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Motion hearing set for former Sturgis teacher

A status conference and trial for Keith Lang, a former Sturgis teacher and coach, was adjourned Monday. A motion hearing is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 9. Lang was set to stand trial later this month on two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. In July 2017, a plea agreement between Lang and the St. Joseph County prosecutor was withdrawn in St. …

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Marcellus awarded grant

State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced the village of Marcellus will receive a grant in excess of $400,000 from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to improve its storm-water and wastewater capabilities. Miller said the DEQ provides money to local communities to assist in the planning, design and testing of storm-water and wastewater facilities. A local 10 percent match is …

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Lions accept nominations for Citizen of the Year

The Three Rivers Lions Club is accepting nominations for its “Bruce C. Snook Citizen of the Year” award. Since 1965, the Three Rivers Lions Club has recognized persons who – through a commitment to service – have given unselfishly of themselves for the betterment of the community. The “Bruce C. Snook Citizen of the Year” will be honored during a …

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Sturgis considers disc golf course

The city of Sturgis is considering a plan to partner with St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Department for development of a disc golf course. City manager Mike Hughes suggested that the city help fund material costs such as signage, tees and golf baskets for about $17,000. In turn, the county would construct, install, own and operate it. Hughes said …

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Village of Colon moves office temporarily

The village of Colon has temporarily relocated its operations to Colon Township due to its heat system not working. Village officials said the village will be in the township office at least through 3 p.m. Thursday. Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting has been postponed a week and will instead begin at 7 p.m. Jan 16.

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Mendon names interim superintendent

With a heavy heart, Mendon Community Schools Board of Education made an emotional but necessary decision Monday to appoint an interim superintendent. During a board work session – the board’s first assembly since the Dec. 26 passing of former superintendent Roger Rathburn – Leasa Griffith was tapped to serve the role until a permanent chief is sought later in the …

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Water Festival announces dates and theme

Volunteers with the Three Rivers Water Festival have announced the dates and theme for the 2018 community celebration. The 62nd annual Three Rivers Water Festival, considered the unofficial start of the summer season, will run from noon June 14 through June 16. Organizers said the annual festival promises to feature many familiar favorites, as well as some new and exciting …

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Sturgis Area Community Foundation names grant recipients

Sturgis Area Community Foundation recently completed its 2017 competitive grant program. Recipients include: Sturges-Young Auditorium, $50,000, to assist with the makeover project, contingent on confirmation of Phase l of the project. City of Sturgis, two grants. One for $5,000 supporting a signage project for the pedestrian walkway honoring the Sister City relationship with Wiesloch, Germany. The other in the amount of …

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Three Rivers girls travel to Allegan

A Three Rivers High School girls basketball road contest will be broadcast on the radio this evening. The 5-1 Wildcats will travel to Allegan for a Wolverine Conference showdown. Three Rivers is riding a two-game win streak after ending 2017 on a positive note, a 41-28 road win over Portage Northern. Allegan, meanwhile, is 3-3 and coming off a loss …

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Supreme court declines to hear sports complex appeal

Michigan’s Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal filed by the city of Three Rivers regarding a property dispute with Lockport Township. As a result, a state appellate court’s May ruling will stand. The ruling supported Lockport Township’s claim that the city’s 80-acre annexation was not permissible because the property in question is not vacant by virtue of an …

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