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Sturgis Chamber executive director set to retire

Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cathi Garn Abbs is a week away from retirement. Abbs, who has overseen the chamber for more than 18 years, will retire Jan. 15 and is to be replaced by Michael Wilson. Abbs said she is impressed by the high number of members for a community the size of Sturgis. She expressed her …

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County commission approves hiring requests

St. Joseph County Prosecutor David Marvin appeared Tuesday before county officials with hiring requests. Two days into his new job, Marvin was successful in his appeal to hire Gary Gabry as chief assistant prosecutor. As a result, Josh Robare will pivot to the role of assistant prosecutor, joining Casey Johnson. A third assistant prosecutor position remains vacant, though Marvin indicated …

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County commission met for first meeting of the year

St. Joseph County commissioners addressed a number of annual housekeeping items during their inaugural meeting of 2021 Tuesday. The five-member panel agreed to keep their twice-a-month meetings at 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Executive committee meetings will also stay unchanged: 8 a.m. the Wednesday before a commission meeting. Also Tuesday, commissioners approved their annual appropriations. …

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COVID-19 vaccine will begin to be administered

The initial 200 doses of COVID-19 vaccine received by the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency are expected to be administered within the next week. Health officer Rebecca Burns told the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday there is a demand for more Moderna vaccine to satisfy the number of people in the highest category of need in the …

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Three Rivers city hall remains closed

Three Rivers municipal officials have announced city hall will remain closed to the public, and employees will continue to work remotely when possible. City officials will remain available by phone or email weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Meanwhile, residents are encouraged to mail payments or use one of the drop boxes at city hall. Bills can also be …

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Michigan to begin vaccinating people 65 and older, teachers

Michigan will begin issuing coronavirus vaccines to seniors and front-line workers such as teachers and police next week, state officials said Wednesday while announcing accelerated access for people who are at least 65 years old. The state had planned to next immunize people 75 and older and essential workers including first responders, prison guards and child care providers. But residents …

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New executive director named for COA

A Centreville resident has been named executive director of the St. Joseph County Commission On Aging. During Tuesday’s county commission meeting, St. Joseph County Administrator Teresa Doehring announced the hiring of Pam Riley. Riley, whose first day on the job was Monday, replaces Tim Stoll. Stoll resigned in November to oversee Thurston Woods in Sturgis. The 49-year-old Riley was hired …

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Newest county commissioner sworn in

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners will see its leadership remain steady in 2021. Commissioners approved Dennis Allen, 61, to continue serving as chair of the five-member board. Allen, a Centreville resident who represents Florence, Lockport, Nottawa and Sherman townships, will oversee the board for the fourth consecutive year. Meanwhile, Kathy Pangle, starting her fifth year as a county commissioner, …

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Vehicle pursuit ends in arrest

Sturgis officers arrested a Leonidas man after he led authorities on a vehicle pursuit earlier this week. Sturgis Director of Public Safety Ryan Banaszak said officers attempted to stop a vehicle around 4 a.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of Laura Drive after confirming the vehicle was reported stolen. The suspect continued eastbound into Branch County before eventually losing control …

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Grant writer contract is renewed

St. Joseph County commissioners on Tuesday renewed their agreement with county grant writer James Hissong. A contracted employee, Hissong will be paid $35,100 by the county this year after netting a $100 raise. The agreement was extended through 2021. County administrator Teresa Doehring and commissioners praised Hissong for the quality of work he has performed the past five years. He …

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