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I & M proposes solar facilities

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Indiana Michigan Power plans to seek permission to build five solar generating facilities in the two states it serves. I&M is proposing building the facilities in the Muncie-Marion area in eastern Indiana, around South Bend in northern Indiana and in Michigan, although the locations have not yet been decided. The company says the Clean Energy Solar Pilot Project will have a combined capacity of about 16 megawatts, producing electricity equivalent to powering more than 2,500 homes for a year. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2016, with completion expected later that year. The estimated cost of the project is $38 million. The company said the project would result in less than a 1 percent increase in customer rates. The utility has more than 580,000 customers.  (AP)

Road project finished

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Sturgis road project that started in March has been completed.

City officials said the brick portion of South Nottawa Street has been completed and opened to traffic Friday.

As a result, the detour route has been lifted and Pleasant Street will return to a one-way street. In addition, the west side of South Monroe Street will revert to its no-parking status.

Public input for decision

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis municipal officials are expected to ask the public for input on whether to sell a piece of park land.

Commissioners this week plan to consider ballot language authorizing the sale of Arthur Carls Park to Burr Oak Tool, Inc. The matter will be discussed at Wednesday’s city commission meeting.

City manager Mike Hughes said Burr Oak Tool has indicated it would like the property for potential future expansion. The land is north of its manufacturing plant on West South Street.

Sturgis’ City Charter requires that any sale of park property be approved by public referendum. In order to be place on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election, the commission must approve ballot language by Aug. 12.

Police investigating an unarmed robbery

July 2, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis police are investigating an unarmed robbery that took place over the weekend at a business on East Chicago Road.

According to a department media release, a white male in his early 20s instigated a transaction around 10 p.m. Sunday at the Admiral gas station. When the clerk opened the register, the man grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash. Store personnel and bystanders attempted to apprehend the man, but he fled the scene on foot.

A state police K-9 unit attempted to trace the suspect but lost his trail several blocks away.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

Unemployment rises

July 1, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Unemployment in St. Joseph County rose two-tenths of a percent in May compared to April.

Figures from the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives show the county’s May unemployment figure was 5.7 percent, up from 5.5 percent in April. The 5.7 percent rate was still lower than the county’s 7.5 percent unemployment compared to the same month in 2013.

The county had a lower unemployment rate in May against the state average, which

was 7.3 percent for the month.

Agency officials said despite the county’s unemployment increase from April to May¸ seasonal hiring in construction, retail, and leisure and hospitality remained strong over the 31-day period

Hillsdale County had the highest May unemployment rate in the region, with 7.7 percent, while Barry County’s 5.3 percent was the month’s lowest in the 13-market region.

Armed robbery incident

June 13, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Police are continuing their investigation into an armed-robbery incident Wednesday in Three Rivers.

According to police, an employee of Broadway Market had closed the store for the night. As the victim was walking toward his vehicle just before midnight, three masked men approached him. They were displaying guns and demanded his wallet, investigators said.

They fled the scene on foot with the man’s wallet.  A police canine unit tracked the suspects for several blocks but as unable to locate the culprits.

The victim was not injured.

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