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Detours in Sturgis

  City of Sturgis officials are reminding motorists about the detours in place as a result of the reconstruction of North Centerville Road. Detour signs were placed last week at West Chicago Road and Progress Street diverting traffic to Broadus Street. Construction will span from West Chicago Road to the railroad track just south of Progress Street. A complete rebuild ... Read More »

Sturgis Area Community Foundation accepting grant proposals

  Here’s a reminder that the Sturgis Area Community Foundation is accepting grant proposals from non-profit organizations for its 2014 competitive-grant program. The foundation is focused on funding projects that fall within the categories of education, fine arts, social services, care of the elderly, community development and improvement, recreation, environmental issues, and health and wellness. Prospective applicants must be tax-exempt. ... Read More »

Constantine fire department to adopt employee handbook

  The Constantine Village Council has endorsed the concept of a proposed employee handbook for the community’s fire department. Fire Chief Mike Haydon said he learned its insurance company’s Risk Management Department required a handbook after several part-time employees were hired. Haydon said he would put an adopted date on the handbook once he got approval from the three municipalities ... Read More »

County unemployment rate increased

  The July unemployment rate in St. Joseph County increased by eight-tenths of a percent compared to a month earlier. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 6.9 percent July unemployment rate was more than June’s 6.1 percent. Its July unemployment rate, however, was 2.8 percent less than the same ... Read More »

Hydrant flushing scheduled

  The Three Rivers Department of Public Services wishes to give advance notice about its upcoming hydrant-flushing process. Hydrants citywide will start being flushed Sept. 3. The activity is expected to continue through the end of the month, weeknights from 11 until 5 o’clock the following morning. The department asks residents to please be aware that some rusty water may ... Read More »

Local Food Festival well attended

  A crowd of more than 150 people attended Friday’s second annual Local Food Festival, hosted by the St. Joseph County Conservation District. Staged at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds, the event featured a four-course meal of food grown locally from 23 different sources. John Farrand, from the Sturgis Boundary Waters Café, and Janelle Baranic, food service director at the ... Read More »

Murder-mystery dinner to be held at courthouse

  The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners last week gave approval to the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce for a special event to be staged next year. As a part of the chamber’s “Discover the Treasures of St. Joseph County” program, the courthouse will provide the setting for a murder-mystery dinner. In response to the request from chamber ... Read More »

Michigan’s apple crop

Michigan’s apple growers will harvest nearly 29 million bushels of apples this year, according to the official crop estimate announced Friday at the USApple Outlook meeting in Chicago. Officials say the 28.74 million bushels estimate is in line with the 2013 crop, which was a record size crop of 30 million bushels. Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee, says ... Read More »

Engineer/manager resigns position

 St. Joseph County is looking for a new engineer/manager, as Christopher Bolt turned in his resignation Wednesday. The action came after the five-member road commission board met in executive session to discuss personnel matters. Bolt, 44, joined the road commission in January 2012. He said the board is choosing to go in a different direction and he has the utmost ... Read More »

River-trail master plan moves ahead

 Officials from Berrien County-based Edgewater Resources were on hand Wednesday in Three Rivers to present an overview of a river-trail master plan and field input from the group of about 30 people in attendance. County commission chair John Dobberteen made clear the intent of the proposed plan. He said any place in the county where a boat can float, the ... Read More »