Appointments and re-appointments were made by members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners last week.
Constantine-area resident David Miars was reappointed to another three-year term on the county’s Board of Public Works. His current term expires at the end of the year.
Deb Leyes of Sturgis was tapped to serve a one-year term as a general-public representative on the Central Dispatch Policy Board. Her appointment fills a vacancy on the board.
Four members on the St. Joseph County Planning Commission Board were reappointed to three-year terms. They are: James Griffith of Flowerfield Township, Mark Ripplinger of Mottville Township, Doug Pagels of Fawn River Township, and Warren Atkins of White Pigeon Township.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-car collision at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Lockport Township.
According to a department media release, one of two cars going in opposite directions on M-60 near Mahnke Road crossed the center line and collided with the other vehicle.
One of the vehicles rolled several times and the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. That driver was air lifted to Borgess Hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries.
The other driver was treated at Three Rivers Health.
Additional details about the incident, including names, ages and places of residence of the drivers, were not released, as the collision is being investigated as a criminal matter.
A Florence Township official will have to look for an alternative source of financial help to address a crumbling roadway in his jurisdiction, as he was turned down for assistance by county officials Tuesday.
For the second time in two months, Florence Township Supervisor Gordon Evilsizor asked the commission for consideration to help replace Constantine Road from Dickinson north to Fairchild roads. A cost estimate he shared was $718,000 for rebuilding the roadway through Florence Township.
Evilsizor said the condition of the roadway is dangerous and motorists are forced to drive in the middle to avoid potholes and blemishes along the edges of the road.
Commission Chairman John Dobberten acknowledged the deteriorating condition of county roads in general. For local units to come in and expect the county to pick up the cost of repairs, however, is “unimaginable,” he said, as the county has hundreds of miles of roadways under its jurisdiction.
Dobberteen said he would encourage the county road commission to increase its annual assessment when it is up for renewal next year, or urge local units of government to follow the lead of the city of Sturgis and offer a millage specifically for road repairs.
A chimney fire is being cited as the source of a blaze that destroyed a house in Mendon Township last week.
Investigators said the conclusion was made after a closer look into the situation and its origin. The fire, which was reported at 11:30 a.m. Friday, destroyed a residence in the 53500 block of Nottawa Road.
One occupant inside the house escaped without injury. No fire personnel were injured in the blaze.
Four Three Rivers residents were treated for injuries they suffered in a two-vehicle accident Saturday in Fabius Township.
According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Samantha Jo Combs attempted to turn left off U.S. 131 and onto North Main Street into the path of a vehicle driven northbound on U.S. 131 by 52-year-old Karen Heerlyn, of Richland.
Combs told investigators she did not see the oncoming vehicle. She and three passengers, Taylor Combs, 15; Pauline Mondol, 17; and Yvonne Heffner, 15, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A 17-year-old passenger in Heerlyn’s vehicle was treated at the scene.
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Constantine Monsanto site decided to do its part to raise awareness by hosting “Harvest for a Cure.”
The fundraiser took place in early October at the corn-production site in Constantine. The site designed and sold nearly 1,000 pink, breast-cancer-awareness T-shirts to employees, growers, truck drivers and members of the community.
The effort was deemed a success and raised more than $5,000 for local organizations.
Company officials said they expect a similar fundraiser in 2014.