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Matching grant funds approved for trail project

Members of the River Country Recreational Authority approved grant-match dollars totaling over $300,000 toward the Millard/Broadway Trail, which will reach Meyer Broadway Park. The action took place during Thursday’s meeting. The funds have been held by the Three Rivers Area Community Foundation and include collaboration between River Country Recreational Authority, Three Rivers Area Community Foundation, city of Three Rivers, Fabius …

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MDOT gives US 131 update

The Michigan Department of Transportation’s weekly update on the U.S. 131 reconstruction project in Three Rivers will see a few changes to note this week. Stage 5 traffic pattern will continue, meaning all traffic is using a single lane in the southbound side of the highway. Utility relocation continues at various points through the length of the project. MDOT officials …

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Hit-and-run victim identified

The Three Rivers Police Department has released the name of the pedestrian who was struck and killed in a hit-and-run incident last week in the Three Rivers Meijer parking lot. Investigators said Laura Jacobs, 62, a Meijer employee, died after she was struck by a vehicle around 1 p.m. Thursday in the northeast quadrant of the parking lot. Witnesses told …

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White Pigeon planning water-line replacement

The village of White Pigeon last week took a step toward a major infrastructure project set to begin this fall. Potentially sporting a price tag of at least $14 million, the task involves replacing the village’s water-line infrastructure. Village president Tyler Royce said most of the current system is original, making it more than 70 years old. A public hearing …

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Break-in in Mendon

Sheriff’s deputies responded last week to a breaking-and-entering incident in Mendon Township. Investigators said deputies were called Tuesday to the 22000 Block of M-60. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a building had been broken into and several items were stolen. The victim told authorities items stolen include two bicycles, a snowmobile trailer, and five lime-green, 10-foot Sun Dolphin kayaks. The bicycle …

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COA plans July reopening

Both enrichment centers of St. Joseph County Commission on Aging plan to reopen July 1, following adoption of a plan Wednesday by the COA board. Due to safety and health concerns, guests will be asked health-screening questions and have their temperature checked. All seniors and staff members will be required to wear a mask if medically able. Also, class sizes …

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Search warrant leads to arrests

Drugs and guns were seized Wednesday from a Sturgis home following a search by members of the Southwest Enforcement Team. A warrant was served in the 28000 block of East West Street. Five men were found in a shed that had been converted into living space. One man was found unresponsive behind the shed but was eventually revived. An investigation …

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Michigan reports 20 more COVID-19 deaths, 255 new cases

Twenty more people have died in Michigan from COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to 5,843 as the state’s economy continues to reopen, state officials said Saturday. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said that aside from the 5,843 confirmed deaths, the state has also had 244 presumed deaths, in which the individuals’ death certificates listed …

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High water, erosion create `bizarre’ Michigan floating isle

A large mass of grasses and other vegetation has been swept into a western Michigan lake, creating what one professor calls a “bizarre” floating island. Norton Shores photographer Joe Gee shot video of the floating vegetation Thursday in Muskegon Lake using an aerial drone. His footage shows a pontoon boat circling the island and looking small by comparison. “I’ve lived …

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Battle Creek man charged in death of woman found burned

A Battle Creek man has been charged in the March death of a woman who police believe was fatally shot in her home before her body was burned along a remote road. Jose Juarez, 26, was arrested Thursday and charged with open murder, mutilation of a dead body and three other counts in the death of Alison Sargent, a 25-year-old …

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