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House approves transparency legislation

State Rep. Aaron Miller has commended his House colleagues for joining him in approving landmark legislation that opens state government to more public scrutiny. Miller said the 11 bills make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act. Miller …

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Road commission names projects

Two roads and four bridges will receive attention this summer, as the St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced its 2017 road and bridge projects. Road commission manager Chris Minger said the work will take place on Nottawa Road in Mendon and Nottawa townships, and White School Road in Sturgis Township. The Nottawa Road work will feature a crush-and-shape process …

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Colon hires first village manager

Municipal officials made history last week when they hired Colon’s first village manager. Michael “Mitch” Mitchell was offered the full-time position during the village council’s regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. A Niles native, Mitchell has government experience in five Michigan communities and most recently worked as a real estate agent in Hillsdale County. The 47-year-old Mitchell started work Wednesday, a hit-the-ground-running …

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COA considers senior center options

St. Joseph County Commission On Aging Director Tim Stoll has been instructed to determine the feasibility and potential cost of a new senior center built on county-owned property in Fabius Township. The proposed facility would replace the Three Rivers senior center, which is housed in the south half of the Three Rivers Public Library building. County commissioners discussed the issue …

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County unemployment up from year ago

January’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was eight-tenths of a percent greater than the same month one year earlier. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed the county’s 4.3 percent January unemployment rate marked an increase from December’s 3.5 percent. Still, St. Joseph County remained below the state unemployment average, which was …

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County could receive river property

St. Joseph County could be in line to secure a wooded parcel with river access in Fabius Township. Parks and recreation director Jaymes MacDonald told commissioners during their executive committee meeting Wednesday that a 60-acre property was willed to three siblings. The so-called Kettles parcel is on the east side of U.S. 131, just south of Gleason Road. It abuts …

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