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Commission to help with cemetery project

St. Joseph County officials have agreed to provide financial assistance to help with a project at a local cemetery. During Tuesday’s county commission meeting, administrator Pat Yoder said the county was asked by the Sturgis chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to provide $2,200, to match like financial commitments offered by Nottawa Township and the village of Centreville. …

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Rotary names Educator of the Year

A seven-year teacher at Hoppin Elementary was named the recipient of the annual Three Rivers Rotary Club’s “Educator of the Year.” Danielle Bent was announced as the award winner last week. Committee members said Bent’s recognition was based on a number of factors, including her continuous encouragement to respect and be kind to others. As an example, committee members noted …

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Commissioners approve Constantine Fire Chief agreement

An independent contractor agreement was reached Tuesday by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. County administrator Pat Yoder said the agreement with Constantine Fire Chief Mike Haydon is an annual arrangement through the county’s Local Emergency Planning Committee. Yoder said Haydon has been hired the past six years to review plans for businesses that meet or exceed certain thresholds …

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Commission approves several park matters

Business related to parks and recreation accounted for a large portion of Tuesday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting. In all, five separate matters were fielded and ultimately approved by the commission. Most noteworthy was a proposal from Jones Petrie Rafinski for design services work at Covered Bridge Farm Park, the newest addition to the county’s parks inventory. The …

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Commissioners recognize animal control secretary

A Mendon-area woman was recognized Tuesday for her devotion to the county’s animal shelter. Lauralee Knepper, 72, was unaware her contributions to the shelter would be the focus of a resolution passed by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. Not until after a lengthy introduction did Knepper realize the resolution was in her honor. A misty-eyed Knepper listened as …

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Sheriff investigates Burr Oak theft

St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department investigators are continuing to look into the theft of numerous items from a shed and its vicinity last month in Burr Oak Township. According to a department media release, items taken include hand and power tools, a plasma cutting torch, a battery charger, a router and router table, and an undisclosed quantity of plywood. The …

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