a quarter of all County seniors

Nearly 24 percent of St. Joseph County’s 12,488 residents 60 years of age and older are receiving some type of service from the county’s Commission on Aging, a report last week showed. If those numbers hold in 2014-15, it means taxpayers will provide about $760 of funding per client to deliver everything from nutrition services and in-home care to senior ... Read More »

Firefighters for Santa served more than 60 families

Several members of the Three Rivers Fire Department had the opportunity to play Santa during Tuesday’s eighth annual Firefighters For Santa event. Josh Griffin, a fireman/paramedic, said about three months of planning culminated with the delivery of toys to more than 60 families in Three Rivers, and Lockport and Fabius townships. An additional 30 children benefited from the event through ... Read More »

No signal changes for Sturgis intersection

A traffic signal at the intersection of South Nottawa and Congress streets will not be replaced with a four-way red flashing light, according to Sturgis municipal officials. City commissioners agreed last week to deny an engineering recommendation to change the signal. Traffic studies had shown the intersection does not meet signal standards. The majority of the board objected to making ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »