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Bill would change authority board audit requirements

A proposal allowing local recreational-authority boards to spend more of their budgets on improving the communities they represent was recently approved by the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee. Backed by State Rep. Aaron Miller, House Bill 4408 changes audit requirements from annual to once every two years for authority boards that do not levy taxes. Miller said some …

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Glen Oaks adviser receives award

Ben Fries, an adviser at Glen Oaks Community College, recently received the Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Chapter Advisor Award for the Michigan region. The award, presented at the regional PTK conference at Glen Oaks, recognizes advisors who demonstrate an atmosphere of teamwork, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for the society’s hallmarks. He was nominated by members of the Glen Oaks chapter. Fries, …

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TR Health CEO recognized by health care publication

Three Rivers Health is pleased to announce that Dave Shannon was recognized by Becker’s Healthcare as one of 60 rural hospital CEOs to know in 2019. Becker’s Hospital Review is a monthly publication that offers business and legal news and analysis related to hospitals and health systems. The CEOs featured on this list have overcome challenges associated with operating healthcare …

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Medical condition may have contributed to fatal crash

A medical condition could have been the source of a one-vehicle, fatal accident over the weekend in Mendon Township. Troopers with Michigan State Police said Bradley Older, 37, of East Leroy, died at the scene of the incident, which occurred around 8:50 p.m. Sunday in a field in the 26000 block of Simpson Road. Older died after the pickup he …

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County receives bids for accessible river launches

Two St. Joseph River locations are expected to soon feature ADA-accessible canoe and kayak launches. St. Joseph County Administrator Teresa Doehring said she and parks and recreation director Jaymes MacDonald last week opened sealed bids for the projects. Action on the bids was not necessary at the time by county commissioners. If approved, the handicap-accessible developments would be at Reed …

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Man injured in hit-and-run incident

A Bristol man was injured last weekend following a hit-and-run incident in Cass County’s Porter Township. Sheriff Richard Behnke said the accident occurred at 8:35 a.m. Sunday, when 30-year-old Erick Prouty was driving west on U.S. 12 near Sunset Boulevard. He swerved his vehicle off the road to avoid an eastbound car that was illegally passing in a curve. Prouty’s …

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April county unemployment down

April’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was four-tenths of a percent lower than the previous month. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed the county’s 3.7 percent April unemployment rate marked a decrease from March’s 4.1 percent. St. Joseph County equaled the state’s unemployment average for the month. The agency said payroll …

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MDOT update on US 131 reconstruction

Here’s the weekly update from Michigan Department of Transportation regarding its work on the U.S. 131 reconstruction project in Three Rivers. Single-lane closures remain in effect for northbound and southbound routes. Meanwhile, median curb islands and pavement widenings are to be paved this week, later than originally scheduled due to rain delays last week. Also, crews are continuing utility work …

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Sheriff’s deputy dragged, suspect arrested

An arrest was made last week following an incident in which a Cass County sheriff’s deputy was dragged a short distance by a suspect trying to flee in a vehicle from authorities. Sheriff Richard Behnke said the situation unfolded shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday, when deputies responded to an in-progress theft of a travel trailer on Savage Road in Marcellus …

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Glen Oaks professor receives award

Michelle McNamara, professor of communications at Glen Oaks Community College, has been selected to receive the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Suanne Davis Roueche Faculty Conference Scholarship. McNamara is one of five recipients in the nation to receive the award, which reflects NISOD’s mission of promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical …

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