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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich. — Monkeypox, a virus that was recently declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization, is not in St. Joseph County at this time, according to the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJ). However, it has been reported in St. Joseph...
Photos provided - Pictured is the field for the 36th District House of Representatives Republican primary on Aug. 2, which covers all of St. Joseph County and eastern Cass County. Pictured are (clockwise from top left) current State Rep. Steve Carra, Navy vet and St. Joseph County Road Commissioner Jack Coleman, pastor Jerry Solis, and businessman Scott McGraw.
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY — One of the most hotly contested races in the 2022 election cycle in the local area is the race for the Republican nomination for state representative in the Michigan House of Representatives. Following redistricting after the 2020 census, St. Joseph County resides in the new...
WHITE PIGEON — The White Pigeon Village Council is looking to do make a couple financial tweaks to a snowplow contract with White Pigeon Township. During their meeting Wednesday, July 20, the council tabled action on a contract with the township for the village to provide snowplowing services to...
STURGIS — A long-awaited pickleball court at a park behind the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging’s (COA) Rivers Enrichment Center in Three Rivers could soon be open to the public. In her director’s report during Wednesday’s COA board meeting in Sturgis, COA Executive Director Pam Riley told the...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Nottawa resident George Wolfinger voices his disapproval of a zoning request and site plan for Dollar General in Nottawa during the Nottawa Township Planning Commission meeting Tuesday. Wolfinger was one of nearly 20 residents to voice their objection to Dollar General’s plan, most of which cited Dollar Generals already within driving range and the potential of losing the village’s rural character.
NOTTAWA TWP. — A rezoning request and site plan that would have laid the groundwork for a Dollar General store in Nottawa was recommended to be denied Tuesday night by the Nottawa Township Planning Commission. After a near two-and-a-half hour meeting, the planning commission recommended to the...
CONSTANTINE — The Constantine Village Council reviewed an application from Tranquility Fields, Inc. (TFI) of Ann Arbor to install a marijuana consumption center for events at 230 N. Washington Street, between Locust and Birch Streets, at a July 18 council meeting. Tranquility Fields also applied...
CENTREVILLE — St. Joseph County received a positive audit report from the 2021 fiscal year during a presentation at Tuesday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting. Joe Vierling of Gabridge and Company, the county’s auditors, said the county presented financial statements “fairly” and...
THREE RIVERS — A second marijuana grow facility in the city limits was permitted Tuesday by the Three Rivers City Commission. Commissioners approved a special exception use permit for Merrillville, Ind.-based Native Leaf LLC to build the grow facility following a public hearing. The facility would...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Francis Sehy of Centreville tries to eat as much ice cream as he can during the kids’ ice cream eating contest Friday during Centreville’s Covered Bridge Days.
CENTREVILLE — Despite weather issues on Friday at last weekend’s 50th Covered Bridge Days in Centreville, organizers said things rebounded well enough the next day to deem this year’s edition a successful event. “We obviously had some rain on Friday, but we were able to reschedule the fireworks and...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Soon-to-be 100-year-old Betty Rutz (right) shares a special waltz with line dancing instructor Richard Leeth (left) during a Friday class at the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging’s Rivers Enrichment Center in celebration of Rutz’s upcoming 100th birthday this Saturday.
THREE RIVERS — Every week, Betty Rutz participates in line dancing classes at the Commission on Aging’s Rivers Enrichment Center in Three Rivers. During these classes, seniors get exercise in by doing line-dancing routines to different songs in a variety of styles. Depending on the style of music,...

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