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Photos Provided - Current St. Joseph County Sheriff Mark Lillywhite (left) and Florence Township Supervisor Gordon Evilsizor (right) are the two candidates running for St. Joseph County Sheriff in the Aug. 4 primary election.
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY — One of the big races in St. Joseph County in the 2020 election is for the position of county Sheriff. Former Sheriff Brad Balk officially retired at the end of January after 25 years at the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department and 11 as Sheriff, handing over the reins to Mark...
CENTREVILLE — After more than two decades with the St. Joseph County 45th District Court helping at-risk youth, a longtime juvenile probation officer is celebrating what Judge David Tomlinson called a “well-deserved” retirement. Jim Jacobs, an Intensive Juvenile Probation Officer with the court for...
THREE RIVERS — The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJ) published data Wednesday with more details about the confirmed COVID-19 cases in St. Joseph County. The data includes breakdowns by zip code, age, race and gender. This is the second release of detailed data from BHSJ,...
THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers Community Schools curriculum and instruction director Nikki Nash gave the TRCS Board of Education an update on the district’s school re-opening plan during their meeting via teleconference Monday. The update comes as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released the state’s...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Casey Tobias, a friend of Laura Jacobs, the woman killed in a June 18 hit-and-run in Three Rivers, places a stone in a memorial garden during a celebration of life ceremony for Jacobs at the house in Three Rivers where they both resided.
THREE RIVERS — Around two dozen friends and family members of a woman killed in a hit-and-run in Three Rivers celebrated her life with a small ceremony Saturday. The ceremony honored the life of the victim, 62-year-old Laura Jacobs of Three Rivers. The hit-and-run she was involved in on June 18 is...
CENTREVILLE — A local pastor and former Community Mental Health recipient rights officer was approved Monday as the newest member of the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District Board of Education. Terry Cropper, a resident of the Centreville Public Schools district, was approved by unanimous...
CENTREVILLE — There will be no fair in St. Joseph County this year. In a release Monday, the fair’s board of directors announced the cancellation of the 2020 St. Joseph County Grange Fair, originally scheduled for Sept. 20-26, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In their release, the board said the...
THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers Community Schools officials confirmed Monday that the Three Rivers High School graduation ceremony scheduled for July 9 will not go on as planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Three Rivers High School Principal Carrie Balk said during Monday’s TRCS Board of Education...
Photo courtesy EGLE - Pictured is the Portage Plant Dam in Three Rivers, one of five state-regulated dams in Michigan rated as “poor” with a high hazard potential by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. It has come under more scrutiny in recent weeks following the failure of the Edenville Dam in Midland County, with the main problems being deterioration and what the state calls a “delinquent owner.” According to records, a formal inspection of the dam has not occurred since 2002.
THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers is home to a dam rated as one of the five worst in the state of Michigan. The Portage Plant Dam, located on the Portage River near Hoffman Pond, has been under increased scrutiny in the weeks following the failure of the Edenville Dam in Midland County back in May. The...
THREE RIVERS — As a kid, Steven Zavala was always fascinated by video games. Zavala, a 2009 Three Rivers High School graduate, said his fascination started out at a young age by playing the Super Nintendo Entertainment System at his babysitter’s house. “That was my first experience with games that...

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