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Sturgis awarded grant to rehabilitate historic buildings

State Rep. Matt Lori said a state grant has been awarded to Sturgis as part of a development that will transform three historic buildings into a restaurant and sports bar. Lori said the Community Development Block Grant in excess of $1 million will help finance the city’s West Chicago Development Project. The funds will be used to correct structural issues …

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Portage City Council will announce finalists for city manager

Sturgis City Manager Mike Hughes is expected to find out tonight whether he remains in the running for city manager of Portage. The 40-year-old Hughes is one of five candidates to interview for the job. The Portage City Council is expected to discuss the interviews and candidates tonight, and decide on which finalists to call for a second interview. Hughes, …

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St. Joseph County Fair ends

The 164th St. Joseph County Grange Fair is in the books and its organizers report a 12 percent increase in attendance over 2013. Fair manager Bill Johnson said more than 148,000 people attended the 2014 fair, up from more than 140,000 last year. Outside of two downpours Saturday, weather was a positive factor over the course of the seven-day event. …

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Two people arrested on drug charges

Investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant last week at a residence in Mottville Township. According to a sheriff’s department press release, SCAN officers had received information about methamphetamine use and possible trafficking occurring on Riverside Drive, near Thomas Street. Officers obtained a search warrant and once inside the residence Friday, located evidence of …

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Two St. Joseph County River Trail meetings on Wednesday

Two public meetings to discuss the St. Joseph County River Trail master plan will take place simultaneously Wednesday. The sessions begin at 7 p.m. at Colon Village Hall and the other at Constantine Village Office. Both meetings will present identical information. Staged by Edgewater Resources of St. Joseph, the meetings are a progress report and final chance for public input …

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Preparations underway for Mendon Kiwanis Showboat fundraiser

Preparations are underway for the 58th annual Mendon Kiwanis Showboat fundraiser, and organizers are inviting the public to be a part of the musical program. This year’s theme is “School Daze,” and will feature songs and skits from school over several decades. A call-out is being made to anyone who wishes to be a part of the fun. Practices are …

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