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Bid accepted to make way for courthouse parking

A major step to create more parking for people doing business at the county courthouse was taken this week. Members of the county board Tuesday accepted an $18,000 bid from Centreville-based Adams Excavating for the demolition of a two-story house at the southeast corner of Dean and Burr Oak streets. Terms of the contract include all materials hauled from the …

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Fall Color Tour returns

An annual fall event that typically draws participants from at least four states is set to take place again this weekend. The Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour, a one-day event started in the 1950s, returns Sunday with 13 stops. Sponsored by the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, the tour is a self-guided event in which participants are able …

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Commissioners approve river trails plan

The second phase of St. Joseph County’s river trails plan was approved by the county commission Tuesday. The step involves Sturgis-based eStudio Design. It will be responsible for expanding the website St. Joe H2O, which can be found through a link on the county’s homepage. The second phase will feature the expansion to include marketing information related to real estate, …

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E-911 antenna to be placed on Burr Oak water tower

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week approved a $1-a-year lease with the village of Burr Oak regarding the use of its water tower space for the county’s E-911 Central Dispatch. Dennis Brandenburg, central dispatch director, said a receiving antenna will be placed on the tower to improve the quality of two-way communication between dispatchers and emergency personnel …

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County/law enforcement enter agreement

An agreement between the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, and police departments in Three Rivers and Sturgis will be in place three more years following action this week by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. According to terms of the agreement, the county will provide both departments $35,000 apiece annually. In return, both departments will make available to the …

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Circuit Courts accepts grants

St. Joseph County Circuit Court was the recipient of three grants that, combined, total nearly three-quarters of a million dollars. Judge Paul Stutesman said the grants are: $317,000 for the Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program; $80,000 for the Adult Drug Treatment Court; and $350,000 over three years from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. Stutesman said …

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