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Colon names interim superintendent

Colon’s interim high school principal was promoted Wednesday to interim superintendent. Ginny Kowalski will step in to the position Aug. 1. Christine Barnes, who was named superintendent in June 2015, is resigning at the end of the month to oversee Keokuk Community Schools in Iowa. Colon’s board of education meets at 6 p.m. Monday and its members will decide what …

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Police investigate Mottville theft

State police are investigating the theft of a trailer and riding mower from a residence in Mottville Township. According to a department media release, the theft occurred between 5 p.m. July 7 and 3 p.m. July 8 from a location on M-103, just north of the state line. The trailer is single-axle with a white, fiberglass body. It measures 6-by-12 …

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County real estate auction planned

The treasurers from Branch and St. Joseph counties will offer tax-reverted real estate at public auction later this month. The auction will be July 31, beginning with registration at 11:30 a.m. and auction starting at noon at Sturges-Young Auditorium in Sturgis. Online bidding will be available via www.taxsale. info. For more information or a list of the properties being sold, …

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Residents voice concerns over proposed pig farm

Flowerfield Township officials this week heard a number of comments from township residents concerned about a proposed pig farm. Backed by H&H Feeds of Vicksburg, the potential operation would be located on the north side of M-216 between Stuck and Oak Plains roads. Township supervisor Carroll Parmeter said according to H&H’s petition to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural …

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Constantine adopts statement on civility

Members of the Constantine Village Council earlier this month adopted a statement on civility. The statement was originally approved by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. The statement was drafted by Bob Wertkins, a professor at Western Michigan University, and was amended by public policy committees from both the Sturgis and Three Rivers chambers of commerce to make it …

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Colon looking for new superintendent

St. Joseph County’s second-smallest K-12 school district is looking for a new leader, as Colon Community Schools Superintendent Christine Barnes has announced her plan to resign effective Aug. 1. Barnes, 53, has spent the past two years as chief of Colon Community Schools. She previously served as principal at Constantine High School. An Iowa native, Barnes said she has accepted …

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