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COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - A look at R&R Trailer in Three Rivers as of Friday. Manufacturing workers in Michigan are expected to resume work by May 11 under a new executive order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
THREE RIVERS — Under Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s latest executive order, which extended the state’s stay-at-home order to May 28, allowed manufacturing workers, including those at Michigan’s big three auto companies, to resume work on Monday, May 11. The measure came after Whitmer, on May...
Photo Provided - David Marvin, a defense attorney from Lockport Township, is one of two candidates for St. Joseph County prosecutor on the August ballot.
CENTREVILLE — Current St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough has not had a primary challenger in 12 years, when he edged out Douglas Fisher by less than 200 votes in the August 2008 election. Until now. David Marvin, a defense attorney from Lockport Township and the president of the St. Joseph...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - A view of the Historic Courthouse in Centreville Friday. County commissioners approved the furloughs of more than 60 county employees due to the fiscal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the county.
CENTREVILLE — In what many commissioners called the toughest decision they have had to make, the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved signed letters of understanding with different union groups, effectively beginning the furloughing of more than 60 county employees. The move was made...
CENTREVILLE — With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting St. Joseph County both operationally and fiscally, county commissioners are discussing a staffing move that could lead to hour reductions or the furloughing of as many as 45 employees at county offices. The issue was brought up during...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - A view of the midway of the 2019 Three Rivers Water Festival. On Thursday, the 64th annual Water Festival, originally scheduled for June 18-20, was postponed to July 23-25.
THREE RIVERS — In an unprecedented move, the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday the postponement of Three Rivers’ 64th annual Water Festival, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new dates for the festival are Thursday, July 23 through Saturday, July 25. The festival was...
Commercial-News | Scott Hassinger - Hackenberg-Schreiber Agency, Preferred Insurance and Farm Bureau are pictured here. All three local agencies are adjusting so that they can continue effectively serve clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
THREE RIVERS — Healthcare professionals, grocery and retail workers, emergency personnel and law enforcement have drawn a lot of applause as heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic. But insurance companies continue to provide coverage to clients by providing varying methods in order to conduct their...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Hundreds of people gathered at the Sturgis Bowl parking lot in Sturgis Friday for the "Covid Car Cruise" cruise-in event. The event drew car enthusiasts, motorcyclists, and local citizens to get together and, as organizer Thomas Barth said, "get out of our houses."
STURGIS — One of the more popular phrases that has gone around since stay-at-home orders went into effect in Michigan and around the country is this: “Going outside isn’t cancelled.” The first big gathering in St. Joseph County in almost two months more or less proved that phrase true. Friday,...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Graphic Packaging in White Pigeon announced the June 30 closure of its paper mill in White Pigeon Tuesday. Over 90 employees will be affected by the closure.
WHITE PIGEON — After over 40 years in its current operation, the Graphic Packaging paper mill in White Pigeon will be closing on June 30, the company confirmed to the Commercial-News Tuesday. Sue Appleyard, director of corporate communications for Graphic Packaging, said it was a “difficult...
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY — The first death of a St. Joseph County resident attributed to COVID-19 was reported by the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJ) Monday. According to sources, the victim was an adult male. "Today we report the first death of a St. Joseph county resident to...
Photo via Sandy Davis/Facebook - A row of bears set up on the porch swing of Three Rivers resident Sandy Davis as part of the “bear hunt” phenomenon sweeping the area. The objective of the “bear hunt” is for people to set out stuffed bears or other stuffed animals either in a window, door or porch, and kids who travel around with their families in their cars or walking try to spot as many as they can.
THREE RIVERS — A bear hunt is happening in Three Rivers and around St. Joseph County, and everyone is invited. No, it’s not a hunt for actual bears, but a fun way to keep families engaged while schools are closed, lockdowns are in place, and parents are looking for fun activities to do with their...

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