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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lake Michigan could get a new national park- Lake Michigancould have another national park with the help of 3 Indiana Legislators. The proposed legislation would re-title the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as the Indiana Dunes National Park. The same proposal was approved by the House in 2017 but failed to get through the last step of Congress because the Senate didn’t take a vote. If approved, it would create the first National Park in Indiana… and the 61st National Park in the United States.

TSA Sickout Continues - Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to bring President Trump's border proposal to a vote this week as the partial government shutdown enters the 32nd day. It can’t come too soon for the TSA, who is reporting a record number of airport security workers were absent because of financial hardship during the shutdown. The last time we checked, about 10% of TSA screeners were calling out – many saying they just don’t have the gas money to get into work. As for how they’ll deal with the second missed paycheck coming this Friday… The TSA said it’s "optimizing resources,” but warns that airports may exercise contingency plans.

No one injured in Sunday night House Fire- From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom: Residents in Southwest Mt. Pleasant were contacted by their neighbors Sunday night, who said there was smoke coming out from under the eaves. After calling for help, firefighters arrived at 1435 Highland Drive – entered the house, and put out the fire from both inside and out. As for the damage, the structure itself was lightly affected. As for the interior damages… an initial estimate of more than $150,000.

Study: Stay-At-Home Moms Should Earn Over $160K– There’s usually a basic reference for how much every position makes. But what about the stay at home mom? She doesn’t work, for payyy… But theres a lot of long, tiring hours… Researchers with found a way to see how much a stay at home mom really should be making. By using their “stay-at-home-parent” Salary Wizard, they say a stay-at-home mom or dad should be making $162,000 yearly. The number they’ve been calculating for years, has been steadily rising up from $143,000 in 2016 and $157,000 in 2017… all based on 96 exhausting hours of work a week.

Amazon Becomes Most Valuable Company - Amazon has now passed Microsoft as the most valuable publicly traded company in the U.S. Amazon closed yesterday valued at $797 billion. This is the first time Amazon has held the top spot. While it's nice to be number one, Microsoft isn’t that far behind, closing with a value at $784 billion. Apple fell out of the top three while it hovered around $700 Billion.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Michigan medical marijuana shops can reopen unlicensed- Members of the Medical Marijuana Patient community have been lobbying for the reopening of 72 closed, unlicensed provisioning centers. This stems from a medical marijuana shortage in Michigan. The Licensing Board agreed to allow a number of unlicensed medical marijuana provisioning centers to reopen for the next three months. Regulators previously allowed licensed provisioning centers to buy marijuana from caregivers and sell it to patients, untested, in December 2018, as long as patients signed a waiver.

GI-RESD applying for early-start waiver- From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr. Newsroom: The Gratiot-Isabella RESD is applying to have the option of starting the school year before Labor Day. The effort could cut down loss of learning that stems from a long summer break. The waiver doesn’t automatically have the schools start earlier. That decision is up to the Board of Education for each school district. If approved, each school district in the RESD region gains the option of starting school before Labor day…. More on

Point-In-Time Count Press Release 2019- Every community experiences homelessness. To help - The Isabella County Continuum of Care is working to ensure that we get as accurate of a count as possible. Wednesday, January 30th, Volunteers and agencies will be collecting data. Those who are experiencing homelessness can also call 2-1-1 to complete the survey and be referred to appropriate resources. To help and join efforts, email

How cold does Michigan feel? 38 degrees below zero, in some spots - Meteorologists warned us a week ago Michigan was getting the coldest Arctic air of the season, this past weekend…Mother Nature didn't disappoint…Just how cold did it get?...Sunday morning the wind chill was -38 in Dafter, south of Sault Ste. Marie…Mackinac Island’s wind chill was -28…Sunday morning the temps were below zero in Mt Pleasant as well…The actual temp at 6:30 Sunday morning was -3, but it’s even colder than that this morning! and that doesn't include the wind chill…The cold weather sticks around for this week & more snow showers are coming mid-week…

Powerball results for 01/19/19; jackpot worth $130 million- No winner from the $130 Million Powerball jackpot Saturday Night. Closing in on $150 Million, Wednesday’s drawing will be worth 144 million with a cash option of 86.6 Million. In Michigan, four tickets sold won $300. The Mega Millions drawing – with an estimated jackpot of 82 Million – is Tuesday. Not as big off a jackpot for the Lotto 47; the $1.9 Million jackpot will be drawn Wednesday night.

Peace March set to kick off annual MLK week celebration- To kick off MLK Jr. day and a week of celebration, CMU is hosting a CommUnity Peace: Brunch, March, and Vigil.  Finch Fieldhouse Doors open @ 9 this morning for the Peace Brunch… President Robert Daives will welcome everyone @ 9:30 in room 110… The Annual March – lead by Graduate Assistant: Cyrus Stewart, starts at 3 this afternoon… Goes from the Bovee University Center… to Downtown towards Broadway and Main. To participate in the march – meet in room 221 @ the UC.

Friday, January 18, 2019

St. Louis Fire Equipment: Out with the Old… In with the New- The St. Louis fire department has purchased new tools with grant and donation money. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom: About $30,000 worth of new extracting tools - a “jaws of life” cutter, spreader and mounting brackets - was part of the new buy. Faster deployment, quieter operation, stronger operating force… just a few benefits that come with the new equipment. Grant money came from the Gratiot County Community Foundation. The Donations… from both Invenergy and DTE Energy….More on

Blanchard Man Charged in shooting & killing Brother- From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom: Curtis Boyer could face up to 15 years in prison after being charged for shooting and killing his brother. Earlier this month, while pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, Boyer told investigators he was afraid of his brother from a fight that took place a year prior. The night Thad Boyer was killed, the brothers were fighting again. Curtis Boyer will be sentenced next month on a reduced charge….More on

Old Blanchard school project progresses, fundraiser and walk-through planned- It’s been a whilesince the former Blanchard Elementary School has seen any school days…11 Years to be exact! From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom: For the past decade, the buildings sat on fourth street, vacant. Now it’s up for sale! Kimberly Smith of Blanchard has a vision for the building… and is looking for community support! Her idea - turning the old school into a multi-purpose community center, has gained public support. In need of financial backing, Smith is hosting a spaghetti fundraiser on Jan. 26 from 5-7 p.m. at the Blanchard Pine River United Methodist Church. If you want to donate to the cause… a savings account is open for deposits @ Isabella Bank under “The Blanchard SCC” account….More on

Mid-Michigan school districts running out of snow days- From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom: Every year, School districts in Michigan set aside an amount of days that can be cancelled in the event of adverse weather. The amount of days allowed… differs from school to school. Alma public schools have 5, Shepherd public schools…6, and MPPS has 7. Some local schools are already cutting it close with their allowed cancellations days. No surprise… when you take into account the winter weather we’ve had this year…. More on

Low-profile administrator replaces Engler at Michigan State- John Engler’s resignation as MSU’s interim president came yesterday after remarks he made about victims of convicted sexual abuser, Larry Nassar. Yesterday, the Board of Trustees appointed a new interim president.Former engineering dean, Satish Udpa will be Michigan State Universities temporary leader until a permanent president is announced in June.

Car Dealership Possible for M-20 Property- Rezoning is taking place in Isabella County… specifically, Broomfield Township. Previously zoned as an agricultural buffer – 14 acres of land was rezoned for commercial usage Tuesday night – by the Isabella County Board of Commissioners. The land… on the south side of M-20, just west of Coldwater Road could eventually be home to a new car dealership. The nearby intersection… M-20 and Coldwater Road might sound familiar… it’s the Barn Door corner. Since being rezoned for commercial use, the property owners are free to use it for whatever they want as long as it meets the criteria for that district. That means the land could be used for common commercial or industrial use… or even, a country club or recycling center…. More on

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Mackinac Center Issues Report Card For Michigan Schools - The 2018 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card — gives parents an updated tool for comparing schools. Unlike other systems of ranking schools, the “CAP” report card compares multiple years of state test results… to the expected result given the socioeconomic makeup of a school’s students. The CAP report card ranks 674 public high schools across the state, including charter and cyber schools. Michigan Mathematics and Science Academy in Warren, takes the honor of being the top-ranked school in the state. Star International Academy held the highest CAP score in the last three high school report cards and ranked 2nd in the state. To view the complete CAP report card, go to

Business Taxpayers Should Be On Alert for W-2 Phishing Scam- The IRS says the most recent phishing scam has affected all types of employers… Big to Small…Public Schools to Universities, Hospitals, Tribal Governments and Charities. It’s done in different ways… most recently, Cybercriminals are impersonating people of authority within a company… sending emails to payroll departments asking for copies of all employee W-2 forms… doing their homework about an entity’s organizational chart and communications –JUST… so they appear legitimate. The info gathered… is used to file state income tax returns and steal refunds. Business taxpayers that receive this type of email should report the encounter to

Gratiot County now has its first female emergency management coordinator- From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom, Already a week in, Ashley Brenner has been learning the new tasks and jobs that she’s gained after being named Gratiot County’s first female emergency management coordinator. She’ll be replacing Dan Morden… who was recently named the county's new Central Dispatch director. There were 8 applications for the post… 5 were interviewed by a committee. Brenner graduated from Lapeer East High School in 2009 and earned her bachelor's degree in health science from SVSU in 2014, where she's now pursing a master's degree in public health. At the same time, she’s training to obtain her state emergency management certification.

MichiganState University Interim President John Engler resigns-John Engler will be stepping down as MSU’s interim president January 23rd. Last night, he submitted an 11-page resignation letter to the board of trustees. This comes after being the center of controversies over his interactions and remarks regarding the women abused by Nassar… The board has already identified Engler’s replacement. There’s a meeting happening right now where they’ll appoint the new interim president during a meeting scheduled for 8 a.m.

County takes first step towards addressing jail-From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom… The Isabella County Board of Commissioners is taking steps to address the aging jail. The first step - appoint a committee to the issue. They’re overall goal… construction to start next year. The committee will meet and update the full board of commissioners at least every 90 days. After architect’s deemed the facilities including the jail, the Trial Court and the county building as having a crumbling infrastructure – they submitted 2 different proposals. Both recommend the county build a new jail somewhere else in the county. The committee will look at the architect’s report… and determine what exactly the county needs and what it wants.

Preliminary data projects 7 percent enrollment decrease for CMU-Only 4 of Michigan’s 15 Public Universities had increased enrollment from Fall 2017, to Fall 2018. Central Michigan University was not one of those schools. According to the Michigan Association of State Universities 2018 enrollment report… CMU’s enrollment decreased 7.4 percent. The university's announced enrollment of 23,335 ended up being slightly higher than the report’s preliminary Fall 2017 headcount.(23,066) The 4 schools that had enrollment increase… Lake Superior State Univeristy, MSU, U of M, as well as U of M Dearborn.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Missing Mt. Pleasant man found dead outside vehicle in Clare County- From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr News Room… The search for an 84 year old Mt. Pleasant man ended yesterday, but… without the outcome we were hoping for. Charles Peterson had been missing since last Thursday… Yesterday, State Police responded to a report from Clare County Road Commission saying they found a vehicle that matched the description of Peterson's around 9:10 a.m in the Lake George area. After troopers arrived… they found Peterson, deceased, outside of his vehicle. The cause of death - currently pending in an investigation by the Michigan State Police and Isabella County Sheriff's Office.

Michigan State parks: 100 years young and going strong- Michigan has 103 state parks. Today, no matter where you are in Michigan, you're never more than a half-hour away from a state park, state forest campground, or state trail system! Michigan is now celebrating over 100 years of amazing, peaceful, beautiful state parks. The Michigan DNR invites you - take part in this yearlong celebration. Visit to learn about the rich history, find events near you, listen to podcasts, and watch videos on Michigan’s Award Winning State Parks System.

MSU student on moped killed in collision with salt truck- A Michigan State University student died yesterday when the moped they were driving collided with a salt truck on campus. The crash - about 7:50 a.m. – was at the intersection of Shaw Lane and Chestnut Road. The student’s name has not been released yet.

Netflix raising prices by biggest amount in company’s streaming history- . Netflix is raising their prices again… this time… by a lot more. The new prices go into affect for all new subscribers immediately… for everyone else, within the next 3 months. Prices will be jumping 13 to 18 percent… making the Basic plan cost $9… HD Standard, $13… the 4K Premium plan, $16. This is the company’s biggest price increase since it launched its streaming service 12 years ago. Why raise them? Netflix says it will help pay for its big investment in original shows and movies…  as well as finance the heavy debt they’ve obtained competing with rivals such as Amazon, Disney and AT&T.

Elon Musk named ‘Disruptor of the Year’ at Tesla-less Detroit auto show-  Tesla CEO, Elon Musk -- named “Disruptor of the Year” at CNET’s Roadshow Shift Awards during the Detroit Auto Show. Musk won the award for his tunnel building in LA and Tesla’s new Model 3. Unlike other companies on hand, ready to receive their rewards… Musk and Tesla didn’t attend. A Tesla Motors executive said the company had no displays at the show in Detroit because Tesla is banned from having retail operations in Michigan.

Government Issued ID and Social Security Card Required for Lottery Prize Claims - Beginning Jan. 1, Michigan Lottery players who win prizes of more than $600 must present valid government issued photo identification and a valid Social Security card to claim their prize…Your name must match exactly on the ID and Social Security card & the ID must be a government approved ID, like a driver's license…Medicare cards will no longer be accepted for the social security requirement, since the new cards won't include a social security number anymore.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Felony charges filed for death of Midland County hunter- On Nov. 15, Justin Beutel of Sanford was pronounced dead at the scene of a hunting accident near Alden, by the Michigan DNR…. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom: The man in the alleged shooting – David Michael Barber was arraigned last week is facing a 15-year involuntary manslaughter felony charge, felony firearm and careless discharge of a firearm causing injury or death. Court records report that Barber thought he was shooting at a deer when he shot and killed Beutel….More on the Morning

Roscommon sheriff, state police search for shooting suspects in Roscommon County-The Michigan State Police have joined the Roscommon County Police Department search around Houghton Lake for people involved in a shooting late Sunday night. A social media post from the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Department identified the location as near the intersection of M-55 and Federal Avenue in Houghton Lake. If you live in Roscommon County, Authorities say – keep your doors locked, & report anything suspicious.…. More on the Morning

Family, police continue to look for missing Isabella man- From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr News Room…. Yesterday, we told you a search for an 84 year old man reported missing last week had begun… and it continues. Reported to the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office, Charles Peterson has brown eyes, wears glasses, stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 165 pounds. Right now - no indication of anything suspicious regarding his disappearance. If you have any information regarding Peterson, call the Isabella County Central Dispatch at (989) 773-1000.

Nancy and Rob Vallentine Named Honorary Chairs of “Feathers and Fedoras” Fundraiser -The Disability Network of Mid-Michigan has picked it’s honorary chairs for their annual Feathers and Fedoras fundraiser. Local residents Nancy & Rob Vallentine have been active community volunteers for decades. Rob is the president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation & director of Global Citizenship. Proceeds from the event - benefitting programs that promote independent living for people with disabilities. The fundraiser - February 15th - at the Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center in Midland.

Barnes Hall leaves 80 years of tradition as oldest residence hall – What started as Keeler hall in 1939 and renamed in 1952 to Charles C. Barnes Hall was the first all-male dorm on campus. It housed around 90 residents… By the 70s, Barnes became the first dormitory on campus that allowed co-ed floors. Well it’s sad to say, and hear… but Barnes won’t be around for much longer. To simply put it, the cost to refurbish Barnes hall is more than what it would cost to demolish it. This decision - from CMU’s Finance and Administrative Services, was made because Barnes is outdated, not handicap accessible, and still has community bathrooms. The demolition will begin in the summer of 2019, and will leave behind a long legacy on campus.

Winning $2 Million Powerball Ticket Sold In Michigan- 07-36-48-57-58 – Numbers on the five white balls that won a lucky winner $2 Million in Saturday’s Powerball drawing. The ticket that hasn’t been claimed yet -  purchased in Michigan… @ Randy’s Food Center in Flint. The prize started out at $1 Million, but was bumped up thanks to the Powerplay.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Isabella County Sheriff in search of missing man - The Isabella County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an 84 year old man reported missing by his wife. Charles Peterson, 84, A Facebook post from the Sheriff's Office states they would like to check on Peterson and let him know his family is concerned about his well-being. Facts about his last known whereabouts were included as well, mentioning Peterson was in Mt. Pleasant last week meeting friends for dinner and has not been seen or heard from since. He drives a silver 2010 Dodge Avenger. If you have any information regarding Peterson call Isabella County Central Dispatch at (989) 773-1000.

Union Township to hold second vote on opting out of recreational marijuana - Union Township will once again vote on opting out of recreational marijuana, while the board is split on the opt out. At the final board meeting of 2018, the board was presented with an action item that would have led to an ordinance prohibiting recreational marijuana businesses within the township. The reasoning for the opt out was to prevent any businesses from starting before regulations were put in place. The first proposal… wasn’t supported by the board because of language implying that it would act more like prohibition rather than a pre-emptive measure and also the lack of an end date on the opt out. After the Township Manager asked the board if they would reconsider an ordinance, after changes were made, the board was split four to three. The majority… wanting to see a new amended ordinance come to a vote. He also said that after they review the state mandate, both the board and the Planning Commission will decide if they would want to allow those businesses or not.

Government shutdown affects Clare County grant funding - As we told you last week, the Government Shutdown has been affecting many parts of society… but we haven’t really seen it impacting home in a big way… until now. Last October, Clare County received the “Innovative Prosecution Solutions for Combating Violent Crime and Illegal Opioids” grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance for $360,000 that helps support the Clare County Sheriff’s Department, Clare County Clerk’s Office, the court system and other administrations. Now, distribution of the federal given money has been put on hold. The county’s still required to conduct business under the grant and report progress during this government shutdown. However, during this government shutdown –which is still going on, the costs of the program have fallen to Clare County.

Mountain Town Brewing Company moving, new barbecue restaurant incoming - Last year, the community enjoyed 450 different styles of beer from Mountain Town Brewing Company, on W Pickard St. This year, beer production is coming with the expansion to a new location, and the creation of a new restaurant to go with it. Mt. Pleasant Brewery is establishing itself on High Street, attached to the new McGuirk storage building. The bigger space will allow for more organized and specialized brewery. With the expanded brewery, a barbeque restaurant is also being built in the same facility. “Summit Smokehouse” will offer a full  barbeque-themed menu with several kinds of wood chips to allow for different flavor profiles. The brewery and restaurant is expected to be ready and open to the public by the end of the month, but opening could be pushed back if everything is not up to standard.

Mid-Michigan opportunity zones to receive state support - A new executive order from Governor  Whitmer expands businesses in Michigan. "Opportunity zones” will benefit from the order, reflecting overall, low income communities…Parts of Mt. Pleasant, Alma, Clare and Harrison are included in the order & now The Department of Technology, Management, and Budget will be encouraged to purchase supplies and services from those zones, including bids for contracts for the construction, repair or demolition of a facility…A business that qualifies for the benefits under this order must be certified as a HUBZone Small Business Concern by the United States Small Business administration

First pediatric flu-related death confirmed in Michigan for 2018-2019 flu season - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently confirmed the first influenza-related pediatric death of the 2018-2019 flu season…The death involves a child from Osceola County…MDHHS recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine…According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s flu season was estimated to be the deadliest since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic…More at

Friday, January 11, 2019

MDEQ to require Ithaca to cleanup former landfill - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is requiring the city of Ithaca to cleanup a former landfill a couple of miles west of town…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the dump behind the Gratiot County Animal Shelter was operational from the 1960s through the 1970s and is still owned and maintained by the city…Groundwater samples were above acceptable levels for "PFAS" in the area & the city will be required to take measures to contain or remove contamination sources, among several other directives…On the positive side, tests on  13 residential wells near the site showed "non-detect" levels for PFAS…More at

Detroit’s Quick Lane Bowl, Redbox Bowl among bowls with most empty seats - Michigan is known for having a sub-par pro football team & now, we're linked to 2 of the least attended college bowl games of the year… says there were nearly 700,000 seats left empty across the 39 bowls played this past year…The Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit December 26th, Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech had an official attendance of 27,228, less than half-full…The Redbox Bowl between Michigan State and Oregon had an attendance of just 30,212…If you’re quick at math, that game was also less than half full

Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation scholarships made easier to apply - Last year, the MPACF awarded more than $87,000 in scholarships. This year, they have more than 100 scholarships worth $118,250 to award. In hopes of awarding all available scholarships this spring, they’ve made it a little easier to apply and confirm eligibility. In the past, students had to determine their own eligibility for the community foundation’s scholarships, which led to some students believing they were ineligible for a scholarship that they were in fact eligible for, and vice versa. To fix this, the online scholarship application system has been changed so that the system automatically vets the applicant for eligibility. Those interested in applying for any of the awards can go to before the deadline Friday, March 8.

Remote Michigan ski resort named 2nd best in America by USA Today readers - Michigan is home to one of the best ski resorts in the United States, according to USA Today readers…Mount Bohemia on northern most portion of the Keweenaw Peninsula in the U.P. finished No. 2 in their 10 Best Ski Resorts in America poll…It was the only resort east of the Rocky Mountains to be named to the top 10…Mt Bohemia gets an average of 273 inches of snow each winter…%1 in the country is Winter Park Resort Colorado…Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in Califprnia was p[icked 3rd

Toyota adds another 1.7M vehicles to deadly Takata air bag recall - Toyota is adding 1.7 million vehicles -- including 1.3 million in the United States -- to the record-setting, potentially fatal Takata air bag recall…The latest addition to the recall includes the 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner, and 2010-2013 Corolla and Matrix, and the 2011-2014 Sienna…The new recall comes just a couple of days removed from Ford announcing it was adding about 953,000 vehicles to its latest expansion of the Takata recall…In all, the Takata air bag recall has affected more than 37 million vehicles

Massive waves wash historic lighthouse beacon into Lake Michigan - A historic Lake Michigan lighthouse beacon is no more after massive waves washed it into open water last Monday. The South Pier Light Navigational Beacon, which has stood in some form near the entrance to Wisconsin’s Manitowoc Harbor for decades, fell into Lake Michigan around 8:30 a.m. after its 20-foot-tall fiberglass tower was hit by waves and strong winds…The Coast Guard is currently searching for the beacon…In the mean time, they’re arranging for another tower to be built since it’s needed for navigation on Lake Michigan…

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Five Guys teases a Mt. Pleasant location - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, when Five Guys Burgers and Fries teased opening a restaurant in Mt. Pleasant on January 5th, they asked residents whether they wanted a location on Pickard or Mission…The tease came from their Facebook page, but the restaurant won't confirm whether a Mt Pleasant location will happen or not…The post had over 1,300 comments this week…Five Guys has 29 locations in Michigan so far…More at

New pedestrian lighting planned for streets north of CMU’s campus - Several streets near CMU's Campus are getting new pedestrian lighting…From the CFXMorning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the project is a continuation of a city policy to add lights to various neighborhoods…Parts of Pleasant, Clayton, Gaylord and May street, north of CMU's Campus will be lit soon…Parts of Washington, Franklin, Lansing, Douglas and University streets were lit in 2014 & 2016 & Broadway was worked on in 2017 and 2018…More at

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers first State of the State address Feb. 5 - Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her first State of the State address on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7pm…The address is delivered annually by Michigan governors to the legislature in the House Chamber of the Michigan Capitol…Governors traditionally use the address to hi-light their priorities and talk about pressing issues facing Michigan…the new Governor was sworn in January 1st & the 100th legislature, which Republicans have the majority in, was sworn in yesterday

Ford recalls 953K vehicles as part of next phase connected to Takata air bags - Ford says another 953,000 vehicles are included in its most recent expansion connected to the Takata air bag recall…Some Takata air bag inflators have become explosive, sending metal pieces flying through the cabin when deployed & vehicles in the recall were shipped throughout the United States and Canada from 2010 to 2014…In all, the Takata air bag recall has affected about 37 million vehicles, 50 million air bag inflators and resulted in 23 deaths worldwide…You can check Ford's website for the latest specific recall vehicles

Opera House to begin once more - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, after years of delays due to issues with the original developer and legal hassles, work on the historic downtown Alma Opera House begins again soon…The building at Superior and State streets, which was destroyed by a fire in 2010, is now owned by Alma College…Some demolition needs to be done before construction can begin again, but once that construction starts, in about six to eight months the renovations should be done…Retail space is planned for the lower level and 40 student apartments on the second and third floors…More at

Number of Michigan births hits 76-year low - Mom's & Dad's are headed to extinction as Michigan's 111,507 births in 2017 is a 1.6% drop from 2016 and the lowest number of births since 1941…The number of Michigan births has been trending down since 1990, when 153,080 babies were born…Reasons -  Michigan's aging population means there are fewer women in their 20s and 30s, the prime child-bearing years, the number of births has sharply declined among women under age 25 & more women are choosing to remain childless…Michigan's declining birth rate is part of a nationwide trend where the number of U.S. births was the lowest since 1987.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Witnesses: Deer crashes window, winds up in casino's Kid's Quest - From the CFX-Mornig Sun 24 hour newsroom, social media blew up Monday night talking about an uninvited guest at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort…A deer burst through a window and ran into the Kids Quest area about 8pm…Casino staff got all the kids out of Kids Quest while the panicked animal ran through the area…More at

MPPS Board of Education bring in two new trustees - Two new members of the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Board of Education took their oath of office Monday evening…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Amy Bond and Courtney Stegman are the two newest trustees on the board, elected last fall…Amy Bond has three children who are in the MPPS district & graduated from & works for CMU…Stegman, also a CMU graduate, is a board-certified assistant behavior analyst at Community Mental Health for Central Michigan…More at

Michigan has worst roads in U.S., study says - From the tell us something we don't know department, according to a new study, Michigan has the worst roads in the United States…More than 15 million photographs across the U.S. captured by the iPhone dash cam app, “Payver”, were looked at & measured based on four distinct areas: road paint fading, pavement cracking, potholes, and surface flatness…Michigan finished dead last in the study…Tropical centers like Florida and Hawaii were found to have the best roads.

Michigan’s gas prices endure 1st spike in weeks, still well below national average - A little more out of the wallet this week & into the tank…Gas prices are up 8 cents from this time last week & in Michigan the remain about 20 cents cheaper than the national average at $2.07 a gallon as of Tuesday morning…The  8-cent increase this week is the first in quite some time as Michigan had been on a consistent decline all the way back to October…The cheapest gas in the state is in Roseville, Brownstown, Riverview and Southgate at $1.72 per gallon as of Tuesday morning…Our are is sitting around $2.07

Residents safe after house fire in Mount Pleasant:  From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hour Newsroom, residents are safe after a house fire in Mt. Pleasant earlier this week. When the fire started - on the 1600 Block of West Michigan St, residents were outside and uninjured. First responders reported to a call and were welcomed with heavy smoke coming from the back of the house. The fire had little affect on the exterior of the building, but the interior was severely damaged.  Damages are estimated at more than $100,000. The cause of the furnace fire is still under investigation…More at

Search for new provost begins:  Last December, current Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Gealt announced he would step down in 2019 as Executive Vice President & Provost. This prompted CMU President, Bob Davies to form a search committee to find CMU’s next executive vice president and provost. A provost is the university's chief academic officer and works with the president to set the schools academic priorities. As for the search committee, President Davies appointed 16 individuals representing faculty, staff and students. The committee is asking the campus community to provide input on the leadership competencies and experience desired. Open forums are scheduled for Monday Jan. 14th, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Rotunda.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

CMUPD seeks help identifying vehicle break-in suspects - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the CMU Police Department needs help identifying two men who broke into multiple vehicles early Sunday morning on the CMU campus…The two men were caught on security camera footage…A picture from the camera is at…Contact the CMU Police Department if you have any information…

Horton named county vice chairman; Green re-elected county chairman - Jim Horton was named vice chairman of the Isabella County Board of Commissioners at its organizational meeting last week…He takes a spot left technically vacant by the retirement of David Ling…2018 CMU Graduate William Joseph is the new mayor of Mt Pleasant, elected last night by the City Commission…He's a recent CMU grad with a degree in Mathematics and Political Science

Group to release results of Pine River pollution study - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, pollutants in the Upper Pine River Watershed are coming from both human and animal sources, including cattle & swine, but not horses…The Healthy Pine River group commissioned a study of the area last year, with results being presented at a public forum 7pm Thursday at the Alma Public Library…More at…

Packers hire Mt. Pleasant's Matt LaFleur as head coach - Mt. Pleasant native Matt LaFleur has a new gig…The 39 year old, 1998 graduate of Mt Pleasant High School was a standout quarterback at Mt. Pleasant before playing at Western Michigan and Saginaw Valley State…He has since been offensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 & last season ith the Tennessee Titans…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, late last night, Lafleur was hired as the new head coach of the Green Bay Packers…He replaces Mike McCarthy who was fired in December after 13 years as head coach.

Mt.Pleasant police cite three employees for selling vape products to minors - A compliance check conducted by the Mt Pleasant Police Department in November cited three tobacco retailer employees for selling tobacco products to a minor…Checks were done by police & an underaged person with parents permission & during the checks, 3 employees, from 3 different business - Wild Bill's Tobacco, Inline Vape, and The Empty Keg Party Store - were issued citations and assigned a court date. The businesses were not given citations.

Stan Shingles recognized as role model and mentor to students and professionals - A nice plaque on the wall for CMU's assistant vice president for university recreation…Stan Shingles received the 2019 Honor Award from NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation…The award is presented each year for outstanding achievements in the profession and exemplary service to the association…In his 30 years, Shingles has been assistant director for intramural sports, associate director and director of programs, and interim assistant vice president of the Office of Institutional Diversity…He’s also a 30-year volunteer with Special Olympics Michigan, and now… CMU’s second NIRSA Honor Award recipient.

Monday, January 7, 2019

These were the top places to rent an Airbnb in Michigan in 2018 - Airbnb is trending up in Michigan, giving travelers lots of options for unique vacations or on road trips for work…More than 600,000 guest arrivals were recorded in Michigan last year, earing hosts a combined $78 million…More than 7,600 homes have been registered as Airbnb sites in Michigan…Outside of Detroit, Grand Traverse County had the most guest stays, earning hosts their $8 million dollars last year

On-campus construction projects completed over break - While the cats were away, the mice played, or repainted in this case…CMU students returned this weekend to repainted walls and new floor tiles after Facilities Management completed a list of construction projects over winter break…Moore Hall was the only academic building on campus to receive construction over the break with new floor tiles on the first floor & a fresh coat of paint on the walls…Shelves of awards that lined the first floor wall are currently removed as well…Some minor work was done in Warriner Hall & other residence hall & construction continued at the Center for Integrated Health Studies over break, according to CM Life

WEEKEND WRAP UP- Over the weekend, a 9-month-old girl was killed in a three-vehicle crash on Sunday about 1:15p.m. on West Howard City-Edmore Road near Amble Road in Montcalm County’s Winfield Township…Four people aboard a private plane escaped injury Sunday afternoon during an emergency landing at Bishop Airport in Flint…A landing gear problem forced the emergency landing…No injuries in that accident

Powerball results for 01/05/19; jackpot worth $68 million - The Powerball is making its way to $100 million, with no winner of the $68 million jackpot Saturday night…In Michigan, nine tickets sold won $200, the largest prize in the state & in Michigan just over 15,ooo tickets won at least $4 in the drawing…

-The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday with an estimated jackpot of $45 million

-The next Lotto 47 drawing is Wednesday for $1.3 million

Environmental study to take place at former St. Louis gas station - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the St. Louis city council has hired a firm to conduct an environmental assessment at the former Clark Gas Station on Washington Street…The building, which was vacant at the time, was the site of a fire in September & contains four underground fuel storage tanks, which have been out of service for more than five years…The city will pay AKT Peerless Environmental Services of Saginaw $26,000 for the study to see if the tanks leaked or if other environmental damage has been done…More at

Clare deputies involved in fatal shooting cleared in investigation, awaiting prosecutor's decision - Three Clare County deputies involved in a fatal shooting were cleared in an internal investigation by the Michigan State Police and have returned to active duty…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the three are still waiting to hear from the Clare County Prosecutor in the case…Robert William Reid, 42, of Harrison died from multiple gunshot wounds in November during a police call he was involved in…More at

Friday, January 4, 2019

Several pieces of property found after string of porch robberies - Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main confirms there were several robberies between December 19th and December 27th involving stealing of packages from a resident’s doorstep…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the porch thefts happened in the City of Mt. Pleasant, Deerfield Township and Union Township & the Sheriff says there is a possibility the thefts were connected to the same group of people…So far around 50 pieces of property were recovered & two men turned themselves in after the Sheriff’s Department shared a photo of one of the suspects…More at

Where you can find enough snow to snowmobile in Michigan - Looking for snow this weekend to get your snowmobile out?...M-Live reports the snow cover this morning with four inches or more of snow from around Clare northward…Some areas received up to 10 inches of snow NY eve, but the deepest snow is still patchy, even in the U.P…There are plenty of areas with more than one foot of snow on the ground across the U.P., where you'll find the best sledding, but it's not a given the snow will be good at your location…

Taxpayers Urged to Watch for Phone Scams and Phishing Schemes  - The holiday's are truly over when the first tax-story of the year pops up…The Michigan Department of Treasury says scammers are already at work, typically increasing their activity in the first part of the year through phone scams and email phishing schemes. Scammers try to obtain personal information to file income tax returns and claim refunds on behalf of unsuspecting taxpayers…Some scammers may also allege a taxpayer owes taxes and aggressively demand payment for a quick payout…Remember, the Treasury will never call you or email to ask for personal information, or demand immediate payment using a specific payment method…

Detective Sgt. Morris named new Gratiot undersheriff - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, a familiar face will become Gratiot County's new undersheriff later this month…Detective Sgt. Mike Morris will take over the post for Earl Hunt, who will retire January 25th…Morris is a 1983 graduate of St. Louis High School and the Delta College Police Academy, has worked at the sheriff's department for nearly 19 years, the past 18 as a detective…As undersheriff he will be in charge of the day-to-day road patrol and jail operations.

Ithaca soybean plant to be ready by harvest time - The new $130 million Zeeland Farm Services Ithaca soybean processing plant is on track to open this fall just in time for the harvest season…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the facility will be the largest in Michigan, capable of processing 40 million bushels of soybeans annually…The plant will save farmers from having to haul their soybeans out of state for processing and then trucking soybean meal back to Michigan to feed their cattle…It will also create 74 full-time jobs to start

Amazon says shopping use of voice-activated Alexa device tripled this holiday season -  Amazon says the number of orders placed using its voice-activated Alexa device tripled this holiday season when compared to last year & customers said “Alexa, turn on the Christmas tree” tens of millions of times…More than 100 million hours of music was listened to this holiday season using Alexa & Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” was the most requested.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Year, New Baby: Central Michigan's first baby of 2019 born in Alma - Central Michigan had to wait until almost Wednesday morning to get it's first baby of the new year…From the CFX Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Karter David-Kasey Richards was born at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot in Alma at 11:54 p.m. on New Year’s Day…He's the son of Sami and Kasey Richards, who say he was due December 27th, but came late…Karter is expected to come home on Friday & the couple said that they wanted to thank everyone for their support and the gifts for their new baby…More at

Accidents - Brandon Jackson, 31 of Weidman, has been identified as the person killed in a one-car accident on Airline Road near West County Road last week in Isabella County…From the CFX Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the accident happened about 12:30a.m. last Friday morning when the car went off the road and hit a tree and burst into flames…The Alma Police Department have identified the man found in the Pine River last Friday to be 32-year-old Jeffery Dringenberg…olice are still awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine a cause of death but no foul play was suspected…Dringenberg was without a home, staying in the vicinity of Alma and St. Louis, according to police…More at

Michigan man shoots deer in front of duplex, DNR investigates - The Michigan DNR is looking into reports of a dead deer found shot in the middle of a neighborhood in Mt Pleasant…M-Live reports the incident occurred early in the recent deer hunting season after the DNR received complaints about a deer that had been shot inside the city limits…The deer had been shot with an arrow & officers followed the blood trail to a duplex, where they were able to pick out a unique set of hunting boot tracks from all the footprints in the snow…Criminal charges against the man are pending with the Isabella County Prosecutor’s Office, no names were released

Michigan’s minimum wage going up in 2019 - Michigan will have a new minimum wage of $9.45 an hour, starting in late March, an increase of 20 cents…Michigan’s increase comes amid controversy over the Legislature’s curtailing of a law passed in September…The minimum wage was supposed to go higher quicker in Michigan, but the Michigan Legislature passed a bill changing the $10 minimum wage in 2019 to $9.45, and delaying an increase to $12 until 2030…Governor Rick Snyder signed the law December 14th…

Repair of Veteran’s Bridge in Bay City to reduce traffic to one lane in each direction - Traveling thru Bay City will be a bit slower starting next Monday as the Michigan Department of Transportation will repair Veteran’s Memorial Bridge in Bay City starting Jan. 7…the repairs will last 8 months, reducing traffic to one lane of the bridge in each direction, thru at least July…The repair project includes concrete deck patchwork along with steel repair and electrical and mechanical improvements & will certainly affect traffic in the area, especially during the popular Bay City Fireworks displays around July 4th

DNR graduates include Mt. Pleasant native, new Gratiot officer - The new graduating class of officers for the Michigan DNR includes a Mt. Pleasant native and a newly assigned Gratiot officer…Daniel Liestenfeltz, a Mt. Pleasant native, is assigned as an officer in Montmorency County & Adam Schiller, of Troy, would be assigned to Gratiot County…They now start working in their assigned counties as a continuation of their field training, working with a veteran conservation officer for the next six weeks…The two officers were part of a graduating class of 22 that went through Recruit School #9, a 23-week course

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Michigan’s gas prices continue free fall as average cost drops to $2.01 - We head into the new year with average statewide gas prices of nearly $2 per gallon, the lowest level for the State since early 2016…The national average is down to $2.26 per gallon as of Monday with GasBuddy saying prices are down about 25 cents in the last month and 8 cents in the last week alone…We were paying nearly 70 cents more last year at this time…Gas is chepest in the Hollad area at $1.79 at some stations earlier this week

Gretchen Whitmer inaugurated as Michigan’s 49th governor - Gretchen Whitmer was sworn in and officially inaugurated as the state’s 49th governor on Tuesday…She struck a tone of bipartisanship, acknowledging legislative leaders from both parties in her speech after running a campaign based on clean water, bipartisan cooperation and a need to fix the roads…She is the 49th governor of Michigan.

Lake Superior State Releases Banished Words List - The wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University have released LSSU’s 44th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness...Now in it's 5th decade of existence the 2019 list includes

-Wheelhouse, as in area of expertise

-In the books. . ., as in finished or concluded

-Collusion, as in two or more parties limiting competition by deception

-OTUS family of acronyms such as POTUS, FLOTUS, SCOTUS

-Yeet, as in to vigorously throw or toss

College of Medicine faculty member leads effort to equip medical, physician assistant students - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, CMU's Juliette Perzhinsky, associate professor of medicine in the College of Medicine, is the project leader on a $433,500 3-year grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration…The school will be training CMU medical and physician assistant students on the treatment of pain and possibility of addiction with the grant money…In Michigan alone, there were 18.5 opioid-related deaths per 100,000 in 2016, compared with the national rate of 13.3…More at

Ithaca opts out of marijuana businesses - City of Ithaca officials have decided to prohibit the establishment of any recreational marijuana facilities by opting out of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act approved by state voters in November…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the city council approved the move unanimously during a recent meeting…It isn't known when the state will begin accepting applications for licenses to operate recreational marijuana businesses & if a municipality does not opt out, recreational establishments can be located and licensed by the state within the community…There were more No votes than YES votes in Gratiot County and the city of Ithaca on the marijuana proposal in November…More at

Prout named council director of Girls on the Run - A longtime educator in the Shepherd Public Schools and coach recognized for excellence statewide was named the new Director for Girls on the Run of Central Michigan…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom Julie Prout started on the job this week, following 31 years teaching in Shepherd, specializing in physical education, special education and health education for grades 6-12…She also coaches the girls varsity golf team & was the Division 4 Coach of the Year after leading her team to the state championship runner-up…Girls on the Run's mission is to empower girls into realizing their full potential while coping with the challenges of adolescence…Moreat

Monday, December 31, 2018

Monday Last Day To Donate To Scholarship Fund - With the 2018 tax year ending, the Michigan Department of Treasury is asking Michiganders to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund…Today is the last day to donate for scholarships to young adults who have experienced foster care and are enrolled at a Michigan degree-granting college or university…Awards are paid to the students’ college or university to assist with tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies…Charitable contribution forms postmarked or made online by Dec. 31 are eligible for a tax deduction in the year they are made. -

Michigan Traffic Fatalities Increase Over Christmas Weekend - Preliminary reports by the Michigan State Police show 10 people lost their lives in nine separate traffic crashes during the 2018 Operation C.A.R.E. Lifesaver Weekend over Christmas from Friday the 21st to Sunday the 23rd…The fatalities more than doubled last years totals…4 people killed were pedestrians, three involved alcohol, and four were either not wearing seat belts or restraint use was unknown.

2018 in review: Mid-Michigan's top stories - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the Morning Sun asked readers to help pick the stories that had the most local impact…

3. Non-profit center thrives with help from community - After some large donations and community support, the partners at the William and Janet Strickler Nonprofit Center are ending the year     with funding needed to buy the building where several services are housed.

2. Gratiot county hunters find Gaylord murder victim - A 37-year-old Gaylord man faces a murder charge in   the death of a 67-year-old man whose body was found in Gratiot County in March by hunters.

1. Shooting on Central Michigan University's campus - Friday before spring break, CMU became national     news after word spread of a shooting on campus…Sophomore James Eric Davis Jr. was charged     with shooting his parents in his dorm room

Alma police find body in Pine River - The body of a dead male was found in the Pine River in Alma Friday morning…From the CFX Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Alma Police were sent to investigate a report of a possible body in the Pine River near the Euclid Ballfields around 10am Friday morning…Police confirmed a 32-year-old man was found dead in the river. There were no obvious signs of foul play, according to the release…Nothing more has been released since Friday

Alma moving forward on medical marijuana licensing rules - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Alma city officials are getting closer to adopting rules for the licensing of medical marijuana facilities…A committee has come up with a draft ordinance that establishes application and zoning procedures with the proposal headed to the city commission for further consideration… A public hearing on the matter is January 7th at 5:30pm in the City commission chambers at the Municipal Building…At least one zoning change request is in to allow a building to be used as a medical marijuana growing facility and testing laboratory....

Ballot drives will get harder under Snyder-signed bill - Governor Rick Snyder last week signed a bill making it harder for groups circulating initiative petitions to get their measures on the ballot…Currently groups just have to meet a statewide number, but the new law makes it so no more than 15% of signatures could come from any one congressional district…The law also requires a 100-word summary of the proposal for voters to review upon signing and requires signature collectors to file signed affidavits indicating whether they’re volunteering or getting paid for their time.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Lake Isabella man named to lead DNR - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Governor elect Gretchen Whitmer has chosen Daniel Eichinger, the executive director of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs as her director


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