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County board sets meeting schedule

Members of St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners have agreed to keep their twice-a-month meetings at 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Meanwhile, the five-member commission also decided this week to continue staging its executive committee meetings at 8 a.m. the Wednesday before a commission meeting. Matters discussed during the executive committee sessions are typically in-depth ...

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Employment agreements approved by board

A number of employment agreements were approved this week by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. Cathleen Carpenter, Dawn Gest, Alex Milliman, Heather Teadt and Nancy Gamble will serve as Juvenile Day Treatment monitors for $14 an hour through May 30. In a separate personnel matter, Kimberly Jent was hired as COA home-care aide at a rate of $10.70 ...

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Armed robbery suspects arrested

Two people have been arrested in connection with last weekend’s armed robbery at the Marathon gas station on South Centerville Road in Sturgis. The suspects, a male and female, both 20, are in the St. Joseph County jail. Names were withheld pending arraignment. Public Safety Director Geoff Smith said the public played a major role in the investigation through numerous tips ...

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Clerk and register of deeds plans June retirement

The most-tenured employee for St. Joseph County government announced Tuesday she plans to retire later this year. Clerk and register of deeds Pattie Bender issued a media release Tuesday, indicating her plan to retire June 30. The 64-year-old Bender joined the county in 1970 and became clerk in 1991, succeeding Beverly Burnham. A lifelong Centreville resident, Bender said she looks ...

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New rules for Sturgis Hospital visitors

Sturgis Hospital officials have announced new rules for visiting the hospital during the flu season. Influenza season guidelines are: Hospital visitors must be 18 years or older; visitors to the obstetric unit must be immediate family. Siblings under age 18 visiting a newborn may be screened for fever; one visitor per patient is allowed in the emergency department; and patients ...

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Dobberteen will head Board of Commissioners

John Dobberteen will head the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners for the third consecutive year. The unanimous decision was made Tuesday at the commission’s first assembly of 2015. Dobberteen, whose jurisdiction covers the city of Sturgis and Fawn River Township, is starting his 17th year on the commission. This will be his seventh year overall as chairman. The nomination ...

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