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Several board appointments approved

Nominations to three different boards were approved Tuesday by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. Michael Wilson and Cathy Knapp were named alternate appointments to the Workforce Development Board for Michigan Works Southwest. The terms end Sept. 30 next year. Seven people were re-appointed to the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority Board. They are: Allen Balog, Charles Thompson, Sarah …

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County commission approves property use for festival

Organizers of an annual community festival in Centreville were given some good news Tuesday. The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved a request to use the courthouse property for the two-day Covered Bridge Days. The annual celebration of the village that serves as the county seat is July 12 and 13. The festival for many years has used the …

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Landfill employee wins award

A Cass County resident and Westside Landfill employee has been recognized by Waste Management as “Heavy-Equipment Operator of the Year.” Harold Douglas Norton of Jones won the title for the 45,000-employee company. Norton began working for Meyer Brothers Construction the day after he graduated from high school. When the Meyers bought the landfill, he began working there, and stayed on …

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Sturgis tests for PFAS

As part of ongoing monitoring of substances commonly known as PFAS, the city of Sturgis, in coordination with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, conducted tests on groundwater at the landfill on Big Hill Road. Results showed quality standards for surface-water discharge are being met. Testing took place within the past several months after the city in October sampled water from the …

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Missing Sturgis woman found

A missing-person report centering on a Sturgis-area woman earlier this week has been resolved. State police troopers were advised that 54-year-old Juanita Hunt had not been seen since she left her place of employment Thursday last week in Sturgis. She was reported missing over the weekend but an update by state police late Monday indicated she was found by family …

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County economic growth continues

The chairman of a local economic-development corporation said the past six years of economic growth should continue for the foreseeable future. Ken Jones, chairman of St. Joseph County EDGE, said the diversity of St. Joseph County’s business community is strong, to the extent that it is significantly insulated from the economic bumps other jurisdictions experience. With the jobless rate in …

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Glen Oaks names award recipient

Glen Oaks Community College has announced Anita Lopez-Schlabach, is the recipient of the ACT postsecondary champion award, in recognition of her work helping students navigate their education and career journey. Lopez-Schlabach advises students in the St. Joseph County Early Middle College program – a job that takes her daily from one high school to another to meet with students and …

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Nottawa home destroyed in fire

Fire destroyed a home in Nottawa Township last weekend. Three departments responded to the 58000 block of Covered Bridge Road about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. First-arriving personnel found the home engulfed in flames as well as stored ammunition going off inside the residence. Authorities said the homeowner was working in a shed when he noticed the house ablaze. Officials believe a …

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Mottville crash victim identified

Authorities have identified the victim who died in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday in Mottville Township. Constantine resident Cody Hayden, 34, died at the scene of the incident, which occurred shortly before 3 a.m. on Indian Prairie Road, near Harrison Road. His passenger, a 31-year-old Constantine man, was taken to Elkhart General Hospital after suffering non-life-threatening injuries. His identity has …

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Elkhart officers on unpaid leave after handcuffed man beaten

Two Elkhart police officers who were caught on video repeatedly punching a handcuffed man have been placed on unpaid administrative leave. A federal grand jury last month indicted Cory Newland and Joshua Titus of the Elkhart Police Department on a charge of depriving Mario Ledesma of his rights through excessive force. Police video shows them punching Ledesma after he spat …

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