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Commissioners identify project priorities

Remodeling the courts building and upgrading the kitchen at the county jail were identified Wednesday as the highest priorities by county commissioners. During a work session following their executive committee meeting, commissioners reviewed five projects that have been on the drawing board for years but are currently in a holding pattern. After an hour of discussion, commissioners agreed the courthouse …

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Conservation District recognizes award winners

Three award winners were recognized during the St. Joseph County Conservation District’s 69th annual meeting Wednesday. Executive director Carolyn Grace and board president Carol Higgins presented awards for “Volunteers of the Year,” “Farmer of the Year” and “Supporter of the Year.” In awarding Mendon Boy Scouts Troop 427 as “Volunteers of the Year,” Higgins said the Centreville-based agency is always …

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Keystone Place requests funding

A request for funding by representatives from a well-used temporary housing shelter was taken under consideration by county commissioners. Kelli Tackett, director of Centreville-based Keystone Place, made a request for $60,000 during Wednesday’s executive committee meeting. Commissioners commended Tackett for the role Keystone Place plays in helping people at a time when help is greatly in need. They were told …

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Centreville superintendent candidate withdraws

The field of candidates for Centreville Public Schools’ new superintendent became a two-person race, as one of the three finalists withdrew his candidacy. District officials were informed Wednesday morning that Tim Donahue decided to not participate in Saturday’s interview. Donahue has been superintendent at Potterville Public Schools since 2010. The development means district officials will interview Stephanie Lemmer at 9 …

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Centreville narrows superintendent list

Centreville Public Schools Board of Education President Heather Bright said a slate of five semi-finalists was narrowed to three following interviews this past weekend. The finalists are Stephanie Lemmer, director of Head Start at Kalamazoo RESA; Tim Donahue, superintendent at Potterville Public Schools; and Corey Helgesen, superintendent at Litchfield Community Schools. Lemmer will be first Saturday, as she is in …

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Miller legislation moves to Senate

State Rep. Aaron Miller last week praised his colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives for approving his legislation to prevent state representatives and senators who resign from office from running in the special election called to fill the seat. Miller, who chairs the House Elections and Ethics Committee, said the legislation simply clarifies that when an elected official resigns …

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Three car crash in Cass County

Three vehicles, including a car driven by a White Pigeon man, were involved in an accident earlier this month in Cass County’s Mason Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said a car driven by 83-year-old Gordon Jackson of White Pigeon was heading north March 3 on Tharp Lake Road when it pulled into the path of a car heading east on U.S. …

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Out and About – Week of March 13th

Hopefully everyone remembered to set their clocks ahead one hour this past Sunday. Remember, spring ahead, fall back. I still haven’t heard a good reason for resetting our clocks twice a year. There has been talk of doing away with the time changing, but that would require an act of Congress and we all know they are way too busy …

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Falkenstein resigns from GOCC board

Mary Lou Falkenstein, citing health reasons, tendered her resignation from the Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees. Her resignation will take effect March 20. Falkenstein served on the board for 4 1/2 years. Thursday, a $500 scholarship was announced to be awarded to a Glen Oaks student during the 2017-18 school year in her honor. GOCC is looking to …

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Investigation continues in Cass County crash

The Cass County sheriff’s department is investigating a crash that occurred late Sunday night on Rudy Road. Deputies said the driver of the vehicle, Lucas Black, 34, of Dowagiac, was southbound on Ruby when a vehicle driving northbound began to pass another vehicle. Black told police he swerved to miss the oncoming vehicle and lost control, rolling it several times. …

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