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Local construction company chosen

A Three Rivers-based construction company was chosen to serve as contractor of the city’s downtown Mural Mall renovation. Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners last week approved a $776,000 bid for Brussee/Brady Inc. to perform the task that will include concrete and lighting work. Funding for the project comes from a city contribution of $190,000, being complemented by a $750,000 state …

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City issues statement

The threat of the season’s first snowstorm prompted officials from the city of Sturgis to issue a media release regarding municipal snow removal. Snowfalls between less than one inch and three inches will be treated with applications of deicers and plowing. Depending on the amount of snow, measures may include plowing of intersections, major streets and/or local streets. Snowfalls of …

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Hochstetler injured in crash

A 16-year-old from Shipshewana said he suffered a medical condition while driving and, as a result, crashed the vehicle he was driving into a tree Friday night in Sherman Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s department said Rylan Hochstetler was driving west on Banker Road when he blacked out momentarily and drove off the roadway around 10 p.m., he told …

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Gas prices are coming down

There are predictions that oil prices could fall sharply to around $50 per barrel, with those coming from analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Grand Rapids-based GasBuddy.com analyst Patrick DeHaan says he thinks they might be right for a few reasons: Domestic oil production is hitting highs unlike any seen in two decades and crude oil inventories are about …

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Sturgis approves curbside recycling

The Sturgis City Commission recently approved the five-year renewal of its curbside recycling with an Indiana-based company. The arrangement with Borden Waste-Away of Elkhart continues an agreement reached in 2008 and it maintains the $1.92-per-household unit price. The city pays for the curbside recycling program with a state-authorized surcharge of $2 per month, collected annually on the summer tax bill. …

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Michigan – Right to Work state

Governor Rick Snyder Tuesday signed legislation making Michigan the 24th “right-to-work’ state in the nation. Snyder signed the bills less than five hours after the Michigan House gave final approval to the so-called “right to work” legislation, which prohibits requirements that workers pay a fee that would go to a union as a condition of employment. 

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Minor injuries from hit-and-run

A family dispute was at the center of a hit-and-run incident Sunday in the 500 block of Michigan Street in Three Rivers. According to the Three Rivers Police Department, a person whose gender, age and address were not disclosed, was treated at Three Rivers Health for minor injuries as a result of the incident. The driver of the vehicle, who …

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Warm welcome for goodwill visit

Three Rivers City Manager Joe Bippus said he and a group of municipal representatives received a warm welcome from American Axle Manufacturing officials during a goodwill visit last week to the company’s Detroit-based headquarters. Bippus said the scheduled meeting provided an opportunity to thank AAM President David Dauch for the company’s commitment to Three Rivers. The Three Rivers facility is …

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Freedom-to-work passes

State Rep. Matt Lori praised the passage of freedom-to-work legislation that he says will allow Michigan workers to earn a living regardless of union membership. Lori said workers should have the freedom to work any job without being forced to pay for that right to work. He added that unions will have the freedom to make their case to workers, …

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Christmas in Colon

The seventh annual Christmas in Colon event takes place 5 to 9 p.m. today in downtown Colon. The event features a 6 p.m. parade from Colon Elementary to Colon Township Library. In addition, downtown businesses will have promotions, goodies and attractions throughout the four-hour period, including reindeer and Santa Claus outside the library. Also, an Amish grilled chicken dinner will …

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