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CONSTANTINE — At a Monday, Nov 21 meeting, the Constantine village council reviewed a third draft of an ordinance, drafted by village attorney Howard Bush, authorizing and permitting commercial medical marijuana facilities in the village. The council reviewed the 12-page draft page-by-page, and...
CENTREVILLE — The St. Joseph County Intermediate School District Board of Education recognized Nottawa Community Schools on Monday, Nov. 20 for their nomination as a national title one distinguished school, due to dramatically raising students’ performance and test scores two years in a row. In...
By Samantha May Staff Writer FABIUS TOWNSHIP — Firefighters from the Fabius-Park Fire Department gave hope to families in need this holiday season with a Thanksgiving meal brought right to their door. President of the FPFD Firefighters Association Alex Linn said the team worked closely with the...
THREE RIVERS — For eight weeks, 17 third- through fifth-grade girls of Hoppin Elementary School’s Hoppin Hustlers Running Club prepared for Western Michigan University’s 5K Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 18. Head coach and third-grade teacher Bridget Griffioen said she was not surprised when all of...
Celebration time: After finding the winning rubber duck, three-year-old Lilli-Ann Gemmell of Sturgis celebrates and holds up a duck to show to her father during the Fall Carnival in Sturgis on Saturday.   - Commercial-News/Samantha May
STURGIS — After months of hard work and elbow grease, volunteers and employees of Doyle Community Center in Sturgis presented the first annual Fall Carnival on Saturday, Nov. 18. “I wanted to get families back together for one day to enjoy some goodhearted, wholesome games. Instead of just giving...
Kirsch Company and its impact: President of the Colon Historical Society Joe Ganger gave a history of Charles Wendell Kirsch, his company the Kirsch Company, its historical impact as well as its impact on the community at the St. Joseph County Historical Society on Sunday, Nov. 19.   Commercial-News/Samantha May
THREE RIVERS — In January of 1908, at age 40, Charles Wendell Kirsch founded the Kirsch Company in Three Rivers, which later called Sturgis home. Decades later the company became one of the largest drapery hardware manufacturers in the world. President of the Colon Historical Society Joe Ganger...
On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Chris Minger, Managing Director of the St. Joseph County Road Commission, along with Road Commissioners John Bippus, Eric Shafer and Rodney Chupp, presented at the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Breakfast. Minger has worked in multiple capacities for over 40...
THREE RIVERS — The Three Rivers DDA/Main Street program and the downtown merchants say they are once again pleased to host Christmas Around Town on Main Street. By tradition, this three-day-plus celebration of the holiday season’s official kickoff will take place in the historic district on the...
  Three Rivers Classic and Antique Restorers Club collected non-perishable food items from members for donation to the Constantine Community Food Pantry. Pictured (left to right) are Sue Outman, pantry director; and Libby Owens, TR C.A.R. Club member; Terry Owens, president of the pantry...
CASS COUNTY — On Thursday, Nov. 16, at approximately 5:30 p.m. deputies of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to an address in the 30000 block of Pokagon Highway for a hunter who was found deceased in the woods. The deceased was identified as 67-year-old David Wayne Newsom from...

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