Friday, May 24, 2019
Undersheriff Morris named interim Gratiot sheriff - From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom, for the next year and a half Mike Morris will serve as interim Sheriff of the Gratiot County Sheriff’s Department…Before being appointed this week, he was an undersheriff. 720 820
Lease termination paves way for rehab center's relocation - From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom, Earlier this month, the Ten 16 Recovery Network moved their social detox services to their Midland facilities…Now, they’re moving their entire operation out of the building…Some services, going to Midland, some to the William and Jan Strickler Nonprofit center on the West side of Mt. Pleasant…The moves come after the Isabella County Board of Commissioners granted a request from the Recovery Network to terminate their lease…There’s more at themorningsun.com – 620 – 640 820
Gas Prices Might Have Peaked As Summer Driving Season Begins- Gas prices are high as the summer driving season begins, but the good news is this might be as high as prices will get. According to Triple-A, the national average is two-85 a gallon. That's a penny lower than last week and four cents below the average at the start of May. The average price of regular is more than three dollars a gallon in Pennsylvania and eight of the nine western states. Drivers in California are paying more than four dollars a gallon. Source: USA – 640 740 820
Women Perform Better At Work If They’re Not Freezing In The Office- As the workplace temperature war rages on, a new study finds that if women could crank up the temp a little, it could actually boost their productivity…Research says women did better on math and verbal tasks in warmer environments, while guys do better when it’s colder…At low temperatures, the gender gap in the math task is “huge,” but as it gets warmer, the women get better and better and at some point, there’s no gender gap left. And since temperature of the work environment doesn’t just affect comfort, but performance as well, wear that sweater proudly in your freezing office this summer. Source: Scary Mommy 720
Powerball results for 05/22/19; did anyone win the $287 million jackpot? - No one took home the $287 million up for grabs in the Powerball Jackpot…Saturday night’s drawing is now worth $308 million…Tickets cost $2 each! – 640 720
State Police to Motorists: Expect to See Troopers this Memorial Day Weekend - Over the long, traffic filled weekend… Michigan State Police are leading 3 traffic safety initiatives…Operation C.A.R.E, Click It or Ticket, and the 6 State Trooper Project…It’s all part of an effort to reduce and eliminate serious injury and fatal traffic crashes…Last year, 15 fatal crashes resulted in 19 deaths over Memorial Day Weekend in Michigan…Officially, the Memorial Day enforcement period started last night at midnight, and lasts until 11:59pm, Monday night. 620 740
Busch Beer is offering to pay for one couple’s wedding this summer - A free minister, free beer, and a wedding gift of 25K…The Anheuser-Busch spokesperson, Busch Guy was officially ordained last Monday & he’s now ready to bring 1 lucky couple together in marriage this summer through Busch Light’s Busch Weddings Contest…Couples can enter by posting why they should win the contest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram… with the hastags: #BuschWedding and #Contest…There’s only a week left in the contest – Rules are at busch.com/weddingrules – 620 740
Thursday, May 23, 2019
On tap for Memorial Day: Parades, a concert and services
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This Memorial Day weekend will be a busy one! There’s observances and parades planned for a lot of Central Michigan. Farwell kicks off the weekend with a parade at 10am on Saturday. Coleman is hosting a “United By Sacrafice” concert Sunday afternoon at 1. All the other events are slated for Memorial Day, are on the day itself… Monday. As for Mt. Pleasant, Coleman, Ithaca, and St. Louis… parade start time is 10am. Breckenridge starts their service at noon. For more, click themorningsun.com.
Food Truck Friday to roll out June 7
Another Summer in Central Michigan… another summer, of Food Truck Fridays. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Starting June 7th… every Friday brings Food Trucks to Central Michigan Universities Research Corporation by Theunissen Stadium. Week to week, food trucks compete for the title of Best Food Truck. Then, during the final week, on Aug. 23rd… all the winners will compete for the championship title. Each week, the winner is determined… by you! You’re welcome to cast your vote every Friday, from 11am – 2pm. For a full list of the trucks coming, click themorningsun.com.
Breckenridge student wins both competitions at CFX Spelling Bee
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Caleb Calaway from Breckenridge was named champion of the CFX Morning Sun Spelling Bee, Wednesday night… for good reason! He first, won the alternate competition, which reserved him a seat in the main competition. After advancing past 14 students, he spelled his last word… “Stridency”. That stands for the loudness or roughness of something. For the full list of winners… click themorningsun.com.
Hudsonville Ice Cream rolling out new lineup of dairy-free ice cream
This year, Hudsonville Ice Cream is making sure everyone enjoys the sweet treat on those hot Michigan summer days. Hudsonville says Meijer store freezers will soon be stocked with 7 new, dairy-free, vegan-friendly flavors! Birthday Cake, Caramel Cookie Dough, Cherry Fudge, Chocolate, Mint Fudge Cookie, Peanut Butter Truffle, and S’mores! The new flavors come from a combination of oat milk and coconut cream. They come in pints for all the dairy-free indulging you can enjoy!
Aretha Franklin left behind 3 wills, 1 found underneath couch cushion
Since Aretha Franklin’s passing, they’ve found 3 of her wills. The most recent 1 was found under a couch cushion. Dated for March 2014, it was separate from the other 2 that were in a locked cabinet which wasn’t accessible until recently. A lawyer of the Franklin’s estate filed the wills with the Michigan courts this week, but they might not even be legal under Michigan law… A hearing is scheduled for June 12th.
FCA recalls 198K Pacifica minivans due to potential issue with power steering
The FCA is recalling over 198,000 2017, 2018, and 2019 Pacifica minivans. This is a little heads up since the company won’t be notifying owners of the recall by mail starting June 28th. The recall comes after the company found some vehicle’s battery connections were coming loose, and leading to power steering loss. If your vehicle’s affected… Fiat Chrysler says they’ll disassemble, and inspect the ground surfaces… free of charge.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Mt. Pleasant students raising money for cancer nonprofits
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Last year, Sacred Heart Academy, Mt. Pleasant Middle School, and Mt. Pleasant High School rose over $24,000 for cancer nonprofits with Miles for Miracles. That’s the Annual fundraising event where students get funds by participating in events like the “Student Vs. Staff” volleyball game, popcorn and hot chocolate sales, as well as obtaining sponsors for the Miles for Miracles t-shirts. This Friday… a celebration of the fundraising efforts will be in the Mt. Pleasant Middle School gym. There’s more on themorningsun.com!
Academic summer camp returns to Mid, teaches the value of STEM skills
This July, Mid Michigan College is opening the doors to 100 girls… giving them a tablet, free lunch, and days of learning, and perfecting their STEM skills. That’s science, technology, engineering, and math. Mid’s just 1 of 16 community colleges that’s hosting the 3-week academic summer camp for girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. It’s called the Verizon Innovative Learning Program, and Verizon pays for the courses… from July 22nd – August 9th. If you’re interested, contact Sarah Kohler at email@example.com.
52nd Highland Festival on tap in Alma this weekend
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… It doesn’t matter where you’re from or where you live. This weekend… everyone’s Scottish! Friday kicks off the 52nd Annual Alma Highland Festival and Games. Events line the weekend everyday, with the parade starting Saturday morning at 10:30am. Adult day tickets are $15, $12 for senior citizens, veterans, and first responders. Kids 5 and younger are free. For the entire schedule of events, click themorningsun.com.
Gratiot students receive $134,000 in scholarships
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This week, the Gratiot County Community Foundation awarded over $134,000 in scholarships at their Annual Awards Reception. 66 students received awards that averaged over $1,400 each. Of course, criteria varies from scholarship to scholarship but… recipients were also selected based on academic success, leadership, community service, athletic achievement, financial needs, and their submitted essays. For a complete list of the lucky recipients, click themorningsun.com.
Lt. Larry Klaus named CMU police chief
CMU has named their next chief of police! Lt. Larry Klaus will transition into the new position within the next few weeks. He joined the department in 2011, after 25 years with the Lansing Police Department. Klaus will lead a staff of 34, that includes 23 officers… he takes over for Bill Yeagley who announced his retirement earlier this year, in February.
State of Michigan launches $3 million campaign to help fill skilled trade jobs
It happens… people get older… and people retire. In Michigan, they’re estimating employers will need to fill 545,000 skilled-labor jobs by the end of 2026. Those are jobs in construction, manufacturing, healthcare, automotive, and information technology. There’s one problem with the numbers in this story… theres more people quitting their skill-trade jobs than people coming into the field. To help with the growing need… the state’s Talent and Economic Development Department has launched a $3 million awareness campaign. While driving on Michigan roads, or watching TV… you’ll start to see the Campaign “Going Pro”. By the end of the year… the department wants to have 90% of Michigan residents to come into contact with the “Going Pro” message.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Ex-Army recruiter charged with raping children hatches rope ladder escape scheme
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… An ex-Army recruiter who’s being charged with 6 counts of criminal sexual conduct in the 1st degree and 2 counts in the 4th, recently tried to escape from the Isabella County Jail. Keith Clark McKern now has also been charged with solicitation of an escape while awaiting trial for a felony which is punishable up to 2 years. The plan involved his cellmate, Michael Snyder, who was seen passing back and fourth notes to each other which eventually lead to corrections officers foiling the plan. For the whole story, click themorningsun.com.
Alma in line for more upper-level apartments
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Last week, Alma City Commissioners approved the 1st step for 2 projects that will eventually bring more upper level apartments to Downtown. It’s looking like 313 N. State St. and the “Opera House Block” on E. Superior St would be the locations of the new apartments. That would come after the upper floors are restored since they’ve been vacant for decades. For more on the story, click themorningsun.com
April Rotary Club 'Students of the Month'
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Every month the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant announces their “Student Citizens of the Month”. In the last group of the 2018-19 students… Zoey Mishler from Beal City, Rebecca Collins-Pfeiffer from Sacred Heart, Lingxiao Guan from Mt. Pleasant, and Emma Lindahl from Mt. Pleasant. For more, click themorningsun.com
Historic entrance building renovation completed at Hartwick Pines State Park
For 24 years, goers of Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling have just passed by the large 2 story log cabin… wondering what memories and stories it holds. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This year, visitors will get a glimpse of what the building holds when it reopens this weekend! All weekend long, starting this Friday, from 10am – 3pm… guests can get guided tours of the large 2 story log cabin, while getting a little history of the park and building. For more, head to themorningsun.com.
BMW SUVs recalled for ‘insufficient impact absorption,’ not meeting federal standards
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of 106,182 BMW SUVs. It comes after the cars failed to comply with requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. More specifically, the cars have pillars that might not deliver enough impact adsorption during a crash. Models included in the recall are 2016-19 X1 sDrive 28i and X1 xDrive 28i SUVs. To search active recalls, use the NHTSA’s website to search your 17-character VIN.
Michigan Woman Running 340 Miles to Raise Awareness for Sexual Abuse
Dani Filipek is an ultra marathoner and an Olympic Trails qualifier from Sault Ste Marie. She also works to help raise awareness about sexual assault at a resource center. And finally, to top the list of what she’s done… and what she’s doing… She’s running 340 miles across the state to raise awareness and money for victims of sexual abuse. In the route from the Sault to Dearborn, 40 miles… everyday… stopping every 4 miles for a 5 minute break. If you want to donate to the cause… search “persist” on crowdrise.com.
Monday, May 20, 2019
Beal City sewer project gets $2.4 million from USDA
The Nottawa Townhsip sewer project that will connect Beal City, and ultimately, homes around Coldwater Lake to Mt. Pleasant’s wastewater treatment plant… just received a $2.4 million federal grant from the USDA. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The project is all 1 thing still… it’s just split into 2 components because of the additional funding. That’s because last year, Nottawa Township and the city reached a big picture agreement to hook Beal City and Coldwater Lake to the city’s sewer system. As funding goes… the project has raised $5.4 million of the $11.8 million that it needs. For more, click themorningsun.com
Mt. Pleasant Secretary of State office looking to lower wait times
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… There’s always that running joke of how long you’ll be waiting at the Secretary of State… especially in Central Michigan! More specifically… Mt. Pleasant’s Secretary of State office. After Isabella County Clerk, Minde Lux received multiple calls and emails about the long wait times, she forwarded them to the Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson. After hearing back from Lansing, it looks like the Mt. Pleasant is on their list of offices that need some assistance. They’re not the only one though… to see the full list of offices that will be getting some help… click themorningsun.com.
Early hours and efficient work behind overhead color
Thanks to some Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation workers… Downtown Mt. Pleasant has a little more color before summer! From the CFX morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Last week, during the wee hours of the night, workers started placing planters of trailing petunias in the hanging baskets of the light posts. The flowers came from Pleasant Thyme Herb Farm, where they have flowers growing for Union Township, and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe as well! In total, it cost the city about $9,600 to put up the flowers… For more, click themorningsun.com.
Alma residents complain about damage from cats
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… A few Alma residents are having issues with outdoor cats destroying their property, and they’ve brought it to the city’s attention. Everything from cats spraying the front of houses, to tearing up outdoor lawn furniture. Some residents have trapped feral cats, and brought them to the Gratiot County Animal Shelter… only to find out they can’t accept feral cats. As of now, the city is looking into the problem, and collaborating with other communities. There’s more on themorningsun.com
Mega Millions numbers for 05/17/19; live results for $339 million drawing
Over the weekend, there was no winner in the $339 million Mega Millions Jackpot. That make’s tomorrow night’s drawing worth $367 million, with a cash option of $228 million. If you’re planning on playing, the drawing’s tomorrow night @ 11pm, and tickets cost $2 each!
Powerball results for 05/18/19; did anyone win the $269 million jackpot?
The Powerball Jackpot is getting close to $300 million since there was no winner in Saturday’s drawing. That makes this Wednesday night’s drawing worth $288 million with a cash option of $180.3 million. If you want to play, the drawing’s Wednesday night, and tickets cost $2 each!
Friday, May 17, 2019
Community Walk and Roll for Mental Health Awareness is a Success!
Last Saturday, MMI along with Community Mental Health for Central Michigan completed the 21st Annual Community Walk & Roll for Mental Health Awareness. Over 200 people attended, and walked through the parks in Downtown Mt. Pleasant, to help promote Mental Health Awareness. After the walk, the participants enjoyed refreshments and door prizes. Lastly, MMI and Community Mental Health would like to thank the community for the continued support of the Community Walk & Roll for Mental Health Awareness.
Isabella childcare center celebrating 50th anniversary Sunday
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This year makes it 50 years that the Isabella Child Development Center has been serving Central Michigan. To celebrate, they’re opening their doors to the public for an open house this Sunday! At 1250 Watson Road in Mt. Pleasant, from 2 – 4… an Ice Cream Social, History of the Isabella Child Development Center, and tours of the classrooms. For more, click themorningsun.com.
What were Michigan’s most popular baby names in 2018?
Now that we’re about half way through 2019, it’s time to look back to 2018’s most popular baby names… in Michigan! A recent list shows that although Michigan’s most popular baby names are close to the national ones… they’re a little flip-flopped. On the national list, Liam and Emma were the most popular names… but in Michigan, they ranked No. 3. Along with that, the names that topped Michigan’s most popular, were 2nd on the National List. 1, 2, and 3 for the boys go Noah, Oliver, and Liam. The top 3 for girls in Michigan… Olivia, Ava, and Emma.
CMU hires Christine MacDonald as new head gymnastics coach
Yesterday, CMU announced they’ve hired a new gymnastics coach. Well, new is one way to put it… new to that position. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom…Christine MacDonald has been a member of the CMU coaching staff for 25 years. Most recently, she’s been the gymnastic team’s assistant coach. In the late 80’s, from 88-91, she was a Chippewa Student Athlete herself. She now takes over for Jerry Reighard, who was let go earlier this year.
Powerball results for 05/15/19; did anyone win the $250 million jackpot?
No winner in the $250 million Powerball Jackpot drawing Wednesday. That means tomorrow night’s drawing is worth $270 million with a cash option of $168.9 million. If you want to play, tickets cost $2 each.
Gratiot County VA assisted by National Guard in painting of war memorial
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Soon, the Gratiot County Department of Veterans Affairs will be receiving some extra help painting 2 pieces of artillery. It’s not live, usable, artillery… it’s part of the Gratiot County All Wars Memorial. The help they’re getting… is from the Michigan Army National Guard! For more on the story, click themorningsun.com.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
McLaren Central Michigan receives high marks for patient safety
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… We’re safe… and proud today in Central Michigan… thanks to McLaren Central Michigan! They’re 1 out 26 hospitals in the state to receive an “A” grade in patient safety from a nationwide survey. The scoring was assigned with a number of patient safety categories taken into consideration… things like avoidable errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. For more, head to themorningsun.com.
WCMU nominated for regional Emmy awards
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… WCMU Public Television has been nominated for 3 regional Emmy awards. Their program, “Destination Michigan”, was nominated in the Magazine Show category. The nominated episode includes stories on the S.S. Badger in Ludington, the Inland Waterway, Little Bay Boards of Petoskey, among other destinations in our great lakes state. For more, head to themorningsun.com.
Alma backs off on residential sign ordinance enforcement
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… If you remember hearing back last week about the City of Alma enforcing their yard sign ordinance… listen up! This Tuesday, at a City Commission meeting, Alma’s City manager, Matt Schooley called upon the city attorney, Tony Costanza to address the issue with the audience. He told the residents to “rest easy” and to continue supporting the Panthers with yard signs. The ordinance that was up for discussion, was written in the 1960s, and was more or less talking about abandoned, business or product promotional signs, along with billboards, and advertising signs. There’s more at themorningsun.com.
GI-TEC instructor receives teaching award
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Paul Driggers has been teaching machine trades at the Gratiot Isabella Technical Education Center for 19 years! This year… he’s been awarded the Harold J. Van Westrienen Master Teacher Award. That goes to a teacher who’s able to motivate their students and their ability to use several teaching methods. For more of the story, click themorningsun.com.
Quilt auction, flea market in Clare
This Friday and Saturday… quilts, quilts, quilts. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… You can see more than 400 vendor booths and bid on a quilt at the semi-annual Yoder’s Quilt Auction and Flea Market. This Friday and Saturday, 8am – 5 pm @ 10885 N. Leaton Road, in Clare. For more info, click themorningsun.com.
MSU art museum named best designed building in Michigan
If you love design and art... you might want to head to East Lansing for a little tour. A popular architecture magazine, Architecture Digest, formed a list of “The best-designed building in every U.S. State”. On the top of that last… in the #1 spot… the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University! The building was designed by Zaha Hadid and opened in 2012.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Michigan House joins Senate in voting to ban abortion procedure
Yesterday, Republicans in the Michigan House joined the Senate in voting to ban abortions in the state of Michigan. They specifically voted on 2 house bills that would make it a 2-year felony for physicians to perform abortions, unless it was to save the life of the mother. As for the head leader in the State, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has already said she’ll veto the legislation. Pro-Life group, Right To Life of Michigan, said they’ll launch a ballot initiative on the issue if she does.
Next month, the 6th Annual Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival is June 8th! Since the Mt. Pleasant Jaycees started the event 6 years ago, they’ve raised more than $100,000 for many different local charities. Through the festival that runs from 3 – 9 pm June 8th, people can try beer and wine from 30 Michigan Breweries… among those are local ones like Mountain Town Brewing Company and Hunter’s Handmade Brewery. Local Food Vendors and Entertainment will be at the fest also! For tickets, go to Ric’s Food Center, or online @ mpbeerfest.com/tickets.
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Among 2 other Michigan managers, Alma JCPenney manager, Paula Moggenborg, has been awarded the JCPenney Founder’s Award. That’s the company’s highest honor that recognizes leadership excellence, in areas like financial performance, customer and client service, and business expertise. Moggenborg says she’s looking forward to another successful year, and… she’s proud of the talented group of associates who earned the special recognition.
Michigan teenagers can work out at Planet Fitness for free this summer
This summer, Planet Fitness is trying to get the teens out of the house, and into the gym. They’re offering free gym time to teenagers, 15 – 18 years old, at all of their 75 Michigan locations. They’re doing it to hopefully get teens to take part in their Teen Summer Challenge. As part of it, free fitness classes designed specifically for teens are available Monday – Friday, starting now… until September 1st. There’s chances for prizes through Planet Fitness’ twitter and Instagram pages, but the coolest part… teens will be entered into Plant Fitness’ Scholarship Sweepstakes. That awards 50 teens across America with $500 for school, and 1 lucky teen with $5,000.
Powerball Winner Surprises A Mom With $200 Gift Card
Last Sunday, during Mother’s Day… a Chicago mother had a surprised look on her face. As Nicole Domitro was walking into Target, a young man walked up, and handed her a $200 Target gift card. He then told her he just wanted to bless an mom on Mother’s Day with something unexpected. After the mother posted a pic with the good deedsman… the internet was quick to point out that he was Manuel Franco, the 24-year-old Wisconsin man who recently won the $768 million Powerball jackpot!
If you love sunshine, traveling, and… yachts… We’ve got the job for you! A luxury shopping marketplace and millionaire shop is looking for a yacht reviewer. Yes… Everything in that sentence is a real thing, and it’s true! In the job posting, the marketplace says, “you’ll spend a week on a yacht and create a detailed report of everything you find”. Each review’s worth 1,000 euros, which is just over 1,000 U.S. dollars. To apply for the job, head to hushush.com/yacht-tester.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
City Commission approves reconstruction of Brown Street without narrowing
From the CFX CM-Life Newsroom… At last night’s City Commission meeting, commissioners discussed the plan to reconstruct Brown Street in 2020. That plan for the section of street between Broadway, and North Drive would have narrowed the street from 40 feet to 37 feet… replaced the curb, gutter, and sewer line, and also added parallel parking on both sides of the street. I say “would have” because after hearing concerns from multiple community members and businesses, the City Commission chose not to narrow the street during the reconstruction period set for sometime in 2020. For more, click themorningsun.com
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Last night, Rosebush’s village hall was full, mostly of people there to object a request by Apex Energy to rezone a village property from agricultural to commercial. That request came in early April, and was going to rezone a parcel of land on Mission Road across from the Rosebush school to commercial… which would allow Apex Energy to develop it for wind energy. Since, Apex Energy has withdrawn the request… For more on the story, click themorningsun.com.
Amber Gall breaks school record in mile, now owns 7 school records
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Last week, Shepherd’s Amber Gall checked 1 more school record off the list… She beat a 6 year record by finishing first in the 1600 with a time of 4:56.33. The Shepherd senior now owns 7 school records. There’s more, at themorningsun.com.
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Tomorrow, the committee that’s appointing a new interim Gratiot County Sheriff, will be reviewing 8 applications for the position. That meeting starts at 8am… and it’s open to the public! Whoever’s appointed, will serve out the remainder of Sheriff Doug Wright’s term, which expires in December of next year. For more, click themorningsun.com.
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This month, 23 Michigan communities were awarded money for small road projects, from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Among those… St. Louis and Coleman! The 2 cities qualified for the money since they have less than 10,000 people. In St. Louis, the money’s going towards the Maple Street project. In Coleman, they’re putting it towards a multi-street project. For more, head to themorningsun.com.
Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty
Well, we all knew it was coming, but now… Felicity Huffman has plead guilty in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal. That specifically was for paying $15,000 for her daughter to cheat on the SAT. Prosecutors are asking Huffman be sentenced to a fine of $20,000 and 4 months in prison. Huffman says she does understand the charges, and that she’s sorry. The judge will make a decision September 13th.
Monday, May 13, 2019
IRide offers free rides in Isabella on Monday
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Today’s Customer appreciation day, and IRide’s participating! They’re offering free rides all day! To grab a ride, call their Ride-Line @ 772-9441. There’s more through themorningsun.com.
It’s just a couple months away… the 11th Annual Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series! With a little help from Downtown Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Bank, and CMU… each free concert has local acts that start @ 6pm, just outside Max and Emily’s in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers start the series, June 20th… then after a break in July, August brings multiple acts! Everything from “DJ Dill Pickle”, to former top 3 voice contestant – “Joshua Davis”, to local band “The Paddlebots”. For the full list of performers, visit the Max & Emily’s Facebook Page.
For a second August in a row, voters in Isabella Township are being asked to either stay with county zoning, or create their own planning infrastructure. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… On the August 6th ballot, their will be 2 questions… One, to create a local zoning entity that would responsible for creating and enforcing a township master plan and zoning ordinance. The second question addresses how to pay for the local zoning entity. For more, click themorningsun.com.
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… A substance rehabilitation center in Mt. Pleasant, is moving its social detox program, to Midland. The Ten16 Recovery Network has spent 13 years in Mt. Pleasant, but plans to move to its residential campus in Midland by the end of May. The recovery network is the only agency in Michigan that has a standalone detox facility. For more, click themorningsun.com.
It’s time to boldy go to where… well some people have gone… This summer, Trekkies can unite to see the new “Star Trek” exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. What opened over the weekend, is available all summer long until September 2nd. The “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” exhibit features more than 100 rare props and artifacts from all 6 “Star Trek” TV series and many of the movies. Once again, it’s open through the summer, at The Henry Ford Museum.
If you’re looking to bet on sports… legally, you soon won’t have to drive real far. Just down to the bottom of the state, and then head to see our neighbors! Indiana has a new bill that lets anyone 21 and older at a casino or on a mobile device, place bets on sporting events. You’ll have to wait a little bit though, as sports betting isn’t expected to be in full swing until September. The bill only allows for betting on professional sports… high school and youth sports are off limits.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Mt. Pleasant veterinarian is getting ready for a move
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The Mt. Pleasant Animal Hospital will be moving locations soon. Later this month, the practice on S. Isabella Road, will move a few lots north of where it currently is. The new location will be in a building getting renovated, which will give staff and clients more room to work with. There’s more on themorningsun.com
Rookie robotics year makes SHA proud
SHAbotics from Sacred Heart Academy has made a mark! The 1st ever robotics team from SHA finished their rookie season with a whole new perspective. For the most part, robotics teams design, build, and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against competitors. For more into on the SHA robotics team, click here!
This last Wednesday night, residents had their chance to provide input on the Pickard Street Narrowing project. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… That would take the road down to 1 lane in each direction, add a bike lane, and a turn lane through the road, towards the west side of Mt. Pleasant, on Pickard St. The input, was almost all against the project. Now, the city takes the input into consideration, and will pick what they’ll do, later in June. There’s more on themorningsun.com
State changes timetable; Mt. Pleasant might stall on recreational marijuana
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Earlier in the year, the state said they’d start accepting business applications for recreational marijuana businesses in December. Now, the state’s pushed that timetable up a few months, to start accepting applications in September. Because of that, for the time being… the City of Mt. Pleasant might temporarily opt out of allowing recreational marijuana businesses in order to give the city time to draft an ordinance. For more, click themorningsun.com
New contact rules for MHSAA high school football practice
If you heard earlier this week… the MHSAA made changes to the playoff format for high school football… now, they’re making more changes. Starting next season, the MHSAA will be limiting programs to “no more than 6 hours of full-pads collision contact during a week of in-season practice. Now, the MHSAA defines “collision” as contact at game speed. Have you heard of “thud” contact… according to the MHSAA, that’s full speed but above the waist only, with no player taken to the ground. That type of contact is unlimited throughout the season… for more, check the latest rules on mhsaa.com
U.S. Seizes North Korean Ship Suspected of Violating Sanctions
The United States has seized a North Korean ship, that apparently… was in violation of sanctions put on by the United Nations. It was caught smuggling coal, which goes against the sanstions that were designed to deprive them of cash and supplies for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Since the seizure, the U.S. is looking to take ownership of the ship.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Beal City High School, #16 on list of top schools that tested college ready in the SAT
Now that we’re a couple months past the SAT, we can look at how Michigan did as a state! 96 schools out of 811, had students that met or exceeded the national requirement to fully be considered “college ready”. This week, MLive came out with the Top 50 list when looking at college readiness when basing it off of SAT scores. Beal City High School represents Central Michigan on the list of top 50… the aggie class of 2019 ranked #16!
Sacred Heart students share letters from President Trump, Governor Whitmer
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Over the holidays, a 5th grade class at Sacred Heart Academy sent 2 letters… 1 to the President of the United States… the other, to then-Governor elect Gretchen Whitmer. When the student’s heard back from the Governor, their teacher says they were surprised at first, and then filled with pride. This week, the class got a huge surprise! They applauded as their teacher announced the President had written them back. In the letter, Trump included a copy of the Bill of Rights, excerpts from the Constitution, among other things. There’s more on themorningsun.com
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This week’s National Small Business Week, and the Clare Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating with a little promotion and giveaway. Any week though is a good week to shop local, support small businesses, and help boost the local economy. Along with the celebration, small businesses in the City of Clare have contributed over $800 in gift cards and prizes for the Chamber’s “I Spy Photo Contest”. If you want to play along this week, check the Clare Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page each day… they’ll post several photos of somewhere in the City… then like the chamber’s page, like and share the post, then comment where the picture was taken. There’s more on themorningsun.com
Just a little reminder… because it seems like a lot of people don’t know. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… In Alma city limits, yard signs are prohibited… and yes, that does go for local high school sports signs. The rule isn’t new but is being enforced due to the city receiving complaints. That topic should be discussed at Alma’s City Commission meeting, next Tuesday @ 6pm. More on themorningsun.com
The MountatinTown Singers are a Barbershop harmony group, from Central Michigan. This summer, they’re adding a program to expand their community reach. A Family Chorus that’s open to all age groups… grandparents, parents, couples, cousins, and children above 10 will rehearse every Thursday @ Morey Flex Tech High School. That’s until the group performs 2 songs at the Mountain Town Singers summer concert, June 27th. If you’re interested, you can register on mountaintownsingers.org
Denver Becomes First American City To Decriminalize 'Magic Mushrooms’
From the Denver Post… The city of Denver did something MAGIC this week! They passed Initiative 301… which decriminalizes psychedelic -or ‘magic mushrooms’ in the City of Denver. It’s still illegal to sell them, but if you’re 21 or older, you can possess them… in Denver.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Sacred Heart student wins National Merit Scholarship
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… A Sacred Heart Senior is part of 81 National Merit Scholarship winners, just in Michigan… there’s 2,500 of them in the nation. Rebecca J. Collins-Pfeiffer of Mt. Pleasant will receive a $2,500 scholarhsip for having the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. For more, click themorningsun.com.
Historic Clare hotel to undergo renovations worth $6.2 million
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The Doherty Hotel in Clare will soon receive renovations valued at over $6 million. The exterior will be restored to its original condition and rooms on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors will get completely renovated, getting more of a modern layout and amenities. The renovation will also create 21 “upscale” rooms, with 3 adding kitchenettes for extended stay visitors. There’s more on themorningsun.com.
Annual Festival of Banners brings vibrant local art to city streets
Art Reach of Mid Michigan’s “Festival of Banners” will soon spruce up the streets of Isabella County. “Festival of Banners” is an annual community-wide art program that lines the streets with banners painted by local artists. For those under 18, and above 65… it’s free to participate. Art Reach does accept sponsors to offset the expense of the program, because the purchase of the 5-foot tall banners alone costs over $10,000.
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… A North Branch trucking company owner is facing 9 felony counts in an 8-year billing scam with Bandit Industries. The discovery came after a detective noticed that Lorie Ann Stuer, falsified invoices and fraudulently billed Bandit starting in 2011. The total is somewhere around $3.65 million. For more, click themorningsun.com
Therapeutic horse ranch celebrates 15 years in Weidman
HopeWell Ranch in Weidman is a therapy farm that works with children, adults, veterans, and families. A therapy farm offers free animal-based therapy to the physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged. Later this month, from 1 – 3 pm, Sunday, May 19th, the ranch will celebrate its 15 year anniversary! The party will feature Doc Pol, the Palooka Brothers Band, tours of the ranch, and local food trucks. The United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties has offered to match up to $15,000 in donations to the ranch throughout the month of May also! For more, find HopeWell Ranch on Facebook.
Gov. Whitmer vows to veto Senate-passed auto insurance bill
There’s multiple steps a bill has to take before it becomes a law. Yesterday, Gov. Whitmer said she’s planning on vetoing a bill if it makes it to her desk. That bill she’s speaking of would make a few big changes to how auto insurance works in the state. Amoung those, it would let drivers choose levels of medical coverage instead of automatically getting unlimited coverage and also standardize how much hospitals could charge auto insurers for care. The bill’s only passed 1 chamber and will be next up in the house… Gov. Whitmer say’s if it gets to her desk, she’s going to veto it.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Farwell Area Historical Museum Opening
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… If you’ve never made it to the Farwell Area Historical Museum, you’ll soon have a new option! Starting May 25th, the Museum will be open on Saturday afternoons until Labor Day weekend, later in August. The Museum will kick off their first open Saturday on the 25th by displaying artwork from Farwell Area school art students. For more, click themorningsun.com.
Before you heat up that after school and after work snack up, you might want to listen up... Tyson Foods is expanding a recall that was previously announced for frozen, ready to eat, chicken strips. The recall comes because the chicken could be contaminated with pieces of metal. Affected bags were produced between Oct. 1, 2018 and March 8th of this year. Tyson says if you’ve purchased one of these products, to not eat it… and throw it away.
Motorists in Great Lakes ‘can expect gas prices to increase’ heading into summer
Well if you had plans of more summer activities… they might be changing, or at least put on buffer… As gas prices stood yesterday afternoon, the Michigan average was around $2.89 a gallon… that’s a 3 cent increase in the past week. The U.S. national average is coming right up to that point too! One things for sure, the prices aren’t slowing down, especially before summer.
Honda issued a recall on about 94,000 newer models of Acura’s for the possibility that the teeth could separate from the timing belt. It’s not too dangerous of a situation… if the defect happened, the engine could stall. The recall goes for the 2018-19 Acura MDX and Honda Pilots, and the 2019 Acura RLX, RLX Sport Hybrid, TLX, and Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline models. If you want to search through active recalls, enter your 17-character VIN on NHTSA.gov.
Baby Sussex has Arrived
Well, it’s now official! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed their 1st child together and… it’s a boy! What we know right now… Baby Sussex tipped the scales to 7 poinds, 3 ounces and arrived just after 5am local time, yesterday. Now, the family of 3 is at home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. The one big thing we don’t know yet… the name!
Last week, Bud Light announced they’ll be selling rainbow-inspired aluminum bottles in support of LGBTQ rights. The bottles, which the company’s calling “Pride Bottles” will be in stores and bars next month. Bud Light says they’ll donate $1 to the GLAAD organization, for every case of rainbow bottles sold.
Monday, May 6, 2019
5 Guys coming to Mt. Pleasant
At the beginning of the year, the rumors were everywhere about 5 guys Burgers and Fries opening a location in Mt. Pleasant. Since then, it’s just been a rumor… but on Saturday, it came true! The burger chain’s Facebook page posted a video that told fans to follow the cartoon cheeseburger as it traveled around the state of Michigan. After taking a journey north, east, south, and west… it landed in Central Michigan, with the video saying “Yay! It’s Mt. Pleasant… the target date is sometime in October of this year”.
Cherry Berry in Mt. Pleasant to close May 18
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… After 5 years of serving Central Michigan, Cherry Berry in Mt. Pleasant will be closing later this month. The yogurt shop’s closing May 18th. It’s not just the last of Cherry Berry in Mt. Pleasant… but the entire state! The building that housed the location will soon be home to a medical marijuana dispensary. For more, click themorningsun.com.
Fulton's Aquaculture Challenge team wins two awards
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… A group of students from Fulton High School recently won the Grand Prize for the Best Overall Integrated System and another for Most Innovative design at the “Aquaculture Challenge”. The group won the competition last year also! This year, the competition consisted of creating a mini-fish and plant farm where both grow together in one integrated system. For more on the story, head to themorningsun.com
Here’s a fun fact for your Monday morning… the Midland Mall is home to the BEST Taco Bell in the nation. It’s not my opinion… Like I said… it’s true. The store and staff ranked No. 1 out of more than 7,000 stores. They beat out the other locations in customer service, store cleanliness, and other requirements from corporate. The company honored every employee with an Xbox One last Thursday during a ceremony.
USDA Recalls Mislabeled Frozen Food
Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a recall of mislabeled frozen meals. They say, more than 2 million pounds of P.F. Chang frozen entrees were affected because of a mislabeling issue. Their Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken Fried Rice could have milk as an ingredient, which wasn’t listed on the product labels.
Powerball results for 05/04/19; jackpot worth $199 million
Someone came very very close, but nobody won the $199 million Powerball jackpot over the weekend. This Wednesday’s jackpot adds up to $215 million, with a cash option of $133 million. If you’re playing in Wednesday’s drawing, tickets cost $2 each.
Friday, May 3, 2019
Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Now Offering Free Breakfast To All Students
In the past, free breakfast was only available to Kindergarten through 5th grade students in the Mt. Pleasant Public School district. Then…it was offered to middle schoolers. Now… it’s available to students at the Mt. Pleasant High School! The school encourages parents to fill out the free and reduced lunch application every year.
Snow day fight cools off in Michigan Senate, bill headed to Whitmer’s desk
It’s almost there! All it needs is a signature! That’s the bill that would grant school districts up to 4 extra snow days. A lot of schools could use that… when you take into account, the State of Emergency earlier this winter. It’s taken a while to get to Whitmer’s desk, because Senate Democrats wanted to add compensation for hourly employees of schools, who lost work days. Now, all it needs is Whitmer’s signature.
If you didn’t know… there’s more than 6,300 miles of state forest roads in Central and Northern Michigan. Michiganders can use those roads for ORV’s. If you don’t know where they are, check out the DNR’s new online database at Michigan.gov/forestroads. The new maps will be updated every year, on April 1st.
This weekend in Mt. Pleasant is a weekend of smiles, hugs, and most of all… pride. Central Michigan University starts it’s spring commencement weekend today with the first group recognized at 4pm, in Warriner Hall. That’s just 1 out of the 5 ceremonies taking place over the weekend. In those, CMU will award 3,148 degrees and certificates.
Powerball results for 05/01/19; jackpot worth $181 million
If you’re looking for more money this weekend, you might be trying to Powerball Jackpot. Wednesday, nobody won the jackpot worth $181 million. That means tomorrow’s drawing is worth $199 million, with a cash option of $123.3 million. If you’re grabbing a ticket for tomorrow night’s drawing… they’re $2 each.
NYC intersection permanently renamed Sesame Street
Earlier this week, on Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary… it officially became a thing! SESAME STREET! You can now go there on your next trip to the big apple. To find it, you’ll have to head to the intersection of West 63rd Street, and Broadway. Then… you’re there! That’s actually where the Sesame Street Workshop offices are located.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Broadway St. construction to start May 13
Just a reminder… From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Broadway St. will be partly shut down while under reconstruction. It’s expected to begin in a couple weeks… May 13th, and last until June 28th. From Main St. to the Grand Central Railroad, Broadway St. will be closed to all through traffic. There will be a detour from Main St., to Pickard St., to Harris St… For more, click themorningsun.com
Alma College offers to help transfers graduate on time
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Students transferring to Alma College, have a chance to get 1 semester of free tuition. Upon enrolling, they have to agree to a plan that will graduate them on time. That all depends on how many credits a student has completed when transferring to Alma College. If you’re interested… click themonringsun.com
Blaze Pizza opens first drive-thru in Mt. Pleasant
Out of 390 locations in the Country, 9 being in Michigan… Mt. Pleasant has a reason to feel a little special today. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The Mt. Pleasant Blaze Pizza that opened just last November, is the 1st store for the company to offer a drive-thru, or as they call it… a “Blaze-Thru”. It a little different than your normal drive-thru… you put an order in online, or on the Blaze Pizza app, then you can drive up to the window in the “Blaze-Thru”, and pick up your order while barely waiting. For more, click themorningsun.com
Greenhouses prepare to satisfy the thirst for spring
Summer isn’t too far away… after all the showers stop, it’s time to get planting! From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… If you’re looking to get those flowers, it’s the right time. Many greenhouses around Central Michigan are opening this week… some are already open. Talsma Farms in Lake opened yesterday and more will be opening Saturday. That includes Pleasant Thyme Herb Farm, Lapham’s Garden Center, and Green Scene Landscaping. Next Friday, the Rosebush Farm Market is expected to open. For more, click themorningsun.com
An analyst from GasBuddy is warning to watch those prices at the pump… Even though prices were down the past week about 10 cents to $2.84… they’re expected to get up to $2.99. At a lot of stations, it’s getting very close to that. The National average is the highest it’s been this year at $2.88.
Soon, General Motors will recall nearly 113,000 newer Chevrolet Trax models due to an improper weld. Because of the mishap, the lower-control arm could separate from the vehicle. This goes for 2017 through 2019 Trax crossover SUVs. Currently, GM hasn’t set a notification date. Once owners are notified, GM dealers will inspect each lower-control arm and make any necessary repairs free of charge.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
MDOT reducing a portion of US-27 BR in Ithaca to 3 lanes
For about the next 3 months, a section of the U.S. 127 Business route, from Ithaca to the next expressway entrance ramp is under construction. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The zone starts inside the city, at Barber street, then heads north a mile and a half to Polk road, where it will connect to the U.S. 127 interchange. They’re going to be repaving, making the shoulders wider, improving the drains, and putting down new roadway markings. For the time being, traffic is limited to 1 direction at a time, by flagmen at each end of the zone. There’s more on themorningsun.com
Mount Pleasant to offer free brush chipping May 13-20
In years past, the City of Mt. Pleasant has offered brush chipping, but this year… it’s free thanks to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. They awarded the city with a $30,000 grant, that helps out. The free brush chipping is available to the 1st 150 households within 30 minutes of city limits. Remember, it only goes from May 13th – May 20th. To find out how to access the service, visit the city’s website @ mt-pleasant.org
Mt. Pleasant Public Schools outlines summer projects
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This