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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,...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - During an Executive Committee meeting of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, St. Joseph County Undersheriff Jason Bingaman discusses a proposed contract between the sheriff’s department and White Pigeon Community Schools to place a deputy in the district as a school resource officer. The contract would be for five years.
CENTREVILLE — A school resource officer from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department could soon be placed in a local school district. At Tuesday’s Executive Committee meeting of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners, commissioners placed on their July 19 regular meeting agenda...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Members of Mercury Broadband’s executive team break ground on the company’s fiber-optic internet project in the state of Michigan during a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday in Nottawa Township. The company is looking to bring fiber-optic internet service to St. Joseph County by the end of August, and overall run 5,000 route miles of fiber throughout the state.
NOTTAWA TWP. — A new internet provider in the area launched their effort to construct fiber optic internet in St. Joseph County Wednesday. Kansas City-based internet and phone provider Mercury Broadband, which launched its expansion into Michigan back in May, held a groundbreaking ceremony near one...

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