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Whitmer hints at more reopening of Michigan in ‘coming days’

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hinted Friday that she will soon reopen more regions of Michigan, expressing optimism as long as the rate of new coronavirus cases continues downward and testing increases. She did not specify when she may act, alluding to an announcement on additional areas in “coming days.” Her administration will discuss the issue internally Saturday. The governor’s stay-at-home order …

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County plans to continue same millage rate

It appears St. Joseph County in 2020 will levy the same millage rates as it did last year. Equalization director Josh Simmons told commissioners during their executive committee meeting Wednesday that the county’s total millage rate of 7.8782 mills for 2020 remains unchanged from 2019. Simmons said commissioners will need to approve the millage rates during their board meeting Tuesday …

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County commission considers corrections grant application

A Community Corrections Grant application for 2021 fiscal year will likely be approved by St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners next week. During their executive committee meeting Wednesday, commissioners heard a report from Rose Ludwick regarding the seven areas – including Day Reporting Center and pre-trial assessments – that benefit from the annual grant. Ludwick said the funding request is …

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Veteran housing plan presented to county

An offer to house veterans in need of emergency housing was presented to the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners during their executive committee Wednesday. Veterans administrator Stoney Summey said the department is in the process of opening a house that belongs to St. John’s Church in Sturgis. Summey explained the church contacted him regarding a potential use for the …

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County commission considers medical examiner service agreement

An agreement for Medical Examiner services for the rest of 2020 and all of 2021 was discussed Wednesday during the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners’ executive committee meeting. County clerk Lindsay Oswald said cost of the service, provided by Western Michigan University, has consistently gone up about 2 percent a year, and the current draft – likely to be …

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Colon roundabout project set to begin

The St. Joseph County Road Commission will start its Colon Township roundabout project Monday. As a result, the intersection of Colon Road and Farrand Road will be closed to traffic for approximately two months. Traffic going east to west will be detoured using M-86 to M-66. Meanwhjle, north-south traffic will be detoured through town, M-86 to Swonk Road then Stowell …

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ISD trustee steps down from board

Sarah Vollmer, a trustee on the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District board, will be stepping down from the board effective June 8. She said the decision came after her husband’s job has transferred them out of St. Joseph County. Vollmer was appointed to the board in October. Board president Elizabeth O’Dell expressed regret that Vollmer is leaving. The board …

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COVID-19 testing resources

The St. Joseph County Human Services Commission wishes to note the six locations where county residents can be tested for COVID-19. Covered Bridge Healthcare is testing by appointment only. Cost is based on a sliding scale. Revolution Health in Sturgis will test also by appointment only. Drive-up testing 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday is available at Center …

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Rotary names Most Representative Seniors

Benjamin Morgan and Hadley Miller were named “Most Representative Seniors” during last week’s Three Rivers Rotary Honors Night. The 62nd annual program took place last Thursday in a WRCI radio broadcast from Three Rivers High School. Voted by school faculty and staff, the Most Representative Seniors best exemplify the positive traits of their graduating class. Morgan plans to attend Western …

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Goodwill stores are back open

Goodwill stores are opening in Sturgis, Three Rivers, Stevensville, Allegan and Otsego this FRIDAY, MAY 29.   As we sell food items, we will be following food store protocols – 4 per 1,000 sq. ft. of shoppers in all our stores except Stevensville.   We ask that shoppers where a face covering.  There is a display of Face Shields made by our …

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