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COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Pastor John Sears of Newberg-Norton Bible Church near Marcellus records a recent sermon in the empty sanctuary of his church. Many area churches, Newberg-Norton included, have moved to online, pre-taped and livestreamed services in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
THREE RIVERS — Pastor John Sears of Newberg-Norton Bible Church walked up to his pulpit on a recent weekend, shuffled his notes a bit, looked into the small camera placed in the middle of the sanctuary’s center aisle, and got ready to deliver his weekly sermon. Normally, the rows of wooden and...
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY — A confirmed case of coronavirus in St. Joseph County was officially reported Sunday afternoon by the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJ). According to BHSJ, the first confirmed case in St. Joseph County came from an adult male who the health agency said...
Photo provided - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Monday directing Michiganders to stay in their homes and prohibiting businesses from requiring workers to leave their homes unless they are “necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations.”
LANSING — The message to Michiganders is simple: Stay home and stay safe. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a stay-at-home executive order Monday, which directs businesses to temporarily suspend non-essential operations and directs Michiganders to stay in their homes under certain circumstances...
UPDATE 1:47 p.m.: The juvenile has been found safe. CONSTANTINE — The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a missing juvenile from Constantine. According to police, Kaden Vanwormer was reported missing from the Constantine area on Sunday, March 15. Vanwormer is described as a 14-...
COLDWATER — There are no cases of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, in Branch County, Hillsdale County, or St. Joseph counties as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJ) announced Tuesday. Although there have been no confirmed cases in the tri-...
THREE RIVERS — The City of Three Rivers announced Monday that beginning March 16 through April 5, the city will temporarily suspend water disconnections for non-payment for health and safety reasons surrounding COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. The city said in a statement that the effort is...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - With the coronavirus pandemic spreading, national health officials are recommending people wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer, disinfect all frequently-touched surfaces, and use tissues to cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze.
THREE RIVERS — Over the last several days, fears and concerns about COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, have escalated dramatically in Michigan, and around the country. According to the World Health Organization, as of Friday, 132,000 cases worldwide have been reported from 123 countries...
With the coronavirus pandemic growing, here is a list, which will be updated, of the different changes, cancellations and postponements to events and institutions that have affected the area. If you have a cancellation or event change you would like to have added to this list, please email robert@...
Photo courtesy City of Three Rivers - Janell Hart, an at-large city commissioner for the past five years, announced she will be stepping down from the city commission on March 17.
THREE RIVERS — At-Large Three Rivers City Commissioner Janell Hart announced Monday she will be stepping down from the Three Rivers City Commission effective March 17. Hart, who has been a city commissioner for the last five years and has served the community in different capacities for 12 years,...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Christopher Beal, the managing partner for a proposed assisted living facility just outside of Three Rivers, talks to the Three Rivers City Commission about the project during Tuesday’s meeting. The city approved a land transfer agreement with Fabius Township to transfer 20 acres of property in the township adjacent to Meijer and owned by the Beal family for the facility.
THREE RIVERS — The Gardens of Three Rivers is one step closer to reality. The proposed assisted living facility project took a big step forward Tuesday, as the Three Rivers City Commission voted 5-0 to approve an agreement to transfer 20 acres of property in Fabius Township to the city for the...

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