The grand reopening of Curly’s in downtown Colon was met with an enthusiastic and steady crowd throughout the course of the day Thursday.
A line of patrons had formed by the time the newly rebuilt restaurant and bar opened at 11 a.m. Co-owner Kathy Earl said business was steady all day. Many guests, she said, expressed their best wishes for success and appreciation for rebuilding.
The original Curly’s and an adjacent business were destroyed by a fire March 8 last year. The new Curly’s now extends all the way west to the corner of State and Blackstone.
Results of a needs-assessment questionnaire, distributed jointly by Sturgis Hospital and Three Rivers Health, have been released.
Following several months of compiling and analyzing data, the two health centers are spreading word of the survey results.
According to the St. Joseph County 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, issues associated with mental health were a concern for 53 percent of survey respondents.
Other findings include:
*Methamphetamine labs and meth lab clean-up efforts were included as a mental health concern among survey respondents.
*St. Joseph County has a higher age-adjusted rate for suicide on average than the state of Michigan. Between 2007 and 2011, St. Joseph County’s age-adjusted suicide rate was 14.9 per 100,000 population compared to Michigan’s age-adjusted rate of 11.8 per 100,000 population.
* Data from the Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services/MDCH reveals that St. Joseph County has the highest rate of individuals presenting for substance-use-disorder treatment who indicate meth as their primary substance of abuse.
*In 2010, 104 of the state’s 760 Meth labs identified by the Michigan State Police were in St. Joseph County.
Two men and a woman were arrested Tuesday in Sturgis on methamphetamine-related charges.
The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Center Avenue following an investigation of suspected drug activity inside the residence. Once inside, investigators discovered evidence of the use and manufacture of meth, including hazardous materials, department officials said.
A 46-year-old woman and two men, ages 39 and 18, were charged with operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth and maintaining a drug house.
The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has approved a travel request made by animal control director Tom Miller.
Miller has been offered a $500 travel allocation by the ASPCA to attend the Animal Care Expo May 20-23 in Florida. The grant will cover the cost of the conference registration and hotel room.
Miller said he would pay out-of-pocket any additional expenses, and plans to take his personal vehicle to the four-day event and not ask for mileage reimbursement.
He said the conference features several presentations on shelter construction and renovations, relevant matters as the county board is in the midst of debating whether to upgrade or rebuild the current animal-control facility.
Commissioner’s approved the trip and agreed Miller would still receive his salary for the week despite not being on duty in his Centreville office.
Local law-enforcement agencies are looking for a red, small-size pickup truck involved in a hit-and-run incident last week in Park Township.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said a 23-year-old Portage woman was driving south on U.S. 131 Thursday when the vehicle in front of her lost control and spun out south of Michigan Avenue.
The vehicle driven by the Portage woman and the pickup in front of her collided into each other. The driver of the pickup did not stop and the vehicle was last seen heading southbound on the highway.
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is reporting the third death in the tri-county area this season due to complications from influenza.
This is the second death of a St. Joseph County resident, though the death of the elderly man occurred in an out-of-county facility.
In each of the three cases, there were underlying conditions that may have been the root of the problem, and it is unknown if any of the three people had received a flu shot this season.
Health Officer Steve Todd said some years, the agency sees the peak of the flu season hit in March and April. While it has seen some decreases in flu reports, the tri-county region is not out of the woods yet.
He said the deaths serve to remind the importance of vaccination.
Details regarding the latest victim’s age were not made available.