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New Special Ed Principal

The St. Joseph County Intermediate School District has hired Stephanie Clark as special-education principal. The move this week means Cheryl Riley will follow through on her plan to step down as interim principal. Clark, meanwhile, was officially in charge of the position this past Monday. Clark is an 11-year veteran with the ISD, serving as a teacher consultant for the ... Read More »

Merger Complete

Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union has announced that its merger with St. Joseph Valley Community Federal Credit Union has been finalized. The deal, which became official earlier this month, completes a process that started in September. As a result, former clients with the St. Joseph Valley Credit Union now fall under the services of Kellogg Community Credit Union, which has ... Read More »

Constantine Looking For Input

Constantine Township officials are seeking input from its residents regarding road maintenance and improvements. Township officials said a survey in the latest newsletter will help guide them in deciding what roads need attention and in what manner. A survey question also asks if the township should consider adopting a special assessment dedicated specifically toward road-related maintenance and improvements. The township ... Read More »

John Oster Award For Happel

Ann Happel, a Title One teacher at Eastwood Elementary School in Sturgis has been named the recipient of the 2011 John Oster Award. The award was established in 1981 by JoEllen Oster as a tribute to her late husband and recognizes teacher excellence at Sturgis Public Schools. Happel was honored for her devoted effort to develop and implement a number ... Read More »

Dental Service For Inmates

A plan to implement in-house dental service at the St. Joseph County Jail moved a step closer to reality with the donation of $2,000 from a Fulton-area family. Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said the donation, made in memory of Bob Shook, a former jail chaplain, allowed the department to purchase almost all the equipment it needs to begin tooth-extraction service. The ... Read More »


Cory is still waiting for a new BFF. My name is Denise, my friends call me Neisie. I am only one year old, I am a female Lab mix. I am very happy when someone stops by to take me for a walk and give me treats. I have nice manners and love the attention that I get form the ... Read More »

More Meth Related Arrests

Five people were arrested on methamphetamine-related charges Wednesday following surveillance of a residence in White Pigeon Township. Members of the Michigan State Police Southwest Enforcement Team and its Emergency Support Team made five early morning arrests after the group had allegedly produced meth during the night. An informant told police a sniper was guarding the house while meth was being ... Read More »

Land Sold In Leonidas Township

A 360-acre property in Leonidas Township has been purchased by an Indiana-based farmers consortium. The $2.4 million purchase of the property along Longnecker Road effectively ends the prospect of a 2,300-head dairy farm previously proposed for the site. Perry Vieth, president of Ceres Partners of South Bend, said the company plans to use the land for seed corn and rotate ... Read More »

Another Meth Lab

Cass County Sheriff’s Department officials arrested two Porter Township residents and took a child into protective custody after discovering evidence of a meth lab inside their residence Tuesday. The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team executed a search warrant in the 69000 block of Union Road and found evidence of a one-pot meth lab and materials used to manufacture meth. Multiple ... Read More »

Labor Agreements Reached

Labor agreements with four units of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees working for St. Joseph County were reached Tuesday. St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners OK’d the agreements with Circuit Court, Probate Court, General Unit and Family Division of the Circuit Court. The one-year agreements affect 64 employees and do not provide wage increases. Also Tuesday, ... Read More »