City approves first reading of marijuana consumption lounge amendment; Public hearing later this month

City approves first reading of marijuana consumption lounge amendment; Public hearing later this month

Robert TomlinsonSep 8, 20236 min read

First District Three Rivers City Commissioner Pat Dane (left) and Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry (right) listen to discussion Tuesday about a possible ordinance amendment to allow for special permit consideration for marijuana consumption lounges in the city. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS |…

Experienced Maples offense buries Three Rivers in loss to Adrian

Experienced Maples offense buries Three Rivers in loss to Adrian

Robert TomlinsonSep 1, 20239 min read

Three Rivers senior running back Drew McClain (4) rushes through a pile of defenders on his way to the end zone in the second quarter of Thursday’s game against Adrian, which Three Rivers lost 51-30. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) By…

Michigan Ave., Main St. in TR slated for 2029 reconstruct by MDOT

Michigan Ave., Main St. in TR slated for 2029 reconstruct by MDOT

Robert TomlinsonAug 25, 20237 min read

MDOT is planning to work on the entirety of Michigan Avenue and Main Street in Three Rivers in Fiscal Year 2028, with construction expected for 2029, as part of a draft Five-Year Transportation Plan revealed earlier this month. Pictured is…

Rutten hired as new principal at Andrews Elementary

Rutten hired as new principal at Andrews Elementary

Robert TomlinsonAug 18, 20234 min read

Greg Rutten was hired back in July as the new principal at Andrews Elementary in Three Rivers. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — With a new school year comes new faces, and one local elementary…

County commission seeks removal of sheriff

County commission seeks removal of sheriff

Robert TomlinsonAug 15, 202311 min read

St. Joseph County Sheriff Mark Lillywhite (center) makes a brief presentation on the state of the sheriff’s department during Tuesday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting. Commissioners approved drafting a complaint letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to possibly remove…

Lowry, Mims move on to November in mayoral race

Lowry, Mims move on to November in mayoral race

Robert TomlinsonAug 8, 20233 min read

By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — Voters in Three Rivers have selected their top two candidates to square off for the mayor’s seat in November. On Tuesday, incumbent Mayor Tom Lowry and challenger Vernis Mims took the top two…

More details released on Sturgis double homicide, suspect’s death

More details released on Sturgis double homicide, suspect’s death

Robert TomlinsonAug 7, 20235 min read

Sturgis Director of Public Safety Ryan Banaszak (right) and St. Joseph County Undersheriff Jason Bingaman (left) address media on a double homicide in Sturgis in a press conference at the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department Monday. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON)…

Suspect in two Sturgis homicides shot, killed by officer

Suspect in two Sturgis homicides shot, killed by officer

Robert TomlinsonAug 6, 20232 min read

STURGIS — The search for a man suspected in two homicides Saturday night ended in the suspect being killed by police. According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, 30-year-old David Keith Algarin, Jr., was shot and killed by police…

City: Lead levels in tap water above state ‘action level’

City: Lead levels in tap water above state ‘action level’

Robert TomlinsonAug 3, 20237 min read

(Photo: Commercial-News/Robert Tomlinson) Story Updated at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — The City of Three Rivers is asking residents to run their water before using it after excessive levels of lead were found…

Mayoral Race 2023 Preview: Political newcomer Zaritz seeking mayor’s seat

Mayoral Race 2023 Preview: Political newcomer Zaritz seeking mayor’s seat

Robert TomlinsonAug 2, 20239 min read

Natelege Zartiz, a stay-at-home mom with a background in real estate, is one of three candidates running for mayor of Three Rivers on the Tuesday, Aug. 8 primary ballot. (Photo provided) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director Editor’s note: This article, originally…

Mayoral race 2023 preview: Mims looks to bring ‘change’ to Three Rivers

Mayoral race 2023 preview: Mims looks to bring ‘change’ to Three Rivers

Robert TomlinsonAug 2, 20238 min read

Vernis Mims, a tutor and substitute teacher, is seeking the mayor’s seat for the City of Three Rivers in the Tuesday, Aug. 8 primary election. (Photo provided) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director Editor’s note: This article, originally published in the July…

Mayoral race 2023 preview: Lowry to seek re-election for 13th term

Mayoral race 2023 preview: Lowry to seek re-election for 13th term

Robert TomlinsonAug 2, 20237 min read

Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry is seeking re-election for a 13th term in the Tuesday, Aug. 8 primary election. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director Editor’s note: This article, originally published in the July 7 edition of the…

Recall efforts move forward for three more White Pigeon Twp. officials

Recall efforts move forward for three more White Pigeon Twp. officials

Robert TomlinsonJul 29, 20234 min read

Attorney Lance Thornton, representing White Pigeon Township, addresses the St. Joseph County Election Commission during a clarity/factuality hearing Wednesday in Centreville. Language for three recall petitions against White Pigeon Township officials were approved to go forward by the commission. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS…

‘Frozen Jr.’ production coming to TR Community Players

‘Frozen Jr.’ production coming to TR Community Players

Robert TomlinsonJul 29, 20235 min read

The cast of the Three Rivers Community Players production of “Frozen Jr.” pose for a picture during a recent rehearsal. The show runs from Aug. 4-6 and Aug. 11-13 with four shows each weekend. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) By Robert…

New housing development gets green light from TR Planning Commission

New housing development gets green light from TR Planning Commission

Robert TomlinsonJul 29, 20238 min read

Michael West, a developer with Green Development Ventures and Allen Edwin Homes, shows a map of the current plans for the Villages of Three Rivers, a new housing development at the east end of Coolidge Place, during Monday’s Three Rivers…

More wastewater spills into St. Joseph River due to heavy rains; no-contact advisory issued

Robert TomlinsonJul 27, 20233 min read

By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — For the second time in three weeks, a no-contact advisory has been issued for the St. Joseph River following another spill of wastewater from the Three Rivers Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The Branch-Hillsdale-St.…

Body found in Cass Co. believed to be missing TR woman

Body found in Cass Co. believed to be missing TR woman

Robert TomlinsonJul 25, 20232 min read

Police say the body of 73-year-old Marilee Furlong was found during a search off of Miller Road in Cass County Monday. (Photo via St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director CASS COUNTY — The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s…

No-contact advisory lifted for St. Joseph River

Robert TomlinsonJul 18, 20232 min read

By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — It is now safe to do recreational activities in the St. Joseph River. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJ) on Tuesday lifted the no-contact advisory issued on July 10 for the St.…

Natural gas outage reported in Fabius Twp.

Robert TomlinsonJul 17, 20232 min read

FABIUS TWP. — Fabius Township residents with natural gas through SEMCO Energy experienced an outage of services Monday. According to SEMCO Energy, the outage occurred Monday morning, July 17, due to a third party damaging a pipeline during construction in…

$10k reward offered for info on missing TR woman

$10k reward offered for info on missing TR woman

Robert TomlinsonJul 17, 20232 min read

A $10,000 reward has been issued by the family of 73-year-old Marilee Furlong, who was last seen at her daughter’s residence on Flatbush Road May 29, for information leading to the woman being found. Furlong, according to police, has Alzheimer’s…