COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Easter weekend 2014 is here. Today is Good Friday and there are no school classes across Branch County and the Branch County Courthouse is closed today. In Coldwater, it’s a half day for city employees with City Hall and the BPU offices closing at noon. Some banks and retailers have altered hours as well so it’s best to call ahead before you head out to take care of business.
Christians from all across the world are gathering today to mark Good Friday. The Gospels say Jesus Christ was crucified on Calvary when he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot, brought before the Jewish leaders and convicted in a Roman Trial. Some Christians remember the event by fasting, while others attend Passion plays re-enacting the crucifixion. In Branch County this afternoon in Bronson, it’s the traditional annual Way of the Cross Good Friday procession down U-S 12 beginning at 3 pm at the First Congregational Church and ending at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with a unity service.