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Carra will face 2 challengers in August primary

State Rep. Steve Carra will face a challenge from two candidates in the August primary for the 36th House District seat. With the filing deadline passing last week, Carra is seeking a third and final two-year term. Carra lists a Three Rivers apartment as his primary address. Meanwhile, Burr Oak Township resident Michael Malmborg and Sturgis’ Frank Perez have filed …

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US Sen Peters calls USPS absolutely critical

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters recently issued a media release centering on the United States Postal Service. He called the agency “absolutely critical” to the country and noted there are serious consequences if the service is disrupted. Peters said USPS is making significant changes to its processing and distribution network in several locations, including Michigan. He said the Upper Peninsula is …

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Fire at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds

Strong winds proved to be a nemesis to firefighters attempting to extinguish a blaze at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds Saturday, according to Centreville Fire Chief Dave Miracle. One merchant barn, Building 42, was destroyed and two additional suffered exterior damage, he said. Central dispatch alerted Centreville Fire at 4:11 p.m. Miracle said he noticed flames on the roof and …

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County clerk withdraws candidacy

St. Joseph County Clerk/Register of Deeds Lindsay Oswald has opted to not seek re-election to a third, four-year term. Oswald, 44, said she withdrew her candidacy Thursday, leaving Mendon Township’s Gina Everson as the only Republican candidate for the position in the Aug. 7 primary election. Oswald succeeded 45-year county employee Pattie Bender as county clerk in June 2015. In …

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Sturgis mayor running for state rep

Sturgis Mayor Frank Perez announced this week he is running for state representative. At the end of Wednesday’s meeting, Perez said he is running for state representative in the 36th District, which covers all of St. Joseph County and a portion of Cass County. The incumbent is Steve Carra. Perez said his decision to run has been part of an …

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August primary will feature 6 contested county positions

Six county positions will feature contested races this summer, as the deadline to file for the August primary election was Tuesday. What might be considered the most high-profile race features five candidates seeking to replace Mark Lillywhite as sheriff. The roster of Republican candidates features Dennis Allen, Jason Bingaman, Joseph Bingaman, Chad Spence and Gordon Evilsizor. Three people are vying …

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Generator found in Branch County

Troopers from the Marshall State Police Post are looking for the owner of a military surplus portable generator. The item was found April 15 near the intersection of Fremont and Central roads in Branch County. The item can be claimed by contacting state police at 269-558-0500.

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Porter Township man wins lottery prize

A Porter Township man recently won a $1 million Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery. Cain Bice, a resident of Union in Cass County, matched numbers of the five white balls drawn April 6. Bice said he purchased his ticket online through MichiganLottery.com. Bice said he purchased more Powerball tickets than usual, as its top prize for that drawing was …

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Centreville football coach accepts Mattawan job

Centreville High School varsity football coach Jerry Schultz is moving on after accepting the same post at Mattawan High School. During his four-year run as Centreville’s varsity coach, Schultz amassed a record of 29-12, including a Division 8 state title in 2020. Centreville High School’s 250 students is a fraction of the 1,100 attending Mattawan High School, a Division 2 …

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Sheriff’s department honors Employees of the year

St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department has recognized five of its staff members as “Employees of the Year” recipients for 2023. Cpt. T.J. Baker said three road patrol deputies – Jeff Bingaman, Travis Miller and Zach Radtke – were involved in a case that warranted their consideration for the award. Baker declined to provide details about the case but noted the …

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