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Local unemployment rate hits 30% during April

April’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was 30.3 percent, as every county in the state experienced an increase during what was the first full month of jobs impacted by COVID-19. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, which showed the county’s jump in unemployment, was released Friday. St. Joseph County was above the …

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Whitmer hints at more reopening of Michigan in ‘coming days’

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hinted Friday that she will soon reopen more regions of Michigan, expressing optimism as long as the rate of new coronavirus cases continues downward and testing increases. She did not specify when she may act, alluding to an announcement on additional areas in “coming days.” Her administration will discuss the issue internally Saturday. The governor’s stay-at-home order …

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Goodwill stores are back open

Goodwill stores are opening in Sturgis, Three Rivers, Stevensville, Allegan and Otsego this FRIDAY, MAY 29.   As we sell food items, we will be following food store protocols – 4 per 1,000 sq. ft. of shoppers in all our stores except Stevensville.   We ask that shoppers where a face covering.  There is a display of Face Shields made by our …

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Drive-in reopens near Coldwater despite virus rules

Burt Reynolds and Jackie Gleason were on the big screen as a drive-in movie theater in Branch County reopened, despite business shutdowns during the coronavirus. Capri Drive-In co-owner Susan Magocs said she needs to make money but still can keep visitors safe. The theater’s two screens opened Friday night near Coldwater. “We don’t want to cause trouble. We are just …

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Michigan restaurants push governor for May 29 reopening

Michigan restaurants and bars on Friday pushed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to let them reopen in three weeks, saying they need a lifeline to survive financially and a chance to show the public it is safe to return. The businesses have been closed to dine-in customers since March 16. They hope to resume service on May 29, when restrictions are currently …

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STURGIS BANK HELPS BUSINESSES ACQUIRE PPP LOANS

The Staff at Sturgis Bank have secured Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA) for 458 businesses throughout our communities. This amounts to $33,337,027 in loans and over 4500 jobs protected for our local residents. “I’m proud of our staff and the way they proactively worked to ensure our businesses got the relief needed through the …

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Subway® Restaurants and Feeding America® Partner To Provide 15 Million Meals

For more than 50 years, Subway® restaurants have been open to serve guests and communities. Now, during this unprecedented time, Subway remains committed to not only providing nutritious meals but getting them to those who need it the most. Starting today, Subway and Feeding America® are teaming up to provide up to 15 million meals* to feed people in need …

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1-million file for Michigan unemployment in a month

An additional 219,000 people in Michigan filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total number who have lost their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic to more than 1 million — a staggering quarter of the state’s workforce. The initial claims were among 5.2 million nationally, the federal government reported Thursday. Only two states, California and New York, saw more filings over …

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Winnebago plans to begin reopening Indiana RV plants in May

Iowa-based recreational vehicle manufacturer Winnebago Industries says the company plans to begin reopening its northern Indiana plants in May after closing them in March amid the coronavirus pandemic. Winnebago and other RV manufacturers temporarily idled their manufacturing plants after stay-at-home orders were issued in Indiana and other states where RVs are produced. Winnebago spokesman Sam Jefson tells the South Bend …

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Virus side effect: Michigan jobless claims already top 2019

Nearly 800,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits in Michigan since mid-March. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday detailed the stunning impact of the coronavirus on the state’s economy. Only businesses deemed essential remain open and Whitmer says her stay-at-home order will be extended in the coming days. She says more people have applied for unemployment aid in the last two …

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