An institution in downtown Colon will open its doors Thursday following a one-year absence.
Dan and Kathy Earl, owners of Curly’s, have staged soft-openings Monday and Tuesday in advance of Thursday’s public grand opening at 11 a.m.
The Earls will continue Curly’s grand-opening celebration through the weekend.
The eatery features an interior siding adorned with the wood of a fallen barn. Meanwhile, bricks salvaged from the original Curly’s have become a part of the foundation for its successor.
The new Curly’s also includes a patio area outlined with a wrought-iron fence around its 10-by-52-foot perimeter along State Street at its north side.
Kathy Earl said she was reminded all over again Monday and Tuesday how much Curly’s means to the community.
The original Curly’s was destroyed by a faulty kitchen appliance March 8 last year.
It would be legal to re-sell game or concert tickets above face value, under a measure approved by the Michigan House on Thursday. Current law prohibits selling above face value without the written consent of the event operator and the venue operator. The measure, which now goes to the senate, repeals that 1931 law, and opens the door to what many critics call “scalping.” There is no federal law against selling above face value. Free market groups support the bill. House Republican Tim Kelly of Saginaw Township, the sponsor, says once you buy a ticket, you should be able to re-sell it at any price you like. Venue operators, and artists like Kid Rock, have opposed the measure. And at least one artists management company told lawmakers last month that some performers won’t come to Michigan if the bill becomes law. Supporters of the current law have also said that it protects consumers by prohibiting exorbitant prices for tickets that were originally bought up in huge blocks by scalpers. (MRN)
The Michigan Department of Transportation has issued a press release regarding potholes caused by sub-zero temperatures and near-record snowfall.
MDOT officials said weather conditions are leading directly to severe potholes across the state, putting further strain on pavement and the efforts MDOT crews have put forth filling potholes during the various freeze-thaw cycles.
The extreme pothole season on top of this winter’s heavy snowfall is taking its toll on the department’s maintenance budget, MDOT officials said.
The agency’s maintenance budget for this winter is $88 million, based on the five-year winter average. Due to the severe winter weather, it is expecting to exceed that budget by about $40 million.
The public is encouraged to report potholes they find on state roads to a link on the MDOT website.
The Three Rivers Applebee’s recently made a financial donation to the Three Rivers Food Site and other area food banks.
Manager Ken Springsteen said the restaurant sold old decorative items online and donated the funds.
The Three Rivers Food Site and the Constantine Food Bank each received $1,276. Springsteen said the effort was a way of thanking Three Rivers for its patronage through the years.
The restaurant recently re-opened following extensive remodeling.
A line of shoppers formed outside the new Aldi grocery store in advance of its opening Thursday morning.
Located at the southeast corner of U.S. 131 and Broadway Road in front of Home Depot, the new Aldi is the 61st in Michigan.
Company officials said about 95 percent of the 1,400 items inside the 10,000-square-foot store are store-label brands. District manager Ryan Smith said the company’s real estate department chose Three Rivers as the location of its first store in St. Joseph County based on demographics, traffic counts and other factors.
The Three Rivers store, which is staging a two-week, grand-opening special, employs 12 people.
The state Senate has approved the immediate spending of 100-million dollars for “special winter road maintenance” funds. The vote follows concerns from local road commissions who say they’ve already spent most or all of their winter budgets. Not everyone is ready to back the amount of spending however. Both the governor and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville were non committal about the amounts. The spending measure also calls for 115-(m) million dollars to prop up a shortfall in the Health Insurance Claims Assessment program. The bill now goes to the House. (MRN)