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Petition filed over contested land

A citizen-led initiative could see voters in Three Rivers and Lockport Township deciding the fate of a 77-acre property contested by the two entities. A petition was filed Wednesday with St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald. Thirty-five pages in all, the petition seeks to have voters in the two municipalities decide whether the land should remain in Three Rivers or …

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Recall petition submitted

A petition to recall the president of Constantine Public Schools Board of Education was submitted Wednesday. St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald said the petition seeks the recall of John Shuler. Details about who filed the petition were not clear. According to the petition, its origin stems from a May 7 school board work session at Constantine High School. The …

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Miller’s new teachers bill passes senate

The state senate this week unanimously approved state Rep. Aaron Miller’s plan to eliminate burdensome requirements to educators, giving new teachers more time to work with students in the classroom. New teachers are issued a standard teaching certificate with a professional certificate available after three years classroom experience, over 150 hours of professional development and additional post-graduate coursework. New instructors …

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Judge settles city/county legal matter

A Berrien County judge has settled a legal matter between St. Joseph County and the city of Three Rivers. County officials confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that Judge John Donahue concluded Three Rivers did not breach terms of its contract with the county. The issue stems from the county’s attempt to recoup $755,000 it advanced the city to purchase the 77-acre …

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Supporters attend sports complex groundbreaking

Nearly 50 people gathered Tuesday at the east end of the proposed development of a multi-field sports complex to witness a ceremonial groundbreaking. Located between North Main Street to the west and Buckhorn Road to the east, the 77-acre property was annexed into Three Rivers over the objections of Lockport Township officials and opponents of the concept. Kim Losik, a …

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Master plan preparation for courts building resumes

The creation of a master plan for the so-called courts building at the St. Joseph County Courthouse appears to be resurrected. During Tuesday’s county commission meeting, board members agreed to resume its relationship with TowerPinkster Architects and Engineers of Kalamazoo regarding the preparation of a master plan for the building at the south end of the courthouse complex. The county …

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Two died in Cass County crash

Two people died earlier this week in an automobile accident in Cass County’s Pokagon Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said a PT Cruiser driven by 34-year-old Mishawaka resident Lee Ann Romita Sanez was heading south on M-51 Sunday when it crossed the center line and struck a northbound Chevy Impala. It was being driven by Phillip Seitenstich, 32, of Dowagiac. David …

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Dedication – Covered Bridge Farm County Park

The newest member of St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Department’s family was the focus of a ceremony Saturday. A crowd of about two dozen people gathered at the Lockport Township site to witness the dedication of Covered Bridge Farm County Park. The showcase of the seven-acre parcel, a refurbished barn that replaced the historic Culbertson family barn, served as …

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Police continue search for shooting suspect

Three Rivers police continue their search for a suspect behind the shooting of a 31-year-old Sturgis man last week outside Paul’s Pantry in Three Rivers. Bobby Rouseau, 21, is wanted on charges of assault with intent to murder, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and felony firearm, according to authorities. Rouseau was most recently seen near Mintdale and Engle roads …

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Residents leave White Pigeon trailer park

The few remaining residents at a White Pigeon Township trailer park worked late into the night Thursday to comply with a judge’s order to evacuate the property by midnight. While some people indicated they would return over the weekend to River Forest Mobile Home Park and gather whatever they didn’t take Thursday, others have come to terms with the situation …

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