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CONSTANTINE — The Constantine Village Council reviewed a report by structural engineer Nick Barnitz, requested by fire department chief Mike Haydon, on the damage at the fire station, at a Monday, Nov. 15 council meeting. Barnitz said in his report the building is 84 years old, and there is...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Marjorie Hamminga, owner of the Tasty Nut Shop in White Pigeon, stands behind the counter of her shop on the corner of Chicago Road and Kalamazoo Street. The building housing the shop is under scrutiny due to structural integrity issues, which may force the 150-year-old building to be torn down, along with the 100-year-old Tasty Nut Shop.
WHITE PIGEON — The fate of a nearly 150-year-old building and a 100-year-old business in White Pigeon appears to be coming down to a single structural inspection report. The building that houses the Tasty Nut Shop, a staple in the White Pigeon community, and an adjoining catering business, located...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Brad Kotrba of planning firm Williams & Works discusses during Tuesday’s Fabius Township Planning Commission meeting the questionnaire created by the firm for the upcoming update to the Fabius Township Master Plan.
FABIUS TWP. — Fabius Township is on the cusp of sending out questionnaires to residents to help guide the direction of their updated Master Plan. On Tuesday, the Fabius Township Planning Commission approved a questionnaire to be sent to both property owners and registered voters in the township as...
FABIUS TWP. -- Fabius Township officials may be entering into a Public Act 425 agreement for a proposed urgent care facility near the township. The Fabius Township board indicated they would look further into utilizing a 425 agreement for the facility following discussion at their meeting Wednesday...
Here is how some of St. Joseph County’s state and national representatives voted on selected legislation in October 2021. State Rep. Steve Carra and State Sen. Kim LaSata’s voting records and details of the legislation are courtesy of MichiganVotes.org, and United States Rep. Fred Upton’s voting...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - An exterior shot of the roller rink building in Three Rivers, soon to be the home of Skate Dreams, a new roller skating establishment in Three Rivers. The building is currently undergoing renovation, with plans to open in January.
THREE RIVERS -- Nearly two years after it closed down seemingly for good, with rumors abounding about it being demolished, a roller skating rink in Three Rivers is about to have some new life breathed into it. A project is in progress to renovate the roller rink building at 57550 N. Main St. with...
Photo provided by William A. Baltz - Josh Griffin, Captain Critical Care Paramedics with the Three Rivers Fire Department, served as a U.S. Marine in Iraq where he was injured in 2007 when a roadside bomb destroyed the Humvee he and three other crew members were operating.
“All I remember is a bright flash. Then I woke on the floor of our Humvee covered in motor oil,” says Josh Griffin recalling his time as a U.S. Marine in Iraq in 2007 when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted in the road blew up his vehicle, killing one of the four-man crew and injuring the...
CENTREVILLE — The St. Joseph County Road Commission is gearing up for the winter season, and a new purchase is expected to help make storing salt easier. On Wednesday, Nov. 3, the road commission board approved the $145,000 purchase of a stockpiling conveyor for their salt barn. The vote was...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - St. Joseph County District Court Judge Jeffrey Middleton (left) shakes hands with St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners chair Dennis Allen (right) as the judge was recognized for his 40 years of service to the county during Tuesday’s county commission meeting. Middleton, who has been both a prosecutor and judge in the county over the past 40 years, received an engraved wooden clock as a gift from the county.
CENTREVILLE — The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners recognized a slew of county employees and elected officials for their service to the county at their regular meeting Tuesday. The ceremony was the first held since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and covered two years’ worth of...
Photo provided by Angie Birdsall - The Constantine Village Council discussed the deteriorating condition of its fire department at a Nov. 1 council meeting.
CONSTANTINE — The Constantine Village Council discussed the condition of the building that houses its fire department, at a Monday, Nov.1 council meeting. The fire department is jointly owned by the village, and Constantine and Florence Townships. The council reviewed Oct. 26 fire advisory board...

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