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Commissioner Gilchrist moving

The Three Rivers City Commission will be losing a member of its seven-person panel next month. Commissioner Judy Gilchrist announced during Tuesday’s meeting that she is moving out of state and, consequently, will vacate her First District seat Nov. 5. Gilchrist, 70, said she is getting married and she and her husband-to-be will be living in Oregon. She was unopposed …

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Sturgis final brush pickup

The city of Sturgis has announced its final brush pickup for 2012 begins this week. City officials ask that any brush designated for pickup be placed in the terrace area for collection. Brush should not be placed beyond the curb in the street, as such a measure can be dangerous for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Collection crews ask that brush …

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Building in Colon sold

Colon Village President Tom Whitford said the long-abandoned Lamb Knit Goods has a new owner. Located at the southwest end of the community, the distinguished, 23,000-square-foot brick building was sold to Mervin Mishler, a 42-year-old Amish man from LaGrange. Whitford said Mishler intends to restore the building and use it as a mercantile center for area vendors. Whitford said Mishler …

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Flushing hydrants today

The Three Rivers Department of Public Services has announced it will be flushing hydrants starting Tuesday and the process should continue through the month. For now, the flushing is slated to take place weeknights starting at 11 o’clock and continuing to 5 a.m. DPS officials said some rusty water may be experienced during this time. Any city resident experiencing prolonged …

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Sanitary sewer overflow

Crews from the Three Rivers Department of Public Services reported a sanitary sewer overflow from a manhole Wednesday afternoon in the 100 block of West River Drive. DPS officials said the overflow was the result of blockage caused by a rag. Crews cleared the obstruction and cleaned the area. As a result of the backup, approximately 400 gallons of sanitary …

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Generate Sturgis event

The third “Generate Sturgis” event last week resulted in an award of $1,000 to a White Pigeon teacher for the concept of what she called Make-It, Take-It. “Generate Sturgis,” where residents with unique and practical business ideas pitch their concepts to city officials, drew five contestants last week. Theresa Hazard’s concept was voted the best idea, which called for a …

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Plant expansion in Three Rivers

Mayor Tom Lowry and members of the Three Rivers City Commission have agreed to a tax-abatement request sought by Precision Wire Forms. The action was taken during Tuesday’s meeting, when Lowry and commissioners mulled the 12-year Industrial Facilities Tax-Exemption Certificate for the West Broadway Road business. Company officials indicated Precision Wire Forms is expected to make a $1.3 million investment …

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Correction for candidates running

A listing of candidates for the Constantine Village Council contains inaccurate information on the St. Joseph County website. Constantine Township Clerk Marti Brown said she has been in touch with County Clerk Pattie Bender regarding the erroneous information. Bender is currently at the state’s county clerk’s convention and indicated the information on the website would be corrected by Monday. In …

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Lafleur withdraws

Constantine Village Council member Cindy LaFleur has withdrawn her candidacy for re-election and chosen instead to seek a position with the Constantine Township Board of Trustees. County Clerk Pattie Bender said LaFleur had submitted petitions for both posts but, by law, would be eligible to represent only one entity. Late Friday, LaFleur made arrangements through Bender’s office to drop her …

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RV dumping station closed

Officials from the city of Sturgis have closed the RV dumping station near the municipal airport due to several incidents of improper and illegal use of the site. Road construction on West Lafayette Street this summer forced the station to be closed temporarily. Numerous incidents of illegal use and misuse, however, prompted city officials to close the site for good. …

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