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Commissioners continue discussion of land acquisition

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners met in executive session last week to discuss a potential land acquisition. Administrator Pat Yoder said the property in question is in the Centreville Industrial Park and could serve in the future as a satellite location for county operations. No action was taken on the potential purchase, other than Yoder being instructed to continue ... Read More »

Sturgis staged toy and food giveaway

Volunteers from The Salvation Army and Sturgis Toy Run came together last week for a food and toy giveaway. Staged at the Sturgis Armory over a two-day period Monday and Tuesday, literally tons of food were given away and about 1,700 toys, according to Nick Metzger, Salvation Army case manager. About 200 families, including 520 children, were helped by the ... Read More »

3 local agencies receive DHS funds

The St. Joseph County Department of Human Services board recently voted to provide a total of $3,500 to three area agencies. DHS director Cindy Underwood said a $500 donation was made to the St. Joseph County United Way K-9 Fund. Once the fund reaches $12,000, it will allow for the purchase of a new dog for the Sturgis Police Department. ... Read More »

50 families benefit from White Pigeon Food Drive

The White Pigeon Fire Department collected more than 2,600 pounds of food to be shared with 50 White Pigeon families over the holidays. Assistant fire chief Tyler Royce said the department’s food drive began in November with “Fill the Fire Truck.” Along with the help of local mail carriers, 1,700 pounds of nonperishable food were collected. On Dec. 13, firefighters ... Read More »

No injuries in Burr Oak area crash

A 16-year-old Sturgis boy and five passengers were unharmed following a single-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Burr Oak Township. State police said the car was being driven around 4:15 p.m. on McKale Road when it went out of control south of Hackman Road, rolled over and landed upside down in a ditch of two to three feet of water. An ... Read More »

Consulting fee for former director

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners has agreed to a $50-per-hour consulting fee with former human resources director Elishia Arver. During last week’s commission meeting, the board concurred Arver’s services will likely be needed to clear some pending issues – and ongoing matters, according to county administrator Pat Yoder – until her replacement joins the county Jan. 6. Mendon resident ... Read More »