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Tuesday, May 23

Three mid-Michigan teenagers were injured in a single car rollover crash early Sunday morning on Coleman Road in Midland County; While two - both from Gratiot County- left the 530 am crash with nonlife threatening injuries Clare’s Amante Young remains in serious condition in an Ann ARbor hospital. Young made history this year in Clare, becoming the first wrestler in the district to win an individual state title...The cause of the accident is unknown, but it left Young with a serious neck injury that has already required one surgery and likely more down the road. You can read more in that story on themorningsun.com

A 16-year-old Middleton boy police say was implicated in a property damage investigation last year is in trouble again, this time suspected of breaking into several cars, stealing items inside and even driving a couple of the vehicles. A car stolen from Middletown, driven to a different county then abandoned led police to another stolen car...which was driven back to middleton then spotted moving across a yard and driving circles in the grass...Those two stolen cars were then linked by police to ANOTHER stolen truck earlier this month, along with several car larcenies...and all the evidence led police to believe their suspect is a 16 year old who was in trouble last year for painting vulgar images on cars in a fulton schools parking lot. He’s in a juvenile detention, you can find more in the story on the morningusn.com

Once again, Art Reach is hosting community members in their paint the intersection event this summer; You can  help paint the intersection of Broadway and Main Streets this summer in downtown Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weather permitting; The design and all of the supplies are provided by Art Reach for the project. The event is open and free to the public. For more information or to sign up, call Art Reach at 989-773-3689 or visit their website at www.artreachcenter.org.

A 22-year-old Mt. Pleasant man could face up to 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty Friday of stabbing another man in the chest at a party last year. Benjamin Keith McKewen was arrested in December after an early morning fight at a party on Main Street near CMU’s campus left a 20-year-old victim with a wound to the left side of his chest that caused significant loss of blood and required open heart surgery. The victim initially told police he thought he had fallen on broken glass in the scuffle, though doctors later determined the wound was consistent with a knife injury. The jury took about 3 hours to find him guilty on two felony counts; his sentencing is scheduled for June 9.

An explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England late Monday, killed at least 19 people and injured dozens in what police say they are treating as a terrorist attack. Emergency vehicles were helping the injured and bomb disposal units were later seen outside the venue in Manchester;  There was mass panic after the explosion at the end of the concert, which was part of Grande’s The Dangerous Woman Tour. The singer was not injured.


Alarmed by the number of motorists staring at their screens instead of the road, lawmakers are proposing to make Michigan the 15th state to ban driving while holding a hand-held phone. Police and safety advocates say the current prohibition against texting and driving is outdated, vague and difficult to enforce. To save lives, they contend, a blanket ban on hand-held devices should be considered — with exceptions for hands-free technology. Nearly 12,800 crashes in Michigan by the way last year involved distracted driving, a 70 percent spike from 2015...Monday, May 22


 

Stephen Blaxton has traveled the country as a semi-professional drummer, worked as a restaurant server in Alaska and taught international students in California...the 31-year-old shepherd native says his biggest adventure is in front of him.  On Friday,BLaxton  was ordained as a transitional deacon, taking the next step in his journey to become a priest...YOu can read more about his journey that led to his calling to faith and more in that story on themornigsnun.com

A day after it was stolen northwest of Mt. Pleasant, a thief was nabbed trying to sell a $5,000 violin at a local music store. The pricey instrument was the most valuable of several things taken from two vehicles early Thursday in the 2000 block of East Baseline Road,;  POlice notified B’s Music Shop on North Mission of the theft and within a few hours the suspect showed up trying to peddle the stolen violin...as it turned out, the thief showed up to the music shop on a stolen bike, as well.  An 18-year-old Mt. Pleasant man was arrested, after an interview he admitted to the larcenies.

Mt. Pleasant Public Schools is searching for candidates to fill a vacant position on its board of education after the recent resignation of Trustee Don Chiodo, who served on the board for nine years. Chiodo said he stayed on through the last year to aid the passing of the $30 million bond project and make sure the board found a new superintendent. Chiodo said Now, the timing is perfect for him to leave with the school district in good shape. If you’re interested in filling his spot, you can submit a letter of interest and qualifications to the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools’ superintendent by 3 p.m. on June 1...the board will conduct interviews and the person selected will serve through 2018.

Parents can still sign up kids  for CTE Summer Camp, but the deadline is drawing near.  The three-day camp runs June 14-16 and is put on by Clare-Gladwin Career & Technical Education; it features eight different career-related sessions for students entering grades 7 through 10 this fall. The deadline to apply is June 5. Cost to participate is $20 per session. Classes include Automotive Technology, Business, Caring for Children, Construction Trades, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Health Occupations and Videogame Design. There are both morning (9 a.m. to noon) and afternoon (12:30 – 3:30 p.m.) sessions available...you can apply or get more information on the CTE website.

The Little Caesars pizza restaurant in Alma is planning on relocating, but not very far from where it is now.  The will be moving down the street to the former site of the Commercial Bank building on Wright ave.  And, the new Little Caesars will have a drive thru window. There’s no date announced for the move, though construction work is still in process in the new building.

A 21-year-old Mt. Pleasant was sentenced to 77 months in prison for an assault on a woman in Mt. PLeasant.  Mayko George-Dye was arrested after an investigation determine he punched the woman in the face  and strangled her to the point she had trouble breathing.  HE was charged has a habitual offender and served a previous sentence for strangling an intimate partner.

Normally, if anyone gets near a robin’s nest, the bird will go into a frenzy. That’s not true in the floodplains downstream of the St. Louis dam according to a wildlife health study following the river to the Midland County line. Robins in those floodplains seem not to care should anyone try to disturb the nest,a highly abnormal behavior. Those same robins are struggling with reproduction as well; Of 22 nests attempted, only five had successful hatches,. Usually, the hatching rate is about 80 percent. Researches also couldn’t find any shrews, invertebrates with legs such as centipedes or hatching mosquitos...they’re  now seeking to answer the question of whether those problems could be caused by whatever remains of the pesticide DDT once produced at the Velsicol Chemical plant...you can find more on recent studies of the effects of the chemical spill 40 years later on themorningsun.com






 

Friday, May 19

Dozens of students walked out of Alma High School Yesterday and along with parents and others protested what they say is unaddressed bullying. Protesters said administrators and counelors are unsympathetic to students when they report feeling intimidated or hurt...the SUperintendent said the schools have an anti-bullying policy and welcomed a meeting with any parents at the protest. You can read more in that story on themorningsun.com

 

A group pushing to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan scored a victory Thursday when the State Board of Canvassers approved the wording of a ballot proposal the group wants to place before voters in 2018. The group, known as the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, can now begin collecting the 252,523 signatures from registered Michigan voters needed to get the measure on the ballot. The signatures must be collected by May 30 of next year.

 

Preliminary results on the St. Louis voluntary health study are in and they aren’t bad. St. Louis residents do have health problems but so far the study shows little difference from nearly any other community. That said, this study hasn’t ended. It’s likely only the beginning….researchers need to cast a wider net and are hoping for more surveys filled out by residents past and present  in order to get a more accurate portrait of the city’s health problems, some of which could have been caused by the Velsicol Chemical Co. and its contaminants. Those forms are available at the St. Louis library.

 

Even gas station bathrooms are getting ranked these days: Gasbuddy.com released a study on Thursday that reveals  the top-rated gas station bathrooms in each state based on a survey conducted by the website. Brands needed to have at least 20 locations in a state to be included in the analysis. Data was collected from March 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Minnesota-based Holiday Superstations earned the title for cleanest bathrooms in Michigan...the same company took top honors in Alaska, too.

 

A parolee who has spent the majority of his adult life behind bars was arrested this week, suspected of selling guns police say he stole from at least two homes in Gratiot County. homes in the Perrinton were burglarized in early May ; numerous items were taken, including a watch collection, small pure silver bars, eight long guns and two hand guns...a description led police to a 34-year-old man who was recently released from prison after 16 years...they found some of the items, then discovered the man had sold the guns -plus two more- at a sporting goods store. Watch themorningsun.com for updates including the man’s name after his arraignment on multiple charges today.

 

A drunk 21-year-old urinating behind a strip mall in Mt. Pleasant early Wednesday morning was arrested after taunting a police officer then trying to flee. A Mt. Pleasant Police officer driving by the Stadium Mall shortly after 1 a.m. saw the 21-year-old Saginaw man relieving himself. The man grabbed hismself, yelled suggestive and vulgar profanities, then ran; he was apprehended a short time later, A Breathalyzer indicated the 21-year-old’s blood alcohol level was .19. 42

 

Gov. Rick Snyder has called a special election in Michigan's 109th House District to fill the vacancy created by the death of state Rep. John Kivela. The primary election will be Aug. 8 and the general election will be Nov. 7. The winner will serve out the remainder of Kivela's term, which expires at the end of 2018. Kivela, a Marquette Democrat, died by suicide in his Lansing residence on May 9, a day after he was arrested for drunken driving in Clinton County.

 

A blood drive scheduled for Saturday at Vowles Elementary in Mt. Pleasant is in dire need of volunteers to make it happen...if not, the event could be canceled.  The American Red Cross is also hoping to get a few donors to register online for the event to get a better sense of what sort of attendance to expect. It’s  scheduled from 10:30 a.m. until 4:15 in the cafeteria of the school,  and Volunteers are needed for a variety of shift and tasks including set up, registration and clean up at the end.  Volunteers can contact Lindsey Chesebro at 231-629-2227 of e-mail Lindsey.chesebro@redcross.org.  A pledge to donate blood and an appointment to do so can made at www.redcrossblood.org and walk ins are also welcome at the drive. 45





Thursday May 18, 2017 -

Rumors that a 60 story  power plant is being built in northern Isabella County are untrue...however,  wind farm is in the early stages of development in the county. Apex Clean Energy is developing Isabella Wind, a 400 megawatt wind farm that would power 93,000 homes, fora  potential location east of Weidman. IT appears a 115 to 200 turbine wind farm is scheduled to be built in an area encompassing Deerfield, Denver, Isabella, Nottawa, Vernon and Wise townships on 40,000 acres of private land. Apex says during construction, the project will generate hundreds of jobs and significant local spending and 10 full time jobs in the long run, along with millions in tax dollars.  You can find the company’s presentation and more information on themornignsun.com

A 44-year-old Clare County man faces a decade or more in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting an elderly man with a pipe wrench in a park among other charges. Martin Albert McGill was the last of three to be sentenced in the attack, which sent a 67-year-old Lake man to a hospital in October of last year...all three defendants took plea deals, with McGill and  27-year-old Jessica Lucas heading to prison on assault attempted robbery and other charges, while Brian Fodo -who drove the getaway car- got a year in jail for accessory after the fact.

We may have summer weather this week but in Lansing, they’re thinking Christmas. the search is officially on for the state’s Christmas tree, and public nominations are being accepted right now. To be considered, ta tree must be a spruce or fir tree that is at least 55 feet tall, t have a maximum crown of 24 feet and a maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches. The tree must also be available at no cost and be at a location that has easy access by road with no interference from wires. Last year's tree was a 50-foot blue spruce from Sault Ste. Marie. Go to michigan.gov for info onhow to nominate a tree.

Teens looking for an unusual summer camp this year might just find it in Bay city: BaySail, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sailing experiences, is accepting applications for its 2017 Windward Bound season.  Teenagers aged 14 to 18 can sail away to Canada and around the Great Lakes this summer aboard an iconic Bay City vessel. Those accepted get to sail the Great Lakes; there are seven separate voyages through the summer hosting six people each ranging in cost from $750 to $1,500. To reserve space on a voyage, visit baysailbaycity.org

An extremely drunk man in possession of drugs was arrested this week after he was found sleeping on a stranger’s porch and refused to leave. A woman found the man passed out on her screened-in porch just before 8 am wednesday; she woke the man but he refused to leave, so she called police....police determined he was highly intoxicated and found drugs in his possession.

After 16 spelling rounds and three spell-offs, a Clare Middle School student took first place Wednesday night in the 2017 WCFX Morning Sun Spelling Bee. Allison Boyd took both the first place trophy and the traveling trophy after correctly spelling “migraine.”  she and home-schooled challenger Calvin Keyes were left in the competition and went head-to-head for multiple rounds. Each missing words in the same round several times, keeping them both in the match. In all, participants from Clare-Gladwin and Isabella-Gratiot regional education service districts and the Mt Pleasant Home Education Association. spelled more than 150 words last night; Clare schools get  a traveling trophy to mark Boyd’s win...you can find a photo gallery and more on themorningsun.com


Wednesday, May 17

It’s getting easier for gas-station convenience stores in Michigan to sell beer and wine. As a result of a change in state law, nearly 10 gas stations in Mt. Pleasant have applied for licenses from the state to sell beer and wine. Because of the city’s zoning ordinance, almost all of them will have to go before the Mt. Pleasant Planning Commission as well. the new law changes requirements for applicants, eliminating the need for the gas-station stores to have at least $250,000 in inventory.

A 21-year-old Mt. Pleasant man was arrested after he picked up and bear-hugged his girlfriend in front of police who had been called because they were arguing. Both the man and his 27-year-old girlfriend had been drinking when police were called.  They were arguing when the male picked up the female and bear-hugged her; she  began to hit the male so he would let her go. the man was arrested and a police report forwarded to Saginaw Chippewa Tribal prosecutors for possible criminal charges.

Only walkers, shuttle buses and emergency vehicles will be allowed on the mackinaw  bridge during the annual Labor Day walk this year, a major change to the 59-year-old event. That decision comes over worries about terrorism following high-profile attacks where cars have been used as weapons. traffic will be stopped on I-75 from 6:30 a.m. to noon during the five and a half hours while walkers are on the bridge.

Beginning today, the intersection of Washington and Michigan in downtown Mt. Pleasant will be a four-way stop after years as a two-way stop. The change comes after. A review by the Department of Transportation said it would improve safety for both pedestrians and motorists using the roadway THe city asks that Community members use extra caution at the intersection as everyone becomes accustomed to the new four-way stop.

Out of a field that began with thousands of talented singers, Michigan native Lauren Duski is one of four contestants remaining on "The Voice." The 25-year-old from Gaylord was the second person announced as a finalist in NBC's reality singing competition last night. She  performed the country ballad "Ghost in this House" by Shenandoah and received a bonus in the competition because her song charted in the top 10 of the iTunes singles chart. She moves on to the finals

A 66-year-old Breckendridge man sustained minor injuries when he lost control of the dump truck, flipping the vehicle and spilling a load of dirt in the process. The man was going about 45 miles per hour near Ely and Polk Roads in Gratiot County Monday morning when the truck’s left front tire blew out; The truck swerved sharply to the left and rolled into a ditch, landing upside down and spilling dirt in the process.

 

Michigan's largest utility company announced a plan Tuesday to reduce its carbon emissions by 80 percent and eliminate coal from its fleet. By 2050, DTE said it will hit that 80 percent mark..but even in the next decade, reductions will mark 30 percent….Much of that carbon emission reduction comes from shuttering coal plants as they age. That coal will be replaced by a mixture of natural gas and renewable sources like wind and solar.







 

 

Tuesday May 16, 2017 -

22-year-old Sarah Mora will spend the rest of her life in prison after being sentenced Monday for murdering her fiance in Alma last year. Mora told the court last month she stabbed Thomas Daniel-Richard Mendoza in the neck to ease his pain and reunite him with his mother; two evaluations found Mora competent to stand trial. In handing Mora a life sentence in the second degree murder plea, gratiot County Circuit Court Judge Randy Tahvonen called the murder “the most self-centered, arrogant decision” he’s seen in nearly 40 years on the bench. You can read more in that story on themorningsun.com.

A 77-year-old man was found dead in a fire in Harrison last week; police believe he may have been trying to exterminate insects with flames when he lost control and started a forest fire that claimed his life. A neighbor called police and reported they could see Ethan Carl lying on the ground amidst flames that ultimately destroyed about a half acre of woods.  Investigators discovered the man may have been have been using fire to kill bugs. The investigation remains open, and funeral arrangements are pending for Carl

Police in Clare and Isabella counties are crediting an overdose reversal drug for saving the lives of three men during the past week….last week, clare police were called to a home Saturday where Two men in their late 20s were unresponsive and in “grave danger; Officers immediately administered Narcan, a drug used to reverse the effects of drugs, and both men were revived….earlier in the week, Mt. Pleasant police used Narcan to save the life of a 34-year-old man believed to have overdosed...both cases are still under police investigation.

Ford Motor Co. plans deep job cuts - targeting salaried employees and slashing its global workforce by 10 percent according to media reports; The cuts will come as the company pushes to boost profits and Ford's stock price...Ford itself has not confirmed the cuts are coming. Ford's shares have lost more than a third of their value since the current CEO was hired in 2014.

In the same spirit of “up-cycling” that surrounds its Restore —a resale shop geared toward home improvement projects— Habitat for Humanity of Isabella County is rehabilitating a home instead of building one this year. It’s the first rehab project for the non-profit in Isabella County, though other chapters have done the same...There are plenty of volunteer opportunities with the project; they’re looking for building and construction experts to work alongside those with no experience but the with the desire to help; volunteer dates are set up through may, june and july...including a Woman’s Build Day June 7...you can get more information on how to help...or how to apply to be the family chosen to buy the home when it’s complete...in that story on themornignsun.com

Preliminary results of the Pine River Superfund Voluntary Health Map are set to  be presented to the Pine River Task Force tomorrow at 7 pm and creators hope it’s one of many steps to answering questions about ground poisoning in Gratiot County. THe map, which outlines resident health issues over decades, may at least begin to answer the questions of how and in what ways the Velsicol Chemical Co. and its contaminants may have adversely affected St. Louis citizens...experts on the contamination will be in attendance at the meeting to answer questions and offer analysis.


Monday May 15, 2017

Although the number of jobs in Clare, Isabella and Gratiot counties is roughly the same as the available workforce, there are not enough potential workers with the skill sets needed for the jobs that are available...econcomic development experts are working to fix that. Welders, machine operators and truck drivers are the top three job opportunities in Clare and Isabella Counties amoung higher paying jobs that need skilled workers...a focus in education at both the K-12 level as well as higher education is proving be beneficial in filling those jobs...you can read more about what’s open and what’s growing in the job market on that story on themorningsun.com

Mt. Pleasant’s Pita Pit is under new ownership, but the new boss is a familiar face. Mike Conley has worked at the Pita Pit on Mission Street for almost a decade, since he was a college student. He worked his way up to store manager...then In January, he bought the store. His end goal? Be “Michigan’s Pita Pit guy,” working at a corporate level for the franchise. You can read more in that story on themorningsun.com

Yesterday was Melissa Lownsbery’s first Mother’s Day without her daughter Julia Griffin; Julia died last summer after sustaining head injures in a fall down her basement stairs. Holidays are hard, her mother said, but she takes some comfort in knowsing Julia helped others as an organ donor. So far Julia’s kidneys and heart are among the things have helped others live through Gift of Life, a non-profit donation organization. Julia was also a tissue donor, which means many more people could benefit from her gift...you can read more in that story on themorningsun.com.

Detroit celebrated the QLine all weekend...that’s the city’s new light rail transportation system. The QLINE features three-piece streetcars that are each 66 feet long and can carry an average of 125 passengers per car. The daily walk-up fare is $1.50 and is good for three hours...it runs on a 6.6 mile look from the riverfront to the Detroit New City Center.

Traffic will be detored from MIssion to HIgh to Bradley when the he city begins begin construction work on the Pickard Road Bridge June 5.  The project will include removing and replacing the bridge deck, sidewalk, concrete approaches and railings and is expected to be finished by Aug. 11. Pickard Road will be closed to through traffic between Bradley and Mission streets though  Access for local traffic will be maintained.

 

The Gratiot County Community Foundation and its Youth Advisory Council awarded more than $72,800 in the second grant cycle of the fiscal year. The largest grand this cycle was $10,955 to City of St. Louis for its Lincoln Park Renovation Project; Nonprofit organizations by the way have one more opportunity to apply for a grant in this fiscal year. Applications are due June 1, 2017, and are available at www.gratiotfoundation.org.

Hoping to fill all ithe vacant buildings downtown, the Clare Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a sneak peek for potential business owners and entrepreneurs Tomorrow. They’re hosting its first ever “Tour of Possibilities,” which will give attendees access to each available building for potential purchase. The tour, which goes from 5-7 pm., will begin and end at Four Leaf Brewing. Background on each space, along with business advice will be available before and after the tour as well.


Friday May 12, 2017 -

Mt. Pleasant city commissioners have approved a new policy for Brownfield redevelopment projects in the city. The changes limit what types of expenses will be approved for some of those redevelopments.. A moratorium on future projects had been in place for a few months. The city and the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority have been working on the issue since February. the new policy has two categories. The policy for properties with environmental contamination is staying pretty much the same.The second category is property that is functionally obsolete or blighted...reimburesbements for those would be limited to only the demolition costs and any site clearing. You can get more details in that story on the morningsun.com

"Community Build Week"- The Timbertown 2.0 build project in Island Park next week still needs volunteers to make it happen…Monday & Tuesday the project needs what they call "Muscle" to help move the project pieces into place at the site & help is still needed Wednesday thru Sunday to actually build the Timbertown…No experience or skills are needed, just be able to do manual labor & help make it happen…Wednesday & Sunday all day help is still needed & Saturday afternoon volunteers are in demand…Monday & Tuesday volunteers should e-mail kari@ uwgic.org…Everyone else should sign up at uwgic.org…Food & tools are provided, child care is available on the weekend for volunteers

Gratiot County’s Jail Administrator is adding another title to his list: Brett Baublitz is IThaca’s newest city council member, appointed this week. Baublitz fill sthe seat  left open by Trevor Paradise, who resigned effective May 2. He’s a lifelong resident of Ithaca and told the coouncil he has a vested interest in what happens in the city.  He will serve onl committees for building and grounds, equipment and public safety as a council member.

General Motors is extending the warranty on thousands of older cars and SUVs after the government began investigating complaints that the headlights can suddenly go dark. An investigation started  last month after getting 128 complaints from owners about low-beam headlight failures.The company says the headlight module can fail because of the heat generated under the hood. GM extended the warranty on those cars to 12 years or 150,000 miles. The previous warranty was three years . T Cars affected range between 2006 and 2009 models; you can get specifics on GM’s website.

Construction has begun on a roundabout on North Mission Road at the U.S. 127 north interchange in Mt. Pleasant. It’s being undertaken because of the frequency of traffic crashes where North Mission Street turns to North Mission Road to the west and a northbound on ramp to U.S. 127 to the right. Workers on Monday began clearing trees and brush from the west side of the road, allowing southbound drivers exiting the highway to use one lane at the intersection. THe work is expected  to be completed in July, and a minimum of one lane of traffic will be open in each direction throughout most of the project.

Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart defeated Pentwater Wednesday night to claim the Quiz Central gold division championship crown and it wasn’t even close;  The final score was 380 to 140. The win advances sacred heart to CMU Public Television’s Quiz Central semifinal rounds which begin this coming wednesday at 7:30. The members of the gold division championship team and its alternates each receive a two-year, $4,000 room and board scholarship to CMU. Sacred Heart will face white division champion Interlochen Arts Academy.

Police serving an arrest warrant for one woman in Farwell Tuesday ultimately arrested half a dozen people on outstanding warrants and drug charges after investigators found methamphetamine in the home. WHen police arrived at the home they found that several of the people there had various warrants and when they searched some, they found meth and also prescription drugs. Each of the six were arraigned Wednesday; they face a mix of second offense drug charges, operating a drug house for some and also probation violations. You can find more in that story on themorningsun.com

A court in Detroit is prohibiting people from bringing in pens, pencils and markers after recent vandalism. murals featuring the city’s skyline and symbols of justice went up last week. A few days later court staff began complaining they were being marked up. The new policy will be in place indefinitely, though attorneys and members of the press with proper credentials will be excluded from the policy.


Thursday May 11, 2017 -

Another Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival has come and gone, and the village’s police chief has suggestions on how to make the event better...in a public letter, Luke Sawyer outlined what he noticed...police worked an aggressive schedule over the weekend, dealing mostly traffic issues...in particular parking and ORVs. traffic congestion was intense in some places, in large part due to many residents roping off areas in front of their homes...sawyer suggested education on public right of ways, which belong to the municipality not the homeowner and could be utilized for public parking.  You can fgind all of the police chief’s thoughts on themorningsun.com

The Superior Street Barbershop in Alma could be torn down as early as next Monday after fire destroyed the building last month. From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, contractors are waiting for an abestos abatement specialist to be available for demolition to begin, otherwise everything is lined up for the process. The cause of that fire - the third in Alma’s historic district over about 8 years- is still under investigation.

Alma has stopped its search for a public safety director after questions surrounding its process….despite interviewing four finalists this week. City mayor Greg Mapes will head a sub committee of commission members, who will look into inappropiate or even possibly illegal decisions made during the hiring process and other policy implimentation, including the cancelation of Alma Police Lt. Kendra Overla’s interview for director position after she spoke out publicly about the elimination of two police officer positions.  You can find more on themorningsun.com

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Fire Department will get several more lifesaving devices, thanks to a grant from Firehouse Subs. The department will add 6 defibrulators to its supply, replacing aging equipmen

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