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Mattawan Schools announces partnership to begin $110 million construction campaign

Editorial StaffMay 22, 20242 min read

MATTAWAN – Mattawan Consolidated School District has announced its partnership with The Veridus Group, an owner’s representative firm based in Indiana and Michigan, to spearhead its $110 million bond proposal construction campaign. Following a request for proposal process and careful…

PP Library celebrates Police Week

PP Library celebrates Police Week

Editorial StaffMay 22, 20241 min read

The Paw Paw District Library’s Color Me Happy group recently celebrated police week by coloring vibrant pictures with police themes. Paw Paw Police Department Lieutenant Sam Carlsen stopped by the library to accept the many pictures. The Color Me Happy…

‘An endearing, genuine person that you just want to be around’: Family, friends and former teammates remember life of Sam Brown

‘An endearing, genuine person that you just want to be around’: Family, friends and former teammates remember life of Sam Brown

Robert TomlinsonMay 18, 20249 min read

Sam Brown, one of the most decorated student athletes in Three Rivers High School history, a father and husband, passed away May 2. (Photo via Harper Funeral Home) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — One of the most gifted…

Conflict of interest discussion held by county commissioners after Allen ouster from law enforcement committee

Conflict of interest discussion held by county commissioners after Allen ouster from law enforcement committee

Robert TomlinsonMay 18, 20249 min read

St. Joseph County Fifth District Commissioner Dennis Allen (left) and Board Chair/Sixth District Commissioner Ken Malone (right) discussed the surprise ouster of Allen from the county’s Law Enforcement Committee during a discussion on conflicts of interest during Tuesday’s Executive Committee…

Sewer, water commodity rate increase, new road projects highlight city budget preview

Sewer, water commodity rate increase, new road projects highlight city budget preview

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20248 min read

Three Rivers City Finance Director Bobbi Schoon details the city’s upcoming Fiscal Year 2025 budget during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — An incremental hike in sewer and water commodity rates…

‘Cruise-In’ features vintage cars, musicand ‘Art Around Town’

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20241 min read

By Dennis Volkert “Spring Car Cruise-In and Eats” took place May 10 in Sturgis. It was presented by Downtown Development Authority.It featured more than 100 classic automobiles. Live music was provided by Marjorie Beryl-Shelito, Bethi Lewis and Ben Prowett.“Cruise-in” also…

Details amended for downtown social district 

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20241 min read

At its May 6 meeting, Sturgis city Commission amended details of the downtown social district, in connection with a new event that begins this month. On April 10, a seasonal “Two-Wheel Tuesdays” was approved by commissioners. The gathering takes place at…

Roundup of happenings in the Sturgis area

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20243 min read

Coming events May 17“Wacky Trivia Night,” with Craig Tornquist, 7 p.m., Sturges-Young Center for the Arts.May 18Inaugural “Spring 5K Run/Walk for the Residents,” 9 a.m., Thurston Woods Village; registration period begins at 8:30 a.m.May 20Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education…

DNR official: How the CCC camps changed the face of Michigan

DNR official: How the CCC camps changed the face of Michigan

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20245 min read

For a brief time, there was a CCC camp at Portage Lake in northwestern Jackson County. One of its main projects was development of the Waterloo Recreation Area. This slide highlighted the Michigan CCC program and some of its accomplishments.…

Road work: The top concern in two Jackson County townships

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20243 min read

By Ken Wyatt Roads and their crumbling fortunes were a hot item in the neighboring townships of Concord and Pulaski at this month’s board meetings. A summary of issues in both townships: Concord Township Supervisor David Saenz presented the board…

Marion council considers training center proposal

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20243 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – The Marion Village Council, at its meeting earlier this month listened to a presentation from Bruce Tower and David Turner on a training center proposal.There was discussion on the location and sites such as village…

Winterfield Township votes to move forward to become Marion District Library member

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20245 min read

By Genine Hopkins Winterfield Township has moved one step closer to potentially placing a millage to support the Marion Area District Library as a member by approving contact with their township attorney to discuss the wording for a millage that…

Winterfield Township to begin dialogue with Osceola County Rescue

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20242 min read

By Genine Hopkins After attending the last Clare County Board of Commissioner Special Meeting on 9-1-1 Rescue earlier this month, Winterfield Township Supervisor Dave Bondie is seeking to begin a conversation with Osceola County’s Director of EMS, Steve Young, to…

Harrison’s 25th Memorial Weekend Car and Bike Show coming

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20241 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent Harrison’s 25th annual Memorial Weekend Car, Truck and Bike Show is here! Memorial Weekend festivities are truly on tap in Harrison with their annual Car and Bike Show downtown on Sunday, May 25th beginning at 11 a.m.Have…

Farwell Memorial Day Fair coming next weekend

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20243 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent Friday, May 24th The Farwell Fair, a Memorial Day Weekend Festival, begins at 8 am at the Farwell Fairgrounds where there will be loads of fun with Craft Venders (Flea Market all day and all weekend in…

Candidates for local offices announced

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20247 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent The filing date is past and the Clare County Clerk Lori Mott (R), Treasurer Jenny Beemer-Fritzinger (R) and Sheriff John S. Wilson (R) are all unopposed on the August 6 Primary ballot.Michelle Ambrozaitis has announced her candidacy…

Hospital debus new site here

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20241 min read

Local family physician and resident Jason Myers handled ribbon-cutting duties during the May 13 opening of Holland Hospital’s new 16,940-square-foot medical center at 6490 Blue Star Hwy., Saugatuck Township. The facility expands access to primary care, lab, radiology, physical therapy…

New Mt. Baldhead restrooms, deck plans set

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20242 min read

By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck City Council took steps towards big-ticket Mt. Baldhead Park improvements Monday, hiring Fleis & Vandenbrink engineers for $26,800 towards building new restrooms at the foot of the dune and $24,600 towards replacing the deck on…

Volunteers work so kids can play

Volunteers work so kids can play

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20241 min read

A planned community playground build, delayed three weeks by legal skirmishes, finally took place May 6-8 with enthused volunteers such as these installing new children’s gear at Village Square Park in downtown Saugatuck. The $336,000 equipment replaces old apparatus, deemed…

City flies with Old Airport plan

City flies with Old Airport plan

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20243 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorA mixed Saugatuck City Council Monday accepted a $130,000 donation to convert its Old Airport land into public recreation trails.The 169.1-acre parcel lies in Saugatuck Township east of I-196, near 63rd Street and 134th Avenue. The city bought…

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