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Possible upgrades coming to Lutz Road

A key north-south route in St. Joseph County could be in store for some upgrades. St. Joseph County Road Commission Engineer Garrett Myland said the potential project centers on Lutz Road. He said initial plans call for two miles from M-86 in Lockport Township south to Fairchild Road in Florence Township. Myland said the ultimate goal is to reconstruct the …

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Three Rivers updated master plan

Three Rivers city officials have approved an updated master plan. Commissioners last week accepted the plan, which has been developed by Kalamazoo-based McKenna Associates with input from local officials and community members. Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry said community input was solicited to help better define the master plan. It has been described as the city’s short- and long-term goals …

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Fabius considers several road projects

A number of road projects are possibly on tap in Fabius Township in 2021. Outgoing supervisor John Kroggel said he met with road commission officials and reviewed various routes in the township worthy of attention. Targeted for improvements next year are Broadway Road, Hoffman Road, Venta Road, Krull Road, Millard Road and Coon Hollow Road. Kroggel said the Coon Hollow …

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Conference and trial delayed in prosecutor case

A settlement conference and jury trial slated this week for St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough has been postponed. Kalamazoo District Court officials said the delay is pursuant to a local administrative order, discontinuing jury trials when the number of COVID-related cases exceeds a threshold set by the Michigan Supreme Court. McDonough, 41, was scheduled to appear in a settlement …

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State police plan food and toy drive

An annual tradition overseen by Michigan State Police White Pigeon Detachment returns next month. The 12th “Stuff A Blue Goose” Christmas food and toy drive will take place locally in Three Rivers and Sturgis. It will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Three Rivers and Sturgis Walmart stores, where troopers will collect non-perishable food items and …

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White Pigeon library moves to curbside service

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the community, White Pigeon Township Library has announced it is moving back to Phase 2 of its re-opening plan. The measure took effect last week and remains in place indefinitely. During Phase 2, the library will offer curbside service, including check-outs and returns, faxes, scans and copies, from patrons’ cars or the …

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Michigan certifies Biden win, Trump challenge thwarted again

Michigan election officials on Monday certified Democrat Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in the state, another setback for President Donald Trump in his futile effort to undermine the results of the Nov. 3 election through baseless legal challenges and unsupported claims of fraud. The Board of State Canvassers, which has two Republicans and two Democrats, confirmed the results on a 3-0 …

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Pedestrian died when struck by vehicle

A 68-year-old Cass County man died after he was struck by a vehicle last week in Porter Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday to U.S. 12 and Union Road in the community of Union. Investigators said a vehicle driven by Anne Lowry, 39, of Constantine, was heading west on U.S. 12 when it …

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Christmas light attraction opens

A popular tourist community in Michiana has opened its annual Christmas light display for the season. Shipshewana’s Lights of Joy, a drive-through experience featuring more than two million LED Christmas lights, opened over the weekend. Displayed in a newly expanded, mile-and-a-half-long symphony of various light scenes, Lights of Joy will re-open Friday and Saturday. After that, the lights will be …

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Sturges-Young Center for the Arts closes for rest of year

Sturges-Young Center for the Arts has announced it will be closed for the remainder of 2020 due to COVID- 19 restrictions. With the temporary discontinuation of indoor dining, the center will be closed to minimize operational costs, and help to keep patrons and staff safe. The weekly Sunday brunch will return in January. Auditorium officials said the FOP “Country Music …

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