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Arrests made following armed robbery

Three Elkhart men were arrested Friday in connection with an armed robbery at a Cass County gas station two days earlier. Sheriff Joe Underwood Jr. said a clerk at the Marathon station in Jones was robbed at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. Underwood said a cashier was able to get a description of the vehicle following the armed robbery incident. Around 10:30 ... Read More »

Local non-profits benefit from #GivingTuesday

A benevolent effort two weeks ago raised more than $19,000 for six local, non-profit organizations. Three Rivers Area Community Foundation Administrator Melissa Bliss said the money raised as part of #GivingTuesday Dec. 2 will benefit the following: Three Rivers Community First Fund, Three Rivers Main Street/DDA, Three Rivers Sports Complex, River Country Recreational Authority, Three Rivers Food Site and the ... Read More »

Mental exam OK’d

A man accused of stabbing four people on an Amtrak train in southwestern Michigan will undergo a mental competency exam. Defense attorney Shannon Sible told a judge Friday there are concerns about Michael D. Williams’ responsibility due to his mental health. Williams told police that he started stabbing when he saw a man on the train turn into a demon. ... Read More »

Proposed Sturgis senior center concerns discussed

Members of the Sturgis City Commission expressed specific concerns this week about the proposed senior center slated for the east side of town. Nonetheless, the $2.6 million project remains on task for a groundbreaking in the spring. Jonathan Rambow, representing designer Slocum Architects of Kalamazoo, said plans for an 11,000-square-foot building, located about 350 feet south of the existing Doyle ... Read More »

Nottawa Park ownership expected to change

Ownership of Nottawa Park is expected to revert to St. Joseph County, according to county administrator Pat Yoder. Located on the east side of Sand Lake in Nottawa Township, Nottawa Park was turned over to Nottawa Township’s Board of Trustees in 2012. Yoder said the county board is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to take over ownership again. The ... Read More »

United Way hosted baby shower

The St. Joseph County United Way hosted a baby shower Thursday to celebrate a first-of-its-kind event. United Way director Kelly Hostetler said the occasion was to recognize the first adoption out of a newly created fund to help families who want to adopt but may not have the resources to pay the expenses associated with adoption. The Five Star Pizza ... Read More »

Centreville church expanding

Firm Foundation Ministries of Centreville is planning to expand its campus. As a result, it plans to clear a row of trees between its property and a village-owned park and softball complex. The Centreville Village Council earlier this month approved the removal of trees and brush at the girls’ softball diamond as suggested by Bruce Jones, representative of the Park ... Read More »

Sales tax on Internet purchases

Amazon.com and some other online retailers would have to collect Michigan’s 6 percent sales tax on purchases under legislation approved by the state Senate.  Backers say the bills would level the playing field because brick-and-mortar businesses already must assess the tax on customers.  The legislation passed Thursday heads to the Republican-led House for its consideration in the waning days of ... Read More »

Recount in Kalamazoo County

A recount confirms that Republican Margaret O’Brien narrowly beat Democrat Sean McCann in the race for the 20th District state Senate seat in Kalamazoo County. The recount completed Wednesday concludes that O’Brien got 61 more votes than McCann. He asked for the recount after the original count showed him losing by 59 votes in the Nov. 4 election. Both candidates ... Read More »