Make-over at Sturgis office

July 17, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Secretary of State office in Sturgis will close later this month for remodeling, prompting staff members to encourage anyone with business to conduct at the site to do it soon.

The office will close for the workweek July 28 and remain unavailable through Aug. 1.

Staff members said the South Centerville Road office will be remodeled to include a fresh coat of paint and new carpet.

The office is slated to re-open Aug. 4.

Vacant positions will be filled

July 17, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners has agreed to fill a vacant position in the two departments.

During Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners agreed to fill a clerk’s spot in the finance department. The post is being filled half-time by a member of the Register of Deeds office. Human resources director Elishia Arver said the position will stay filled in such a manner on a trial basis that ends later this year.

At that time, a decision will be made whether to continue using the Register of Deeds clerk part-time or allocate a full-time employee for the position.

Also, a request to fill a corrections-officer position was granted by commissioners.

Security upgrade at courthouse

July 16, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A plan to limit access into the St. Joseph County Courthouse to a single location is moving forward.

The county’s board of commissioners Tuesday agreed to work with Grand Rapids-based Landmark Design for schematic drawings and cost estimates to create the single point of entry.

If the full plan is authorized, access to either the original courthouse portion or the so-called courts building to the south would be at what is currently a ground-level walkway between the two buildings.

In addition, the plan calls for security screening into the courthouse portion of the complex. The courts building section already has a security checkpoint in place.

Landmark officials indicated in a letter to the county that an addition between the two buildings would be needed to allow for an expanded public lobby area as well as the new security station for the courthouse building.

Schematic-design services will cost $1,800. An estimate regarding architectural and engineering services, if the project is approved, is to be determined and will be based on contractor bids and cost of building permits.

Landmark has done other work in St. Joseph County: two jail renovations and a job at the Central Dispatch facility.

Justice was served

July 15, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said justice was served Monday, as jurors in the Andy Brown murder trial issued a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder.

The 37-year-old Brown was also found guilty on a charge of felony use of a firearm.

Monday’s decision capped the nine-day trial in which the nine-woman, three-man jury heard testimony related to the October 2013 shooting death of Sturgis-area CPA David Locey.

McDonough said the verdict was the result of a solid effort by the county’s major crimes task force unit, witnesses who testified on behalf of the prosecution and assistant prosecutor Josh Robare.

Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman set a sentencing date of Aug. 29.

Brown faces up to life in prison.

Brush pickup in TR

July 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Here’s a reminder that crews from the Three Rivers Department of Public Services are conducting a brush pickup.

DPS officials ask that residents place brush on the terrace, not in the street,. Crews will be making only one pass to collect brush. The pick-up is for the July 1 storm damage only.

The DPS offers a compost drop-off area at 1015 S. Lincoln Ave. Brush, leaves, grass clippings and garden waste are accepted at the compost area.

White Pigeon Days concluded

July 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

White Pigeon Days concluded its three-day run Sunday, with a community church service and picnic at Wade Park.

Event organizers said Saturday night’s fireworks show was viewed by thousands of people who parked as far away as Dickinson Road to watch the display.

Earlier in the evening, Constantine High School’s alumni football squad topped a White Pigeon alumni team, 14-6. Proceeds from the game’s $10-per-person admission fee will be split between the two schools for their respective football programs.

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