Longtime Colorado Springs fitness center shutters one of two locations | El Paso County Economic Indicators

A longtime Colorado Springs fitness center is shutting down one of its two locations, citing a financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accolade Fitness announced on its Facebook page that its gym at 1785 S. 8th St. on the west side will close Sunday; that facility will be consolidated with Accolade’s location at 4390 Arrowswest Drive in northwest Colorado Springs, which will remain open.

“Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unsound economic environment for our business,” Accolade owner Duane Johnston posted on Facebook. “We have been struggling for the past few months to operate two formerly thriving gyms.

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“By reducing our overhead costs into one gym only, we are confident that we can once again flourish and offer our members and guests the gym/fitness environment that they deserve,” he said.

Johnston, who launched Accolade in March 2009, and other company officials couldn’t be reached for additional comment.

The closing of Accolade’s west-side location comes as El Paso County moved Friday to a stricter set of capacity restrictions for several businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Gyms and fitness centers that had been operating at 25% capacity or 50 people are limited to 25% capacity and 25 people indoors, or groups of less than 10 outdoors.

Accolade’s website and Facebook page lay out options for members seeking refunds or who want to transfer to the Arrowswest facility. The business also plans an auction of fitness equipment Dec. 2 at the 8th Street location.

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Accolade joins other fitness centers and gyms that have closed locations this year in Colorado Springs, also citing financial troubles because of the pandemic.

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Former vice mayor, longtime dentist and noted public servant Butler dies at 96 | Local News

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Wendell Butler was a giant of Roanoke government, education, religious faith and medical care — a “gentle giant,” according to people who knew him.

“He was just a pillar of integrity, honesty and care,” said Wanda Walters, one of Butler’s daughters.

Butler, who died Thursday at the age of 96, was a former Roanoke vice mayor who served as the first Black chairman of the Roanoke School Board as well as on numerous other boards and commissions.

Plus, he was a well-known dentist who served predominantly northwest Roanoke families for decades while working in his office on 11th Street Northwest.

“He was everybody’s dentist,” Walters said.

Butler died less than three weeks after the death of his wife of 71 years, Susie Butler, who was also 96. Both Butlers died from complications of COVID-19, the family said.

Wendell Butler was a native Texan who studied at Howard University, where he met Susie, a standout athlete and dancer. In 1953, four years after they married, the Butlers moved with their young family to Roanoke, close to Susie’s hometown of Covington.

As legal racial segregation crumbled throughout Virginia, Butler became more involved with public service. In 1968, he was appointed to the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s board of commissioners. Two years later, the Roanoke City Council appointed him to the school board, where he served for 10 years and became the first African American chair in 1976.

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Late pilot of downed aircraft was longtime dentist in Dyer, Chicago Heights | Latest Headlines

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An aerial shot provided by NBC 5 Chicago shows a portion of the crash site on Illinois 394. The plane is in a wooded area and the tail is slightly visible at the top middle of the photo. 

Lawrence Jagmin, the pilot who died after crashing a plane Tuesday in Ford Heights, is remembered by some as a dearly beloved friend and family member.

To others, he was Dr. Jagmin, DDS — a dentist of more than 40 years in the Chicagoland area.

Jagmin, a 70-year-old Frankfort resident, practiced dentistry alongside his brother, Dr. Gary Jagmin, DDS, in Dyer and Chicago Heights, Jagmin Dental of Indiana confirmed.

The brothers first opened their practice in 1977 in Chicago Heights after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. In 2006, they opened their Dyer office, where Gary Jagmin primarily practiced, Jagmin Dental’s website shows.

Multiple attempts to reach the Jagmins’ family were unsuccessful.

Ken Brodnick, a friend of Lawrence Jagmin, told NBC 5 Chicago, a news partner of The Times, the late 70-year-old was “an awesome dentist” and “a fervent aircraft enthusiast,” adding that Jagmin had a profound impact on his life.

“He was a straight-up class-A fellow,” Brodnick told NBC 5.

“Larry Jagmin was one of the most unique individuals I know,” Larry Heidemann, Jagmin’s neighbor of about 20 years, told NBC 5. Heidemann described Jagmin as a man of many skills and talents, a Harley-Davidson enthusiast and “a unique individual and an outstanding neighbor,” NBC 5 reported.

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