Weekend is a “Bust” for 17 Local Men Accused of Selling Drugs

first_imgThe weekend began as a bust for 17 men accused of being part of a drug dealing scheme.Officers with the Boynton Beach Police arrested the men on Friday, as part of “Operation Firestorm.”According to West Palm Beach television station WPEC, those involved are between 19 and 64 years old.A spokesperson for the Boynton Beach Police Department explains that the men are suspected of selling drugs including fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and crack to undercover officers and informants.Violent Crimes Task Force investigation nets 17 arrests: “We stand with and in support of our residents, who want to be free of drug dealers and the violence they bring,” @BBPDPoliceChief Michael G. Gregory said. Read more: https://t.co/Z1AXFYgzOo pic.twitter.com/tCrgWjyehv— bbpd (@BBPD) August 21, 2020 The months-long operation has resulted in 125 arrests and the seizure of 34 guns, in addition to various types of drugs.“The community has asked the police department to do more to stop the drug dealing and violence in their neighborhoods,” Police Chief Michael Gregory said in announcing the arrests.He went on to tell the television station, “We will stay focused on the desires of our community members for public safety.”Some of the drug sales took place near churches and schools, Gregory added.last_img read more

Trojans attempt to win 11th in a row

first_imgAfter sweeping both UC Santa Barbara and UCLA on the road last week, the USC men’s volleyball team (15-4, 12-4 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play) kick off their final homestand of the season by facing George Mason (7-11, 3-4 in Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play) tonight. This will be the seventh time the Trojans face off against the Patriots, and the Trojans have never lost to their East Coast foe.Heavy hitters · Junior opposite Maddison McKibbin and the Trojans host George Mason with the hopes of 11th straight win. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily TrojanThe visiting Patriots will pose an intriguing challenge to the second-ranked Trojans in their unpredictability.“They are a bit more unorthodox in their service and receiving formations, unlike any teams we have played so far. They hit a standing float serve, as well as have a lot of guys we are not familiar with,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said.Luckily, the Trojans have looked unbeatable in their recent matches. They are riding a 10-game win streak, including a sweep over top-ranked UCLA in Westwood last Wednesday. Still, the Trojans are fourth in the MPSF standings and, with the top five teams all within two games of each other, need to keep up their high level of play and finish strong.Despite the conference tournament being less than a month away, senior co-captain and outside hitter Tony Ciarelli is determined not to let the Trojans get complacent.“We need to maintain our competitive spirit no matter how well we are performing,” Ciarelli said. “The goal is to stay focused in every practice, and keep our confidence no matter what.”Ciarelli was named the MPSF Conference Player of the Week and has continued to perform at an All-American level. He is third in the nation in kills and sixth in aces per set. Along with his recent statistics, Ciarelli has flourished in his leadership role.“He has made a concentrated effort to work us through tough in-game situations and has embraced the captain role,” Ferguson said.Additionally, last week included a milestone for Ferguson, who won his 100th game as the Trojans’ coach. Even with his accomplishments, the man more commonly known as “Fergie” had only praise for others when asked about his achievement.“It doesn’t matter how much you know as a coach,” Ferguson said. “It’s the quality of the people around you.”As well as playing against an unfamiliar foe, the Trojans will be playing this and next week’s games in North Gym with the Galen Center in use for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Located in the Physical Education Building, the gym has not hosted a volleyball game since 2006. Despite being a sharp contrast from the new, glistening court at the Galen Center, the court with a capacity of about 400 should provide a crowded and raucous atmosphere for the Trojans’ three games there.Ferguson is excited about the opportunity to take a trip back in time through the history of the USC volleyball program.“Most of the major history of the program was made here,” Ferguson said. “Our alumni are always talking about the glory days, so this is a cool opportunity, especially for our seniors, to experience the site where five championship squads played.”last_img read more

2018 NBA draft recap: Deandre Ayton goes No. 1, Marvin Bagley III taken at No. 2

first_imgA Twitter List by JHWreporterFirst Round:Phoenix Suns – Deandre AytonSacramento Kings – Marvin BagleyAtlanta Hawks (rights traded to Mavericks) – Luka DoncicMemphis Grizzlies – Jaren JacksonDallas Mavericks (rights traded to Hawks) – Trae YoungOrlando Magic – Mohamed BambaChicago Bulls – Wendell Carter Jr.Cleveland Cavaliers – Collin SextonNew York Knicks – Kevin KnoxPhiladelphia 76ers (traded rights to Suns) – Mikal BridgesCharlotte Hornets (rights traded to Clippers) – Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderLA Clippers (rights traded to Hornets) – Miles BridgesLA Clippers – Jerome RobinsonDenver Nuggets – Michael Porter Jr.Washington Wizards – Troy Brown Jr.Phoenix Suns (traded rights to 76ers) – Zhaire SmithMilwaukee Bucks – Donte DiVincenzoSan Antonio Spurs – Lonnie WalkerAtlanta Hawks (via Timberwolves) Kevin HuerterMinnesota Timberwolves (via Thunder) – Josh OkogieUtah Jazz – Grayson AllenChicago Bulls (via Pelicans) – Chandler HutchisonIndiana Pacers – Aaron HolidayPortland Trail Blazers – Anfernee SimonsLos Angeles Lakers (via Cavaliers) – Moritz WagnerPhiladelphia 76ers – Landry ShametBoston Celtics – Robert WilliamsGolden State Warriors – Jacob EvansBrooklyn Nets (via Raptors) – Dzanan MusaAtlanta Hawks (via Rockets) – Omari SpellmanPre-Draft Notes:Teams without a first round pick: Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors.The Heat and the Raptors enter the draft without a draft pick in either round. Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.PreviousArizona’s Deandre Ayton, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked first overall by the Phoenix Suns during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 14th overall by the Denver Nuggets during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Miami’s Lonnie Walker IV, right, shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 18th overall by the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDuke’s Grayson Allen, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 21st overall by the Utah Jazz during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Signs illuminate draft night for the Phoenix Suns as the Suns picked Deandre Ayton with the first selection in the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 22nd overall by the Chicago Bulls during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison smiles after he was picked 22nd overall by the Chicago Bulls during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)UCLA’s Aaron Holiday, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 23rd overall by the Indiana Pacers during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)UCLA’s Aaron Holiday, front, gets a hug after was picked 23rd overall by the Indiana Pacers during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Kentucky’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 11th overall by the Charlotte Hornets during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after the Phoenix Suns selected Ayton with the first pick in the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Texas Tech’s Zhaire Smith, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 16th overall by the Phoenix Suns during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was selected 17th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Texas Tech’s Zhaire Smith, right, clasps hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 16th overall by the Phoenix Suns during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Deandre Ayton of Arizona, center, is introduced before the start of the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Jaren Jackson Jr. of Michigan State, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked fourth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies during the first round of the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo, right, shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 17th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Miami’s Lonnie Walker IV, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 18th overall by the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Duke’s Grayson Allen makes his way to the stage after he was picked 21st overall by the Utah Jazz during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Phoenix Suns Dancers cheer as the Suns picked Deandre Ayton with the first selection in the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 12th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Boston College’s Jerome Robinson, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 13th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers during the first round of the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)NBA Commissioner Adam Silver poses with (L-R) Donte DiVincenzo, Jerome Robinson, Mikal Bridges, Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Wendell Carter Jr., Collin Sexton, Marvin Bagley III, Trae Young, Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Miles Bridges, Michael Porter Jr., Lonnie Walker IV, Jaren Jackson, Aaron Holiday, Chandler Hutchison and Zhaire Smith pose for a photo before the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Collin Sexton, Marvin Bagley III, Trae Young, Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic and Mohamed Bamba pose for a photo before the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)Deandre Ayton reacts after being drafted first overall by the Phoenix Suns during the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Deandre Ayton is introduced before the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)Deandre Ayton poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted first overall by the Phoenix Suns during the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Marvin Bagley III reacts after being drafted second overall by the Sacramento Kings during the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Marvin Bagley III poses after being drafted second overall by the Sacramento Kings during the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Marvin Bagley III is introduced before the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)Marvin Bagley III poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted second overall by the Sacramento Kings during the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Marvin Bagley III reacts after being drafted second overall by the Sacramento Kings during the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton speaks to reporters during a media availability with the top basketball prospects in the NBA Draft, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Duke’s Marvin Bagley III speaks to reporters during a media availability with the top basketball prospects in the NBA Draft, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. speaks to reporters during a media availability with the top basketball prospects in the NBA Draft, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Alabama’s Collin Sexton speaks to reporters during a media availability with the top basketball prospects in the NBA Draft, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Oklahoma’s Trae Young speaks to reporters during a media availability with the top basketball prospects in the NBA Draft, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Alabama’s Collin Sexton speaks to reporters during a media availability with the top basketball prospects in the NBA Draft, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton, left, speaks to reporters during a media availability with the top basketball prospects in the NBA Draft, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. speaks to reporters during a media availability with the top basketball prospects in the NBA Draft, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Duke’s Marvin Bagley III speaks to reporters during a media availability with the top basketball prospects in the NBA Draft, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Oklahoma’s Trae Young speaks to reporters during a media availability with the top basketball prospects in the NBA Draft, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)FILE – In this April 26, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Hawks general manager and head of basketball operations Travis Schlenk prepares to speak to reporters in Atlanta. As the only general manager holding three first-round picks in Thursday night’s NBA draft, including No. 3 overall, Atlanta’s Travis Schlenk has been fielding a lot of calls about possible trades.(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak laughs as he answers a question during a news conference for the NBA basketball team in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego, left, talks with general manager Mitch Kupchak, right, during pre draft workouts for the NBA basketball team in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)UCLA center Thomas Welsh, left, muscles against Colorado forward Dallas Walton who works inside to the rim in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)USC’s Elijah Stewart passes in front of Cal’s Marcus Lee during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)FILE – In this May 17, 2018, file photo, Michael Porter Jr., from Missouri, speaks to reporters during the NBA draft basketball combine in Chicago. Michael Porter Jr. played in three games in college because of back problems, but his talent has long been considered more than NBA-ready. He is the epitome of high-risk, high-reward in this draft. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)UCLA guard Aaron Holiday might be relied upon to play every minute of every game the rest of the way for the Bruins. (Rick Bowmer/The Associated Press)Former USC guard De’Anthony Melton was among six players participating in a pre-draft workout for the Lakers on Friday, June 15, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)Shaquille O’Neal, JCPenney’s Big &Tall Ambassador, along with NBA draft prospects Jaren Jackson Jr., Marvin Bagley III, and Mikal Bridges team up with JCPenney to host a day of mentorship for deserving young men from The Y at Barclays Center on Friday, June 15, 2018, in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for JCPenney)NBA Draft prospect Deandre Ayton, who may be the Phoenix Suns’ choice with the No. 1 overall pick in this month’s NBA draft, talks to the media after an individual workout with the Suns, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Basketball fans look for draft prospects before the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Duke’s Marvin Bagley III poses for a picture after he was picked second overall by the Sacramento Kings during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, right, shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked first overall by the Phoenix Suns during NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Phoenix Suns fans Josie Velasco, Michael Velasco, Angel Velasco and Susan Velasco, from left, cheer in Phoenix as the Suns selected Deandre Ayton with the first pick in the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Luka Doncic, who plays for Real Madrid, poses for a picture with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after Doncic was picked third overall by the Atlanta Hawks during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked second overall by the Sacramento Kings during NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked first overall by the Phoenix Suns during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 14th overall by the Denver Nuggets during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)NextShow Caption1 of 58Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked 14th overall by the Denver Nuggets during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)ExpandSoCal prospectsSeveral prospects with Southern California ties in this year’s draft. Here are some of the players to keep an eye on as they start their NBA careers:Marvin Bagley III (Sierra Canyon HS / Duke)De’Anthony Melton (Crespi HS / USC)Aaron Holiday (Campbell Hall / UCLA)Chimezie Metu (Lawndale HS / USC)Elijah Stewart (Westchester HS / USC)Deandre Ayton (Balboa City School & Hillcrest Prep Academy / Arizona)Chandler Hutchison (Mission Viejo / Boise State)Thomas Welsh (Loyola HS / UCLA)LiAngelo Ball (Chino Hills HS / UCLA / Vyautas Prienu) AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHoliday went to the Indiana Pacers with the 23rd pick and college teammate Thomas Welsh was selected with the 58th pick in the second round by the Denver Nuggets.Melton was chosen in the second round, going to the Houston Rockets at No. 46. Metu went three picks later to the San Antonio Spurs.Doc Rivers and the LA Clippers filled a couple of spots in their backcourt. LA made a trade with the Charlotte Hornets to move up from No. 12 to 11 and nabbed 6-foot-6 point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Kentucky. The Clippers used the 13th overall pick to select shooting guard Jerome Robinson of Boston College.As an unheralded college recruit, Moe Wagner made the jump from Berlin to Michigan. He took his next big leap into the NBA after he was drafted with the 25th pick by the Los Angeles Lakers.Wagner would be the first of three European-born players drafted by the Lakers. LA drafted Isaac Bonga from Germany with the 39th pick and Sviatoslav “Svi” Mykhailiuk, from the University of Kansas via Ukraine, with the 47th pick. 2018 NBA draft pick-by-pick recapThe Phoenix Suns held the first overall pick after winning the draft lottery and finishing the season with a 21-61 record.Phoenix didn’t have to look far to find its No. 1 pick, selecting University of Arizona center Deandre Ayton, who played the last two years of his high school career in Phoenix before winning a Pac-12 Tournament Championship with the Wildcats.Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, from Sierra Canyon High, was selected at No. 2 by the Sacramento Kings, and Luka Dončić of Slovenia went No. 3 to the Atlanta Hawks.Notable locals in the draft include UCLA’s Aaron Holiday, who also played at Campbell Hall, and USC’s De’Anthony Melton (Crespi High) and Chimezie Metu (Lawndale). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Krste Velkoski got offers from Russia, Turkey and South Korea

first_imgOne of the best players of FC Sarajevo, Macedonian national team player Krste Velkoski, will leave the current champion of B&H.Velkoski received offers of clubs from three countries, Russia, South Korea and Turkey. The leaders of FC Sarajevo are currently negotiating with interested clubs, and Macedonian player will most likely leave Kosevo.Krste was the best assistant of his team in this season with seven assists, and the top scorer of FC Sarajevo with 11 goals. He played 75 matches in maroon jersey and scored 31 goals.He enrolled 10 appearances for the national football team of Macedonia.Before joining FC Sarajevo, Velkoski left a deep mark in the Macedonian FC Rabotnicki, where he played 102 matches.Fans of FC Sarajevo will remember him for good. He enrolled two assists in the Europa League qualifier against Borussia Monchengladbach, and he scored very important goals for maroon team.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Mary Jo’s Hobo House in Britt fights back from coronavirus shut down

first_imgBRITT (RADIO IOWA) — An iconic breakfast and lunch restaurant in Hancock County is starting to hit its stride again.Earlier this month, Mary Jo’s Hobo House in Britt reopened its dining room under specific guidelines set down by the state. Owner Mary Jo Hughes says this has been a tough spring. “I’m not going to lie. It was bad,” Hughes says.“I’ve been in business for 26 years and I’ll tell you, I’ve never been through anything like this before. It was worse than when we had major snowstorms, we’d have more customers than we did through this.”Hughes says she had to be creative and innovative — and almost go into survival mode to get through the near shutdown the governor ordered during the pandemic. “I had to put my waitress, which is my sister, on unemployment, so that would free that money up so I could go on and then I ran it myself,” Hughes says. “I would be the one to answer the phone, cook the order, pack the order, ring up the order and I did that every day because you went from having, you know, like a restaurant full of people in the morning to maybe seeing maybe Monday through Thursday four customers — a day. That is it.”Hughes says there were a few bright spots. Her weekend business was fairly steady. “My Friday, Saturday and Sunday were really good because we had a lot of breakfasts during those days,” she says, “and then we even delivered, so that helped.” Her nephew came from nearby Thompson to deliver to customers in the Britt area. Still, the pandemic and resulting near shutdown have taken its toll.“Everything that I had saved over the winter because I had a good January, February and the first part of March going — it was probably one of the best winters we had had — and all that money is gone,” Hughes says. Hughes began to worry about the future of her business. She applied for financial help from the state and federal government, but got nothing. She went from making over 600 pots of coffee in one month to just eight.“There were days I thought: ‘Why don’t I just lock it up and forget it?’ but then you still have your electric bill coming. You still have your insurance you have to pay,” she says, “so whatever money I could take in, that would help pay those bills.” Hughes is now focused on getting her customers base back to what it once was, but she knows what she faces in this challenge.“I don’t want this to be my new normal. I want to have my old normal back,” Hughes says. “You know, all we can do is we open our door and put out a sign that says ‘OPEN’ on the street — and hopefully they’re going to come back.”Britt is home to the National Hobo Museum. The community’s annual “National Hobo Convention” is scheduled in August, to celebrate the migrant workers who traveled the country, hopping on and off rail cars.last_img read more