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US 131 project update

Here’s a weekly update from the Michigan Department of Transportation regarding the U.S. 131 project in Three Rivers. For northbound and southbound lanes, construction will continue on the existing median curb lane islands. They will be replaced with temporary paving this week. Meanwhile, crews will continue utility work on outside shoulders, while median work will also continue on median traffic …

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Threat at middle school results in lockdown

Three Rivers Middle School was briefly in lockdown mode Thursday morning. District officials said the decision was made shortly after 9 a.m. following the report of a threat at the school building. Officers from the Three Rivers Police Department met with district administrators and after comparing notes, it was determined that the threat was not credible and classes resumed under …

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Local student wins art competition

A Centreville High School student was named the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton announced this week that Makala Carr, a junior, is the recipient of this year’s award. Carr’s art, featuring the use of a colored pencil, charcoal and ink pen, is titled “Opinion Orange” and will hang in …

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Click It or Ticket campaign begins

Law-enforcement agencies locally and across the state will begin a program next week focusing on seatbelt use. Stepped up enforcement begins Monday and will involve local departments, county sheriff departments and state police. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign will conclude June 2. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning staged a media gathering Thursday to help promote the program. …

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Jury chosen in Patten trial

A jury was seated Tuesday in St. Joseph County Circuit Court for the murder trial of Zachary Patten. Two jury panels of more than 100 people were needed to seat the jury. The trial began Wednesday with opening statements by St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough and defense council Deb Davis. Patten is accused in the July 2017 murder of Shane …

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Mottville home destroyed in fire

Fire destroyed a home Tuesday in the 11000 block of Riverside Drive in Mottville Township. White Pigeon firefighters were called to the home around 1:30 p.m., and found heavy smoke and flames coming through the roof. Authorities said the cause of the fire was cooking-related. Fire quickly spread to the attic. The home is considered a loss, while contents sustained …

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County Closet seeks volunteers

The County Closet has issued a public appeal in hopes of securing more volunteers to help at its Three Rivers store. Volunteer coordinators said this is an especially busy time with an influx of donations. The County Closet is open to the public 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There is no pay, but volunteers are able to …

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Sherwood man arrested following domestic incident

A 54-year-old Sherwood man was arrested earlier this week on charges stemming from a domestic-assault incident. Michigan State Police troopers were called around 6 p.m. Monday to a residence in Sherwood in response to a report of domestic assault. The suspect fled the scene prior to troopers’ arrival. A search of a wooded area on Barnhart Road, near Webb Road …

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COA begins tours of apartments

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is scheduling tours of model apartments at the future Rivers Enrichment Center & Residence. The renovation of the former Three Rivers Inn into an enrichment center and residence for seniors features 46 apartments and is scheduled to be completed in August. To be eligible for an apartment in the new facility, prospective tenants …

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Constantine considers sanitary sewer plant renovation

Constantine Village Council members last week adopted a resolution to begin a series of steps to receive funds from USDA World Development for renovation of its sanitary sewer system plant. Estimated cost is $7.9 million. Discussion centered on issuing bonds, one possibility to fund a low-interest rate loan for 40 years to upgrade the plant. Liz Girgen and Brad Lyons, …

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