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Devier receives high marks from board

David Devier, president at Glen Oaks Community College, received high marks Thursday from an annual evaluation by the school’s board of trustees. Devier was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 on 48 specific performance expectations, which were organized into six categories covering fiscal management, external relations, internal relations, leadership, institutional performance, personal qualities and relations with the board. …

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Woman injured in crash with semi-tractor trailer

A 19-year-old woman was injured after the car she was driving ran through a stop sign and into a semi-tractor trailer. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said its deputies were called shortly before 7 a.m. Friday to the intersection of Findley Road and M-66. Investigators said a car driving east on Findley Road by Sarah Bostick, of Howe, Ind., …

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Bicyclist injured in crash

A Marcellus man was injured when the bicycle on which he was riding was struck by a car last week in Cass County. Sheriff Richard Benhke said 82-year-old James Shannon was riding his bicycle south on M-40 near Brody Street in Marcellus Township when it was struck by a southbound car driven by Cody Bresmen, 26, of Dowagiac. Shannon was …

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Conference will focus on non-motorized facilities

Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, St. Joseph Conservation District and the St. Joseph County Road Commission will co-host a non-motorized summit starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the conference center at the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District on Shimmel Road. Over the course of the two-hour session, a presentation will be given regarding non-motorized facilities in St. Joseph County. A …

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County jail at capacity most of last year

St. Joseph County Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said the county jail was either at or above capacity for most of 2018. During Wednesday’s executive committee meeting, Lillywhite provided details from the agency’s annual report. He told county commissioners that the jail averaged 172 inmates a month for a minimum stay of one day or more last year. Lillywhite said the jail …

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Centreville Schools discuss baseball field work

Centreville Public Schools Board of Education has voted to pay two invoices totaling $34,500 from Landscape Design Services. The Holland-based company conducted drainage work at the high school’s baseball field. Board members Jackie Bowen and Larry Walton, however, dissented. They said they have concerns about the quality of the work performed by Landscape Design Services. Superintendent Stephanie Lemmer said the …

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County officials get tour of new COA

A team of St. Joseph County officials was led earlier this week on a building tour of what will eventually be the new headquarters for the Commission On Aging. Rivers Enrichment Center and Residence, the still-under-construction redevelopment of the former Three Rivers Inn received high praise from the team that included county commissioners, administrator Teresa Doehring and clerk Lindsay Oswald. …

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Tractor-trailer overturns in Jones

A semi tractor-trailer overturned Monday at the intersection of M-40 and M-60 in the Cass County community of Jones. Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies responded to the incident and found the rig, driven by 35-year-old James Bradtke – whose community of residence was not listed in a department media release – had overturned onto M-40. As a result, an excessive …

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State police investigate assault

Michigan State Police troopers are investigating a felonious assault that occurred Tuesday in the 51000 block of Lang Road in Park Township. According to a department media release, troopers were dispatched to a report of a suicidal subject who was threatening to kill law-enforcement officials. As troopers arrived on scene, the suspect displayed a long gun out the second-floor window …

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Driver in fatal crash charged with multiple counts

Alcohol was a factor in a fatal accident in which a horse-drawn buggy was struck from behind by a pickup last week in Branch County’s Algansee Township. Michigan State Police Sgt. Seth Reed said the driver of the pickup, 21-year-old Tyler Frye, of Angola, was charged with three counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, two counts of operating while …

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