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Sturgis approved softball complex site plan

Members of the Sturgis Planning Commission last week approved a site plan for a proposed four-diamond, adult softball complex. But bids for construction are coming in higher than expected and new ideas are being proposed for expanding the $ 2.1 million project. City Manager Mike Hughes told planning commissioners that Sturgis received only two bids for the project that will …

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Commissioners approve Corrections grant

St. Joseph County commissioners last week approved a grant renewal with the Michigan Department of Corrections. The $175,000 Community Corrections Grant will benefit the county by providing services to enhance jail utilization, reduce the prison commitment rate and impact recidivism, according to terms of the agreement. $70,000 of the grant will be earmarked for the Day Reporting Center, $56,000 to …

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Chamber cancels Treasures event

The Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce regrets to announce it is canceling the fourth “Treasures of St. Joseph County.” Chamber President and CEO Christy Trammell said interest in the 2016 event – a takeoff on the concept of “The Amazing Race” – was not strong enough to justify the effort and cost of staging the event. It was originally …

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Memorial Ceremony held at Capitol

State Rep. Aaron Miller was joined in the Capitol rotunda last week by St. Joseph County emergency medical technician Richard Knox, who was his guest for the House of Representatives’ Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony. First responders and military personnel were invited guests to the special House session, which commemorated the 15-year anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, and …

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Friend of the Court grant approved

A $4.7 million, five-year grant from the state was approved by St. Joseph County Commissioners last week. The grant, provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, will provide the St. Joseph County Friend of the Court more than $870,000 during the first year of the grant – commencing Oct. 1 – and increases annually to more than $1 …

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Guilty verdict in murder trial

A jury comprised of six men and six women found Westly George guilty in the August 2015 murder of Eugene Jackson in Three Rivers. After four hours of deliberations Thursday, jurors returned a guilty verdict on charges of first-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, carrying a concealed weapon and felony firearm. George is …

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