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Screenshot via Zoom - Three Rivers City Attorney J. Patrick O’Malley comments on how the city should go about having citizens vote on a potential marijuana ordinance in the city during Tuesday’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting.
THREE RIVERS — A potential marijuana ordinance in Three Rivers hit a bit of a speedbump after discussions during Tuesday’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting. The proposed ordinance was unveiled for the first time, with no action taken by the commission on adopting the first reading, as the city...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Fourth District St. Joseph County Commissioner Dan Czajkowski comments on potentially declaring a local state of emergency for the county during Tuesday’s county commission meeting.
CENTREVILLE — St. Joseph County commissioners approved a local state of emergency Tuesday, which will allow for virtual meetings to be offered in the county. The declaration, which is effective immediately, was approved by a unanimous vote during Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, the board’...
THREE RIVERS — Steve Carra, who has only been a sitting state legislator for the 59th District for a little over three months, is quickly setting his political ambitions higher. On Tuesday, the first-term Republican representative in the Michigan House kicked off his campaign to run for Fred Upton’...
CONSTANTINE — A lawsuit looking to delay and potentially cancel a May referendum vote on a recreational marijuana ordinance proposal in Constantine has been filed in St. Joseph County Circuit Court. The lawsuit, originally filed by Constantine Products LLC, who does business as The Dude Abides in...
Photo provided by Larry and Jane Campbell - A group of Three Rivers Rotarians and friends during one of their work trips to Belize. The Three Rivers Rotary Club has partnered with the Libertad (Belize) RC School for three decades, funding significant building improvements, educational materials, and scholarships.
THREE RIVERS — During one of their annual visits to Libertad, Belize in the mid-1990s as part of a Rotary Club project in the area, Larry Campbell from the Three Rivers Rotary Club noticed a block foundation, about three blocks high, that had been laid for a new school building. Campbell asked the...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Alice Newport (left) and Judy Gross (right) from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Centreville gather candy to put in Easter baskets for St. Joseph County veterans during a gathering Wednesday, March 31 at the church. About 45 baskets were prepared, with American Legion Post #170 of Three Rivers hand-delivering them to veterans in the area.
CENTREVILLE — In the Bible, 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 tells about generous giving, saying God “loves a cheerful giver,” and that “whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” Those verses inspired an effort by a local church in the past month to give back to their community, filling Easter baskets...
Here is how some of St. Joseph County’s state and national representatives voted on selected legislation in the month of March. State Rep. Steve Carra and State Sen. Kim LaSata’s voting records and details of the legislation are courtesy of MichiganVotes.org, and United States Rep. Fred Upton’s...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Park Township Trustee Mike Kinne discusses the Three Rivers Public Library’s latest library services contract offer during a special meeting of the township board Wednesday. The board rejected the offer, and later ended negotiations with the library, with the potential to revisit the contract in 2022.
PARK TWP. — The entirety of Park Township will soon be considered outside the service area of the Three Rivers Public Library. At a special meeting of the Park Township Board Wednesday, the township unanimously rejected the latest library services contract offer from TRPL, and by a separate 3-2...
Screenshot via Zoom - First District St. Joseph County Commissioner Jared Hoffmaster discusses the county potentially declaring a state of emergency for increased COVID-19 cases during Wednesday’s Executive Committee meeting of the board.
CENTREVILLE — As they return to in-person meetings on April 6, the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners weighed the possibility Wednesday of declaring a state of emergency due to COVID-19 case increases in the county. Many counties across the state have issued similar declarations recently for...
Photo provided by Sarah Blough - Mother Sarah Blough (right) and father Phillip Genchoff (left) hold their newborn baby, Colt, at home. Blough was assisted by St. Joseph County Central Dispatch supervisor Kristen Carpenter in delivering Baby Colt over the phone, as Blough was alone at home at the time of the birth.
MOTTVILLE — 911 dispatchers get hundreds, if not thousands, of emergency and non-emergency calls every day. It isn’t every day, though, that a dispatcher has a call come in from a mother in labor needing help giving birth. However, that’s what happened with St. Joseph County Central Dispatch...

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