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In a 6-3 vote at a special meeting Monday, the commission appointed Frank Perez as mayor for the next year. Incumbent mayor Jeff Mullins, who served for two years, received three votes after nominations closed.
Thirty-nine cast members of all ages will take the big stage, November 17-19, at the Sturges-Young Center for the Arts as the Sturgis Civic Players present “Willy Wonka,” based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl.
The Sturgis City Commission welcomed its newest member Wednesday with a swearing-in ceremony, and two change order requests related to the Sturgis hydro-electric dam near Centreville and the city’s public utilities station were approved.
Sturgis Hospital, Inc. was able to finalize the terms of its acquisition by Asker Corporation, including a management agreement and financial support of the hospital. That agreement will be in place until the acquisition can be approved by the Michigan Attorney General’s office.
The Sturgis City Commission appointed a new member to its ranks, and were updated on the potential sale of Sturgis Hospital during its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday.
Gateway Village Apartments of Sturgis was recently awarded a micro grant from the Sturgis Area Community Foundation to help fund the Fresh Food Distribution program in collaboration with the South Michigan Food Bank.
The Sturgis City Commission had a full plate of agenda items Wednesday, hearing a report on underground contamination cleanup progress and reopening the door on a proposed affordable housing apartment complex.
Jamie Eymer, the Sturges-Young Center for the Arts’ event coordinator since June 2022, was hired to the director’s position after the departure of Sheila Bolda in July, effective September 25. Also, an update on Sturgis Hospital.
The fifth annual Sturgis BBQ Fest is slated for Saturday, September 30 in downtown Sturgis with 10 grill/pit masters scheduled to compete. Festivities will take place from noon to 7 p.m. along North and John Streets, and will include live music, several food vendors, kids activities, a beard contest, a corn hole tournament, and of course, live college football on the big screen.
A series of meetings were held Monday in Sturgis, starting with a special Sturgis Commission meeting at 10 a.m., to guide the city through the initial process of authorize a letter of agreement between the Asker Corporation, the city and the hospital, with a $3 million purchase offer.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department recently completed a several months long narcotics investigation that culminated in the execution of three search warrants, and resulted in the seizure of hundreds of grams of meth, as well as cocaine, LSD, and other drugs in Sturgis.
The Sturgis City Commission will hold a second reading for the Extreme Weather Center (EWC) on Wednesday evening during a regularly scheduled meeting. For eight months a local Sturgis group has worked to organize and assemble a location for individuals in need during extreme temperatures, and have faced challenges with zoning, building, and fire codes.
Glen Oaks Community College recently announced its outstanding scholars for the Winter, 2023 semester. Here’s the complete list.
Watershed Voice will not publish for the next two weeks to give its staff a much needed and much deserved break.
The Sturgis Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is bringing a cool way to beat the heat with the first-ever Dog Days of Summer tonight in downtown Sturgis. Festivities for the evening will include a classic car cruise-in, hot dog eating competition, community dog show, and a showing of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
Like any good reporter, WSV staff writer and food columnist Beca Welty does thorough research for her stories, especially when the story is about ice cream. Beca recently headed to Sturgis’ brand new ice cream shop, The Parlor, to get the scoop.