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Two-part request from voters

The August primary ballot in St. Joseph County will be a bit more crowded following action Tuesday by the county’s board of commissioners. The St. Joseph County Road Commission will present to voters a two-part request. The first asks for renewal of 1 mill for a 10-year period. The current mill has been in place a decade and expires at …

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Governor Snyder visit

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited Armstrong International Monday, addressing area business leaders and key Armstrong personnel. Snyder focused on the state of the economy in Michigan during his one-hour visit and speech. Snyder cited the importance of education, deteriorating roads, health care and creating more jobs as areas of consideration moving forward in his role as governor. He also commended …

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August primary election

Last week’s filing deadline for the August primary election shows uncontested races at the county level, but two of the county’s five commissioners will face a challenge in November. First District Commissioner Al Balog is running as a Republican and will be opposed by Democrat Del Martin. Meanwhile, incumbent Rick Shaffer will represent the Republican party and will be contested …

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Expanding medical schools in Michigan

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill authored by state Rep. Matt Lori to expand the number of medical schools in Michigan that may receive cadavers that have been donated to science. Currently only Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan can legally receive bodies donated for scientific purposes, Lori said. Under House Bill …

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Two incumbents likely to return

Two incumbents will likely be returning to the Three Rivers City Commission later this year, while a third will be involved in a contested race. City clerk Melissa Bliss said an August runoff vote will not be necessary, meaning Second District Commissioner Alison Haigh and Fourth District representative Carolyn McNary will run unopposed in November’s general election. Incumbent Daryl Griffith, …

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Sturgis City appoints new members

Longtime Sturgis resident Mark Dvorak was appointed to the Sturgis City Commission Wednesday. With a seat to the nine-member commission open as a result of Michael Wilson’s move from the city’s Third Precinct, Dvorak received four votes from the commission. Kimberly Wilson received two and Mark Ritter earned one endorsement. Dvorak will serve until the term expires in November 2016. …

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More candidates for House of Rep.

A Three Rivers resident has announced his candidacy for the 59th District House of Representatives. Bob Sills, a former Michigan Senate employee, made the announcement this week. Sills is a past chairman of the St. Joseph County Republican Party and serves on its executive committee. He is the recipient of the 2011 Republican Mackinac Conference leadership award for his work …

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Replacing the village clerk

A week after firing its village clerk, the Centreville Village Council has discussed options for a replacement, including holding off on filling the position. Village president Jeff Johnson suggested at last week’s village council meeting that the board takes its time in replacing Terrie Tully. Tully was fired April 2 from office duties, in part, for a faulty financial budget, …

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Inspection completed

The St. Joseph County Board of Election Canvassers completed a once-every-four-years task Wednesday. According to state law, every county’s board of election canvassers must complete an inspection of ballot boxes and bags. County Clerk Pattie Bender said the task previously was performed over a two-day period, when she and the four-member board traveled to all 16 townships and the cities …

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Closing area garages

The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced it is closing its Colon Township and Three Rivers-area garages. The move means three area foremen, including the Centreville area foreman, will be offered an early-retirement incentive. The positions will be eliminated effective May 1. Operations from Colon, Centreville, and Three Rivers garages/districts will be gradually folded into the central facility in …

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