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Commission passes employee assistance program motion

A motion regarding an employee-assistance program for St. Joseph County’s government workers was passed during the county commission’s Jan. 19 meeting. The agreement is with Windward Employee Solutions and will provide counseling and referral services for appropriate treatment, and diagnostic and assessment services. The county’s commitment of $5,555 covers helpline and three appointments annually for its 220 employees and their …

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County received spay and neuter grant

A spay-and-neuter reimbursement grant has been awarded to St. Joseph County. County grant writer James Hissong told county commissioners last week that a $15,000 grant was received from an anonymous foundation. The grant will allow the county to provide spaying or neutering services for dogs and cats at its animal control department. Hissong said the grant will eliminate what could …

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April opening set for Sturgis senior center

Representatives from the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging will open the new Sturgis senior citizen center on April 8. Lynn Coursey, COA executive director, said the event is being planned in conjunction with Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce and will include a ribbon cutting at 5 p. m., followed at 7 p.m. by a ticketed event that serves as …

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Mendon School Board approved millage renewal request

Members of the Mendon Community Schools Board of Education have authorized a special election for the renewal of 18 operating mills. The non-homestead property tax renewal ended its 20-year life with the 2015 tax levy. Its continuation will allow the district to collect tax dollars from properties that are non-homestead within its boundaries. District officials said the 18 mills generate …

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Constantine residents voice concern over assault weapon ban consideration

Nearly two dozen people voiced an opinion Monday on the Constantine Village Council’s recent discussion about consideration of a ban on assault weapons. In December, president Pat Weiss distributed two articles about federal assault weapons to the council. Weiss said her intention was not to pass a law, but never said anything about banning assault weapons. The council took no …

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Commissioners renew contracts

St. Joseph County’s board of commissioners renewed contracts with three high-ranking employees Tuesday. The County administrator’s contract was extended through 2016. J. Patrick Yoder, 67, joined the county in April 2013. His new contract includes a 2 percent raise, which gives him a base salary of nearly $118,000 annually. Finance director Joni Smith, 53, agreed to a one-year contract renewal. …

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