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State House votes on authority board measure

A proposal allowing local recreational authority boards to spend more of their budgets on improving Michigan communities was unanimously approved in a state House vote this week. House Bill 4408 changes audit requirements from annual to once every two years for authority boards that do not levy taxes. Endorsed by State Rep. Aaron Miller, the bill now advances to the …

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Grant purchases marijuana lock boxes

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has received a state grant toward the purchase of lock boxes – used to provide to the community at no charge – as well as educational materials, to ensure marijuana is locked up around kids now that it’s legal in the state. To kick off the Lock It Up campaign, the Coldwater-based agency ordered …

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Nottawa approves costs of road improvements

Nottawa Township officials have agreed to cover their share of costs related to improving Londick Road. Township supervisor Dave Peterson said the matter was discussed late into Monday’s meeting, where the township’s financial picture was reviewed in advance of the start of its 2019-20 fiscal year July 1. Peterson said the township will use funds from each of its next …

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Fire Chief announces retirement

After 34 years working in the field of firefighting, Three Rivers Fire Chief Carl Holcomb has announced he is hanging up his boots, hat and gear. Holcomb this week said his retirement will be effective July 31. He has been chief of the Three Rivers department the past five years. Holcomb said he has enjoyed a long and rewarding career …

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Choir from Uganda will perform several local shows

Twenty-one members of Muwendo Children’s Choir, residents of Kampala, Uganda, will perform several shows in the area during the next two months. After staging its first show last week at Grace Christian Fellowship in Sturgis, the choir is scheduled to perform at Sturgis Fest, White Pigeon Days, the St. Joseph County Grange Fair, Kline’s Resort as well as area churches. …

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Body recovered in Flowerfield Township body of water

Members of the St. Joseph County Dive Rescue team recovered the body of a 55-year-old man from an unnamed body of water over the weekend in Flowerfield Township. Police were called to the 52000 block of Powell Lane just before 5 p.m. Sunday. The man was found in about six feet of water, 10 feet from shore. Authorities have not …

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Police identify man who brandished a handgun

Authorities plan to seek charges against a 35-year-old Indiana man who brandished a handgun Sunday at the Shell gas station in White Pigeon. Police said central dispatch was advised around 5 p.m. that a man was begging for gas money. He then brandished a gun at the store’s clerks before he fled the scene. Officers viewed security video footage, and …

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Farmers Market begins this week

The Three Rivers Farmers Market kicks off its 24th season this week. Set up at Scidmore Park Pavillions, the market begins its 2019 season 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The market will be open Thursdays through Sept. 19. Event organizers said the market accepts SNAP cards, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC/Senior coupons, and Project Fresh coupons.

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Man dies from injuries in lake accident

An Illinois man, who had been hospitalized since a Saturday incident at a Cass County lake, has died. Parish Swanson, 50, of Aurora, Ill., died of injuries sustained in a water accident in Penn Township that occurred Saturday. Swanson was pushed into the lake off the dock and was under water for an unknown amount of time before his sons …

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MDOT updates US 131 work

Michigan Department of Transportation has released its weekly update regarding the U.S. 131 reconstruction project in Three Rivers. MDOT officials said a temporary stop light has been activated at the M-60/US-131 junction, as M-60 traffic now comes to a three-way intersection. The Stage 2 traffic plan is in place, meaning two-way traffic on southbound U.S. 131 at the M-60 junction …

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