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1 in 5 Michigan lawmakers lack college degree

One out of every five Michigan lawmakers doesn’t have a formal degree in higher education. The finding comes through research by The Detroit News. Those without degrees include state Sen. Tom Casperson, who is in his second term in the Senate after serving three terms in the state House. The Republican from Escanaba says life experience “is as deeply as …

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Recall petition drive was successful

Members of the group TR Cares have announced they were successful in securing the minimum number of signatures required to put a board of education recall question on the November ballot. Sherrie Nowicki, who helped form and is the leader of TR Cares, said the signatures would be turned in to the county clerk’s office by 4 p.m. today, one …

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Administrative changes for Three Rivers Schools

Three Rivers Community Schools has announced a pair of administrative changes for the 2015-16 academic year. Andrews Elementary Principal Nikki Nash will serve on an interim basis as principal at Three Rivers Middle School. Meanwhile, Hoppin fourth-grade teacher Ben McIntyre will replace Nash and serve as interim principal at Andrews Elementary. The moves were created as the result of the …

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Recall petition signature drive underway

Members of the group TR Cares plan to set up a site at North Main Street and Enterprise Drive 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today in an effort to collect a minimum of 1,165 valid signatures for a recall of three members of the Three Rivers Board of Education. Sherrie Nowicki, who established and heads TR Cares, said a two-day …

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ISD re-appoints members

St. Joseph County Intermediate School District Board of Education will continue to be led by a retired teacher from Three Rivers. Sally Boeschenstein, who spent many years as a teacher and curriculum official with Constantine Public Schools, was among four incumbents re-appointed last week to one-year executive positions. At the annual reorganization meeting, the board also unanimously reinstated Robert Trenary, …

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TR Cares continues to gather signatures

A 22-hour session to secure signatures for a Three Rivers Board of Education recall effort will continue through 8 o’clock tonight. Members of TR Cares, which formed in the wake of the April dismissal of three district administrators, said the drive started at 9 a.m. Thursday at the corner of M-60 and Eighth Avenue. Organizers have set a goal of …

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Michigan boy goes to White House for anti-bullying video

A southwestern Michigan boy’s online video in which he stood up to cyberbullies has earned him messages from prominent figures, appearances on news stations and now a private tour of the White House. Logan Fairbanks of Hartford, 11, and his family received the invitation from White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, who set up the visit to highlight the issue …

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A petition signature drive is next

Members of TR Cares, which formed in April following the dismissal of three well-liked Three Rivers Community Schools administrators, plan a marathon signature drive this week. Sherrie Nowicki, who spearheaded the formation of TR Cares, said the group will meet Monday evening with several business owners offering their support behind an effort to recall board of education members Waneta Truckey, Carl …

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Colon Schools looking for volunteers

School officials in Colon are asking prospective volunteers to consider lending a hand during the upcoming annual Magi Pride Days. The event is dedicated to helping spruce up school buildings and grounds for the start of the academic year. This year’s two-day Magi Pride Days are 3 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13 and 14. Organized by Paige Smolarz, the sprucing-up …

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School board recall will move forward

Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge Gary Giguere Jr. on Friday affirmed a June 26 decision by the St. Joseph County Election Board regarding the case of a recall sought of three members of the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education. In a four-page summary, Giguere sided with the election board in the fact that “each reason for the recall is …

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