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Commissioners approve employment agreements

A pair of employment agreements was approved last week by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. The hours for Ann Happel and Brian McDaniel were increased to 22 1/2 hours each as part of their work with the County College Access Network. They previously both worked 15 hours a week, but their workload was increased to cover the duties …

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Cass woman injured in crash

A 38-year-old Niles woman was treated for head pains after she was involved in a two-vehicle accident over the weekend in Cass County’s Mason Township. Sheriff Joe Underwood said deputies were called to U.S. 12 near Kessington Road shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday. Underwood said Melissa Ogorman, 45, of Lake Odessa, was driving west on U.S. 12 when she slowed …

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Number of CTA riders increases

The St. Joseph County Transportation Authority saw a ridership increase during its 2014-15 fiscal year compared to a year earlier. Steve Yorks, executive director of the Three Rivers-based agency, said 97,506 rides were given during the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30. That figure tops the 95,942 rides given the previous fiscal year. Yorks said the CTA has maintained a …

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Man hospitalized after being hit by a car

A 43-year-old Burr Oak man is in stable condition after he was struck by a car over the weekend in Burr Oak Township. Sheriff’s officials said 56-year-old Kevin Mayer, of Sturgis, was driving north on Burr Oak Road shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday when he was unable to avoid striking Ricaurte Hernandez, who was lying in the roadway, south of …

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County extends auditing contract

St. Joseph County’s board of commissioners last week agreed to extend its auditing services for one year with a Jackson-based firm. The county and Rehmann Robson concluded a three-year contract with the company’s performance of the county’s 2014 audit. County administrator Pat Yoder said finance director Joni Smith recommended the county renew its contract with the company for one year …

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Cass County crash – Minor injuries

A White Pigeon teenager was treated for minor injuries after causing a two-vehicle accident last week in Cass County’s Porter Township. Cass County Deputy Philip Esarey said sheriff’s deputies responded to the intersection of Bellows and Sweet roads at 3:15 p.m. Friday following a report of a personal-injury accident. Deputies said a northbound vehicle driven by Sara Messenger, 17, crossed …

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