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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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Sturgis reappoints mayor

Ken Malone last week was reappointed to the seat of mayor, following action by the Sturgis City Commission. Meanwhile, Robert Hile will serve another term as the city’s vice mayor. Commissioner Charles Huber initially nominated Hile for the mayor’s post. But after Hile declined the nomination, a unanimous ballot was cast for Malone. Malone has served as mayor since 2011 …

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County commits to purchase of Stewart Lake parcel

Six months after allocating funds toward the purchase of a Burr Oak Township property, members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners have formally committed to the transaction. Tuesday’s purchase agreement centered on what has been called the Stewart Lake parcel. The 126-acre property includes a body of water and will be managed by the county’s parks and recreation …

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Police investigate armed robbery

State police were called last week to a Branch County business in response to an armed robbery. According to a department media release, a man described as a skinny white male entered A.J. Butler’s General Store on Clarendon Road in Butler Township around 6:45 p.m. Friday. The man, wearing sunglasses and a bandana over a portion of his face, displayed …

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Roads funding topic of discussion for county commission

For the third time in three months, Florence Township Supervisor Gordon Evilszior asked members of the county commission to consider funding a rehab of what is generally considered the worst road in St. Joseph County. Evilsizor has been seeking assistance to help correct a stretch of Constantine Road in White Pigeon and Florence townships. The north-south route forms the border …

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Road Commission planning countywide survey

Hoping to get a sense of how strongly the public is willing to support a higher millage, the St. Joseph County Road Commission is preparing to stage a countywide survey. Managing director Chris Minger said the opinion poll is being prepared by a company that specializes in public-opinion surveys. He expects all means of media and social networks to be …

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