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Several matters before city commission

A public hearing to consider rezoning a property in the 58000 block of U.S. 131 highlights the agenda of today’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting. Other matters before Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners include a public hearing regarding a user-fee ordinance, a bid for the fiscal year 2017 drinking-water chemical bid award, the purchase of a lawn tractor and accessories, …

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Sturgis Meijer store opens

The second Meijer store in St. Joseph County opened last week, as the Grand Rapids-based company staged a ceremonial ribbon cutting in Sturgis. A number of local dignitaries and Meijer corporate representatives were on hand Thursday to commemorate the occasion. The 192,000-square-foot supercenter is located at South Centerville Road and West South Street. Store director Marsha Keefer opened the event …

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House approves Detroit school reforms

State Rep. Aaron Miller issued a statement after the House last week approved reforms for Detroit Public Schools: Miller said Detroit finally provided solid figures on what was needed to reform the failing school district. Miller said legislators allocated exactly what was needed to provide start-up funding for the new district and make emergency repairs on school buildings. Inaction would …

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County Treasurer details financial information to commission

St. Joseph County Treasurer Judie Ratering in 2015 collected more than $33 million from local treasurers. The figure was one of many Ratering provided during a recent county commission meeting. Ratering said the funds were disbursed twice each month to the taxing entities. In addition, her office has recently settled with all townships and cities, and is prepared to pay …

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Former Constantine police chief laid to rest

A former police chief in Constantine who previously worked for the Michigan State Police was laid to rest last week amid full police honors. Police representatives from Centreville, Colon, Constantine, Mendon, Portage and surrounding areas joined lawyers, judges and other public officials to pay homage to Det. Sgt. Jim Bedell at Trinity Missionary Church in Constantine. Rev. Dennis Smith, pastor …

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Vehicles, garages broken in to in Park

Several garages and vehicles were entered and items stolen between evening hours Wednesday and early morning Thursday in Park Township. State police said numerous calls were fielded regarding the breaking-and-entering incidents. They occurred on the north end of Fishers Lake in the vicinity of Thompson Lane. Unlocked garages and vehicles were entered and a variety of valuables taken. State police …

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