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August primary election

April 30, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Last week’s filing deadline for the August primary election shows uncontested races at the county level, but two of the county’s five commissioners will face a challenge in November.

First District Commissioner Al Balog is running as a Republican and will be opposed by Democrat Del Martin.

Meanwhile, incumbent Rick Shaffer will represent the Republican party and will be contested by Tim Carls, a Democrat, for the board’s Third District.

Incumbents Don Eaton, Robin Baker and John Dobberteen are unopposed.

In other contests, 59th House District candidates Aaron Miller, Bob Sills, John Bippus and Roger Rathburn are the Republicans who will square off in August. The winner will oppose Mike Moroz in November.

U.S. Representative incumbent Fred Upton will face a primary challenge from Jim Bussler. The victor goes up against Democrat Paul Clements in November.

Expanding medical schools in Michigan

April 30, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill authored by state Rep. Matt Lori to expand the number of medical schools in Michigan that may receive cadavers that have been donated to science.

Currently only Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan can legally receive bodies donated for scientific purposes, Lori said.

Under House Bill 4341, Oakland University, Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University – which have medical schools under way – would be added to the list of eligible schools.

Lori said with recent openings or planned openings of medical schools at Oakland, Western and Central, alumni of those universities who would like the opportunity to benefit medical schools at their alma maters would be able to do so.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Two incumbents likely to return

April 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Two incumbents will likely be returning to the Three Rivers City Commission later this year, while a third will be involved in a contested race.

City clerk Melissa Bliss said an August runoff vote will not be necessary, meaning Second District Commissioner Alison Haigh and Fourth District representative Carolyn McNary will run unopposed in November’s general election.

Incumbent Daryl Griffith, however, will be contested by Matthew Mosher for the at-large post Griffith has occupied for more than 10 years.

All three commission seats are for two-year periods, Bliss said.

Sturgis City appoints new members

April 25, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Longtime Sturgis resident Mark Dvorak was appointed to the Sturgis City Commission Wednesday.

With a seat to the nine-member commission open as a result of Michael Wilson’s move from the city’s Third Precinct, Dvorak received four votes from the commission. Kimberly Wilson received two and Mark Ritter earned one endorsement.

Dvorak will serve until the term expires in November 2016.

Meanwhile, the Constantine Village Council gained a new trustee this week, as Cindy LaFluer was sworn in to the seven-member panel. She will serve out Bob Brewer’s term, which expires in November. Brewer last month resigned for personal reasons.

Replacing LaFleur as village clerk is Justine Cullifer. She, too, was sworn in this week.

More candidates for House of Rep.

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Three Rivers resident has announced his candidacy for the 59th District House of Representatives.

Bob Sills, a former Michigan Senate employee, made the announcement this week.

Sills is a past chairman of the St. Joseph County Republican Party and serves on its executive committee. He is the recipient of the 2011 Republican Mackinac Conference leadership award for his work in St. Joseph County. Citing his background of working with city and county officials, Sills said he favors the legislature’s effort to restore state revenue sharing to local government.

He has a bachelor of business degree from Western Michigan University.

Sills is the fourth candidate to seek the position currently held by State Rep. Matt Lori. The other candidates are Republicans John Bippus of Three Rivers, Aaron Miller of Sturgis, Roger Rathburn of Three Rivers, and Democrat Mike Moroz of Dowagiac.

Replacing the village clerk

April 16, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A week after firing its village clerk, the Centreville Village Council has discussed options for a replacement, including holding off on filling the position.

Village president Jeff Johnson suggested at last week’s village council meeting that the board takes its time in replacing Terrie Tully.

Tully was fired April 2 from office duties, in part, for a faulty financial budget, village officials said. Since then, Johnson and deputy clerk Rhea Schrader have been performing office duties.

Johnson said he and Schrader had been reviewing financial records and he recommends seeking advice from the Michigan Municipal League on the fund balance.

Trustee Gary McClain advised revamping the entire computer system, making billing and revenue reporting easier.

In the meantime, Mendon Village Manager John Hyden has offered to lend the village a hand until it gets its clerk situation in order.

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