Sturgis schools operating millage request fails

Sturgis schools operating millage request fails

Dennis VolkertFeb 27, 20241 min read

A ballot proposal for an operating millage at Sturgis Public Schools was rejected by voters Tuesday in Michigan’s primary election.  The measure failed, 54% to 46%.  The proposal would have allowed the school district to levy the statutory rate, not…

Eric Eishen retires from Sturgis Bank

Eric Eishen retires from Sturgis Bank

Dennis VolkertJan 26, 20242 min read

Eric L. Eishen is retiring after 45 years of service to Sturgis Bank, Sturgis Bancorp announced Jan. 15.  It marks completion of a planned succession process that began in July 2022 when Eishen relinquished day-to-day operations of the community bank to…

Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce to hold job fair Jan. 24

Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce to hold job fair Jan. 24

Dennis VolkertJan 22, 20241 min read

Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a job fair, 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Youth For Christ, 266932 U.S. Highway 12, Sturgis, next door to Dairy Queen. More than a dozen employers are expected to attend, each hiring…

Classes canceled for Tuesday at Sturgis Public Schools

Classes canceled for Tuesday at Sturgis Public Schools

Dennis VolkertJan 15, 20241 min read

Sturgis Public Schools has canceled class for Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to wind chill forecast.  In addition, a strategic planning session scheduled for this week has been postponed. 

Sturgis DPS warns of potential for frozen water lines

Sturgis DPS warns of potential for frozen water lines

Dennis VolkertJan 15, 20242 min read

With extremely cold weather continuing this week, Sturgis Department of Public Services is asking residents to be conscious of freezing water lines. With the extreme temperature forecast for at least the next few days, conditions may cause water lines to…

Snow-removal emergency declared in Sturgis

Snow-removal emergency declared in Sturgis

Dennis VolkertJan 12, 20241 min read

City of Sturgis has declared a snow-removal emergency, effective at 8 p.m. today, Jan. 12.  Parking is prohibited on all city streets. The emergency will continue until the storm ends and a resident’s street has been cleared of snow between…

Preview: At least 12 music acts featured at ‘Winter Blues’ in downtown Sturgis

Dennis VolkertJan 8, 20241 min read

“Winter Blues” is set for 5:30-9 p.m. Jan. 12 in downtown Sturgis.  The event is presented by Sturgis Downtown Development Authority, and opens DDA’s 2024 festival schedule.  It features live music at participating businesses; trolley rides for $1 per person;…

‘Light Up The Night’ marks fifth anniversary of Brittany Shank disappearance

‘Light Up The Night’ marks fifth anniversary of Brittany Shank disappearance

Dennis VolkertDec 4, 20234 min read

“Light Up The Night,” a vigil for Brittany Wallace Shank of Sturgis, took place Nov. 30 at Free Church Park in Sturgis.  It marked the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Shank. She went missing in 2018 in the 33000…

Frank Perez appointed mayor in Sturgis

Frank Perez appointed mayor in Sturgis

Dennis VolkertNov 13, 20231 min read

Frank Perez on Monday was appointed mayor of Sturgis by the city commission, during its organizational meeting.  The board’s vote was 6-3.  Perez succeeds Jeff Mullins in the post. Mullins has served as mayor for the past two years.  Commissioner…

Myers named executive director at Sturgis Neighborhood Program

Myers named executive director at Sturgis Neighborhood Program

Dennis VolkertNov 10, 20231 min read

Kathryn Myers has joined Sturgis Neighborhood Program as its next executive director.  Myers succeeds longtime director, Monica Smith, who announced her resignation in July. Myers is a graduate of Spring Arbor University and has worked in talent acquisition, human resources…

City completes letter of agreement related to Sturgis Hospital 

City completes letter of agreement related to Sturgis Hospital 

Dennis VolkertNov 2, 20232 min read

On Oct. 31, the city of Sturgis completed transactions related to a multi-party letter agreement releasing Sturgis Hospital Inc. from the terms of a sublease tied to hospital improvements from 2004.  Completion of the transaction allowed Sturgis Hospital to finalize…

Sturgis City Commission to select 2nd precinct member Oct. 25

Sturgis City Commission to select 2nd precinct member Oct. 25

Dennis VolkertOct 23, 20232 min read

Notable topics for the Oct. 25 meeting of Sturgis City Commission.  Topping the agenda is the board’s selection of second precinct commissioner, to fill the remainder of Brandon Kinsey’s unexpired term.  Alan Albanian and Rodger Moyer have applied for the…

Rite Aid in Sturgis to close Nov. 7

Rite Aid in Sturgis to close Nov. 7

Dennis VolkertOct 20, 20232 min read

The Rite Aid store at 102 N. Centerville Road in Sturgis will close Nov. 7, as part of a company restructuring plan.  Earlier this week, the Philadelphia-based company announced it intends to close 154 stores, including 19 in Michigan. Rite…

Fall leaf-collection begins Oct. 16 in Sturgis

Fall leaf-collection begins Oct. 16 in Sturgis

Dennis VolkertOct 13, 20231 min read

City of Sturgis will begin leaf pick-up Oct. 16.  Collection begins north of Chicago Road and west of North Nottawa Street, resumes across the north side of the city, then moves southward. The process continues through the end of November,…

Sturgis Farmers Market moving to Oaklawn Park beginning in 2024

Sturgis Farmers Market moving to Oaklawn Park beginning in 2024

Dennis VolkertOct 12, 20232 min read

Sturgis City Commission approved a request to move Sturgis Farmers Market from the TSC parking lot to Oaklawn Park, effective spring 2024.  Jamie Allen, a representative from Sturgis Farmers Market, requested use of the north side of the park, in…

Eymer hired as director at Sturges-Young Center for the Arts

Eymer hired as director at Sturges-Young Center for the Arts

Dennis VolkertSep 28, 20231 min read

Jamie Eymer, of LaGrange, Ind., was hired by the city of Sturgis as director at Sturges-Young Center for the Arts, effective Sept. 25.  In June, Eymer joined SYCA as event coordinator.  She brings experience in marketing, sales, hospitality and event…

Board approves settlement agreement for Perez vs. Sturgis Public Schools

Board approves settlement agreement for Perez vs. Sturgis Public Schools

Dennis VolkertSep 19, 20232 min read

At a closed session Monday, Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education approved a settlement agreement in the case of Perez vs. Sturgis Public Schools, filed in 2018.  The case made its way to U.S. Supreme Court, then was re-directed to…

Guidelines established for ‘extreme weather center’ concept in Sturgis

Guidelines established for ‘extreme weather center’ concept in Sturgis

Dennis VolkertSep 17, 20232 min read

Sturgis City Commissioners have approved revision to codes and zoning ordinances to accommodate establishment of “extreme weather” centers. An extreme weather center, or EWC, is defined as a building that provides a location on a temporary basis for residents during…

Contingency budget approved to complete West Congress Street project in Sturgis

Contingency budget approved to complete West Congress Street project in Sturgis

Dennis VolkertSep 15, 20232 min read

Sturgis City Commission on Wednesday approved a supplemental contingency budget of $45,000 for the West Congress Street improvement project.  The construction, which involves the stretch from South Centerville to South Clay, has hit a standstill within the past month, due…

Sturges-Young ‘Performance Series’ announced, season tickets available beginning Sept. 5

Sturges-Young ‘Performance Series’ announced, season tickets available beginning Sept. 5

Dennis VolkertSep 4, 20231 min read

Sturges-Young Center for the Arts has announced its “Performance Series” entertainment lineup for 2023-24.  It includes a variety of genres: comedy, classical music, pop music and theatrical performances.  Series tickets are available for purchase Sept. 5-Oct. 12. Season ticket price…