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Balog reelected

St. Joseph County Commissioner Allen Balog was voted to two more years of duty Tuesday. The incumbent candidate for the county’s District 1 post defeated challenger Del Martin, 647 votes to 340 tallies. Balog, 58, is an insurance salesman wrapping up his fourth year as a county commissioner. A Three Rivers resident, Balog said he was grateful to have the …

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Transportation millaged approved

The St. Joseph County Transportation Authority will be able to maintain its current level of services, as voters Tuesday renewed its request for 0.33 mills. The one-third mill will be in place for four years and will generate approximately $630,000 annually to help support its financial standing. Unofficial results show the renewal request passed by a 3-to-2 margin.

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School millage renewals okayed

Centreville and Sturgis school districts were successful Tuesday in renewing their respective operational millages. Centreville was asking for renewal of nearly 20.2 mills for a 10-year period. At stake was more than $720,000 annually. Meanwhile, Sturgis Public Schools was seeking renewal of 18 mills over a 20-year period. Its 18 mills generate about $2.5 million a year.

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Library millages renewed

Voters in Leonidas and Nottawa townships agreed to renew millages for separate operations. Leonidas Township voters renewed 1.7 mills for a five-year period for fire and ambulance services. The millage generates more than $1.7 million annually to fund the emergency services. Meanwhile, Nottawa Township Library was seeking renewal of more than 1.6 mills. The millage will be in effect for …

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Upton wins primary race

Longtime U.S. Rep. Fred Upton defeated a nurse from Dowagiac in the 6th District GOP primary in southwestern Michigan.  The 61-year-old Upton of St. Joseph defeated 46-year-old Jim Bussler in Tuesday’s primary. Upton has been in the House since 1987 and was widely considered a shoo-in to win the primary.  Before his election to Congress, Upton was director of legislative …

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Voters approve Proposal 1

Michigan voters have passed Proposal 1, the only statewide ballot question in Tuesday’s election, meaning the phase-out of Michigan’s personal property tax on business will continue. Proposal 1 would gradually eliminate the personal property tax that some companies pay on equipment or machinery. The PPT was a source of revenue for many local communities, but Michigan’s general fund would partially …

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Dr. Govier joins medical staff at Three Rivers Health

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Three Rivers Health is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jackalyn Govier to the Three Rivers Health Medical Staff. She is practicing at Family Care White Pigeon and started seeing patients in June. “We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Govier join our team,” said Chief Executive Officer, William Russell. Dr. Govier studied at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic …

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Three Rivers Health announces arrival of Dr. Van Marel

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Three Rivers Health is proud to announce that Dr. Van Marel has joined the medical team in May and is practicing at Internal Medicine. “We are extremely pleased that Dr. Van Marel is a part of our medical staff,” said Chief Executive Officer, William Russell. “He is an excellent internist who will capture the heart of our community. His skills …

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Critical injuries in crash

A Honduras citizen sustained critical injuries in a single car crash Sunday evening on Maystead Road in Burr Oak Township. 24-year-old Walther Castro-Ramirez lost control of his van and hit a tree. He was airlifted to Borgess Medical Center.

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Man injured in crash

A Colon man was seriously injured in a one car crash Sunday evening on Colon Road, west of Deno Road in Colon Township. Joshua Shank, age 18, reportedly fell asleep, went off the road, and overturned his vehicle. He was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital for treatment.

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