April 19, 2021


‘Blood money’ from opioid settlement diverted from fighting addiction, advocates say | Local News

After a three-year decline from 2016 to 2019, fatal opiate overdoses in Erie County jumped from 156 in 2019 to 232 in 2020.

While the settlement James helped negotiate stipulated that the funds must be used “to the extent practicable” to address the opioid epidemic, a provision in New York State law prevents a state agency or official from determining how money acquired through a settlement can be allocated. 

State Sen. Peter Harckham, chairman of the Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, said he is working with the attorney general to make sure such a diversion doesn’t happen

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WATCH NOW: Spotsylvania supervisors keep real estate tax same, lower personal property | Local News

Keeping the real estate and property tax rates the same and the initial failure of the meals tax increase turned the budget surplus into a deficit. That forced the board to haggle and make cuts in other areas, such as a $345,000 mowing contract and training and mileage expenditures for staff.

Much of the board’s discussions on the budget focused on school funding, which totals $311.6 million in local, state and federal funds. Local funding for the school system totals $132.3 million.

Three supervisors—Frazier, Chris Yakabouski and Gary Skinner—focused on filling a $2.1 million gap in the adopted School Board

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Local couple creates pizza truck business

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Kyle and Jamie Jahn, of Jasper, make wood-fired pizzas out of their new food truck in the parking lot of their business, Downtown Fitness and Running. The couple’s food truck will be at the Downtown Chowdown on May 12.

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JASPER — Kyle and Jamie Jahn’s lives are full of nonstop, behind-the-scenes activity.

Most days, they wake up at 4:30 a.m. to lead workout classes and get ready for the day. They get coffee together every morning, but don’t usually have time to drink it together.

Then they go their separate

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Business Intel: Chipotle, Tropical Smoothie to add Roanoke locations | Business Local

A Chipotle Mexican Grill and Tropical Smoothie Cafe, both to be free-standing restaurants, will be built beside the Shoppes at Blue Hills Village in Roanoke.

Chipotle Mexican Grill and Tropical Smoothie Cafe are adding locations in Roanoke, adjacent to the Blue Hills Village shopping center.

The two national restaurant chains will be built on a 1.5-acre pad site recently purchased by Rocky Mount Realty LLC for $525,000, according to commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer.

Jessica Johnson, first vice president with Thalhimer, said the two free-standing buildings that will house Chipotle and

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Local restaurants see business rush on Riverfront opening day

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Hundreds of people came to the Delano District on Saturday, eager to watch the first ball game at Riverfront Stadium.

Before the first pitch, many of them also stopped into local restaurants down the street to grab a bite. Picasso’s Pizza on Douglas was packed by noon.

“As soon as 11:00 p.m. hit we were completely busy, like nonstop orders,” said Picasso’s manager, James Spradlin.

To prepare, Picasso’s brought in extra staff and had a limited game day menu.

“We’re just doing slices and a few apps. We had people coming in early just to help

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Local business moves to new location | Business

A local small business is preparing to move to a new location at the end of April.

AR Workshop St. Joseph, a craft boutique workshop, will move from its current location near Hy-Vee to the East Ridge Village Shops at 3855 Frederick Avenue. They offer home decor and other creative projects.

“This location used to be Kristen’s Coin and Jewelry for a long time, so we’re right by Perkins and some other great businesses: Hazel’s Coffee and Blessings Boutique, Merle Norman. So we’re really excited to be in here with all these other really popular businesses,” Jessica Estes, owner of

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