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COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Bali Kumar, chief executive officer of Lean and Green Michigan, gives a presentation to the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners about its Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program during the board’s Executive Committee meeting Wednesday.
Published Jan. 30, 2020   CENTREVILLE — The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners heard from Bali Kumar, chief executive officer of Lean and Green Michigan, an energy finance company, about their Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program during the board’s Executive Committee...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON A donation jar has been set up at L.A.’s Coffee Café in Three Rivers, with all proceeds going to help the Bixler family, who lost 38-year-old Michelle, 16-year-old Cheyenne, and many personal items in a fire Tuesday at their home in Fabius Township.
Published Jan. 30, 2020   THREE RIVERS — They say it takes a village to raise a family, but it also takes a village to help out a family in their time of need. On Tuesday, 38-year-old Michelle Bixler and 16-year-old Cheyenne Bixler were the victims of a fire in their house on the 12000 block of...
Photo provided by Robert Parrish - A view of the night sky over Dr. T.K. Lawless Park in Jones. Lawless Park was recently designated as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association, one of just two in Michigan.
Published Jan. 29, 2020   JONES — Visitors to Dr. T.K. Lawless Park in Jones will soon be able to better enjoy the nighttime sky thanks to a special designation the park recently received. On Jan. 15, the park was designated as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - A house fire occurred at a home in the 12000 block of Harder Road near Youngman Road Monday night, killing two and injuring three. Pictured is the aftermath of the fire Tuesday morning.
Published Jan. 28, 2020   FABIUS TOWNSHIP — A mother and child were killed and three other children were injured in a house fire that occurred Tuesday in Fabius Township. According to Michigan State Police and fire officials at the scene, the fire started at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the...
CENTREVILLE — Tyler McNeil, 21, of Dowagiac was sentenced Friday in St. Joseph County Circuit Court for his role in the death of 41-year-old Kevin Johnson, a Kentucky truck driver who was shot and killed in Flowerfield Township in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2018. As part of a plea...
CASS COUNTY — On January 21 at 2:48 p.m. deputies from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a personal injury crash that occurred on US-12 and Gumwood Road in Milton Township. A 56-year-old Dowagiac resident, Linda Stilwell, was southbound on Gumwood when she crossed over US-...
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats opened arguments in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial Wednesday, urging skeptical Republican senators to vote to remove Trump from office to “protect our democracy.” Highlights of Wednesday’s session and what’s ahead as senators conduct just the third...
CONSTANTINE — The Constantine village council reviewed comments made by Catherine Kaufman, of Bauckham Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC in Portage, on a draft of an ordinance for recreational marijuana at a Monday, January 20 meeting. Kaufman was appointed to the Adult Use Work Group on...
THREE RIVERS — Taylor Jordan Phillips, 21, who is accused of the attempted robbery of Horizon Bank in Three Rivers, was arrested in New York on Wednesday, according to the Three Rivers Police Department. Phillips, police say, was located and arrested in Erie County, New York, and is awaiting...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Current St. Joseph County Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite (left) was sworn in Tuesday as the new St. Joseph County Sheriff by County Clerk Lindsay Oswald (right) in a ceremony at the Historical Courthouse in Centreville. Lillywhite, who begins his new position Jan. 31, will be serving the last 11 months of former Sheriff Bradley Balk’s term, and is on the November ballot for re-election.
CENTREVILLE — In front of a packed crowd of local officials, family members, the community and sheriffs from surrounding counties, Mark Lillywhite was sworn in as St. Joseph County sheriff to a standing ovation during a ceremony at the Historic Courthouse in Centreville Tuesday. Lillywhite, who has...

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