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Miller announces in-district office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced two upcoming dates where he will hold in-district office hours for the month of March. Miller said transparency is essential to both good government and effective representation, and he encourages anyone with a question to attend. Miller will be available 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday at Yoder’s Country Market in Centreville, and on March …

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State trooper injured in Calhoun County

A state police patrol car was struck and a trooper injured over the weekend during an incident on ice-covered I-94 in Calhoun County. According to a department media release, the trooper was investigating an accident at 4:15 a.m. Saturday near mile marker 92 in the eastbound lane. The trooper was on the shoulder of the freeway investigating a one-vehicle crash, …

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Out and About – Week of March 18th

The name of this column is “Out and About”. Its main purpose is to let you know what’s going on in and around the Three Rivers area. I also try to inject a bit of humor, so that by the time you’ve finished reading the column, you’ll feel more positive about what’s going on in this world and won’t feel …

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Weight restrictions in effect

The Michigan Department of Transportation and local agencies are enacting additional annual spring weight restrictions to protect roads. Effective today, weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways from the Michigan/Indiana and Michigan/Ohio state lines north to and including the Mackinac Bridge. State routes typically carry M, I, or US designations. County road commissions and city public …

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Blue Gate announces expansion plans

Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana has announced plans for a new 1,500-seat, theater space at Blue Gate Performing Arts Center. The $3 million theatre is set to break ground before May and will be completed by January. The rapid expansion of the Blue Gate’s concert schedule, limitations of the current space and improving customer experience all played key roles in …

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Upton sponsors legislation aimed at helping veterans

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the leading voice of the Post-9/11 generation of veterans, has announced that U.S. Rep. Fred Upton has become a cosponsor of the “Burn Pits Accountability Act” to improve the tracking and reporting of service members’ exposure to burn pits and airborne toxins during their deployments. Upton became a co-sponsor during IAVA’s “Storm The Hill,” IAVA’s …

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Redistricting town hall planned

The group “Voters Not Politicians” is hosting a series of Democracy Reform Town Halls to educate citizens about Michigan’s new redistricting process and how they can participate. The group will also discuss other critical democracy reform issues to strengthen the democratic process through citizen action in Michigan. In 2018, Michigan voters and Voters Not Politicians made history by passing a redistricting reform …

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Aggie Marie and Autumn Lee

The staff here tell us that St. Patricks day is coming.  We have hung a shamrock hoping it will bring us luck getting a new home.  We were brought in together, but we could be adopted separately.  I am Aggie Marie, docket No. 45242.  I am the dark girl on the left.  We each are five years old.  They say …

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Whitmer makes stops in St. Joseph County

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited St. Joseph County Monday, making stops in Three Rivers and Sturgis. In Sturgis, Whitmer presented “The Road to Opportunity,” a briefing on her fiscal year 2020 budget proposal. More than 20 community members attended the closed-session event at Sturgis Library. Whitmer said she presented her budget to the legislature last week and now she’s traveling around …

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Police investigate damage to business property

State police troopers are investigating damage to a business in Park Township. According to a department media release, a split-rail fence outside a business in the 52000 block of U.S. 131 was damaged between noon Saturday and 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. The wood fence, which stood outside Stephenson Farm and Market, was damaged by a southbound vehicle that appears to have …

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