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Sports complex controversy continues

A public hearing on St. Joseph County’s proposed 2017 fiscal-year budget generated scrutiny toward the county’s board of commissioners Tuesday. The focus of the scorn centered on the proposed $18.1 million general-fund budget and the $2.8 million the board earlier this year agreed to provide toward expenses related to a 17-field sports complex in the Three Rivers area. The proposed …

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County commissioners approve reappointments

St. Joseph County commissioners this week approved the reappointment of Matt Scheske as a member of the county’s Investment Advisory Board. His three-year term will expire at the end of 2019. Scheske is vice president of commercial lending at Sturgis Bank & Trust. Also, commissioners agreed to reappoint four people to the county’s Planning Commission. They are: Warren Atkins of …

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Judge halts recount effort

Mere hours after St. Joseph County concluded its recount of Nov. 8 presidential ballots, a federal judge ordered further recounts in Michigan and other states be suspended or not proceed. The decision, made late Wednesday, came after St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald and a team of 24 people concluded a recount of more than 24,000 ballots. The procedure, which …

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White Pigeon Schools put together renewal request

Officials with White Pigeon Community Schools have about six weeks to piece together what will appear before the district’s voters in a May renewal request. The third of three community forums was staged Tuesday, providing a final opportunity for event participants to fine-tune their choices for what should be included in a five-year, 3-mill sinking-fund-renewal request. Superintendent Jon Keyer said …

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County commissioners recognized by Sturgis Chamber

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners were recognized Tuesday by a representative from the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber executive director Cathi Abbs said the agency staged its annual meeting a few weeks ago. During that event, the chamber board agreed to support special-recognition awards to commissioners Allen Balog, Don Eaton, Robin Baker, Rick Shaffer and …

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No urban chickens in Constantine

The Constantine Village Council voted Monday to disallow urban chickens to be raised inside the village limits. At several earlier meetings, council members discussed an ordinance allowing urban chickens, following a June 20 discussion with residents Charlie and Beth Cauffman, who approached the board with a request to keep up to six chickens in their yard. At a council meeting …

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