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Fireworks planned in TR

Officials with the Three Rivers Water Festival have announced the postponed fireworks display will take place in conjunction with the city’s annual Harmony Fest. Bad weather prohibited the display on the June 15 closing night of the Water Festival. Instead, the show will take place Sept. 1 to cap off the one-day Harmony Fest. A makeup date was established following …

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Two juveniles charged

Two juveniles, including a 15-year-old boy from White Pigeon, were charged with breaking-and-entering following a pair of incidents at Klinger Lake in White Pigeon Township. Michigan State Police investigators said the two were involved in a break-in Monday at a residence on Détente Road, where they stole alcohol, medical marijuana, sporting equipment and money. The boys also admitted their involvement …

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Marijuana plants seized

Seizure of 83 marijuana plants in Flowerfield Township marked the biggest single haul of the day for the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit during a countywide sweep Wednesday. The agency, in conjunction with a Michigan Air National Guard helicopter, was able to destroy a total of more than 200 marijuana plants grown in difficult-to-spot areas without the benefit of …

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River cleanup successful

Last weekend’s cleanup of a portion of the Portage River netted about 400 pounds of debris. A 4.3-mile stretch of the river from North Fisher Lake Road to Carpenter Road in Park and Lockport townships was the focus of the St. Joseph County Conservation District’s third of seven river cleanups this summer. Jen Miller, administrator of the Centreville-based agency, said …

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New firemen for TR

Three new members of the Three Rivers Fire Department were pinned during Tuesday’s city commission meeting. Marcellus High School alum Bradley Spears received his pin from his wife, Chelsey; Kyle Rice, an Army veteran, chose to receive his pin from his father-in-law, Gary Bragg; and Three Rivers High School graduate Karl Armstrong was pinned by his father, Chris Armstrong, a …

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Sturgis has new teachers

Sturgis Public Schools hired three teachers this week. District officials during their Monday board meeting approved the employment of Darcy Ford, Megan Wait and Lauren Howell. Ford will teach Great Start Readiness Program at Jerolene School, while Wait and Howell will be assigned separate third-grade classes at Eastwood School.

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Matson appointed

Larry Matson was appointed by Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners to the Three Rivers City Commission Tuesday. Matson, 67, served on the board from May through October last year to fill a term left vacant by the resignation of Ken Baker. Matson was topped by Diane Haley-Clay in November’s election for a one-year term as District 3 representative. Matson, who …

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Woman cited for causing accident

A Constantine woman was cited for failure to yield after she caused a two-car accident Monday morning in White Pigeon Township. State police said Lindsey Stone, 24, was driving south on Lutz Road when she failed to stop at U.S. 12. Her vehicle struck a westbound car driven by 36-year-old Tara Smith of Sturgis. Stone did not seek medical attention; …

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County on solid financial ground

An audit report of its 2012 fiscal year was the primary matter of business Tuesday before the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. Dave Fisher, representing Jackson-based Rehmann CPA, said based on his company’s review, the county remains on solid financial ground. He noted the county’s largest operating fund had revenue in excess of $13.6 million last fiscal year. Its …

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Minor injuries after crash

A 22-year-old Three Rivers woman was treated for minor injuries after she was involved in a two-vehicle accident at 4:30 Monday afternoon in Fabius Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Arianna Swartzentruber was driving west on Millard Street when her vehicle was struck by a vehicle northbound on U.S. 131. The driver of the second vehicle, Michele Root, …

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