News

Colon road project complete

Officials with the St. Joseph County Road Commission said a major road project in Colon Township is complete. A roundabout at the intersection of Colon and Farrand roads has opened after work started a few months ago. John Lindsey, road commission managing director, said the roundabout has a 20-foot driving lane to accommodate agricultural equipment and a 12-foot truck apron. …

Read More »

Two organizations announce golf outings

Two golf outings, both fundraisers for their respective organizations, have been announced. The St. Joseph County Conservation District will hold its annual scramble Sept. 12 at Green Valley Golf Course in Sturgis Township. Tee time is 9 a.m. and cost is $60 per person. Proceeds benefit programs such as river cleanup, a tree for every fourth-grade student in the county, …

Read More »

Drain in Three rivers gets name

A formerly unnamed drain starting in Three Rivers now has an identity thanks to Michigan Department of Transportation and a local county official. St. Joseph County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wenzel said considering the location of the drain, which flows southeast out of Three Rivers and empties into the St. Joseph River, there was no debate about choosing the name “Wildcat …

Read More »

Investigation into stolen vehicles in Three Rivers

State police troopers are investigating multiple complaints involving two stolen vehicles and numerous larcenies from motor vehicles last weekend. Investigators said a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu and a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse were subsequently recovered. The incidents occurred late Friday or early Saturday. Both vehicles were seen early Saturday in Fabius and Lockport townships. Witnesses said they observed both vehicles stopping at …

Read More »

New grant available for modifying older buildings

The Constantine Downtown Development Authority has created a new grant program to offset costs of modifying existing, older buildings. DDA director Diana Lammott said older buildings sometimes require additional costs to make the space usable. Through the matching-grant program, the DDA will pay up to half the cost of a project, with the remainder coming from the building or business …

Read More »

Great Start offers new class for men

The Great Start Collaborative of St. Joseph County is offering a new class just for men. Dads, granddads and any other male caregivers are welcome to attend. The event, called “Conscious Discipline: The Guys Group,” will feature open discussion about parenting. The group will meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 3 and concluding Nov. 12. It’ll meet …

Read More »

Constantine approves marijuana ordinance draft

Members of the Constantine Village Council voted this week to approve the final draft of a proposed adult-use marijuana ordinance. Once completed, the draft will be submitted to county clerk Lindsay Oswald. The council has discussed details in the proposed ordinance since a decision in May to put recreational marijuana on the Nov. 3 ballot. Village manager Mark Honeysett said …

Read More »

It’ll be Upton vs Hoadley in the general election

Longtime Republican Rep. Fred Upton defeated a primary challenger in his district in southwestern Michigan. The 17-term lawmaker will take on Jon Hoadley in the general election. Upton beat real estate agent Elena Oelke in the 6th Congressional District’s GOP primary on Tuesday, by a margin of 63 to 37 percent. Hoadley, a state legislator, defeated Jen Richardson of Kalamazoo, …

Read More »

Marvin wins prosecutor race with 82% of the votes

St. Joseph County will have a new prosecutor starting in 2021. Lockport Township resident David Marvin claimed a one-sided victory over incumbent John McDonough during Tuesday’s primary election. Though final numbers have not been canvassed, Marvin’s unofficial win was by a 4-to-1 margin, as he claimed 82 percent of the votes. Marvin, the son of longtime St. Joseph County Clerk …

Read More »

Carra wins Republican primary for state rep

A Three Rivers resident is one step closer to replacing Aaron Miller for 59th District state representative. St. Joseph County numbers show Steve Carra finished atop the five-person race to replace the term-limited Miller. Carra claimed 34 percent of the vote in St. Joseph County, handily topping the second-highest vote getter, Jack Coleman, who earned 24 percent of the vote. …

Read More »