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Oswald begins her role at commission meetings

The first sign of change as a result of county clerk Pattie Bender’s impending retirement was seen last week, as Lindsay Oswald took Bender’s seat at the dais and recorded the minutes of Tuesday’s county commission meeting. Oswald will have two more opportunities to perfect the task before Bender calls it quits June 30. Oswald, a 35-year-old Lockport Township resident, ...

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Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership speaking event planned

Two Rivers Coalition will host its first speaking event of the year this week. Julia Kirkwood of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Water Resources Division will present “Restoring and Protecting Inland Lakes with Natural Shorelines.” The program takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the North Dining Room of the Van Buren Intermediate School District Technology Center, 250 South Street ...

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Consultant search progressing

St. Joseph County Administrator Pat Yoder this week provided an update on the commission’s search for a consultant to review financial and procedural operations at the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County, as well as its health department. During Tuesday’s county commission meeting, Yoder said he and human resources director Teresa Doehring have reviewed three ...

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Evening of prayer planned

State Rep. Aaron Miller wishes to invite local ministers to join him and other lawmakers for an evening of prayer for Michigan. Miller is a member of the Legislative Prayer Caucus, which is hosting the event. The event will take place starting at 5 p.m. June 2 at the Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Ave., directly across the ...

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County commissioners plan work session

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has set a work session for 4 p.m. June 9. Commissioner Don Eaton, who proposed the session, said he would like the board to focus on funding sources and upcoming projects, as well as discussing the county’s participation in the Commission on Aging building project in Sturgis. The session will take place at ...

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Sheriff’s department continues Fabius Township police coverage

St. Joseph County and Fabius Township are entering a long-term relationship regarding road and water law-enforcement coverage. Members of the county commission this week agreed to a plan in which the sheriff’s department will continue to provide police coverage. Instead of renewing the agreement annually, however, the pact will work on a five-year cycle. The 40-hour-a-week coverage costs Fabius Township ...

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