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Jeane Houck, 72

Jeane Fae Houck, age 72, of Sturgis, and formerly of Colon, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at the Sturgis Hospital emergency room. Jeane was born July 15, 1942, a daughter of the late Jack Brandon and Tekla (Sauer) Matchett. She had lived all of her adult life in St. Joseph County and had graduated from White Pigeon High ... Read More »

Jim Fisher, 91

James “Jim” Edward Fisher, age 91, passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in Cassopolis. He was born on July 22, 1923 the only child to Marie (Bartozak) and Max (Marion) Fisher of South Bend. He grew up on Chapin Street, where he helped his father run Fisher’s Meat Market. In 1942, Jim joined the United States Naval Corps. He ... Read More »

Kenneth Becker, 39

Kenneth Lee Becker, age 39, of Kalamazoo, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 in Kalamazoo. He was born in Ft. Benning, GA on April 1, 1975 the son of Don Lee and Mary Jane (Roberts) Becker. Ken graduated from Three Rivers High School and attended the Branch County Career Center. He was a carpenter who worked at Viking R-V in Centreville ... Read More »

Alice Barnes, 88

Alice E. Barnes, 88, passed away peacefully October 9, 2014 in Atlantis, FL at JFK Medical Center, where she had been a volunteer. Alice had also resided in Boynton Beach, FL and Tinton Falls, NJ . Alice was born on August 21, 1926 in Three Rivers, MI to Burl and Doris (Hilbert) Byers from Farmer, OH. Alice received her AA ... Read More »

Duck hunters rescued from river

Two duck hunters were rescued from the St. Joseph River Sunday morning in Lockport Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said the two were duck hunting with a 12-year-old boy shortly before 7 a.m. in the 62000 block of Constantine Road in Lockport Township. Deputies were called to assist with the two men, who were unable to free themselves ... Read More »

Board of Commissioners and finance director reach agreement

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners has reached an employment agreement with the county’s finance director. During last week’s commission meeting, the board and Joni Smith signed a one-year contract retroactive to Oct. 1. The contract reflects compensation for a number of additional duties Smith has been delegated in the past two years. Those responsibilities include budget preparation and managing ... Read More »