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HOPE looks to bring resources, dignity and respect for city’s homeless population

HOPE looks to bring resources, dignity and respect for city’s homeless population

Robert TomlinsonSep 29, 202311 min read

Casey Tobias of Homeless Outreach Practiced Everyday (HOPE) stands outside the upcoming HOPE Resource Center at 2 Water St. in Three Rivers Thursday, Sept. 21. The organization performs outreach to the homeless community, providing them with food and hygiene baskets,…

Permit approvals recommended to city for two new marijuana retailers

Permit approvals recommended to city for two new marijuana retailers

Robert TomlinsonSep 29, 20236 min read

Jevon Weyenberg (left), co-owner of the proposed Cannabis Outlet recreational marijuana retailer in Three Rivers, and architect Cody Newman (right) present their special exception use permit application to the Three Rivers Planning Commission during their meeting Monday. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT…

2023 St. Joseph County Grange Fair deemed a ‘successful’ event

2023 St. Joseph County Grange Fair deemed a ‘successful’ event

Robert TomlinsonSep 29, 20236 min read

(From left to right) Blyly Mingus, Crystal Mingus and Kylie Mingus fly by on the Cliff Hanger ride at the 2023 St. Joseph County Grange Fair. Hunter Moyer of Mendon holds an alligator at the Petting Zoo exhibit at the…

Task order approved for continuation of downtown parking lot improvements in Sturgis

Task order approved for continuation of downtown parking lot improvements in Sturgis

Editorial StaffSep 29, 20233 min read

Map of downtown parking lots involved in the city of Sturgis improvement project.(Provided, City of Sturgis) For the past several years, the city of Sturgis has worked to complete improvement to downtown parking lots.Sturgis City Commission has approved a task…

Library receives approval from city for permanent posts for ‘story walk’ at Thurston Woods Park

Library receives approval from city for permanent posts for ‘story walk’ at Thurston Woods Park

Editorial StaffSep 29, 20232 min read

Seasonal sign posts for “Story Walk” at Thurston Woods Park will be replaced by permanent, aluminum posts. By Dennis Volkert Sturgis City Commission on Sept. 13 approved a request from Sturgis District Library to replace temporary posts with permanent posts…

2023 St. Joseph County Grange Fairdeemed a ‘successful’ event

2023 St. Joseph County Grange Fairdeemed a ‘successful’ event

Editorial StaffSep 29, 20235 min read

COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON(From left to right) Blyly Mingus, Crystal Mingus and Kylie Mingus fly by on the Cliff Hanger ride at the 2023 St. Joseph County Grange Fair. By Robert TomlinsonNews Director CENTREVILLE — The 172nd St. Joseph County…

Parts of Clare health park lawsuit dismissed by judge

Parts of Clare health park lawsuit dismissed by judge

Editorial StaffSep 29, 20232 min read

David Coker Jr. Anothony Demasi By Kaitlyn Campbell An Isabella County judge has dismissed some parts of a civil lawsuit that involves two would-be developers of a stalled healthcare park in Clare.On Sept. 26, Judge Mark Duthie’s opinion and order…

Clare Old Fashion Day set for September 30th

Clare Old Fashion Day set for September 30th

Editorial StaffSep 29, 20232 min read

On Sept. 30, the Clare County Historical Society Hosts Annual ‘Old Fashion Day,’ with the Sunshine String Band; Vera Wiltse from Michigan Barn Preservation Network; special displays; old vehicles and more. Visitors to the Clare County History Park on Old…

Clare bond project discussions continue

Editorial StaffSep 29, 20233 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent The Clare Board of Education discussed the current bond project at their regular meeting September 18. Superintendent Jim Walter reported that 45-50 people attended the last community forum and nearly two-dozen question were answered. The discussion continued,…

Faces in the Crowd: In Memory of Ken Richardson

Faces in the Crowd: In Memory of Ken Richardson

Editorial StaffSep 29, 202310 min read

Marion’s own Ken Richardson passed away September 18th, 2023. He was 94 years old. We were fortunate enough to speak with him a couple of years back and learn a little bit about his story. His story carries with it…

Board hears comments on cost of boat slips

Editorial StaffSep 29, 20232 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MCBAIN – At last week’s Missaukee County Board of Commissioners meeting, Tom Detloff, county park user, addressed rising costs of the county boat slips and the lack of the depth of the channel to get to the…

Eymer hired as director at Sturges-Young Center for the Arts

Eymer hired as director at Sturges-Young Center for the Arts

Dennis VolkertSep 28, 20231 min read

Jamie Eymer, of LaGrange, Ind., was hired by the city of Sturgis as director at Sturges-Young Center for the Arts, effective Sept. 25.  In June, Eymer joined SYCA as event coordinator.  She brings experience in marketing, sales, hospitality and event…

GVACC honors several LaFayette businesses

GVACC honors several LaFayette businesses

Editorial StaffSep 27, 20231 min read

Emerging Business of the Year Blue Button Quilts & Embroidery Small Business of the Year Dori Harmon Agency, LLC Business of the Year, Farmers and Merchants Bank and JC Colley. Pictured is Stanley Tucker, president of Farmers and Merchants Retail…

CCSD receives judge’s approval to build new high school in Valley

Editorial StaffSep 27, 20236 min read

By John BriceCorrespondent In the case of Lee v. Chambers County Board of Education which was presided over and ultimately ruled upon by U.S. District Court Judge W. Keith Watkins this past June, a detailed ruling was released on Friday,…

The Art Thing voting runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 7

The Art Thing voting runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 7

Editorial StaffSep 27, 20233 min read

Last year’s The Art Thing reception took place at Mezzo Coffee House. Due to growth of the event, this year’s reception is taking place at the Otsego District Library, where the artwork will be displayed. (Photos provided) By Jason WesseldykSports…

Will historic tug Reiss be scrapped?

Editorial StaffSep 27, 20236 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorLast rites may loom for the historic Reiss tugboat when, per a classified listing last week, current owner Steve Horn hopes to sell it for scrap, cash only, Oct. 3Built in 1913 the tug, then named the Q.A.…

Otsego cross country hosts second City Championship elementary race

Otsego cross country hosts second City Championship elementary race

Editorial StaffSep 27, 20234 min read

Students from Dix Street Elementary School prepare for the start of the City Championship cross country race. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor For the second year in a row, Otsego Public Schools hosted the City Championship cross…

Gilkey Elementary adds new book vending machine

Gilkey Elementary adds new book vending machine

Editorial StaffSep 27, 20232 min read

Gilkey reading specialist Chad Boender is seen with third-grade student Avery. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk) Ransom District Library director Joe Gross reads to a class at Gilkey Elementary School. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor On Friday, Sept.…

Plainwell honors police officers

Editorial StaffSep 27, 20232 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent PLAINWELL – The Plainwell City Council was set to honor several officers for their accomplishment at Monday night’s meeting of this week.The Council was set to consider setting a public hearing for Oct. 23, 2023 at 7 p.m.…

Prom night, Oktoberfest highlight weekend activities

Prom night, Oktoberfest highlight weekend activities

Editorial StaffSep 27, 20232 min read

The weekend of Sept. 22 began with a real Prom Night on the Riverfront with attendees dressed to the 9s! Before dusk, the Riverfront offered places for couples to enjoy food, drink, and friends. Couple had their pictures taken by…