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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,...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | SCOTT HASSINGER - Three Rivers resident Mike Heivilin stands proudly behind a portion of his replica of the westside of downtown Three Rivers. The project was on display at the Three Rivers Historical Society during the recent Water Festival.
THREE RIVERS — City resident Mike Heivilin is recapturing the year 1967 through the construction of a replica of downtown Three Rivers. Originally, Heivilin, a 1970 TRHS graduate, began the project as just a short hobby during COVID and it has turned into an obsession of sorts. He has now...
WHITE PIGEON — A few new events and returning favorites will highlight this year’s White Pigeon Days festival, taking place this weekend. The 39th annual celebration of all things White Pigeon will take place from Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10, with events taking place all around the downtown...
CENTREVILLE — Employees at Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County (CMH) will be getting a little more cash in their pockets in the very near future. On Tuesday, June 28, the CMH board voted to give employees a one-time cost-of-living payment of $2,500 for full-...

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