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Salute to Citizen of the Year

A large crowd was on hand last week at Belle Epoque to salute Three Rivers’ Citizen of the Year, Jerry Wright. Presented by the Three Rivers Lions Club, the Citizen of the Year was newly named this year in honor of Bruce C. Snook. Snook was a longtime Lion and community activist who passed away last August. The 70-year-old Wright …

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Unemployment decreases

The March unemployment rate in St. Joseph County decreased by three-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 6.5 percent March unemployment rate was less than February’s 6.8 percent. In addition, the March unemployment rate was 1.4 percent less than the same …

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Three involved in accident

Names of the three people involved in a two-vehicle accident have been released by Michigan State Police. The incident occurred around 12:15 p.m. Thursday at Riverside Drive and U.S. 131 in Constantine Township. Investigators said Patricia VanDyke, 74, of Elkhart, proceeded east on Riverside and into the path of a northbound semi driven by Timothy Miller, 61, of Kalamazoo. VanDyke …

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A new cable provider

Many of Comcast’s Michigan customers may soon have a new cable provider. The company announced Monday that it has reached a deal with Charter Communications Inc. that involves selling some of it’s cable systems and creating a new spin-off company to take over some Comcast cable customers. The move is meant to help Comcast’s ability to get regulatory approval for …

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Part of US 12 closed

The right-hand, westbound lane of U.S.-12 in and around the Sturgis diesel electric plant next to Memorial Park will be closed the rest of the week due to construction on the site. The work at the diesel plant site will result in additional, intermittent lane closures of this area for the next 30 days, as well as limited or no …

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Road restrictions have been lifted

The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced seasonal road restrictions have been lifted. The so-called frost law imposed speed and weight restrictions during the freeze-thaw cycle to help preserve the integrity of non-primary roadways. The frost law was put into effect last month.

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Sturgis to get new businesses

Two noteworthy plans were reviewed and approved Tuesday by the Sturgis Planning Commission. Plans for a potential Meijer store, at 1170 S. Centerville Road, and a Culver’s restaurant on South Centerville Road between Magnolia Avenue and Elm Street, were approved by the panel. Meijer representatives presented their plan for a 195,000-square-foot store, outlining several entry points to the parking lot …

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County Transportation seeks millage renewal

The St. Joseph County Transportation Authority is seeking approval for a millage-request renewal in August. During Thursday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners’ executive committee meeting, CTA director Steve Yorks said the request would ask for renewal of 0.33 mills for a four-year period. Committee members recommended the request appears before the board during its twice-a-month meeting Tuesday. After it …

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Meijer looking to build in Sturgis

The Meijer grocery chain has confirmed it is looking into a new store in Sturgis. Later this month, the Sturgis Planning Commission will review site plans provided by the store regarding a site at South Centerville Road and West South Street. The location is north of the Sturgis Walmart. Preliminary plans call for a building just under 200,000-square-feet, though its …

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Unemployment rate decreases

February’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County decreased by one-tenth 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 6.8 percent February unemployment rate was more than January’s 6.9 percent. February’s unemployment rate was 1.3 percent less than the same month one year earlier, …

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