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Road work in the county

The St. Joseph County Road Commission announced that it expects to finish work on one road project this morning and start repairs on another later this month. A job started Saturday at the railroad crossing on Muskrat Road, just east of U.S. 131 in Park Township, was slated to be finished this morning. Meanwhile, the commission said work will start ... Read More »

Biggest graduating class at GOCC

Glen Oaks Community College graduated 225 students Friday, as the class of 2012, its family members and friends gathered in the school’s gymnasium for the ceremony. About 150 of the graduates participated in the commencement exercise, which was led by school president Gary Wheeler. Also addressing the standing-room-only crowd were faculty member Michael Northrop, alumni Bruce Gosling and student Lynn ... Read More »

TR Fire upgrade to Class 4

Three Rivers Fire Department Chief Dan Tomlinson said the department received word that its rating from the Insurance Services Office will be upgraded to a Class 4. Addressing members of the city commission earlier this week, Tomlinson said the one-step improvement means the fire-department insurance auditor noted the comprehensiveness of the department warranted the Class 4 designation. The upside for ... Read More »

Renewed contract with Fabius Township

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has renewed a one-year contract with Fabius Township for law-enforcement coverage. The deal means a sheriff’s department deputy will provide coverage exclusively to the township 40 hours a week. Tuesday’s approval by the county board marks the 18th consecutive year the two entities have worked out such an agreement. Cost for the service ... Read More »

Balog to seek re-election

St. Joseph County Commissioner Allen Balog has announced he will seek re-election in November to a second, two-year term. The former mayor of Three Rivers, Balog said he filed paperwork Tuesday with the county clerk’s office, making official his intentions. Balog joined the commission in January 2011. With redistricting of the county commission’s boundaries to go into effect in 2013, ... Read More »

Two arrested for meth lab explosion

Police responding to a report of a fight in progress uncovered a methamphetamine laboratory Wednesday in Sturgis. Two men, ages 50 and 42 and both from Sturgis, were arrested around 1:30 a.m. after police entered an apartment in the 200 block of E. Hatch St. and discovered a meth lab that had exploded earlier. Officers discovered the apartment after they ... Read More »