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LANSING — The Michigan Associated Press Media Editors group this week announced numerous Argus-Press staff members received awards in the group’s annual competition.

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SHIAWASSEE AREA — It’s been nearly 11 years since Michigan enacted its smoke-free law, barring individuals from smoking in bars, restaurants and other workplaces statewide.

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — After feeding thousands of people for weeks, the Shiawassee Supporting Our Area Restaurants (SOARS) is now on hiatus — unless sponsors step forward to bring the program back to life.

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CALEDONIA TWP. — Servpro of Shiawassee/West Saginaw Counties offers services to customers who sometimes are experiencing the worst day of their lives.

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OWOSSO — While other organizations helping local businesses seem to garner a lot of media attention, the leader of the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Owosso is content to work calmly and steadily behind the scenes.

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CORUNNA — Owosso barber Karl Manke, who was fined $9,000 by state officials for violating health orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, has filed an appeal in Shiawassee County seeking the dismissal of the fines.

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CORUNNA — The Corunna City Council voted unanimously Monday to amend the city’s marijuana facilities ordinance to allow licensing for marijuana storefronts, citing opportunities for increased tax revenue and development.

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OWOSSO — The former Jumbo’s Burger Bar, an Owosso fixture for more than 50 years, suffered extensive damage Thursday evening as a fire tore through the now vacant structure.

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OWOSSO — The Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce Thursday highlighted several business and community leaders for their outstanding efforts in 2020, a year dramatically altered by the coronavirus pandemic.

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BYRON — Growing up in Byron, Casey Hulbert witnessed the impact her family’s horses had on a local child with autism.

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CORUNNA — Kristie Taphouse, right, was named March Employee of the Month for Corunna Public Schools.

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CORUNNA — Kristie Taphouse, right, was named March Employee of the Month for Corunna Public Schools.

OWOSSO — Memorial Healthcare has announced Deanna Enos, a patient access clerk in the patient access department, as its March Employee of the Month.

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CORUNNA — City officials are offering residents the opportunity to voice their opinions about whether to allow marijuana storefronts within city limits.

LANSING — A long-planned major upgrade to Secretary of State technology got underway Thursday, requiring a temporary suspension of services — including the branch appointment system, public call center, online services and self-service stations.

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OWOSSO — They came in cars, SUVs — even on bicycles to pick up free restaurant food Wednesday during the Shiawassee Supporting Our Area Restaurants launch, held at distribution sites across Shiawassee County.

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HAZELTON TWP. — New Lothrop-area resident and business owner Rex Wheeler has launched a personal campaign to stop a second Ranger Power solar farm from going up in the New Lothrop area — and he’s willing to put his money where his opinions are.

LANSING — Nearly 700 small businesses across Michigan have been awarded $10 million in grants through the Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Thursday, including some in Shiawassee County.

Joey McKinnis was named Corunna Public Schools’ February Employee of the Month. He was honored during the Feb. 16 Board of Education meeting conducted virtually. McKinnis was hired in September 2011 as a sub bus driver. McKinnis and his wife, Pat, have one son, Josiah.

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Indoor dining in Michigan has been open at 25 percent capacity for a month now, and area restaurants are itching for more customers.Gov. Gretchen Whitmer quietly extended the 25 percent cap to March 29 during a Feb. 4 news conference announcing the return of high school winter sports, though…

CORUNNA — A lawsuit filed by Woodworth Properties against the owners of the Niche Bar & Lounge building over fees owed on a land contract was dismissed Friday, according to 66th District Court Judge Ward Clarkson.

DeWITT — State Rep. Graham Filler recently conducted a tour of restaurants and other businesses in Clinton County and southern Gratiot County to support the people they employ while advocating for the transition to normal capacity limits.

CORUNNA — A lawsuit filed by Woodworth Properties against the owners of the Niche Bar & Lounge building over fees owed on a land contract was dismissed this morning, according to 66th District Court Judge Ward Clarkson.

FLINT — Starting a Business and Writing a Business Plan webinars are scheduled through the Small Business Development Center in March.

LAINGSBURG — On a hot and rainy day last summer, Dawn Giampa watched as an elderly man stood in line outside a busy hair salon, leaning on his walker.

FLINT — The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce this week announced that area businesses were among 291 receiving a portion of $4.12 million in Michigan Small Business Survival grants in the seven-county Region 6, comprised of Genesee, Shiawassee, Lapeer, Tuscola, Sanilac, St. Clair and …

SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — John Adams, the new vice president of the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce, brings to the position knowledge of the area and experience working with businesses across Shiawassee County.

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OWOSSO — A new “social district” in downtown Owosso allowing visitors to consume alcoholic beverages along certain sidewalks and other areas is aimed at boosting COVID-19-restricted restaurants.

OWOSSO — A local manufacturer faced with a shortage of welders is addressing the problem itself with an on-site weld training program that pays an hourly wage and offers the chance for a full-time job.

OWOSSO — Two area businesses are moving — one of them into the space the other is vacating.

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — The United Way of Genesee County Serving Genesee and Shiawassee Counties has earmarked an additional $205,000 for COVID-19 relief in Shiawassee County.

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DURAND — There’s about to be a few more doughnuts — and a wide variety of other sweet treats — in downtown Durand.

DURAND — Union Station Smoke House will be closed for the foreseeable future after an early morning fire Friday damaged the restaurant’s kitchen.

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OWOSSO — Area chamber of commerces are ramping up the use of an increasingly popular way to support local businesses hurting from the COVID-10 pandemic: ShiaCash.

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DURAND — Many say they appreciate how hard teachers are working to educate students amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but one Durand area resident has put their money where their mouth is.

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OWOSSO — Despite failing to create 12 promised jobs, the developers of the renovated Wesener building will keep receiving tax breaks from the city, but the situation will be reassessed at the end of the year.

CORUNNA — The owner of the building that Niche Bar & Lounge is in has filed suit in 66th District Court seeking to terminate the land contract between himself and the business due to “non-payment” of late fees, according to court records.

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SHIAWASSEE AREA — Union Station Smoke House Owner David O’Bryant was all set to resume in-person dining Saturday, having already gone so far as to schedule his staff and order the necessary supplies to welcome back patrons by 10 a.m. Wednesday.

CHESANING — As manager of Showboat Restaurant, Nancy Schultz has witnessed the plight of restaurant servers first hand, with coronavirus-related restrictions on indoor dining leaving many with little to no income at all.

OWOSSO — Bea’s Bakery has undergone a change in ownership, but customers can expect to see the same faces, and enjoy the same sweet treats, moving forward.

OWOSSO — State Rep. Ben Frederick Monday sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urging her administration to end the ban on indoor dining in Michigan, which was put into place to quell a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

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OWOSSO — Oz Cannabis, a medical and recreational marijuana dispensary, is set to open soon at 117 E. Main St. — the former home of the Owosso Trading Post — in downtown Owosso.

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DURAND — The Durand City Council is reevaluting its current ban on marijuana facilities; council voted 4-3 Monday to send a draft ordinance allowing marijuana facilities to its planning commission for review and guidance.

CHESANING — When Juan Vizcarra arrived in the United States from Mexico in 2005, he couldn’t speak English.

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OWOSSO — Capitol Bowl rebuilt after a massive fire 14 years ago, but a tiny virus may have spelled the end of the 94-year-old business in downtown Owosso — at least for now.

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — The Shiawassee County Health Department has received more than 100 complaints from area residents since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic about local businesses; most are related to employees either not wearing masks or wearing them improperly.