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FABIUS TWP. — A proposed urgent care center project along the U.S. 131 corridor looks to be on life support. At Wednesday’s Fabius Township board meeting, Township Supervisor Ken Linn gave an update on negotiations with the city for a Public Act 425 agreement for a proposed WellNow Urgent Care...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - White Pigeon’s Citizens of the Year, Elmer and Doris Rudloff, wave to the crowd during the annual street parade at White Pigeon Days Friday. An estimated 3,500 people lined the streets of White Pigeon for the parade, which organizers say was higher than in previous years.
WHITE PIGEON — Last weekend’s White Pigeon Days festival drew people of all ages to downtown White Pigeon for food, fun and community, with organizers deeming the event very successful. Bekah Carr, president of the White Pigeon Community Association, who organized the event, said she “couldn’t have...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Fabius Township Planning Commission Chair Randy Schmeling (left) and Fabius Township Supervisor Ken Linn (right) review the draft copy of the township’s revised master plan during a special meeting of the township board Monday. The board voted to send the draft copy of the master plan to surrounding entities in the county, a key step toward getting the plan approved.
FABIUS TWP. — The saga of the Fabius Township Master Plan in the last year only happened because a key part of the process – sending the plan to surrounding municipalities and entities – did not occur, causing it to be invalid. On Monday, Fabius Township officials made sure that mistake didn’t...
CENTREVILLE — When major milestone anniversaries for festivals come around, they tend to go all-out with games, activities and festivities throughout the entirety of the event. This year’s Centreville Covered Bridge Days, the 50th year for the festival, looks to be taking a page out of that...
THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers’ Downtown Development Authority will begin the fiscal year with a projected $799 net loss it hopes to fill in its budget after a budget adjustment was approved by its board Thursday. The adjustment includes a couple of notable items that were brought up during the DDA’s...
CONSTANTINE — The Constantine Village Council approved a contract with the Southcentral Michigan Planning Council (SMPC) to serve as consultants to update the village's Master Plan, at a Tuesday, July 5 council meeting. A Master Plan is a document and policy guide designed to help communities...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - St. Joseph County Road Commission Engineer Garrett Myland discusses a road widening project for Lutz Road, slated to begin this coming winter with tree removal. The $1.15 million project involves Lutz Road being widened to 30 feet from its current 24 feet between M-86 and Fairchild Road, with new three-foot gravel shoulders and new guardrails.
CENTREVILLE — Part of a major local thoroughfare in St. Joseph County will be getting a facelift next year, with plans to do more in future years. During a public hearing Wednesday, the St. Joseph County Road Commission laid out its plans for a road widening project on Lutz Road from M-86 to...
Here is how some of St. Joseph County’s state and national representatives voted on selected legislation in the month of May. State Rep. Steve Carra and State Sen. Kim LaSata’s voting records and details of the legislation are courtesy of MichiganVotes.org. United States Rep. Fred Upton’s voting...
THREE RIVERS — A special exception use permit for a second marijuana grow facility in Three Rivers’ Airport Industrial Park will be up for further consideration later this month. Three Rivers city commissioners Tuesday set a public hearing for Tuesday, July 19 to consider approval of the special...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Officers from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office parade the American flag and the flag for the State of Michigan near the front of Monday’s Independence Day parade in Schoolcraft. Monday’s parade was the first one held in the village since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with thousands lining the streets to celebrate the day.
SCHOOLCRAFT — It had been three years since the Village of Schoolcraft held its annual Independence Day parade and celebration, but the turnout at Monday’s edition felt like the event never left. “It feels wonderful to be back,” Toni Rafferty, president of the Schoolcraft Fourth of July Committee,...

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