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Circuit Courts accepts grants

St. Joseph County Circuit Court was the recipient of three grants that, combined, total nearly three-quarters of a million dollars. Judge Paul Stutesman said the grants are: $317,000 for the Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program; $80,000 for the Adult Drug Treatment Court; and $350,000 over three years from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. Stutesman said …

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Townships ask Board for road fund considerations

A pair of local township supervisors returned before the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday and asked its members to consider sparing funds for improvements to local roadways. Appearing with a pumpkin-shaped Halloween bucket modified as a collection vessel – with “Road Fund” printed on its side – Florence Township Supervisor Gordon Evilsizor said he is under the impression …

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Dinner for Colon’s Citizens of the Year

A celebration dinner to honor Colon’s Citizens of the Year is set to take place this weekend. A potluck dinner is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Colon United Methodist Church, where Joe and Paige Smolarz will be recognized for the accolade. Prospective participants are asked to bring a dish to pass. Meat and beverages will be …

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GOCC sees increase in enrollment

Glen Oaks Community College officials said the school is experiencing a 2.7 percent increase in fall semester enrollment, turning the corner on a five-year downward trend. Glen Oaks president David Devier said the growth compared to fall a year ago is the first since 2009. He said the figure is a welcome change that comes as school officials have been …

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Sturgis trustees endorse plan for sports complex

Sturgis Township trustees have endorsed a request from the city of Sturgis for $1.6 million from the St. Joseph County delinquent-tax fund to help finance a proposed $2 million sports complex. Township Supervisor George Morse during Monday’s meeting said the city’s plan would facilitate the expansion of existing business, job creation and more recreation opportunities for local residents. Sturgis is …

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County Health Center set to close

Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County has announced the St. Joseph County Health Center will end primary-care services effective Oct. 16 and close for good Nov. 6. The move comes after members of the CMH board in July decided to end the agency’s relationship with the St Joseph County Health Center Board, which was not …

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