The Sturgis City Commission has a vacancy to fill following a resignation announced last week.
Mike Wilson has moved out of the city’s Third Precinct, making him ineligible to represent the area.
The nine-member board is moving forward with plans to replace Wilson, who was on the commission for more than two years.
Interested parties must submit an application to city clerk Ken Rhodes by noon April 18. Prospective candidates will be interviewed at the commission’s April 23 work session. The chosen applicant will take their seat later that evening during the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting.
Results of a needs-assessment questionnaire, distributed jointly by Sturgis Hospital and Three Rivers Health, have been released.
The fourth of five fields focuses on healthy behaviors.
According to the St. Joseph County 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, 786 St. Joseph County residents under the age of 75 years suffered a premature death between 2008 and 2010.
St. Joseph County ranked 65th among 82 ranked Michigan counties in years of potential life lost, which is 12 percent greater than the state average. These deaths are more likely to be attributed to preventable causes and are more subject to prevention and intervention strategies.
Weight control, substance abuse and lack of physical activity were identified as serious concerns by more than 50 percent of survey respondents. In addition, a high rate of tobacco usage, which was 11 percent above the national average, was recognized as a driver of poor health outcomes.
Smoking contributes to the development of several chronic conditions, including cancers, respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease and continues to be the leading cause of premature death.
Fishing equipment and a television were among the items taken from three residences in Sherman Township.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department was called Sunday to the 67000 block of Stubey Road in response to breaking-and-entering incident.
It was eventually discovered that three residences in all were broken into.
The incidents occurred between March 1 and Sunday.
Items taken include antique fly fishing rods, fishing poles, a television and a Ducks Unlimited cooler with an aluminum lid.
Culver’s won’t be the only new restaurant in Sturgis this year.
Company officials from Wings Etc. announced they plan to open a location there by the end of 2014.
According to a company press release, project planning has been in progress for many months. There has been no location decided yet for the grill and pub. Wings Etc. is a sports bar that, as its name implies, specializes in chicken wings.
The company is headquartered in Mishawaka, Ind. Its closest location currently is in Portage. In addition to Indiana and Michigan Wings Etc. has stores in Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina.
Sturgis High School’s Chance Stewart was named a member of the Class B All-State basketball team by the Michigan Associated Press.
Stewart, who has signed a letter of intent to play football for Western Michigan University in the fall, was a Class B honorable-mention basketball recipient a year ago.
Stewart is second in career scoring leaders for the Trojans and set a single-game scoring record for Sturgis this past season, when he scored 43 points against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix during post-season play earlier this month.
The Associated Press Class B basketball All-State team, as selected by a panel of 11 Michigan sports writers, included Corky Emrick of the Sturgis Journal.
Upgrades in the booking and intercom systems at the county jail were approved last week by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners.
The five-member board authorized a $178,000 quote from Midstate Jail Security, one of three bidders for the project. Sheriff’s department officials said the current intercom/speaker system is outdated and spare parts are too difficult – and in some cases, impossible – to find.
The improvement will allow for future camera upgrades as needed.
The county had budgeted $100,000 for the project. Funds will come from the general budget as well as unexpected revenue the sheriff’s department incurred last year for doing security work for Enbridge and its pipeline project.