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Region’s sole drive-in to close early this year

CRESCENT CITY – A sharp decrease in business this summer is prompting the local drive-in theater to close for the season earlier than normal while its owners pursue its possible sale.

Bill Thomas, whose family has owned and operated Red’s Crescent Drive-In since 1980, said the family has discussed selling the drive-in for about two years due to a gradual decline in business. At the beginning of this year, he said, he spoke to Crescent City real estate agent Donna Zorn, telling her he was looking for someone to purchase the theater. In the meantime, the drive-in will close at the end of September, Thomas said.

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After-school program begins Tuesday

 Dance, tumbling, aikido, hula-hoop, juggling, jump rope, drama, language arts, LEGO robotics, culinary arts, puppetry, Spanish, arts and crafts and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are all classes that will be offered in parent Jodi Harvey’s after-school youth development program. 

Harvey plans to collaborate with Curry County 4-H Youth Development Coordinator Michelle Carrillo to offer new clubs, as well.

She will host the program for children ages 5 through 8 and 9 through 12. This year, the program will run from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at #4 430 Oak St., the former location of Heart of Dance. 

 

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Pair reopen the Tea Room

 

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Owners Morris and Ann Cates, left, and manager Dee Johnson operate The Tea Room restaurant in The Abbey mall on Redwood Street. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez

Dee Johnson and Morris and Ann Cates will combine their people skills, decorating abilities and business experience for a cause close to their hearts – reopening the Tea Room, now Dee-Ann’s Tea Room Cafe, located at 434 Redwood St., on Monday.

“I came to town and my favorite place had closed, and the only thing I could do was buy it,” Ann said. 

Morris and Ann Cates of Tyler, Texas, who own two companies in east Texas and vacation in Brookings during the summer, drove into town at the end of June and learned that the Tea Room would be closing June 29.

 

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Lucky 7 breaks ground for hotel

 

SMITH RIVER – Though the earthmoving equipment has been on site for a week, the Smith River Rancheria Tribal Council officially broke ground Tuesday for a 71-room hotel at the Lucky 7 Casino.

The $10 million project should be completed in about 10 months. The three-story 47,000-square-foot  facility will feature ocean views, an indoor swimming pool, a workout area and suites of up to 900 square feet. 

 

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C&K Markets adds two stores to existing chain

Brookings-based C&K Markets announced this week that it is adding two more stores to its chain of markets in Oregon.

C&K, which owns ShopSmart and Ray’s Food Place markets, will be taking over Select Market in Drain and the Philomath Thriftway in Philomath

Drain is a rural town with deep roots in the logging industry and is at the crossroads of Oregon Route 99 and 38, at a pass in the Coast Range on the way to the Pacific Ocean, according to a C&K press release.

 

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South Coast Humane Society chosen Business of the Year

South Coast Humane Society in Brookings has been selected Business of the Year Award by Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Each year the chamber asks its membership for nominations for the award, according to Les Cohen, chamber executive director. Nominees are businesses that are not only successful, but that have also been actively involved in the community during the past year, emulating the chamber’s mission “… of helping to create and maintain a viable economy that provides all citizens with a high quality of life.”

Nominations are reviewed by the chamber’s board of directors and awardees are selected by a majority vote. 

 

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New look for Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts

Doug Nidiffer, chairman of the board for C&K Market Inc., holds a ribbon outside the newly remodeled Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts on Chetco Avenue Saturday as Brookings City Council Ron Hedenskog and City Manager Gary Milliman, right, look on. C&K Market purchased the store last year. Submitted photo

Prominent Chetco Avenue properties on the market

 

Simplify. 

That’s the goal behind Tim Patterson’s selling some of his prominent holdings in Brookings.

“It’s entirely related to economic times – and I’m getting old,” he said with a laugh. “It’s a combination.”

 

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Mortuary installs new crematory

 

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Construction workers install the new Thermtec Cremator into an unfinished mortuary addition. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Redwood Memorial Chapel recently took delivery of a new, state-of-the-art Thermtec Cremator.

“We felt it was time to upgrade,” said the Chapel’s President Travis Sandusky in the decision to replace the older cremation equipment. 

 

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Brands put their hands into selling crafts

 

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Laurie Brand shows yarn, fabric and supplies available at her Gold Beach shop, By My Hand, on Ellensburg Avenue. The Pilot/Valiant Corley

GOLD BEACH – Laurie Brand says business has been good and she’s having the time of her life since she opened By My Hand, a yarn and fabric store at 29795 Ellensburg Ave. a few weeks ago.

Brand said husband Doug was remodeling their house.

“Doug was tearing down our den and I said ‘I need to find some place to put my stuff.’ So Doug says ‘Why not open a shop?’ So I got the store here to knit and do my stuff,” she said.

 

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