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United Way hosted baby shower

The St. Joseph County United Way hosted a baby shower Thursday to celebrate a first-of-its-kind event. United Way director Kelly Hostetler said the occasion was to recognize the first adoption out of a newly created fund to help families who want to adopt but may not have the resources to pay the expenses associated with adoption. The Five Star Pizza ... Read More »

Centreville church expanding

Firm Foundation Ministries of Centreville is planning to expand its campus. As a result, it plans to clear a row of trees between its property and a village-owned park and softball complex. The Centreville Village Council earlier this month approved the removal of trees and brush at the girls’ softball diamond as suggested by Bruce Jones, representative of the Park ... Read More »

Sales tax on Internet purchases

Amazon.com and some other online retailers would have to collect Michigan’s 6 percent sales tax on purchases under legislation approved by the state Senate.  Backers say the bills would level the playing field because brick-and-mortar businesses already must assess the tax on customers.  The legislation passed Thursday heads to the Republican-led House for its consideration in the waning days of ... Read More »

Recount in Kalamazoo County

A recount confirms that Republican Margaret O’Brien narrowly beat Democrat Sean McCann in the race for the 20th District state Senate seat in Kalamazoo County. The recount completed Wednesday concludes that O’Brien got 61 more votes than McCann. He asked for the recount after the original count showed him losing by 59 votes in the Nov. 4 election. Both candidates ... Read More »

Mendon woman recommended for county human resources director

St. Joseph County administrator Pat Yoder has recommended a Mendon woman to fill the role of county human resources director. During Wednesday’s committee-of-the-whole meeting, Yoder nominated Teresa Doehring to fill the position left vacant since last month. Elishia Arver stepped down from the post to take a human resources job in the private sector. Yoder said the committee – which ... Read More »

Centreville and Mendon seek ISD for business-management services

Centreville and Mendon have become the fourth and fifth local school districts to contract with the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District for business-management services. ISD Board of Trustees this week approved a six-month contract with the two districts to handle financial services, ranging from budgeting to cash flow forecasting and bonding oversight. ISD officials said the two local school ... Read More »