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COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Caleigh Barth (right), a senior at Three Rivers High School, recites her lines for an upcoming social media video that aims to curb school threats during a recording session at Morgan Olson in Sturgis Wednesday, Dec. 22.
STURGIS — Near the end of 2021, a few school districts in St. Joseph County either closed down or locked down because of threats or the possibility of threats made by students, mainly on social media. While the threats were ultimately deemed by police to not be credible, the number of threats...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - A view of a sticker and some of the t-shirts used as prizes during a holiday trivia game played by members of the Three Rivers Middle School Pride Coalition club during their meeting Dec. 16. The student-led club, which focuses on giving LGBTQ+ students and allies a safe place to talk about their situations with other students, began in October and has over two dozen regular members.
THREE RIVERS — On what turned out to be the final after-school afternoon of the 2021 calendar year on Thursday, Dec. 16, the Three Rivers Middle School’s Pride Coalition after-school club used their one-hour meeting time to have some fun at the end of the day. The over two dozen members of the...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Centreville High School alumni Alexis Jackson (left), Caitie Carpenter (center) and Hayden Stauffer (right) speak to students at Centreville Junior/Senior High School about their post-high school experience during the school’s Alumni Day on Friday. Students heard from a variety of different alumni during the event, now in its second year, giving kids a look into what life is like post-high school through the lens of recent graduates.
CENTREVILLE — Centreville Junior/Senior High School students got a special treat Friday prior to heading off for winter break: Getting to talk with alumni from Centreville graduating classes of the recent past. The talks were part of the school district’s second annual Alumni Day, where graduates...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Three Rivers High School AdviseMI Advisor Michaela Whipple and Paws For A Cause facility dog trainee Lindstrom listen to a presentation by Three Rivers High School Principal Carrie Balk proposing a facility/therapy dog program for the school district during Monday’s Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education meeting.
THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers Community Schools could soon have some furry friends at district schools to help students who may need them during the school day. The TRCS Board of Education Monday unanimously approved beginning a therapy/facility dog program for the school district. The program would...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Centreville Superintendent Stephanie Lemmer discusses her resignation from the school district and her new job as superintendent of Pennfield Schools in Battle Creek during a special meeting of the Centreville Public Schools Board of Education Thursday. Lemmer, who has been with the district since 2017, was announced Monday as Pennfield’s new superintendent, and will begin on Jan. 31.
CENTREVILLE — A second community in St. Joseph County will be searching for a new school superintendent in 2022. At a special meeting of the Centreville Public Schools Board of Education Thursday, the board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Stephanie Lemmer so she can become the new...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Members of the Centreville Public Schools Board of Education and representatives from TowerPinkster get ready to cut the ceremonial ribbon on the school district’s new bus garage during a ceremony Monday. The 5,000-foot facility, which cost around $800,000 of bond funds, includes new high-efficiency lighting, heating, an air compressor and storage space, replacing an old blue building located on the same spot that was used for nearly 70 years.
CENTREVILLE — After decades of using an old blue building as its bus garage, Centreville Public Schools unveiled its brand-new garage at a ceremonial ribbon-cutting Monday. The new 5,000 square foot facility located across from Centreville Junior/Senior High School was built as part of Phase 3 of...
CENTREVILLE — Glen Oaks Community College is preparing for how to comply with a potential new OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard requiring COVID-19 vaccination if it goes into effect. Jamie Yesh, GOCC’s director of human resources, presented a draft policy to the Glen Oaks Board of Trustees Thursday...
THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers Middle School was briefly on a “soft” lockdown Friday due to a tip received about a possible threat against the school. Ultimately, according to Three Rivers police and middle school officials, it was determined the information was related to a previous tip that is...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - The Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education, pictured here, voted unanimously to allow the Pride flags that were taken down on Nov. 18 from district classrooms to be put back up during their meeting Monday.
THREE RIVERS — Pride flags taken down in Three Rivers schools because of an “outside challenge” can now be put back up. During a Monday night meeting that drew well over 100 people and following a more than two-hour closed session, the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education voted...
COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - A group of protestors showed support for the LGBTQ+ community in Three Rivers Community Schools Monday, protesting the decision to remove Pride flags in district buildings prior to Monday’s TRCS Board of Education meeting.
THREE RIVERS — The weather conditions may not have been pleasant, but that didn’t stop a number of community members from making their voices heard prior to Monday’s Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education meeting. Around 50 people, which included community members, parents, students, and...

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