St Joseph County

Nottawa Township vote – It was a close one!

Just about every vote counted in Nottawa Township on election day, as a five-vote margin will allow the township to improve a number of its roads. Passed by a vote of 150 in favor and 145 opposed, the township’s request for an additional 1-mill will cover a five-year period. Township officials said the mill will generate an additional $115,000 in …

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More election results

A trio of incumbents for the Three Rivers City Commission will serve four more years, while the results of a write-in campaign for an at-large seat to the seven-member board will be announced Thursday. Mayor Tom Lowry, with 22 years served, was re-elected with 390 votes. Meanwhile, First District incumbent Pat Dane topped challenger Justin Mitchell. Dane secured 267 votes …

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SJC officials asking for damage reports

St. Joseph County officials are asking the public to complete a survey related to damage from last week’s storms. E-911 Director Dennis Brandenburg said the county is interested in receiving damage reports as a result of the severe weather last Wednesday and Thursday. The county is looking to find resources to help residents. Brandenburg said knowing the locations where damage …

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Micro bursts suspected for wide-spread wind damage

Local officials said more than three-quarters of St. Joseph County was without power in the days after last week’s storms. The estimate was shared by St. Joseph County Emergency Management Director Erin Goff, who addressed county commissioners Tuesday. At the peak of power outages last week, 78 percent of the county was without electric service, Goff said. As of late …

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Food distributions

Six “Fresh Food Distribution” events will occur over the next week. Three take place Thursday: 10:30 a.m. at Gateway Village Apartments in Sturgis, 3 o’clock at Mendon High School and 4:30 at Colon High School. The next area distribution after Thursday will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Huss Project on 8th Street in Three Rivers. Next week, there …

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St. Joseph County – State of Emergency declared

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dennis Allen has declared a county-wide state of emergency. In a statement dated Saturday, Allen noted a series of storms Wednesday and Thursday caused widespread and severe damage, fostered by straight-line winds. Allen said critical infrastructure was compromised, homes and other properties were damaged, and hazardous debris impacted emergency response. The state of …

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Road commission provides annual reports to commissioners

Focusing on the state of the agency, and its many road, bridge and maintenance projects, St. Joseph County Road Commission Managing Director John Lindsey provided annual reports from 2019 and 2020 Tuesday before the county board of commissioners. Highlights from 2019 included upgrading a one-mile stretch of Constantine Road from Mintdale to Featherstone roads on the border of Constantine and …

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SJC to discontinue virtual county meetings

St. Joseph County officials appear ready to discontinue the format of virtual meetings. During their executive committee meeting last week, commissioners agreed to not renew the state of emergency that allows them to meet virtually only. The declaration is set to expire July 5. While commissioners have been using a hybrid format – in-person and via Zoom – for their …

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Fundraiser for CPR machines in the county

A fundraising effort is underway to purchase automated CPR machines for all EMS departments in St. Joseph County. Spearheaded by Jeff Brazo, a member of the Burr Oak Community Fire and Rescue Board, the fundraiser goal is $200,000 by Sept. 1. Brazo said automatic CPR machines can aid responders in performing consistent and effective CPR with fewer staff on site …

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Updated – List of “free stores”

The St. Joseph County Human Resources Commission has released an updated list of “free stores” in the area. There are five locations in and around St. Joseph County. In Athens, the Pass It Forward Shop is on Factoryville Road, though it is closed for the summer. Meanwhile, in St. Joseph County, the Centreville Free Store – Building Hope – is …

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