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County commission makes indigent attorney changes

St. Joseph County commissioners this week approved an addendum to the county’s Indigent Defense Agreement. According to terms of the agreement, attorney Kevin Kane will be removed as an indigent defense attorney. Meanwhile, attorneys Paul Gipson and Melissa Hallack will be added. The change is effective for the 2018 calendar year. Commissioners approved the matter Tuesday.

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County commission names chairman

Dennis Allen will serve as chairman of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners in 2018. Commissioners agreed Tuesday to appoint the 62-year-old Allen head of the five-member panel. He replaces, Allen Balog, who was named vice chairman. Allen, who is starting his second year on the board, said he appreciates the confidence of his elected peers. Allen, whose district …

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Motel fire displaces families

Ten families were displaced after a New Year’s Eve fire about 8:45 p.m. at the Tower Motel, on North U.S. 131 in White Pigeon. First-arriving personnel found smoke coming from the eves of the building. The fire was confined to the attic area. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, as fire personnel were scheduled …

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Sturgis warns residents of freezing water lines

With cold weather continuing this week and into the weekend, Sturgis Department of Public Services is asking residents to be conscious of freezing water lines. Conditions are suitable for water lines to freeze, department officials said. In order to help citizens prevent their water lines from freezing, the city of Sturgis recommends that residents allow a slow stream of water …

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Multiple injuries in Sherman Township crash

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a two-car crash that occurred last week in Sherman Township. Deputies were called at 8:20 p.m. Friday to the intersection of Shimmel and Featherstone roads. Upon further investigation, they found that an eastbound car on Featherstone Road did not stop at the intersection and was struck by a pickup heading south on Shimmel Road. Three people …

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Top local news stories of 2017

Last week’s passing of Mendon Community Schools Superintendent Roger Rathburn was ranked “Top News Story of the Year” according to the Sturgis Journal. In its annual ranking, the newspaper said Rathburn’s passing had the greatest impact of any other local news story last year because of the number of people who knew him and his untimely passing. Rounding out the …

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Update – Free Ride Home

Twelve people took advantage of the 10th annual New Year’s Eve Free Ride Home over a six-hour period that started Sunday night. St. Joseph County Transportation Authority Executive Director Steve Yorks said 10 of the rides originated from the Three Rivers area, while the others were centered in Sturgis. The 12 rides are the fewest passengers since the program started. …

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Civility in St. Joseph County

In a county-wide effort to encourage a more welcoming community in which to live and work, chambers of commerce in Three Rivers and Sturgis joined in 2017 to create and promote the “St. Joseph County Statement on Civility.” The statement is a document that organizations, boards of directors and committees can adopt to facilitate respectful communications and allow their meetings …

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County commission looks forward to 2018

The opening of a new Commission On Aging headquarters with senior housing tops the county’s highlights in 2018, according to its board chairman. Commission chair Allen Balog said there’s plenty of good to look forward to in 2018, but personally he is most excited about a plan by COA director Tim Stoll to convert the former Three Rivers Inn into …

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Cass County accident sends woman to hospital

A Cassopolis woman was injured in a one-vehicle, rollover accident last week in Cass County’s Jefferson Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called at 1 p.m. Dec. 24 to Dailey Road, south of Jefferson Center Street. Behnke said Nicole Miller, 23, was driving south on Dailey Road when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving. Her car went …

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