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US-131 construction to begin this year

The largest road project in several years in the Three Rivers area is poised to begin later this year. The US-131 reconstruction project has been divided into two segments, according to Nick Schirripa, spokesman for Michigan Department of Transportation. The expanded timeline, spring 2019 to fall 2020, will allow MDOT to do the work while minimizing traffic impact. This year’s …

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Water Festival planning begins

Organizers behind the Three Rivers Water Festival have announced details regarding the 2019 event. The 63rd annual festival will start June 13 and conclude June 16. The theme for this year’s event is “TR’s Superheroes.” Water Festival Committee members encourage participants to incorporate a “superheroes” theme in their events. This year’s Water Festival Parade will open the celebration June 13, …

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Road commission considers ATV ordinance

St. Joseph County Road Commission Board members are being asked for input into the concept of an ordinance related to all-terrain vehicles. At the behest of county commissioner Allen Balog, the matter was discussed at the road commission’s meeting last month. As a springboard to discussion on the idea, Balog brought for review a copy of Midland County’s ordinance. If …

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New online calendar for human services unveiled

A new, countywide calendar of human services was unveiled recently by the St. Joseph County Human Service Commission. The calendar enables users to search by town or countywide for events related to food and household, substance-abuse prevention, health and wellness, family/parenting, children/youth/teens, older adults and their caregivers, and more. The calendar will feature days and times of some of the …

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Battle Creek to prohibit holding phone while driving

Driving while holding a cellphone soon will be illegal in one southern Michigan city. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that a new ordinance goes into effect Friday in Battle Creek, but police don’t plan to ticket drivers — just yet — for typing, scrolling or talking on phones without the use of hands-free devices. City officials say enforcement will start …

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Name of Portage crash victim released

The name of a Centreville man who died last week in an accident on a snow-covered freeway in Kalamazoo County has been released by authorities. Portage police said Richard Lee Gamble, 46, died Friday from injuries he suffered in a crash around noon on eastbound I-94. Investigators said Gamble lost control of his pickup after attempting to change lanes near …

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Constantine plans “Taste of the Village”

The village of Constantine has announced it will host its inaugural “Taste of the Village” event next month. Seven area restaurants will be a part of the “Taste,” which will take place 2 to 5 p.m. March 16. Local eateries expected to be a part of the event are: Town Fryer, The Harvey House, Elke’s, Meeks Mill, The Candy Coop, …

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Sturgis police make arrest following pursuit

Sturgis police arrested a convicted felon last week following a brief pursuit. According to a department media release, officers attempted to stop a vehicle at 2:30 p.m. Thursday on Broadus Street near Progress Street after officers noticed an expired registration on the vehicle he was driving. The vehicle accelerated and its driver disobeyed a stop sign after police signaled for …

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Centreville man died in Portage crash

A Centreville man died Friday in a highway accident in Kalamazoo County. Portage police said Richard Gamble, age 46, was driving east on snow-covered I-94 around noon Friday when he lost control of his pickup after attempting to change lanes near the Westnedge Avenue exit ramp. His Ford F-250 struck a guardrail and he was ejected from the vehicle. A …

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Man dies in Cass County crash

Speed is believed to be a factor in the death of an Elkhart man involved in a single-vehicle accident Friday in Cass County. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called around 10:30 p.m. Friday following an incident on Sunset Boulevard near South Beechwood Street in Porter Township. Investigators said Travis Lee Schlabach, 39, was driving south on Sunset Boulevard when …

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