Members of the Colon Community Schools Board of Education this evening are expected to choose the district’s next superintendent.
Board president Ernie Baker said the issue is on tonight’s agenda. He said it is his understanding the seven-member panel is ready to make a decision in order to have its new leader in place for the 2014-15 school year.
The finalists are Victor Bugni and Mike Corey. Bugni, of Gladstone, is curriculum and instruction supervisor for the Delta/Schoolcraft Intermediate School District in the Upper Peninsula. Corey is superintendent of Mesick Public Schools.
Colon board member Eric Bower made a community visit to Mesick to learn more about Corey. Regarding Bugni, Baker said he and board members did extensive phone interviews with community leaders in the Delta and Schoolcraft counties and from his previous employer in Traverse City to gauge their feelings toward the candidate.
Tonight’s meeting starts at 6 o’clock in the high school media center.
The filing deadline to qualify for the Aug. 5 primary ballot is 4 p.m. Tuesday.
According to a press release from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, the deadline applies to partisan candidates for governor; U.S. Senate; U.S. House; state House and Senate; select county offices and judicial candidates.
It does not include write-ins, or candidates without a political-party affiliation, who file under different time frames.
Candidates have until 4 p.m. Friday to withdraw their names.
Locally, one noteworthy race up for grabs in the August primary is for the 59th District House. Hoping to succeed term-limited Matt Lori are Republicans Bob Sills, John Bippus, Aaron Miller and Roger Rathburn. The lone Democratic candidate so far is Mike Moroz of Dowagiac.
Sturgis resident Jerry Rial, 24, was charged with a drug-related offense following his arrest last week.
Sturgis police said Rial was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Thursday after a search warrant was executed in the 200 block of North Fourth Street, according to investigators.
Rial was charged with delivery of methamphetamine. In addition, 19-year-old Andrew Kidd was arrested after officers discovered a warrant for his arrest as a fugitive from justice.
The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced seasonal road restrictions have been lifted.
The so-called frost law imposed speed and weight restrictions during the freeze-thaw cycle to help preserve the integrity of non-primary roadways.
The frost law was put into effect last month.
Mendon Village Manager John Hyden said the Mendon Downtown Development Authority is offering a $10,000 façade-improvement matching grant.
Any business willing to dress up the front and/or rear of its exterior, make improvements such as new windows or doors, or refresh or upgrade landscaping, is eligible for the matching funds.
He said three business owners have already hired contractors to make upgrades. One plans to paint, and add overhead doors and awnings; the second intends to improve their front entrance and add a small deck; the third is looking at making a new entryway, reinsulating inside the business and undertaking general improvements to the front and rear of their business.
The Mendon DDA, a 10-member board with one seat currently available, supports 26 businesses from Nottawa Road west to the village’s industrial park.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case of a 14-year-old Colon-area girl who has been reported as a runaway.
The agency said Jessika Mathis fled from the 59000 block of Pine Grove Road in Colon Township Monday. She has blonde hair, hazel eyes, is 5-foot-3 and weighs 105 pounds.
Mathis is believed to be in the Sturgis area with a sibling and may be planning to leave the state for Tennessee.
Possible locations for Mathis include the 200 block of North Fourth Street, the 100 block of Vinewood Street, and the 600 block of East Jerolene Street.