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Two positions are open for ISD

St. Joseph County Clerk Pattie Bender said two positions are up for grabs on the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District Board. One is for a six-year term and the other is to fill an unexpired, four-year term. The deadline for filing the petitions is May 3. Bender said prospective candidates must file at the county clerk’s office in Centreville, ...

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County postpones session

The St. Joseph County Board of commissioners Tuesday postponed a work session slated to take place Monday with representatives from Holland-based 2 Fish Company, a marketing firm in line to potentially help the county promote itself to Chicago-area residents as a retirement destination. County officials agreed incoming administrator J. Patrick Yoder should be in attendance when the meeting takes place. ...

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Sturgis schools approve contract

Members of the Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education Monday approved a three-year contract with the Sturgis Educational Association. The contract includes half a percent salary increase for the first year, and “wage openers” for the second and third years, according to Vicki Watson, director of finance. In a related matter, assistant superintendent Julie Evans said the calendar has been ...

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Report – 2012 traffic fatalities

State Police say while Michigan traffic crashes and injuries were down in 2012, fatalities increased 5 percent over 2011 from 889 to 936. According to the department’s Criminal Justice Information Center, the number of traffic crashes fell 4 percent to 273,891 from 284,049 in 2011. Injuries were down 2 percent to 70,519 from 71,796 in 2011. Motorcyclist fatalities were up ...

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Michigan has small gain in population

Michigan had a tenth-of-a-percent gain in population from July 2011 to July 2012, according to U.S. Census data. Estimated figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Michigan will gain 6,559 new residents since July last year, pushing its population to more than 9.8 million. It would be Michigan’s first net increase since 2004. Locally, St. Joseph County is on ...

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Sister City Committee has dates set

The Sister City Committee has confirmed the dates of Sturgis’ next trip to Wiesloch, Germany. The group will leave Aug. 22 and fly direct from Detroit to Wiesloch, arriving on Aug. 23. Travelers will stay with their host family for four days and the group leaves for home Aug. 27. However, the committee has arranged for an extended trip to ...

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