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COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - (From left to right) Three Rivers Lions Club members Gary Reames, Jim Oestrike and Ed Smallcombe assist with putting food in the trunk of a family in need at Saturday’s Lions Club food and toy distribution event in Three Rivers. More than 100 families were assisted by the event, which gives food and toys to families in need this holiday season.
THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers Lions Club members, with some help from local volunteers, assisted the community and families in need with their annual food and toy distribution event Saturday. More than 100 families received food boxes and bags of toys during the event, held at the club’s meeting hall...
CENTREVILLE — A longtime St. Joseph County commissioner was recognized for his nearly 10 years of service to the county at his final county meeting last week. First District Commissioner Allen Balog received a proclamation in his honor during Tuesday, Dec. 15’s Board of Commissioners meeting. The...
CENTREVILLE — The St. Joseph County Road Commission approved its 2021 proposed budget during their regular meeting Dec. 16. The upcoming budgets include a glimpse at some of the maintenance and road projects the agency is planning on doing going into 2021, including projects on Constantine Road and...
Screenshot via Zoom - Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency Health Officer Rebecca Burns discusses the health department’s plans for COVID-19 vaccine distribution during Tuesday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting.
CENTREVILLE — A COVID-19 vaccine will be coming to St. Joseph County in the near future. Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJ) Health Officer Rebecca Burns told St. Joseph County commissioners Tuesday the county will be on track to receive Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine once it...
Photo provided - Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon talks about a revision of the department’s epidemic order during a press conference in Lansing Friday. DHHS announced that under the revision, high schools will be allowed to re-open for in-person learning and will allow some entertainment venues to reopen.
LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced an update to its epidemic order Friday that will “cautiously” reopen in-person learning at high schools and allow some indoor entertainment venues to reopen. The order will be effective Monday, Dec. 21, and will last until...
Photo provided - Pictured is St. Joseph County Treasurer Judie Ratering, who will be retiring after almost nine years as treasurer and over two decades total working for the county. Her final day as treasurer is Thursday, and she will be succeeded by current Chief Deputy Treasurer Kathy Humphreys.
CENTREVILLE — When Judie Ratering first started working for the St. Joseph County Treasurer’s Office back in 1990 as a deputy treasurer, things were much different in the office from a technological standpoint. “When I first started in 1990, there were five typewriters and one computer,” Ratering...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - A group of citizens gather at Bullseye Marketplace in Three Rivers Saturday morning as a stop on a “Refuse to Obey” tour to intentionally defy pandemic orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Barely any social distancing occurred, with only a few people wearing masks.
THREE RIVERS — A large group of citizens, some from the Three Rivers area, publicly chose to ignore state health department orders Saturday morning during a stop at Bullseye Marketplace in Three Rivers. The people who participated in the dine in protest did so as part of a statewide tour put on by...
Screenshot via YouTube - Pictured is one of the trees that was lit as part of Saturday’s Three Rivers Health Auxiliary Lights of Love ceremony. This year’s ceremony was held virtually, with a video premiering on YouTube. Donations for this year’s event went toward a new powered clinical chair for the hospital’s cancer care center.
THREE RIVERS — Many things have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the annual ceremony for the Three Rivers Health Auxiliary’s Lights of Love fundraising campaign. However, what wasn’t affected was the generosity of donations to the campaign, which helped the hospital procure a new...
CENTREVILLE — The St. Joseph County ISD Board of Education re-confirmed the district’s instructional delivery plan during their monthly meeting Monday. There were minimal changes to the plan, with the ISD still offering both their virtual and hybrid learning models for their special education...
THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers City Clerk Melissa Bliss has officially tendered her resignation as clerk, effective Jan. 8. The announcement came unexpectedly at the end of the commissioner comments section of Tuesday’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting, when Mayor Tom Lowry asked City Manager Joe...

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