The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced it is returning to its winter hours starting next week.
According to Julie Mayuiers, director of administration, the Centreville-based agency will be open for administrative purposes 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Its summer hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
A federal grant announced earlier this month will benefit St. Joseph County residents who are without insurance or considered underinsured.
Officials from the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County said the $812,000 award will fund the first 15 months of a new, county health center. An annual renewal of $650,000 will be made available in February 2015.
The grant allows CMHSAS to set up a Federally Qualified Health Center that will be known as the St. Joseph County Health Center.
O’Dell said the health center, which will open March 1, will be available to the public, though fees will be adjusted to meet payment ability.
During Tuesday’s CMHSAS meeting, Lynn Dobberteen was hired as executive director of the St. Joseph County Health Center.
Dobberteen, wife of St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Dobberteen, is currently the human resource and payroll specialist for CMHSAS.
National Adoption Day was observed locally in St. Joseph County Tuesday, as Probate Court Judge David Tomlinson administered an adoption proceeding for a Three Rivers family.
Taylor and Sara Tompkins, 12- and 8-year-old sisters, were made the legal children of Jessen and Brooke Tompkins.
The public procedure marked the 14th year of acknowledging National Adoption Day locally. Tomlinson said the Tompkins quartet was chosen to symbolically represent families of all adoptions past and in the future in St. Joseph County.
Karie Saylor, licensing specialist with the St. Joseph County DHS and licensing worker for the Tompkins, expressed gratitude to the husband and wife for taking on the role of foster parents.
Taylor and Sara came to the Tompkins household as foster children in December 2012.
Adams Excavating will provide snow-removal and plowing services for St. Joseph County again this winter.
The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners last week renewed a contract for the winter services at the courthouse parking lot, the parks building and animal-control parking lot, and the sheriff’s department/central dispatch parking lot.
Scott Adams, a Centreville resident, will provide his services when accumulation has reached two inches or more, according to terms of the independent-contractor agreement. The contract is in effect through April 15.
Adams will be required to have lots cleared by 7:30 a.m. in the event of overnight snow.
Adams will be paid $375 per snow-clearing/plowing incident.
The contract was awarded to Adams, as no other bids for the job were submitted.
The Three Rivers Area Community Foundation is thanking its contributors for a successful 2013 season.
Melissa Bliss, foundation administrator, said nearly $46,000 was designated to 17 local organizations and charities thanks to the financial commitments from donors.
Bliss said she encourages contributors to continue supporting the foundation in 2014, as the recipients help make Three Rivers a better community.
St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough has elected to not seek charges against the driver of a vehicle that killed a Sturgis man last month.
McDonough said the accident – on Bogen Road, west of M-66 in Sturgis Township – was unquestionably a tragic event. However, McDonough added, circumstances in the case do not warrant authorization of charges at this time.
Johnny Wood Jr., 22, died after he was struck by a vehicle driven by Don Hirschy, 60, of Sturgis. Even though he was walking in the roadway, Wood was difficult to see, Hirschy told investigators, because he was wearing dark clothes. The incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Oct. 20.