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School closings

Centreville Public Schools: Delayed 2 hours Colon Community Schools: Delayed 2 hours; Monday Howardsville Christian School: Closed Monday Immaculate Conception School: Closed Monday; Teachers report at 11 a.m. Sturgis Public Schools: Delayed 2 hours; Due to road conditions Three Rivers Community Schools: Closed Monday (2/12); Teaching staff report @ 12:00

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Fatal crash near Three Rivers

A Three Rivers man died as the result of a 3-car crash Thursday afternoon on M-60 near Roberts Road, just west of Three Rivers. The victim was identified as 57-year-old Randy Jansen. Four other people were injured. . . Their names have not been released. County sheriff’s deputies are continuing their investigation.

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Cemetery vandalism – Reward offered

The city of Three Rivers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for damage to headstones at Riverside Cemetery late last year. Three Rivers Police on Thursday issued a media release, which stated the reward amount is $1,000. The damage occurred between 3 p.m. Dec. 19 and noon Dec. 20. Vandals …

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Superintendent search process moves forward

Members of the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education have selected the Michigan Association of School Boards to help with conducting their search for a new superintendent. District residents are encouraged to participate in the process by attending an open forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the district’s administrative office. The event will be led by MASB consultant Rod …

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State committee approves teacher legislation

The House Education Reform Committee this week unanimously approved state Rep. Aaron Miller’s legislation to eliminate a professional teaching certification mandate, giving instructors more choice and time to work on classroom quality. Miller said new teachers need to teach, not go back into the classroom for more studying and more testing after recently finishing college to get new certifications. Currently, …

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United Way surpasses fundraising goal

St. Joseph County United Way reached unprecedented heights in its 2018 fundraising campaign. During Tuesday’s “Victory Celebration” at Covered Bridge Farm County Park, the agency announced its annual campaign for the first time topped the million-dollar threshold. Co-chair of the 2018 campaign Mark Lillywhite said the final tally was $1,034,573. The total exceeded the goal of $911,000. United Way director …

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Commission makes appointment to Planning Council

St. Joseph County Planning Commission member Joe Woodin was appointed to the Southcentral Michigan Planning Council this week. The move was approved by the county commission during its meeting Tuesday. Woodin, a Marcellus-area resident, replaces Mendon resident Lon Huffman, who has stepped down from the post. Woodin’s appointment was endorsed Jan. 31 by the county planning commission. His term expires …

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County commission renews MSU Extension agreement

An agreement between St. Joseph County and MSU Extension was renewed by county commissioners Tuesday. The $126,000 contract will continue the services the county receives from MSU Extension. The allocation was budgeted and comes out of the county’s general fund. MSU Extension’s services include programs related to agriculture and agribusiness, 4-H, health and nutrition, and community and economic development.

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House passes pension tax bill

The Michigan House this week approved State Rep. Aaron Miller’s bill protecting surviving spouses from penalties related to the state’s pension tax. Miller said the goal is to make sure a surviving spouse is not burdened with higher taxes when their older partner passes away. He said it’s the right thing to do so seniors aren’t saddled with higher and …

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Colon considers selling property for store development

Colon’s municipal officials are reconsidering a plan to sell a piece of village-owned property on which a Dollar General would like to develop a store. During a village council special meeting Tuesday, nearly a dozen people urged the seven-member panel to table the matter and hold off on selling the parcel at 210 W. South St., referred to as “the …

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