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Michigan unemployment rate at lowest point since June 2001

The state says Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point in nearly 15 years. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Wednesday the seasonally adjusted jobless rate for January was 4.9 percent. That’s down two-tenths of a percentage point from December and 1.1 percentage points below the January 2015 rate. The state’s January unemployment rate …

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Plans move forward for southwestern Michigan solar project

Plans are moving forward for an Indiana Michigan Power solar power project in southwestern Michigan. The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports an estimated 50,000 solar panels are planned for a 35-acre site in Berrien County’s Watervliet Township. Plans call for it to generate enough electricity to power an average of 700 homes. Local officials are reviewing a permit request for …

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Sheriff’s department warns of telephone scams

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department has fielded a number of reports from residents complaining of telephone calls claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Sheriff Balk said the IRS does not conduct business by telephone. He encourages people to do the following if they receive such phone calls: Record the employee’s name, return-call number and caller ID if …

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Business owner still sells appliances at 100 years old

Mary Ann Gorzenski sits at her desk Monday, Feb. 1,2016,  at Joe's Appliance Store, in Bay City, Mich. She received tulips for her recent 100 year birthday. (Yfat Yossifor/The Bay City Times via AP)

It was during World War II when Mary Gorzenski’s husband Joe essentially put in her charge of the family’s appliance store. He took a factory job at the time and told her — perhaps half-jokingly — that if the business flopped and they lost money, it would be her fault. “At that point, I knew I needed to get my …

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DAR makes donation to provide rides for veterans

The Abiel Fellows Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently made a $200 donation to the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority. The funding will provide rides for 10 people to the agency’s weekly trip to the Battle Creek VA Hospital as well as rides to Ann Arbor for medical services. Rebecca Shank, treasurer of the Three Rivers-based chapter, …

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CTA offers free rides home

New Year’s Eve revelers in St. Joseph County will once again have the benefit of a free ride home at the end of the night. For the seventh time in eight years, the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority is providing free rides home, with pick-up and drop-off service anywhere in the county. CTA director Steve Yorks said the program costs …

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