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November unemployment report

November’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County decreased by three-tenths of a percent from October. Figures from the monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget show St. Joseph County’s unemployment rate fell from 4.3 percent in October to 4 percent in November. St. Joseph County’s November 2021 unemployment rate was 3.4 percent. In addition, Cass …

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Grants awarded in Vicksburg for local businesses

Vicksburg Village Council members in October announced that nine local businesses would, collectively, be awarded more than $63,000 in grants aimed at property improvements within the village’s Downtown Development Authority boundaries. The first two businesses were to be presented their respective grant awards Thursday afternoon. Historically, the Village of Vicksburg has provided small grant opportunities that were restricted to façade …

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TR Commercial-News will stop publication

A Three Rivers institution for more than a century is closing this week. The Three Rivers Commercial-News announced it will cease operations and its final edition will be published on Saturday. Quoted in today’s edition, owner Dirk Milliman said the closure was announced to staff Tuesday. He said the culprit is lack of revenue due to a shrinking advertiser base. …

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Pfizer announces $750M expansion of Portage plant

Pfizer announced a $750 million project Monday toward expanding capacity at the western Michigan pharmaceutical plant where the company first mass produced its COVID-19 vaccine. Company officials said the project will boost the plant’s manufacturing of sterile injectable medications and could lead to 300 new jobs at the Portage plant near Kalamazoo that now has about 3,000 workers. Pfizer executive David …

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Toy Box at Century Bank & Trust

Century Bank and Trust in Three Rivers has announced details of its fourth annual Toy Box program. From noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 10, new toys and monetary donations, which will be used to purchase gifts for children and teens in need, will be collected at the bank parking lot, 1310 W. Broadway St. Bank officials also indicated they would …

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New restaurant coming to Sturgis

A Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen chicken restaurant is likely coming to Sturgis next year. The Sturgis City Planning Commission recently approved a site plan review for property that might house the restaurant. The development, if approved by the city commission, is slated to be built in the 500 block of South Centerville Road. The existing building formerly housed Berkshire Hathaway Home …

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“WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC WSG EMO PHILLIPS – Kalamazoo State Theatre

Musical comedy icon, five-time Grammy Award winner and Producer, Co-Writer and subject of the new biopic WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story “Weird Al” Yankovic is coming to the Kalamazoo State Theatre on Thursday, February 2nd,2023. Tickets start at $52.50 plus applicable fees and go on-sale Friday, November 18th at 10:00am. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and the Kalamazoo State Theatre Box Office. About …

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Clark Logic Acquires P&P Transportation Services

Clark Logic, an ever-growing transportation and warehousing staple in the area since 1969, has acquired P&P Transportation Services based in Constantine. The two companies share like cultures and P&P Transportation Services was founded in 1973 by Phil and Pam Hoffine. Clark Logic has grown at a rapid pace over the last few years and this latest acquisition is an ideal …

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Production resumes at Indiana refinery shutdown after fire

Regular production has resumed at a northwest Indiana refinery that was shut down last month following an electrical fire. The crude distillation unit at the BP refinery in Whiting along Lake Michigan has restarted, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported Monday. Repairs — including restoration of the refinery’s five boilers, steam power and electrical utilities — were completed last week. Operations at the …

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Cheaper electric vehicles coming despite high battery costs

Even though battery costs are rising, auto companies are rolling out more affordable electric vehicles that should widen their appeal to a larger group of buyers. The latest came Thursday from General Motors, a Chevrolet Equinox small SUV with a starting price somewhere around $30,000 and a range-per-charge of 250 miles. You can get range of 300 miles if you …

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