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Sonoma County to bolster COVID strategies; looks to successes of other Bay Area counties

Concerned about the lack of progress in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Sonoma County, local officials are considering a multi-pronged strategy to slow transmission rates, including trying to replicate some of the successes of other Bay Area counties.

The initiative surfaced Monday as Sonoma County leaders braced for the release of another disappointing set of statistics Tuesday expected to show the county has again fallen short of state metrics to further ease restrictions on local business activity.

The county is expected to remain in the purple zone, the most restrictive of the state’s four-tier reopening process. Saddled by a growing number of new coronavirus cases, the county continues to be the only county in the Bay Area that has not advanced to a less restrictive stage.

Details of the county’s new plan are still taking shape. Dr. Sundari Mase, the county’s health officer, said the new strategies range from

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Business, community donations help Columbia County fund new K-9

$5,000 from Didion helps department meet $40K funding goal
Didion Representatives with a new K-9
Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Stage, Captain Jason Kocovsky, Deputy Derek Jesko, and K9 Artus

Didion representatives: Derrick Clark, Mark Nehls, Riley Didion

PORTAGE, Wis. — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will be able to fund another K-9 team thanks to donations from the community, according to a news release.

Didion, a dry corn mill and ethanol-alcohol facility in Cambria, said Thursday it donated $5,000 to support the sheriff’s office efforts to add a fourth K-9 unit to their team. Didion said the donation helped push the sheriff’s office over its goal of $20,000, which also now allows for a $20,000 matching gift from an anonymous local business.

According to the release, the cost to purchase a police dog is about $40,000,

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Montgomery County judge says Abbott’s plan for bars not good enough

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough was pleased Gov. Greg Abbott’s new order for the state regarding COVID-19 will allow bars to reopen Oct. 14 at 50 percent but says it falls short in helping many business owners.

“Kudos to the governor, thank you for finally doing something,” he said. “The problem is it is too little too late. These bars are out of business. I’m in for 100 percent.”

Late Wednesday, Abbott released GA-32, allowing county judges to “opt in” to open bars and “similar establishments” to reopen at 50 percent and all other business other than bars to open 75 percent. The order does place restriction on bar operations including when customers are walking around, they much wear masks and can only remove them when they are drinking at tables with less than six people.

While Harris County Judge Linda Hildalgo took to Twitter after Abbott’s release of GA-32

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New business licenses decline in Horry County; SC small biz chamber says it’s a ‘crisis’ | Myrtle Beach Area News

A new study from the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce shows new business licenses for Horry County are down 31 percent from April to July of this year compared to the same time last year.

The state is equally down 31 percent during the same period.

The S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Frank Knapp Jr. told The Post and Courier that more financial help is needed on the federal level to help rebound from this crisis.

In Horry County, from April 2019 to July 2019, there were 1,003 new business licenses, according to the study. In 2020 between the same months, there were 692 — a difference of 311 and the second-largest decline among South Carolina’s largest counties behind Richland.

Locally, Karen Riordan, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, said the COVID-19 pandemic has naturally impacted new and existing businesses

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Chenango County Business Wins SBA Small Business Excellence Award | WIVT

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From the U.S. Small Business Administration:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Upstate New York District Office recognized a Chenango County business during National Small Business Week as an SBA 2020 Excellence Award winner. Award recipients are nominated by lenders and resource partners to the SBA district office for consideration.

“SBA lenders and resource partners play a critical role in providing small businesses and entrepreneurs with assistance to start, grow and expand. They help create good-paying American jobs that strengthen our upstate economy,” said SBA Upstate New York District Director Bernard J. Paprocki.  “The SBA Upstate New York District received many nominations this year for consideration; the field of nominees was vast. On behalf of the U.S. Small Business Administration here in upstate, we’re privileged to recognize this year’s stellar

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Kent marathon idea considered as county council seeks ways to tackle devastation caused by coronavirus pandemic on tourism

Runners from across the UK and abroad could come to Kent for its own brand new marathon, if new recommendations are accepted.

The idea of an international marathon held in the county is to be suggested at a Kent County Council (KCC) meeting tomorrow.

Runners in Medway braved the conditions and completed the marathon on Sunday
Runners in Medway braved the conditions and completed the marathon on Sunday

Thousands of fitness fanatics ran their own marathons around their home towns yesterday after Covid-19 restrictions meant only the elite runners could do the London Marathon in the capital.

But under these new recommendations, runners in Kent could have somewhere closer to home to complete a 26.2-mile course.

The recommendation in KCC’s visitor economy report said: “KCC should promote the establishment of a regularly-occurring international marathon which involves neighbouring countries across the Channel.

“This event would cement international relationships and provide an additional platform to advertise Kent, as well as promoting the benefits of

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Card clubs in L.A. County reopen for outdoor gaming

a group of people sitting at a table: The Commerce Casino reopened Monday with outdoor gambling. Players sat under a tent, around tables separated by plexiglass barriers. (The Commerce Casino)

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The Commerce Casino reopened Monday with outdoor gambling. Players sat under a tent, around tables separated by plexiglass barriers. (The Commerce Casino)

Card clubs in Los Angeles County reopened Monday with health precautions, drawing a stream of gamblers and prompting expressions of relief from city leaders who have struggled without the key source of tax revenue.

The county’s Board of Supervisors and Department of Public Health gave the county’s seven card clubs the green light to welcome customers back — but only in outdoor settings, with players and employees wearing masks and with barriers separating gamblers who are less than six feet apart, among other restrictions.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the card rooms employed more than 10,000 workers and generated as much as 70% of the tax base for the small, working-class communities where they are located.

Some of the clubs are still in the

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Riverside County to vote on reopening plan that could risk $114M in state funding

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is expected to vote on a proposed plan that targets more business reopenings throughout October, but potentially puts at risk $114 million in funding that the state could revoke for running afoul of its restrictions.

Currently, counties cannot reopen faster than the state allows nor can they issue more lenient guidelines for businesses.

Riverside County’s vote comes after vocal concerns from some of the supervisors and several local business leaders that the state-implemented orders and restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus are causing too much harm to the local economy.

This isn’t the first time a county has attempted to buck the California system; but in every previous case, local officials eventually adhered to state orders.

Public information officer Brooke Federico said Tuesday’s proposal was developed by the county executive office based on direction from the Board of

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Lohmann: ‘Life in a news desert’: In Caroline County, the loss of a newspaper hits home | Richmond Local News

“When the only newspaper in town goes down, my thought was, ‘I don’t have a lot of experience, but I’m better than nothing,’” said Tony Ares, a pastor who had done podcasting but had no formal training in journalism before he started The Virginia Connection.

Ares and his wife, Kim, kept the publication going for about a year before it became too much in terms of financial losses and long hours. They struggled to build an audience that could sustain them, in part because even though he tried to produce news that was “objective” and “down the middle,” he said he discovered “people are looking for affirmation, not information.”

Ares said in a phone interview this week that The Virginia Connection still has a Facebook page as he and his wife attempt to reboot and turn their enterprise into a statewide news aggregator, along the lines of Drudge Report. He

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Wake Forward: Is your local business struggling during the pandemic? Wake County nonprofit is looking to provide funds

CARY, N.C. (WTVD) — Even as North Carolina is set to move towards Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan Friday, many businesses are still facing uphill battles to survive.

For Wok on Fire in Cary, which opened to great fanfare in January, it’s been a massive shift in their plans.

“Valentine’s Day, we had people waiting outside for hours to get in,” said co-owner Sudy Upadhyaya, a co-owner.

Weeks later, they were forced to shut down.

“We opened back up in June, and business was at 20% of what we used to make,” Upadhyaya said, adding that it is now closer to 30% of pre-pandemic business.

“A lot of people understand, we are counting on the community to help us come back,” noted Prashanth Jathan, a co-owner of Wok on Fire, speaking of returning customers.

Between strict restrictions and customers’ hesitance to return to sit-in dining, the owners searched

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