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Constantine approves 5 year parks plan

Members of the Constantine Village Council last week approved a parks and recreation five-year plan to improve facilities between 2016 and 2020. Village officials said strengths throughout the village’s 38 acres of parks are good maintenance, water access, open space and large trees. A lack of developed facilities was cited as the village park system’s biggest flaw. Several ideas mentioned …

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New jury board member named

A Sturgis woman was appointed to a county panel last week. Members of the county commission Tuesday agreed to select Jenny Sue Fair to replace Dennis Bradley on the St. Joseph County Jury Board. Bradley recently resigned from the post. Fair’s term will expire April 30, 2019.

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Amendment for apportionment report

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week made an amendment to the 2015 annual apportionment report. In a memo to the five-member commission, equalization director Tony Meyaard said Burr Oak School District Nov. 3 successfully passed a ballot issue to levy a sinking-fund millage of 3 mills. Meyaard noted because the election took place after the …

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Recall petition wording approved by judge

The St. Joseph County Election Commission ruled Wednesday that wording in petitions to recall a trio of Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education members showed sufficient clarity in stating the reasons for the attempted recall of Diana DeGraaf, Pete Bennett and Erin Nowak. At the conclusion of the 20-minute session at the county courthouse, commission chair and probate judge …

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Commissioners handle personnel matters

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners approved nine personnel matters Tuesday. Joshua Simmons was hired as deputy equalization director at a rate of $55,000 a year. Also hired were Valerie Casterline as deputy county clerk/elections specialist at $17 an hour, and Melissa Patch, who was brought aboard as a part-time deputy register of deeds at a rate of $14 an …

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Toys for Tots drives in Sturgis

Two Toys for Tots toy drives are scheduled this month in Sturgis. The first is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27 at Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee Co., while a second is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 at Auto Park Ford.

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