Government

Man rescued from icey lake

Three area agencies were successful in pulling a man from Pleasant Lake after he fell through ice Thursday morning. The Three Rivers Fire Department, Fabius-Park Townships Fire Department and the St. Joseph County Dive Rescue team were dispatched shortly before 8 a.m. to the Fabius Township location. Two lake residents used an extension ladder and rope to try saving the …

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Lori makes statement

State Rep. Matt Lori, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, has issued a statement regarding Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget presentation. Lori, a Constantine-area resident, said he is looking forward to examining Snyder’s budget proposal in detail. Lori said Snyder opened the door to discussion on how legislators spend taxpayers’ money, and it is Lori’s goal to make sure legislators …

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Voters to vote on millage

Voters in the Three Rivers Community Schools district will be asked later this year to renew a non-homestead tax that generated more than $3.7 million last year. The 20-year-request will appear before voters in May, as the current non-homestead tax is expiring soon and renewal of what is currently more than 17.2 mills the district collects is essential to its …

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St. Joe County seeking new administrator

St. Joseph County’s search for a new administrator may receive help from someone familiar with the position. J. Patrick Yoder, who served as the county’s first-ever administrator for four years starting in 1990, has sent a letter of interest to county board chairman John Dobberteen regarding the position that was vacated last month with the retirement of Judy West-Wing. West-Wing …

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Advisory Board accomplishments in 2012

The St. Joseph County Animal Control Advisory Board had a long list of accomplishments in 2012, its first full year. Former board chairperson Lynda Molter presented the panel’s inaugural annual report to members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. Molter said a major accomplishment was the animal shelter getting rid of its gas chamber, a euthanasia chamber …

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St. Joe Co. Fair to receive grant

State Rep. Matt Lori on Tuesday announced the St. Joseph County Grange Fair will receive a $20,000 state grant to fund construction of an educational exhibit pavilion to showcase beef. The county is participating in the County Fairs Capital Improvement Program, which provides Michigan’s county fairs with funds for proposed enhancements to fairgrounds across the state. Lori said agriculture has …

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Two arrested for possession of marijuana

Several dozen marijuana plants and a large amount of marijuana were discovered following the execution of a search warrant by members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit, at a home in the 2800 block of Bonham Road in Colon Township. Two subjects were arrested at the scene for manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, maintaining a …

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Crash caused by failure to stop

A White Pigeon man who failed to stop for a red light on U.S. 131 in Lockport Township contributed to the cause of a three-vehicle accident last week. Michigan State Police said William Bradford was driving north on the highway when he struck a southbound car turning left onto North Main Street at 6:30 p.m. Friday. His vehicle struck the …

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Bypass starts today

Despite the snow and cold, an $18 million road project is slated to kick off today. The five-mile, Constantine U.S. 131 bypass is scheduled to begin with attention focusing on construction of a bridge over the St. Joseph River in Constantine Township, about a half mile west of the U.S. 131 bridge in the village of Constantine. Contractor Hardman Construction …

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Police investigating break-in

Investigators with the White Pigeon detachment of the Michigan State Police agency were called to a Lockport Township business last week in response to a break-in and theft. Around 8 a.m. Friday, MSP personnel were called to Eagle Auto Parts after an employee noticed a 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck and a variety of hand tools were taken from the premises. …

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