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Sturgis City Manager receives pay raise

Sturgis City Manager Mike Hughes received a 2 percent raise, retroactive to July 2016, after city commissioners last month reviewed results of a unique job performance evaluation. The pay-bump takes Hughes’ annually salary to more than $108,000. His most-previous raise was a 1.5 percent boost in 2015. Hughes said the 2 percent increase is consistent with salary hikes granted to …

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Toy Run seeks location

Organizers of the annual Sturgis Toy Run are appealing to the public in hopes of securing a location to stage its 2017 event. Toy Run, a non- profit organization, seeks an individual or company to donate or lease property the first weekend of September. Toy Run officials said the ideal arrangement is 30-plus acres of flat land preferably in the …

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Commissioners set date to review projects

St. Joseph County’s board of commissioners this week set March 15 as a date to look deeper into prioritizing a variety of county projects. Board chairman Allen Balog said the workshop will take place after the commission’s 8 a.m. executive committee meeting. He recommended commissioners bring with them a list of county projects either already approved or in a discussion …

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Man arrested after trying to steal car

A Sturgis man was arrested earlier this week after he attempted to steal a car from a residence in Fawn River Township. State police said the incident took place at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 29000 block of U.S. 12, where the 30-year-old suspect approached a homeowner and asked to borrow a screwdriver. Authorities said the man told the homeowner …

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Constantine schools approved taking request to polls

Members of the Constantine Public Schools Board of Education have approved action to go to the polls later this year. In November, a school bond proposal drew nearly 2,900 voters and the measure failed by 11 votes. It would have netted the district more than $1.6 million through the board’s earlier action of refinancing school bonds. The excess funds could …

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Commissioner approved contractor agreements

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week approved two independent-contractor agreements. CSZ Services of St. Johns was tapped to provide commercial and industrial appraisals for the county’s Land Resource Centre and Equalization. The work is to be performed for appraisals as determined appropriate for inclusion in the county’s 2017 equalization study by the equalization director of the St. …

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