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Retiring probation officer to receive award

The longest-serving probation officer in St. Joseph County’s history is the recipient of the 2017 St. Joseph County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award. Steve Wilson, who is retiring following a 40-year career as a probation officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections, was announced Thursday as the winner of the award, first given in May 1985. A Sturgis resident, Wilson …

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Closed CMHSAS session excludes members not present

Two members of the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Board of St. Joseph County were excluded from Tuesday’s executive session because they were not attending in person. Rebecca Black and Janelle Hart joined the meeting at its onset via speaker phone. When it came time to discuss an attorney-client matter subject to closed session, board member John Dobberteen …

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Budget goes to state House

State Rep. Aaron Miller this week voted in favor of the state budget, joining his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee in approving the fiscal blueprint and sending it to the full House for consideration. Miller, who serves as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State Police, said local K-12 classrooms will see more money and local governments will see …

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Mendon business celebrates anniversary

A Mendon business is staging a community open house this weekend to celebrate its 70-year anniversary. Dale Eickhoff, of Eickhoff Funeral Home, said the downtown business will welcome the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Visitors will be given an oak tree seedling as a token of appreciation from the Eickhoff family. The business was started in 1947 by …

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CMHSAS to re-establish finance committee

Members of the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Board of St. Joseph County have agreed to re-establish a finance committee. Board member John Dobberteen suggested the idea near the conclusion of Tuesday’s monthly board meeting. He suggested the reformed finance committee be made up of one or two CMH board members and also include finance directors from both …

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Students participate in Conservation Tour Day

A milestone event sponsored by the St. Joseph County Conservation District took place this week in Lockport Township. The agency on Tuesday and Wednesday staged its 50th annual “Conservation Tour Day” at Covered Bridge Park. Fourth-grade students from all nine school districts in the county, as well as from Lake Area and Factoryville Christian schools, took part in the day-long …

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