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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 - Police surround a residence in the 100 block of Fifth Avenue during a standoff situation Tuesday. A man was ultimately arrested after surrendering following the near four-hour standoff.
UPDATED 9:49 P.M. Tuesday, April 28   THREE RIVERS — A man was arrested after surrendering to police following a near four-hour standoff in Three Rivers Tuesday. According to the Three Rivers Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Fifth Avenue just before 3 p...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Pictured is Constantine Middle School on Wednesday. Kristina Crabill, a former candidate for the principal position at the school, filed a gender discrimination claim against Constantine Public Schools with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Wednesday.
CONSTANTINE — A former candidate for the principal position at Constantine Middle School filed a gender discrimination claim Wednesday against Constantine Public Schools. The claim was filed with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by Kristina Crabill and her lawyer, Ross...
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...
THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers police are searching for a suspect in a store robbery that occurred Saturday night. According to the Three Rivers Police Department, at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Northside Beverage, located at 135 N. Main St. in Three Rivers, was robbed. The suspect entered the store while the...
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...
THREE RIVERS — A 17-year-old female is in critical condition in a local hospital following an early-morning shooting in Three Rivers Thursday. According to the Three Rivers Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Thomas Street at 12:26 a.m. for a reported shooting. Officers...
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...
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...

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