Thursday, September 19, 2019
Clare woman, 19, killed in two-vehicle Isabella Road crash
Yesterday, a car crash in Mt. Pleasant claimed the life of a 19-year old Clare woman. From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… MSP responded to the corner of Bluegrass and Isabella Rd. around 11:15 a.m. before the female involved was transported to McLaren Central Michigan, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the other vehicle, a 19-year-old Mount Pleasant man, and 2 adult passengers got minor injuries in the crash. The crash remains under investigation by MSP. For more, click themorningsun.com.
Michigan's ban on flavored e-cigarettes effective immediately
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Where nearing the final stretch of days until retailers and resellers have to comply with Michigan’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products. Yesterday, official emergency rules from the governor were filed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The 8 emergency rules that were filed can be found on michigan.gov/e-cigarettes. For more on the story… click themorningsun.com.
New pub, pizza restaurant opens in downtown Mt. Pleasant
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… A new pizza pub is now open in Downtown Mt. Pleasant! Vin Trofeo’s currently offers pizza, salads, cinnamon sticks, bread sticks, and nachos, along with a zoodles dish and a low-carb baked offering. They even have a Bloody Mary, made with their own pizza sauce! Currently, they’re open 7 days a week… from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more, click themorningsun.com.
Incoming Five Guys hiring for management positions
From the CM-Life Newsroom… Soon, Five Guys Burgers and Fries will be open on South Mission St. in Mt. Pleasant. Before they open in late October, they need staff! A help-wanted post on their Facebook page says the stores looking for shift managers, and assistant managers. For more information, visit the Mt. Pleasant Five Guys Burgers & Fries Facebook Page!
Humane Animal Treatment Society celebrates 20 years of service
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The Humane Animal Treatment Society in Isabella County, this year, is celebrating 20 years! You can join them at their “Ales for Tails” event at Hunter’s Ale House on Friday, October 4th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. That’s their fall fundraising event that will have craft beer tasting, live music, a cash raffle and appetizers. HATS fights animal overpopulation in the community by spaying and neutering every animal they adopt out. Proceeds from “Ales for Tails” will help HATS continue to offer that service and in turn save countless lives. For more on the event, click themorningsun.com.
High school students from Clare and Shepherd to compete for college scholarships
Students from Clare or Shepherd who are attending tomorrow night’s football game, could have a chance to win actual college scholarships from Mid Michigan College! During the game, the Mid Michigan College Team Toss Challenge will feature 2 students from both schools to compete as teams. Teammates stand 15 yards apart, as 1 tosses 10 Mid Michigan College footballs to the other, who tries to catch the footballs in a basket. Members of the winning team will each win a $500 scholarship to Mid… The runners-up will each receive a $100 gift card to the Mid Michigan College Bookstore. Today’s the last day to enter the contest… to do so, visit midmich.edu and search “Team Toss Challenge”.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Governor Issues Executive Order To Expand Recycling
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive to improve and expand recycling efforts in Michigan...Saying the order will create jobs, combat climate change, and protect public health”, the Governor signed the order this week, expanding the recycling efforts, especially in state government...Additionally a comprehensive education campaign for state employees on recycling will be launched.
Alma Art Prize gets student artists moving
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The annual Alma Art Prize has kicked off and now runs through September 30th. Pieces of artwork are made from various materials ranging from the traditional acrylic paint to the less traditional. As the competition’s advisor puts it, “it’s a terrific experience where students from across disciplines can explore a singular idea in a supportive environment.” People can also vote for their favorite projects online this year. The winner will be announced Sept. 30. For more, click www.themorningsun.com.
Giant guitar pedal greets music store visitors
The next time you walk into B’s Music Shop, take a look to your left… no, you’re not in ‘Honey I shrunk the kids’… or a Dr. Suess film, no… you’re looking at the world’s biggest working guitar effects pedal. From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The pedal’s about the size of a medium sized-futon. B’s Music Shop is now decorating their lobby with it.
And it is a working fuzz-distortion pedal! To take a look, visit B’s Music at 613 N. Mission St. in Mt. Pleasant. For how the pedal came to be… click www.themorningsun.com.
CMU Board of Trustees to meet Sept. 18-19
The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will meet today and tomorrow to go over some tasks at hand. From the CM-Life Newsroom… Committee meetings begin today at 1 p.m. and wrap up tomorrow after a formal session at 9 a.m. During their talks… they’ll go over Enterprise Risk, and Academic & Student Affairs, among other things… Tomorrow, CM-Life will live stream the formal meeting session on their Facebook page at 9 a.m.
California man is seventh person to die from suspected vape-related illness
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Health officials in California have confirmed that another patient has died of a vaping-related illness… That’s at least the 7th reported death associated with the national outbreak of serious lung disease related to vaping or using e-cigarettes. The unnamed 40-year-old man had been in the hospital for "several weeks" before his death. The man had been using both nicotine e-cigarettes and THC vape products. For more, visit www.themorningsun.com.
Gratiot Agri-Fit Challenge set for Saturday
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The 6th annual Gratiot County 5K Agri-Fit Challenge is set for this Saturday morning at McNabb Park in Ithaca. A shorter race for youngsters, 7-13 will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the adult version for those 14 and older starting at 9 a.m. But beware; this isn’t anything like your typical 5K road race. The Agri-Fit Challenge features several agriculture-related obstacles that participants have to overcome. Many of the props used are supplied or donated by local farmers and agricultural-related businesses.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Mt. Pleasant City Commission candidates to give views at forum
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… All 5 candidates for Mt. Pleasant City Commission have agreed to attend a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Those competing for the 2 open seats on the City Commission are Mary Alsager, Barry Delau II, Brandon McQueen, George Ronan, and Kathy Rise. To see the candidates give opening and closing statements, ask any questions you have, or just sit in on the forum… be at Mt. Pleasant City Hall, this Thursday night, at 7 p.m. The top 2 vote-getters in the Nov. 5 election will serve three-year terms on the City Commission. For more, visit www.themorningsun.com.
New Alma party store open at former 7-Eleven location
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… If you’ve seen traffic in and out of the old 7-Eleven in Alma, that’s because it’s now a 7-Star party store! They’re currently going through a soft opening, until their inventory is fully stocked. The building that was bought by Alma College last November, is now being leased to longtime party store owner, Sky Brutus. Right now, the store still has a few things on the To-Do list… it's in the final stages of getting its liquor license. For more, click www.themorningsun.com.
Powerball results for 09/14/19; jackpot worth $60 million
Nobody won the $60 million Powerball jackpot, during last Sunday’s drawing. Tomorrow night’s drawing now raises to $70 million, with a cash option of $47.6 million. If you’re playing, tickets cost $2 each.
MSP Mt. Pleasant post to host Citizens’ Academy
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The Michigan State Police will be hosting a Citizens’ Academy that starts Wednesday October 2nd… and runs till November 20th. The 8-week academy will give citizens the opportunity to become familiar with the mission and operation of the Michigan State Police, understand the procedures troopers follow, and get to know the personnel at the Mt. Pleasant Post. The academy will meet at the Mt. Pleasant Post on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you have any interest in attending the Citizens’ Academy, or you have questions… call or stop by the Mt. Pleasant Michigan State Police post. There’s also more info on www.themorningsun.com.
Charles V. Park Library adds group study space to third floor
From the CM-Life Newsroom… CMU’s Charles V. Park Library has added to its group study spaces. The new addition, called 3 East, is approximately 3,000 square feet and is on the 3rd floor of the library. Combined with existing group study rooms, the new addition triples the amount of space specifically designed for groups. The space that’s now open for students to use, offers 3-sided study pods, marker boards, lounge furniture and moveable tables and chairs.
Midland man arrested in connection to missing Shepherd girl
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… A follow up to yesterday’s update… A 21-year-old Midland man is in jail in connection with the disappearance of Shepherd teenager Nevaeh Snyder. Jeffrey Kaiser was arrested by deputies of the Isabella County Sheriff's Department sometime between 1 and 2 a.m. Sunday morning… Yesterday, he was arraigned on 1 charge of accosting a minor for immoral purposes… that’s a 4-year felony. He has previous convictions for larceny and malicious destruction of property in Bay County, and remains jailed in lieu of posting a $100,000 cash or surety bond. Visit www.themorningsun.com for more!
Monday, September 16, 2019
Mega Millions results for 09/13/19; jackpot worth $172 million
Nobody won the $154 million Mega Millions jackpot, during last Friday’s drawing… Now, Tuesday’s jackpot has raised to $192 million, with a cash option of $130.7 million. If you plan on playing, tickets cost $2 each!
March kicks off event to honor peace
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Over the weekend, on Saturday… an event for peace was held in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. The “Let Peace Reign” event started with a Peace Walk from City hall, which ended at Island Park. There… speakers, games, and activities promoted peace throughout the afternoon. The event -that was hosted by the Isabella County Human Rights Committee, concluded with a candlelight vigil and music… For more, click www.themorningsun.com.
UPDATE: Missing Shepherd teen found safe
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom… Last week, the Shepherd Police Department was asking for help in finding a 14 year old Shepherd girl, who was last seen Thursday morning. Since, Navaeh Snyder has been found safe. For more on the story, click www.themorningsun.com.
Ford recalls SUV with sharp seat edges that are injuring hands
Ford Motor Company is recalling over 300,000 vehicles due to… seats with sharp edges. The recall that was issued before the weekend, says the automaker is aware of 31 reports of hand injuries… because of the defect. That defect… is an improperly coined seat-frame edge in 2017 Ford Explorers. Ford dealers will install flocked tape to the exposed edge and tab of the seat frame. For the time being, if you own a 2017 Ford Explorer… expect a letter in the mail from Ford, informing you of the defect.
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Primary Election -- October 8, 2019
The Tribal Clerk’s Office of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has released the names of 52 eligible candidates to run in the 2019 Tribal Council Primary Election on October 8th. District 1 has 46 candidates seeking election. The top 20 will move on to the November 5th General Election where the top 10 will win a seat representing District 1. District 2 has 1 candidate running unopposed for 1 seat. District 3 has 5 candidates running for the top 2 spots on the General Election Ballot where 1 will win a seat representing District 3.
Gratiot County Community Foundation awards $79,512 for its Summer 2019 grant cycle
During their Summer 2019 grant cycle, the Gratiot County Community Foundation awarded over $79,000 in awards. Some of those included the Breckenridge Community Schools receiving over $5,000 for their Summer STEAM Literacy Program; Child Advocacy getting $5,000 for their Shop with a Hero program; The First Presbyterian Church receiving over $14,000 for their Community Café kitchen renovation; Gratiot Emergency Housing getting $6,000 for emergency assistance for Gratiot residents in need; and the Gratiot Isabella RESD receiving $10,000 for the School Safety Alliance ‘Stop the Bleed’ project. That’s just the beginning of the awards that the Gratiot County Community Foundation granted this summer.
Friday, September 13, 2019
Consumers Energy Expect to Restore All Customers Friday
Consumers Energy crews have restored over 47,000 customers after the powerful storms came across Michigan, Wednesday night. Those storms knocked out power to more than 54,000 residents and businesses. Consumers was able to restore quite a bit of power to those who needed it yesterday. Those who still don’t have power this morning, should expect it tonight… they were considered one of the harder hit areas. To report an outage, check the status of an outage, and get useful tips… click www.ConsumersEnergy.com/OutageCenter.
GM recalls over 3.4M pickups, SUVs to fix brake issues
Under pressure from the federal government, General Motors is recalling more than 3.4 million big pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S to fix a brake problem. From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The recall covers the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from 2014 through 2018. Also included are the Cadillac Escalade from 2015 to 2017, and the GMC Yukon and Chevy Suburban and Tahoe from 2015 through 2018. They say a pump in the power-assist can put out less power than needed, increasing the risk of a crash. Owners started getting notified last Friday. Once vehicles are brought to dealerships… they’ll recalibrate the electronic brake control module. For more, visit www.themorningsun.com.
Hobby Lobby grand opening scheduled for Monday
From the CFX-Morning Sun 14 Hour Newsroom… It’s been quite a long wait… but soon, you won’t have to wait any longer… The grand opening of the Hobby Lobby in Mt. Pleasant will be just after the weekend, on Monday! The store now sits where the former K-Mart sat for more than 45 years… that closed in January of 2018, then was demolished… in preparation for the new building to house Hobby Lobby. The grand opening goes from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at 8:45 a.m. For more, visit www.themorningsun.com.
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is opening an Immersion House for family-styled learning
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe will host a ribbon cutting today… for their new Immersion House. The ribbon cutting is at 10 a.m. for the house located at 7785 E. Remus Road in Mt. Pleasant. A grant from Multicultural Initiative for Community Advancement that was awarded to the Tribe was used for renovating and furnishing a Tribally-owned property for teaching the traditional Anishinaabemowin language in a family home setting. Now, the house will provide family-style learning in a home setting… Lessons will include cooking, arts and crafts, games and songs, movie night and more. To see how to book a stay, visit www.themonringsun.com.
After a year since launching downtown, local donut company moves on campus
It’s been a year since Ignite Donuts first debuted on the streets of Mt. Pleasant. They’re open everyday, at the Eastside Market on CMU’s campus. During CMU football games, you can find them around Kelly/Shorts Stadium selling Donut Kits from their food cart. The Donut Kits allow customers to purchase the product without having to eat a whole donut in one sitting. They can have a couple of donut holes and save some for later, or share them with their friends. Earlier in the year, Ignite Donuts won an office in downtown Mt. Pleasant from CMU's New Venture Competition. For more, visit www.themorningsun.com.
Detroit jeweler creating pieces using parts of Joe Louis Arena, how to get yours
Owning a piece of the arena where the Detroit Red Wings played out their most successful years is a dream for many fans. But what if you could wear a piece of the arena as part of your favorite outfit for work or a special night out with friends? A Detroit-based jeweler who creates jewelry using pieces of graffiti and other broken concrete in the city has partnered with the Red Wings to create a line of products that will feature the signature red paint from the outside of Joe Louis Arena. Photos accompanying the announcement show earrings, cuff links, dog tags and a tie bar as some of the items being made using the paint. The signature paint color was seen on the iconic steps leading up the front entrance and along the trim of the exterior of the building. The jewelry should go on sale on September 27th online and in the Detroit Red Wings team store at Little Caesar’s Arena. 25% of the proceeds from the collection will be donated to the Detroit Red Wings Foundation!
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Renovations at Wilson State Park
Next year, campers and visitors at Wilson State Park will have a more pleasant experience! They’re adding 2 new bath houses, while taking down the old ones. The old bath houses were built in 1949 and 1950 and remodeled in 1972. The new buildings are 1 of the first projects at the park using Recreational Passport funds. That money comes from the sale of Recreation Passports for entering state parks. The bath houses should be finished by December, and be ready when the park opens in May.
Champions Center scaled back, entire third floor scrapped
From the CM-Life Newsroom… A high-profile construction project in Kelly/Shorts Stadium that was dubbed the “focal point” for Central Michigan University has been scaled back from its original design due to higher-than-projected building costs. The $32.5 million Chippewa Champions Center will include multi-use events centers, new locker rooms and a nutrition and rehabilitation center for athletes. However, the project is significantly different now compared to what was announced in Spring 2018. The most notable change is the elimination of the entire third floor from the building. As the project moved forward and the new $1.5 million scoreboard was installed, it was determined that it would cost an additional $7.1 million more than the amount that was originally approved. For more on the new plans… visit www.cm-life.com.
Trump Looks To Ban All Flavored E-Cigs
President Trump is very concerned about deaths from vaping. While talking with reporters at the White House, Trump says the government is investigating the situation… that “investigation” could result in banning all but tobacco-flavored vaping liquids. 6 people have died from lung disease linked to vaping. And while the CDC is looking into more than 450 cases of vaping-related illnesses across more than 30 states, the American Lung Association has put out a statement saying e-cigarettes are definitely not safe.
Newman School of Dance Turns 60
The Newman School of Dance is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… Claudia Newman began teaching dance in Maine during the 1950s. After settling home in the Central Michigan area in the ‘60s, she founded the Newman School of Dance in Clare. The school offers beginner to advanced dance classes for dancers of all ages, in all types of dancing! Their anniversary season has kicked off this month, and concludes with their annual spring recital in April.
GreenTree aims to raise $1 million for new grocery store downtown
GreenTree Cooperative Grocery is in the middle of a campaign to raise $1 million to help finance its move to a bigger grocery store in downtown Mt. Pleasant. From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom… If all goes as planned, GreenTree will be the first-floor tenant at the soon to be mixed-use apartment building on the currently vacant Parcel B, next to City Hall on Broadway St. The space would be four times the size of their current, Franklin Street location. Green Tree needs $3 million for the project. Of that, $2 million has been financed, and the additional $1 million is the goal of the current capital campaign. To raise the money, interest-paying preferred shares are being sold. To see how to pledge, click www.themorningsun.com.
Detroit Youth Choir makes ‘America’s Got Talent’ finals for shot at $1 million
Earlier this week… the Detroit Youth Choir got a ticket… to the finals of “America’s Got Talent”! Now, they’re in next week’s finale for a shot at the $1 million grand prize. The choir members, who range from ages 8 to 18, performed “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco on Tuesday… they brought judge Gabrielle Union to tears. The 2 night season 14 finale is next Tuesday and Wednesday, September 17 and 18 at 8:00 p.m. on NBC.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Mt. Pleasant approves recreational marijuana ordinance
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… On Monday, the Mt. Pleasant City Commission approved a new ordinance to allow and regulate recreational marijuana businesses in the city. Although there's still just under 30 days until the ordinance takes effect… the city won’t begin taking license applications until early January. The ordinance will have buffer zones of 1,000 feet for K-12 schools and 500 feet for Central Michigan University. For more on the ordinance… visit www.themorningsun.com.
Antonio Brown Accused Of Sexual Assault
While the antics of NFL star Antonio Brown are pretty legendary, the newly installed wide receiver for the New England Patriots is now being hit with accusations of sexual assault. In a civil lawsuit, a woman who has identified herself as Britney Taylor in court papers, claims Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions after the wide receiver hired her as a personal trainer… Taylor, who is seeking in excess of $75-thousand, says two of the incidents happened in June of 2017 and the other in May of 2018. The suit says the two met each other during their time at Central Michigan University.
New wind farm begins construction in Gratiot County
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom... Construction has begun on another wind farm in Gratiot County… Eventually, 68 turbines will be installed in Lafayette, Hamilton, and North Star Townships. Once finished early next year, it will produce 168 megawatts of electricity!
It typically takes 2 weeks to install a turbine. To see the rundown of the project, click www.themorningsun.com.
Clare Shelter Offers Saturday Adoptions-Only Event
This Saturday, the Clare County animal shelter is hosting pet adoptions-only event from 10am - 1pm. If you’ve been looking at adopting and haven’t had time to make it into the shelter during their regular hours… this is all for you! The Clare County Animal Shelter is at 4038 Hazel Road, off Cranberry Lake Road, North of Harrison. For more information, feel free to call the shelter at 989-539-3221.
Mt. Pleasant Fire Department partners with Red Cross for smoke detector drive
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, while partnering with the American Red Cross are offering to install free smoke alarms in homes that either don’t have them, or just need replaced! The fire department is reminding residents… smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years. The State Fire Marshal division came up with this program as part of a goal of the Community Risk Reduction, which helps reduce fire fatalities. To see how to get a free fire alarm installed, visit www.themorningsun.com.
Governor Whitmer Orders Flags Lowered Wednesday
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff today. It’s in remembrance of those who lost their lives on this day, 18 years ago, in the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Along with the State of Michigan honoring Patriot Day by lowering flags to half-staff, Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations, are also encouraged to do the same! To lower a flag to half-staff, the flag should 1st be hoisted to the peak for an instant, then lowered to half-staff. This process should be reversed before lowering the flag for the day.
Flags should be returned to full-staff tomorrow.
Powerball results for 09/07/19; jackpot worth $40 million
There was no winner of the $40 million Powerball jackpot drawing held last Saturday. Tonight’s drawing raises to $50 million, with a cash option of $35.6 million. If you’re playing in the drawing, good luck… tickets cost $2 each.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Jerel Konwinski named Sacred Heart Academy homecoming grand marshal - Jerel Konwinski, involved with Sacred hEart Parish in Mt Pleasant & Sacred Heart Academy over the past 45 years, has been named Grand Marshal of the 2019 Homecoming festivities planned for September 27…Jerel and his wife Carol, who died in 2018, have a Named Fund in the SHA Foundation which generates tuition assistance for Sacred Heart Academy & also have a fund in the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation…Sacred Heart’s Homecoming activities start with the parade through Downtown Mt. Pleasant at 4pm, followed by the 7pm football game & Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at halftime.
GOOGLE- Michigan is joining nearly every state in the U.S. to investigate whether Google engaged in alleged antitrust practices…48 states and two territories announced plans to investigate whether Google is a monopoly that prevents competition with officials from each state working with the federal authorities to investigate the tech giant’s dominance of online advertising markets and search traffic…Alabama and California are the only states to not sign onto the probe…The announcement followed a similar but separate probe from 11 state Attorneys General into Facebook’s practices…
Weather pattern next 2 weeks looks more like July than September - September temps have been fallingfaster than most would like, however the next two weeks of weather are coming up warmer than average in Michigan…M-Live says the temperature forecast September 14 to September 18 gives Michigan a strong chance of warm temperatures, in fact there is a 60-70% chance of warmer than average weather in mid-September…Several days well into the 70s or even into the 80s are expected into late September, so don’t put away all of your summer clothes yet,,,
Michigan Announces New Test For Newborn Babies - As part of Newborn Screening Awareness Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Newborn Screening Program adding a new test that could prevent life-long disabilities or death…This fall, a test is being added for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy, a disorder most severely affecting males, although females can be carriers and develop some symptoms as adults…Males may develop behavioral problems, learning difficulties and muscle weakness…Michigan’s newborn screening system provides testing and follow-up for more than 50 conditions that, if not detected early, would result in serious disability or death…The goal of program is to identify babies with rare but serious disorders that require early treatment.
Animal shelter marks third straight year of top-ranked save rate - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Animal shelters in Isabella, Clare and Gratiot counties were part of a statewide wave pushing live releases to 90% or better for 2018…The Isabella County Animal Shelter had a 99% live release rate, 8% better than its' 2017 numbers…Clare County's rate remained largely unchanged from 2017 to 2018, with a 95% live release rate…The Gratiot County Animal Shelter also showed improvement, from 78% live releases in 2017 to 87% in 2018…More at themorningsun.com
Ram adds 693,000 pickups in US to recall for tailgate problem - More than 693,000 Ram pickup trucks have been added to a series of recalls to fix tailgates that can open while the trucks are being driven…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the expansion covers certain Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2013 through 2018 model years that have power locking tailgates…The company recalled about 1.1 million trucks in the U.S. in 2018 for the same problem, and added 410,000 in May of 2019, for a total of just over 2.2 million…Owners of the latest batch of recalled trucks will get letters starting around Oct. 18 notifying them to take their trucks to a dealer for service.
Shepherd, Clare students can compete for MMC scholarship - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, a few lucky high school students from Shepherd and Clare will have the chance to win Mid Michigan College scholarships at their upcoming prep football match-up…Mid Michigan College is hosting a tailgate event and scholarship giveaway at the Clare vs Shepherd varsity football game September 20th in Clare…College representatives will be at the field starting at 6 p.m. with free refreshments and giveaways & during the game, two students from each high school will compete in a fun, interactive scholarship giveaway contest…Clare and Shepherd high school students can enter the contest Monday, September 16 through Thursday, Sept. 19 online…More at themorningsun.com
Meijer asks customers not to openly carry guns in stores - M-Live is reporting Meijer stores have joined a growing number of large U.S. retailers asking customers to not openly carry guns in their stores…Meijer feels the open display of guns can make employees and customers feel in danger…The announcement comes less than a week after Walmart asked customers not to openly carry firearms in their stores…Other large retailers that have asked customers in recent weeks to either not bring firearms into stores or not openly carry them include Kroger, Walgreens and CVS…
Monday, September 9, 2019
Employee wellness and community involvement among goals of Corporate Cup Challenge on Island Park
This week, 7 teams from local businesses will compete in the inaugural Corporate Cup Challenge! If you want to see the action, be in Island Park from 5:30pm - 7:30pm this Wednesday - Friday night! The challenge is 6 events spread across 3 days, like Wiffle Ball, paper airplane toss, volleyball, cornhole, kickball, and a relay race! The businesses participating are Blystone & Bailey, Central Michigan University Research Corridor, Isabella Bank, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, MidMichigan Health, Morey Courts, and the City of Mt. Pleasant. Catch the fun, this Wednesday through Friday, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, in Island Park!
League of Women Voters of the Mount Pleasant Area celebrate 50th anniversary
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Over the weekend, The League of Women Voters of the Mt. Pleasant Area celebrated 50 years! In Isabella County, a group of women met together in September of 1969 and organized a provisional League chapter. The provisional League was granted full League status in 1971. For fifty years, the league has been providing voter education and registration, as well as facilitating candidate forums for the residents of Isabella County. There’s more on the league through www.themorningsun.com.
Officials Say 70K Homeless In Bahamas After Dorian
At last check, since Hurricane Dorian ripped through the Bahamas last week, it’s left more than 70-thousand people there… homeless. The UN says thousands of homes were destroyed on the Bahamas northern islands, and survivors are evacuating slowly. Property losses in the Bahamas could reach seven-billion dollars.
Mega Millions results for 09/06/19: $1 million winner sold in Michigan
There was no winner on Friday for the $139 million Mega Millions jackpot. Tomorrow night’s drawing will be worth $154 million, with a cash option of $109.4 million. If you’re going to play tomorrow night, tickets cost $2 each!
Saturday Declared Great Lakes Appreciation Day
Last Friday, Governor Whitmer signed a proclamation declaring September 7th… that was Saturday, as Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Appreciation Day! The Great Lakes region represents a $6 trillion economy supporting over 51 million jobs, and supports industries like shipping, agriculture, technology, manufacturing, recreation, and tourism. Whitmer says, “Right now, the Great Lakes and freshwater are facing dangerous threats, that’s why we’re going to push for bold, bipartisan actions and reinstate Michigan as a leader in Great Lakes and environmental protection.”
Main Street partially closing for construction
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Just a reminder, a portion of Main Street is scheduled to be partially closed through today and tomorrow. The west side of the street, at 114 South Main, will be closed due to construction for a business. That location is in Downtown Mt. Pleasant, next to the corner of Broadway and Main. For more, click www.themorningsun.com.
Friday, September 6, 2019
Saganing Eagles Landing Casino wraps up expansion project
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The Saganing Eagle Landing Casino has marked the completion of a multimillion dollar renovation and expansion project that began in 2017. Today is their grand opening event! The resort now includes a larger casino with 1,200 gambling machines, as well as a new restaurant called The Landing, a new bar and a new 148-room hotel. For more on the expansion, visit www.themorningsun.com.
Program Board not hosting fall semester concert
This year, Program Board will not be hosting a fall semester concert. From the CM-Life Newsroom… That’s due to scheduling and space conflicts. As for now, a spring semester concert is being planned. Until then, Program Board is putting its efforts into organizing other activities to help entertain students.
Mt. Pleasant planners OK renovation plans for McDonald’s
Yesterday, at a Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting, planning commissioners approved a site plan for the McDonald’s on Mission and Pickard. McDonald’s has been redoing most of its restaurants… the Mission Street McDonald’s was renovated in 2018… And Just a couple weeks ago, the McDonald’s on the corner of M-20 and Lincoln reopened after being renovated. Now, their eyes are on the one on the corner of Mission and Pickard… They plan to remodel the interior and exterior, add a 2nd drive through, and a 3rd pickup window for special orders! As for where the 2 drive throughs will go… that might look a little different. Customers will have a little learning curve once the project is finished. For more, click www.themorningsun.com.
MiOSHA fines Clare company in fatal workplace accident
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Fair Salvage Company has been fined $42,000 by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It’s over a February 5th accident that killed Ethan Gage, an employee and Clare city firefighter. The fine is because the company was cited a total of 1 non-serious, and 6 serious citations. For more, visit www.themorningsun.com.
Lucky MacDuck Day on tap in Alma on Saturday
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Tomorrow, from 10am - 4pm… the 18th Annual Lucky MacDuck Day will be in Highland Park in Alma, with ”Quactivities” for everyone! For the kids… pony rides, a bounce house, make-and-take crafts, sand art, face painting among others! For the adults… an arts and crafts fair, 50/50d raffle and entertainment!
The highlight of the event is the rubber duck race… they’ll go down the Pine River at 4pm. For the event schedule… click www.themorningsun.com.
National Grandparents Day is this Sunday, September 8th
This Sunday's National Grandparents day! Families can do more than a quick phone call to celebrate their older loved ones. Over 30 million aging adults tend to be inactive, providing an opportunity this weekend for families to take grandparents on a walk around the neighborhood. Overall… not just on grandparents day, you should always encourage regular exercise, discuss Medicare enrollment, remove fall hazards, and try to help combat loneliness as much as you can!
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Michigan becomes first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes
From the CFX-Morning SUn 24 HR Newsroom… Michigan is now, the 1st state to ban flavored nicotine vaping products. Yesterday Governor Whitmer told the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to put the ban into effect, ultimately stopping the selling in stores and online. The emergency ban will go into effect for 6 months, with a possible 6-month extension at the end. For more, click www.themorningsun.com.
State Receives Grant To Expand Mental Health Services
Recently, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services received $500,000 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. It’s going towards expanding Behavioral Health Home… a program that integrates physical and behavioral health care services for medicaid beneficiaries mental illness or emotional disturbance. Right now, BHH is only offered in Grand Traverse and Manistee counties… With the expansion… an estimated 3,000 - 4,000 more Michiganders will have access to the integrated services.
Harrison Moose Lodge Earns Awards at State Conference
There’s more than 84 Moose Lodges in Michigan… The Harrison Moose Family Center is one of the largest in terms of membership, the activities it sponsors and the activities it supports. In August, the Harrison Lodge received several awards at the Michigan Moose Association Annual Convention. Michigan Lodge of the Year, the Eddie Dalsasso Cup, and was recognized for making the most contributions to Moose charities. For more on the Harrison Moose Lodge, visit www.secondwavemedia.com/epicenter
Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum announces new executive director
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum has promoted Lisa Pehlps as the museum’s new Executive Director. She’s been with the museum since it’s beginning in 2012… Before her time at the Discovery Museum, Phelps graduated from CMU and worked in retail for 10 years… she was also a stay-at-home mom. Her duties include grant writing, fundraising, and to overlook the overall operations.
‘American Idol’ holding auditions in Michigan for the first time in years
You won’t have to travel to Ohio, Georgia, or really… any other state, this year to tryout for “American Idol”. Open auditions are being held next Tuesday, September 10th, at the Cobo Center, in Downtown Detroit. The last time ‘Idol’ held auditions in Michigan was back in 2013, when about 8,000 hopefuls showed up at Ford Field. The audition process starts next Tuesday morning at 9am… for full eligibility requirements, google: American Idol Detroit Auditions.
Pipeline to Flint’s back-up water source won’t be finished this year
Flint’s water service contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority required the city complete a pipeline connecting it to the county’s water provider, by December 31… Well… since the final designs for the project haven’t been submitted, the pipeline won’t be constructed by then. Because of that, they’ve postponed their plans beyond the deadline. Their summary says they’ll turn in final designs sometime in September.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Late Alma resident pens book
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Lifelong Alma resident Earl Wickman lived a very active life and even wrote a book in his 90s! Unfortunately, with his passing in July at the age of 96… he didn't get the chance to see it in print. His 62-page book, which has been self-published by his family, details the lives of about a dozen former Alma residents. Wickman was a 1940 graduate of Alma High School. His book, ‘Heroes and Characters in Alma’s History’ can be found throughout local stores, and online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, and other online stores. For more on Mr. Wickman, visit www.themorningsun.com.
Upcoming Hobby Lobby opening generates excitement in community
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… A lot of people around Central Michigan are welcoming the upcoming opening of the new Hobby Lobby, next to Dunham’s in Mt. Pleasant. If you didn’t know… that’s an arts and crafts store chain that sells products in jewelry making, fabrics, wedding supplies, wearable art, holiday merchandise, and picture framing among other merchandise. The store will occupy the building that now sits where the old K-Mart was. The privately-owned business now consists of over 800 stores and 30,000 employees, throughout 46 states. The grand opening scheduled for September 16th, runs from 9am - 8pm. For more, visit www.themorningsun.com.
Michigan Education Trust to Close its Current Enrollment Period at end of September
The Michigan Education Trust is reminding families that its current enrollment period will end at the end of this month. The Trust allows families to buy future college tuition… at today’s prices. They’re expected to reopen for new contract purchases in December. For now, they’ll review pricing, and wait to sell new contracts. Also, in observance of College Savings Month, MET will waive its $25 application fee for new contract purchases during September.
Clare airport serving as hurricane refuge site
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… After a resident from South Daytona Beach flew into the Clare Municipal Airport earlier this week to escape the approaching storm, he was helped by Airport Manager Gary Todd… with a rental car, hotel room, and all the hospitality he could ask for! After meeting the pilot and contemplating it, Todd has decided to turn the Airport into a safe place to shelter small person planes, welcoming those coming from Florida! The airport will also have a mechanic on duty and waive any tie down fees. Forecasters say the coastal areas of the Southeast could get 5 - 10 inches of rain, with 15 inches in some locations, "triggering life-threatening flash floods." Anyone wanting to inform friends or relatives who might be impacted by Dorian, visit www.themorningsun.com for full details.
Walmart to stop selling handgun ammunition
From the Associated Press… Walmart says they’re discontinuing the sale of handgun ammunition… they’re also asking the public to refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores, even when state law allows it. The announcement came just after a mass shooting claimed 7 lives in Odessa, Texas over the weekend. Along with the announcement, they’re asking… unless you’re law enforcement… please refrain from open carrying firearms in their stores. For the entire announcement, click www.themorningsun.com.
Uncle John’s invites customers to party to the ‘core’
Fall’s in the air… soon, cider will be in the cans! From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This Friday, Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns is kicking off fall in style with a launch party from 5-8pm. The party’s for the new packaging and rebranding of their “Core Four” hard apple cider flavors. The party will have cider specials on Apple, Apple Cherry, Apple Blueberry, and Apple Pear flavors; a live DJ, food trucks, and plenty of activities. For the event schedule, click www.themorningsun.com.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
New vet joins mid-Michigan's Nat Geo Wild show
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… If you head into Doc Pol’s office soon, you might notice a new vet! Ray Harp, starting working at the practice last month, after coming with his family from Kansas. He’s worked there, Philadelphia, and now… rural Isabella County! As for Mid-Michigan… Harp says, “"It's really beautiful… I'm just worried that it's going to be really snowy soon." For more on Ray Harp, visit www.themorningsun.com.
Alma and Mount Pleasant public schools are in need of bus drivers
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Mt. Pleasant and Alma schools are looking for substitute bus drivers, who could be available for field trips and athletic events as well as being on call for normal pick-up and drop-off. Both schools are also willing to offer paid training for potential bus drivers. For info about Alma… contact Liz Richardson at email@example.com. For info about Mt. Pleasant… contact Cathy Schafer at Cschafer@mp.edzone.net. For all the contact info… go to www.themorningsun.com.
Child Advocacy Promotes Protect Yourself Program
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The Isabella County Child Advocacy Center wants you to remember… The Protect Yourself program is important! Ongoing conversations with children at home in natural everyday situations are good, because they let the child know it’s a safe conversation to have. Subjects you should discuss include: Teaching children proper names for body parts. Use age appropriate wording… teach them that no one should ever touch them in the areas that their bathing suit covers, and they should never touch anyone else in these areas. Secrets vs. Surprises… Keeping secrets, especially secrets about touching are never okay. Surprises never hurt anyone and are always found out. We never keep secrets about touching. Last but not least, revisit this safety talk often. Children learn well through repetition. For more, click www.themorningsun.com.
Student food pantry set to open Aug. 30
From the CM-Life Newsroom… The Central Michigan University Student Food Pantry is now open for distribution. The pantry provides food for all enrolled students each week… open Tuesdays from 5 - 7 pm… Wednesday, 3 - 5pm… and 12 - 2pm on Fridays. Last year the pantry served more than 200 students… this year, they have hopes of reaching 1,000.
Northbound U.S. 127 exit ramp into Clare to close for project
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom…Starting this morning at 8am, and lasting most likely through November… the South Clare exit on U.S. 127 will be closed. That will take drivers heading North on 127 trying to enter Clare from the south side, onto a detour. The project is to replace the bridge deck… and should cost $1.2 million. For more, click www.themorningsun.com.
Isabella County 4-H Member is State’s Top Senior Dairy Cattle Judge
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Shepherd resident Drew Neyer, a 4-H member from Isabella County, was the state’s top senior division dairy cattle judge for the second year in a row at Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days. The annual dairy youth activity is held in conjunction with the Michigan Dairy Expo which took place at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education in East Lansing. For more about Drew, visit www.themorningsun.com.
Friday, August 30, 2019
Phil Mikus resigns from Union Township board
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Today, a Union Township trustee who’s held office for more than a decade is resigning. Phil Mikus is planning on leaving the Mid-Michigan area… along with that comes an end to his 11-years as a township trustee. During his time, he served as part of the township’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee and helped establish the Annual Clean-Up Day that happens every summer. The Township is now accepting applications until September 13th for a new Union Township trustee to fill his position. There’s more on www.themorningsun.com.
CMU SmartZone, two Clare County sites receive grants from State
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This week, Michigan Site Readiness Grants were awarded to 3 area locations. The Mt. Pleasant SmartZone District, the Clare North Industrial site, and the Farwell Industrial Park Site will receive a total of $161,250 in grant funding. The grant for the Mt. Pleasant CMU SmartZone District will extend fiber-optic broadband internet throughout the district. As for the Clare and Farwell Industrial sites… those grants will go towards providing LED lighting upgrades and signage updates. For more, click www.themorningsun.com.
Dorian Expected To Make Landfall As Category 4 Hurricane
Hurricane Dorian is now predicted to hity Florida as a possible Category 4 hurricane Monday morning… With maximum sustained winds possibly more than 130 miles-per-hour, a state of emergency has been declared for the state… It’s still unclear where Dorian will make landfall, but Georgia’s Governor isn’t taking chances either, directing his coastline residents to be prepared for high winds and heavy rainfall… President Trump cancelled a planned trip to Poland so he can monitor the storm more closely.
2019 Art Walk Central winners were announced at the annual Auction for the Arts!
Wednesday night, at Art Reach of Mid Michigan’s “Auction for the Arts”... ArtWalk Central came to an end. The organization announced the winners of each category for the competition… Churchill Purchase Prize - Justin La doux, People's Choice Youth - Lily Clark, People's Choice Adult - Daniel Kaminski, Jurors Choice Youth 1st - Lily Clark, Jurors Choice Youth 2nd - Kennedy Blackburn, Jurors Choice Adult 1st - Sylvia Methner Coon, Jurors Choice Adult 2nd - Tatsuki Hakoyama.
Public hearing set for Mt. Pleasant recreational marijuana ordinance
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… A public hearing is set for September 9th for the City of Mt. Pleasant’s proposed ordinance to regulate recreational marijuana businesses in the city. The city hopes to have the main ordinance in place before the November election…
The public hearings set for September 9th… For a full rundown of the ordinance… click www.themorningsun.com.
Full-contact advisory remains downstream of Meridian Park
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Along the Chippewa River, levels of E. Coli continue to fall… but be careful. A stretch starting just downstream from Meridian Park west of Mt. Pleasant has levels still exceeding what the state recommended as safe for swimming. The biggest change was in Meridian Park. This week's 30-day average of 114.86 colony-forming units per 100 milliliters of water had fallen below the state's recommended average of 130. For a full breakdown, visit www.themorningsun.com.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Hope House upgrades near completion
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… They’re almost done with the summer upgrades at Gratiot County’s Hope House. Gratiot County’s only homeless shelter, in St. Louis, is getting new showers, laundry room, drywall, and flooring. Along with the new upgrades, they’ll be expanding the time their open this season. Need more good news? The shelter’s already fully funded for the upcoming season. For more, click www.themorningsun.com.
Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to 246 calls for service during Welcome Week
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This past weekend, thousands of student residents arrived in Central Michigan for the start of the fall semester. Many know it as welcome weekend. From 7pm last Thursday, to 7am on Sunday… The Mt. Pleasant Police Department, with the assistance of nine other law enforcement agencies, responded to 246 calls for service and generated 40 citations. The calls for service were down from last year’s 264. For the entire rundown report, visit www.themorningsun.com.
Farmers’ Almanac calls for ‘Polar Coaster’ winter, but should we believe it?
I know it’s pretty far out… or at least we all want to keep thinking that, but… The 2020 Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a “Polar Coaster” winter. Plenty of frigid temperatures and snow for most of the country. The Almanac says late January will have the coldest weather from the Northern Plains to the Great Lakes. In the Plains, temperatures could drop to -40.
Along with the cold air, heavier than average winter precipitation is expected over the East Coast, Great Lakes, Midwest, and Great Plains. For now, we wait to find out if it’s right.
Governor Orders Michigan Flags Lowered On Thursday
Today, inside the State Capitol Complex… United States and Michigan flags will be lowered to half-staff. It’s to honor the life and service of former state Representative Don Gilmer. After he left the legislature, he served as Lottery Commissioner, State Budget Director, and County Administrator in Kalamazoo County. He passed on August 12th, at the age of 73.
Amish flea market and quilt auction on Friday and Saturday
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… This Friday and Saturday, hundreds and hundreds of handmade quilts, furniture and baskets, jams, cheese and baked goods will be available at Yoder’s Amish Flea Market and Quilt Auction. From 8am - 5pm, the auction takes place at 10885 N. Leaton Road, in Clare. For more, click www.themorningsun.com.
Michigan Health Officials Investigate Vaping Illnesses
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is currently investigating reports of e-cigarette/vaping-associated respiratory illnesses. In total, there are 6 cases… all diagnosed in the last 60 days. All were reported in the Lower Peninsula… their age range is 19-39. Most of the individuals have been hospitalized for severe respiratory illness. E-cigarette and/or vaping users should immediately seek medical attention if they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, fever and/or nausea and vomiting.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
St. Louis Farmer's Market Gets Grant
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Thanks to a grant from the Eastern Michigan Council of Governments, the St. Louis Farmers Market is now able to better target the right audience! The grant was used to provide assistance is market research, social media promotion, search engine optimization, and demographics. The market’s open every Thursday, from 2 - 6pm, until October. There’s more on www.themorningsun.com.
Nau Named MPPD Youth Services Unit Officer
From the Mt. Pleasant Police Department… In October, Officer Justin Nau will take over as the Youth Services Unit Officer. The Youth Services Unit, also known as, YSU is a program that allows children to interact positively with police… while learning the training they did. Through his 12 years in law enforcement, Nau’s spent 8 of them with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department. He’ll take the spot of Officer Brandon Bliss, who’s been promoted to Sergeant.
Marine Veteran to Walk 900 Miles for Veteran Suicide Awareness
A Michigan Marine veteran is planning to walk 30 miles a day, all the way around Lake Michigan. In total… that’s a 900-mile walk. It’s Travis Snyder’s way of raising awareness about veteran suicide. According to Veterans Affairs, more than 20 veterans take their own lives each day. If you want to donate to Travis’ cause… search GoFundMe for: Travis Walks Lake MI. All money donated through the page will go to Mission 22, a nonprofit who combats the veteran suicide rate.
Dorian's Path Expected To Cross Florida
It’s official… Tropical Storm Dorian is headed towards Florida… it’s expected to hit this Saturday. Currently, Puerto Rico’s preparing for Dorian to hit at hurricane strength. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the U.S. island territory. By the time the storm reaches land, it should weaken to a tropical storm.
Strong fall apple harvest forecast for Michigan orchards
From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… If you’re a lover of cider, apple pie, and really… anything apple, you’re in luck! Michigan apple growers are expecting another strong showing this fall. A crop estimate of 25 million bushels was announced last week. The rainy spring, and hot July provided great weather conditions for growing! There’s more on www.themorningsun.com.
Mid Recognized for Military-Friendly Efforts
Mid Michigan College has received the Above and Beyond Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. That program was established in 1972 to promote cooperation between service members and their civilian employers. The Above and Beyond Award recognizes employers who’ve gone above and beyond the legal requirements by providing their Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits. For the past several years, the College has also been recognized by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency as a Military Friendly Employer and Military Friendly College.