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Acrea football teams begin playoff action

Here’s a reminder that four area varsity football teams will be in action tonight in the opening round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s playoffs. All games kick off at 7 o’clock. In Division 4, Three Rivers will travel to Zeeland to take on Hudsonville Unity Christian. Both teams enter the contest with 7-2 records. The game will be …

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TRAM will hold annual coat drive

Three Rivers Area Mentoring is staging its 10th annual coat drive this weekend. Anyone in need of a winter coat is invited to come to the Riviera Theatre between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday. There will also be games, puzzles, arts and crafts, hot food, and a fleece blanket-making section in partnership with Project Linus. Anyone interested in donating coats …

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MDOT plans public open house

The Michigan Department of Transportation is staging a public open house next week for input on a plan that includes the installation of a roundabout at the south intersection of U.S. 131 and M-60 south of Three Rivers. The event takes place 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Commission On Aging Building, at the rear of the Three Rivers …

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Appeals court throws out child abuse case

The Michigan appeals court has ruled the state’s child-abuse law doesn’t apply to unborn babies, a decision that was made in response to a case involving a Sturgis woman. The court threw out the conviction of Melissa Jones, who used methamphetamine during her pregnancy. Jones’ son weighed less than 4 pounds despite being delivered at full term in Sturgis. In …

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Study shows financial impact of GOCC

An economic-impact study conducted for Glen Oaks Community College indicates the college, its students and regional alumni added more than $119 million in income to the local economy in the school’s 2015-16 fiscal year. The figure is approximately equal to 4 percent of the area’s Gross Regional Product. Idaho-based Economics Modeling Specialists International conducted the study. Its report concluded the …

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Three Rivers Health completes assessment

Three Rivers Health has completed its 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment, and posted results and its implementation plan on its website. Through the CHNA process, the hospital has determined the top health needs of the community center on: obesity/physical inactivity; mental health/suicide; physician services; education/prevention; and diabetes. The hospital has developed an implementation plan for addressing the needs, including services …

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