The seven-member Colon Village Council took a tour of the rebuilt Curly’s bar and restaurant following its meeting Tuesday.
Though the eatery is a month from reopening following a March fire that destroyed the original Curly’s, the replacement is taking shape nicely, owners Dan and Kathy Earl said.
Many of the kitchen appliances are in place, flooring has been installed, overhead lighting is set and the base for the bar has been constructed, featuring bricks salvaged from the rubble of the former building.
Village officials complemented the Earls on the look of the business and indicated they look forward to not only having Curly’s back in business, but to enjoy a meal on the newly created outdoor seating area.
A kitchen appliance is believed to have started the fire that leveled the original Curly’s.
The November unemployment rate in St. Joseph County decreased by six-tenths of a percent compared to a month earlier.
The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 7.2 percent November unemployment rate was more than October’s 7.8 percent.
November’s unemployment figure was 1.3 percent less than the same month a year ago, when the rate was 8.5 percent.
St. Joseph County remained below the state unemployment average, which was 7.8 percent in November.
The agency said more people seeking seasonal jobs contributed to the decrease.
At 5.2 percent, Barry County had the region’s lowest unemployment rate in November, while Hillsdale County had the highest, with 8.6 percent.
Approximately 100 people gathered in downtown Three Rivers Sunday to participate in a flash mob-style video shoot, led by the city’s Downtown Development Authority.
DDA director Christy Trammell said the authority has applied to participate in the Select Level of the Michigan Main Street Program.
Adhering to the theme, “T.R. is All in this Together,” representatives from various organizations, Three Rivers Community Schools’ students, business people and citizens gathered on Main Street for the afternoon filming.
Three Rivers is one of four communities competing to proceed to the next level of the MMSP. Trammell said those accepted to the Select Level will be making a five-year agreement to commit to receive the support and training the program has to offer.
Sunday’s video shoot will be played Feb. 5 as part of the DDA’s presentation in Lansing.
A mail carrier has been charged with deserting her job after hundreds of pieces of mail were left on Detroit streets before Christmas. Agents who interviewed Anntina Thigpen say she felt overwhelmed a few weeks before Christmas. Postal Service employees on Dec. 17 began recovering mail on Appoline Street in Detroit. The discoveries lasted for days as snow melted. There were about 400 pieces of mail, including 175 first-class letters and 34 greeting cards that had been opened. Thigpen denies opening mail. A criminal complaint against Thigpen was filed Tuesday in federal court. No defense attorney has been assigned yet. (AP)
An undetermined amount of old coins was taken during the burglary of a business over the weekend in downtown Schoolcraft.
Police Chief Bryan Campbell said officers responded to an alarm in the 200 block of North Grand Street at 3:47 am Saturday.
Officers found that someone had gained entry into Norma’s Antiques. The suspect fled the building moments before police arrived, Campbell said.
A dog with the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office was able to track a scent to the village’s westernmost limits on W Avenue, where the trail was lost.
Assistance was provided by personnel from Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, the city of Kalamazoo and Van Buren County.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has declared an emergency because of a temporary shortage of heating oil and propane caused by increased demand in recent subzero weather. Snyder said Friday the shortage also is due to heavy snowfall that delayed delivery of heating oil and propane. The governor’s executive order suspends regulations to allow fuel trucks to be on the road more hours and more days in a row to deliver heating oil and propane. The order is effective immediately and will stay intact until January 31st or until it’s rescinded, whichever occurs first. (AP)