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Monday, March 18, 2019

Mt. Pleasant Public Schools to offer balanced calendar option
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The Mt. Pleasant School district’s created a balanced calendar that creates a new schedule for the school year by spreading out breaks. The primary difference between the 2 calendars is that the summer break will last for 6 weeks, and another 6 weeks worth of breaks will be spread throughout the school year. The proposed calendar starts at the beginning of August and gives students a 2-week break in October, a full-week break during Thanksgiving, a winter break in February and a full week break in March, in addition to the regular spring and holiday breaks. The district sent out an application to parents last Friday to gauge interest for the new calendar option… More on themorningsun.com

Alma seeks grant for new park restrooms

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom… For the past several years restrooms at 3 parks in the city of Alma have been deteriorating. In 2018, the city applied for a Michigan DNR Trust Fund Grant to help pay for the work at Wright Park, Riverside Park and Pine River/Conservation Park. However, the funding request was denied. That won't keep city officials from trying again. In its revised application, the city would construct new restrooms at Wright Park and renovate the structures at the other 2. The city will request a grant of $207,690 with the remaining $138,460 supplied by the city… More on themorningsun.com

Mid Awards Eight Full Ride Scholarships to Outstanding Students

This year marks the 7th in which Mid Michigan College has awarded competitive full-ride scholarships to 8 exceptional high school seniors. Laker Distinction Scholarships are offered at 2 award levels. 1 that provides 31 credits worth of tuition and fees, and another that includes 62 credits worth of tuition and fees and a $500 per semester stipend for books and school supplies. Selection for the scholarship winners occurred over the course of 2 months, and applicants attended two events at Mid as they progressed through the process.

Final determinations were based on applicants’ leadership, service, and academic performance, which were assessed through a variety of measures.

New rules for Gratiot Animal Shelter

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… On April 1st, the Gratiot County Animal Shelter is switching their “open admission” facility, to “limited admission”, meaning: not all animals will be accepted by staff. The new operational procedures were compiled with input from members of the volunteer foster group Gratiot Animals In Need and animal control workers. Beginning next month the shelter will no longer accept feral cats, kittens and puppies that weigh less than 2 pounds or are 8 weeks old or younger, pot belly pigs, gravely ill or injured animals, birds and water fowl, and animals brought in by a resident of another county. The reason for the new policy… to strike the best balance between service to the community and humane treatment of all animals, according to the shelter……More on themorningsun.com

Powerball results for 03/16/19; did anyone win the $492 million jackpot?

A Weekend of luck, but not for lottery players of the Powerball drawing on Saturday. Once again, no winner of the $492 million jackpot. As it keeps growing, the drawing this Wednesday will be worth $550 million with a cash option of $335 million. That makes it the 11th largest in history and the 8th largest Powerball jackpots ever. Tickets cost $2 each for Wednesday’s drawing.

Update to Last Thursday’s Amber Alert

Last week, we talked for a short time about the Amber Alert that was sent out last Wednesday night. Now, the DNR has released details regarding the pursuit and capture on 2 men who abducted a 5-year-old boy and attempted to flee across Whitefish Bay into Canada. After DNR were contacted by the Chippewa County Sheriff’s deputies, they met at a house about 5 miles from the scene of the abduction in Paradise, MI. The suspect’s car had been found at the house where the DNR officers and Chippewa County Deputy found footprints leading to Whitefish Bay. After riding 3 – 4 miles out on the bay, the 3 officers caught up and found the suspects pulling the child in a sled. The 5-year old boy was wrapped up with in a sleeping bag with instant meals. George Cunningham and Jon Stygler were arrested without incident, the boy has returned to his legal guardians and is doing well.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Federal health officials are monitoring measles cases in a dozen states. The CDC has confirmed nearly 230 cases of the disease over the past 10 weeks. Outbreaks have been reported in New York, Illinois, Texas, Washington and California.  The CDC says the cases are linked to unvaccinated Americans traveling to countries like Israel and Ukraine that are experiencing large measles outbreaks. The disease spreads quickly, and has some lawmakers calling for making the MMR vaccine mandatory.

 

Butterball is recalling more than 78-thousand pounds of raw ground turkey over possible salmonella contamination. At least 5 people in 2 states have been sickened by salmonella linked to the products.  The prepackaged turkey was produced on July 7, 2018, making it unlikely any remains in retail stores…but we all know how things end up in the back of the freezer.  Butterball says customers should check their freezers and throw out any of the recalled products or return them to where they were bought. The recalled turkey has the number EST P-7345 inside the USDA inspection mark on the package.

 

Dick's Sporting Goods is removing guns from 125 of its locations. One of the largest chain firearm retailers in the nation, the company experimented with removing guns from ten stores and replaced them with batting cages, ski apparel and other sports gear. Dick's began moving away from gun sales after the 2017 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The suspect in that shooting once bought a gun at Dick's, though that gun was not used in the attack.  The company said if the switch away from guns at the 125 locations is as successful as it was at the ten-store test, then it will be expanded further.

 

You remember that one teacher who made school and learning fun? A Norwegian Cruise Line wants to recognize those amazing educators by giving them a free cruise! They’re running a new Giving Joy contest where winners will win a free trip.  NCL is giving 15 teachers in the U.S. and Canada a 7-day cruise for 2 people. You can nominate someone too! Tell them “how your candidate is bringing joy to the classroom” and then cast your vote. The top 15 will win the cruise, as well as an invitation to an award ceremony and the chance to win the grand prize of $15,000 for their school.

 

According to a Democratic lawmaker who has spoken on the condition of anonymity, former Vice President Joe Biden is definitely in the Presidential race...As for the unnamed lawmaker, they told “The Hill” that Biden was clear about his plans during a recent phone call...According to the Capitol Hill rumor mill, Biden will make his announcement next month, but his spokesperson is denying everything.

 

A Swedish environmental activist has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her hard work to combat global warming. Greta Thunberg is only 16, but she’s devoted to bringing awareness to the issue and has been a catalyst for change. After Sweden had its hottest summer on record, she created the #FridaysForFuture movement, which rallied thousands of teens to skip school to march for government action on environmental issues. She also spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland last December.

 

After the FBI charged 50 people in what’s called, “Operation Varsity Blues”, 2 Stanford University students filed a lawsuit seeking more than $5 million in damages. The students claim they were denied an opportunity to gain legitimate admission to several schools and the degrees they are working towards may be devalued. Meanwhile, a California woman is launching a $500 billion lawsuit in connection to the nationwide school bribery scandal. Jennifer Kay Toy has filed a class action complaint against actresses Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and 40 other defendants. She claims her son and other children did not get a "fair chance" in gaining admission to colleges and universities caught up in the cheating scandal.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

National Weather Service issues flood watch for Mid-Michigan

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch advisory for Mid-Michigan from last night until Friday evening. The watch is issued for several central Mid-Michigan counties… Isabella, Clare, Gratiot, Montcalm and more. The rain could lead to significant runoff that could flood creeks and small streams due to the heavy periods of rain that is forecasted. Especially with the left over ice melting, floods are very possible in areas of Mid-Michigan… More on themorningsun.com

Mid Michigan College to host College Day event Friday

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Tomorrow, Mid Michigan College is hosting their annual College Day from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at their Mt. Pleasant Campus. The event allows students to learn more about options after they’re done with high school, including going to a college or a university… or going into one of several branches in the military. The event will have representation from several Mid-Michigan schools, such as Central Michigan University, Alma College, Northwood University and Mid Michigan College itself. Other universities and military branches will be represented as well. The event’s free for all attendees… you can find more on themorningsun.com

Health fair to be held at Mt. Pleasant City Hall on Saturday

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine is teaming up with other organizations to provide quick, convenient health services to those in need. The college is hosting a health fair at the Mt. Pleasant City Hall, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Screenings will happen… among those: Heart, Diabetes, and Fall Risk. Not just screenings, but HPV vaccinations, Primary Health Care Physician referrals, and community education resources will be available… More on themorningsun.com

HP expands recall for batteries used in computers linked to fire risk by 78K

HP has added about 78,000 lithium-ion batteries to a recall that already included 50,000 for its laptops and mobile workstations due to an increased fire risk. HP says the batteries aren’t customer replaceable, and they’ll replace them for free with an authorized technician. Affected batteries were manufactured in China and shipped in laptops and mobile workstations from December 2015 through April 2018. Consumers should visit HP.com/go/batteryprogram2018 to see if their battery is included in the recall and for instructions on how to enable 'Battery Safety Mode' if their battery is included in the recall.

NASA selects 9 teams to finally study preserved Apollo lunar samples after 50 years

After nearly 50 years of careful storage and being left untouched, NASA says it will finally study lunar samples that were collected during the legendary Apollo missions. NASA’s selected 9 teams to study the pieces of the moon. 6 of the 9 teams will study samples collected during the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions that have never been exposed to our atmosphere. These samples are said to have been brought to Earth in vacuum-sealed containers via Apollo 17 back in 1972.

Trump’s 2020 budget includes $75M for Soo Locks construction

On Tuesday, we told you that President Trump’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year would cut nearly 90% of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.  The same proposal has nearly a $1 billion Soo Locks expansion project. The extra funding would allow the project to be finished within 7 to 10 years of its start date. The project itself would replace 2 older locks with a new 1,200-foot-long lock to allow large vessels to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. About 80 million tons of commercial commodities, including iron, coal, grain and other materials, pass through the Soo Locks annually.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Clare to host 45th annual Irish Festival this week

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The 45th Annual Irish Festival is this week! The festival starts today and runs through the weekend with different businesses and landmarks being the hosts of the festival. The event’s a yearly tribute to the Irish heritage that Clare County holds. Back 45 years ago, it only consisted of a parade on St. Patrick’s Day… a few years later, more people in the Clare community got involved and the celebration grew. There’s events happening everyday starting today. Saturday’s the big day0 though, with the running in the morning, parade and fly-over at noon, and music all afternoon long… For a full list of events, click themorningsun.com

Man wanted in S Silverberg's theft caught by Ace of Diamonds employee

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Monday after an employee at New Millennium Pawn Shop received a “be on the lookout” call from S. Silverberg’s Finer Jewelers… they returned the call saying a man was trying to sell the ring that the jewelry store was looking for. The ring was seen being stolen Friday morning on video camera footage. What the burglar thought to be a 14k gold ring, was actually just a $100 copy display ring. Monday afternoon, after the man was recognized by a keen-eyed Ace of Diamonds employee, he was stalled long enough for police to arrive and take him into custody… More on themorningsun.com

Powerball results for 03/09/19; did anyone win the $411 million jackpot?

The Powerball jackpot is now one of the 10 largest in the history of the game. That jackpot, worth $448 million is up for grabs tonight. The cash option is just under $272 million. The total places the current jackpot as the 18th largest in history. For the Powerball, it’s among the top 10. If you’re thinking of buying a ticket, they’re just $2 for tonight’s drawing.

Bell’s Brewery near top of list ranking brewers by sales volume

Yesterday, Bell’s Brewery in Comstock ranked No. 7 on the list released by the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers. The list identifies the top 50 producing craft brewing companies and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 40 were small and independent craft brewing companies. Bell’s is listed behind six breweries and ranks at No. 7. When you factor in all brewing company’s like MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch, Bell’s was ranked No. 16. No other Michigan-only brewer was ranked in the top 50.

Honda to recall 1.1M models to replace Takata air bags previously deemed safe

Honda is issuing a recall for about 1.1 million vehicles that weren’t previously included in the planned Takata airbag rollout. The type of Takata air bag inflator from the crash was deemed safe, but now is forcing yet another massive recall. In all, the recall has affected more than 37 million vehicles, 50 million air bag inflators and resulted in at least 23 deaths worldwide. Honda says replacement parts are available, and affected owners should start receiving notification of the recall via the mail April 17th. To search active recalls, use the NHTSA’s website to search with your 17-character VIN.

BMW issues recall for newer X1 SUVs due to risk taillights could detach

BMW is issuing a recall for nearly 6,000 newer SUVs in the U.S. due to the risk that the taillights could loosen and even detach in some cases. The automaker says that there are about 5,920 models equipped with the potentially faulty rear lamps. Affected models were manufactured between Oct. 5th, 2018 and Jan. 18th of this year. Once affected owners are notified starting March 15th, dealers will secure each taillight as needed free of charge.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Almatakes on Ludington Tuesday in D2 quarterfinal from Mt. Pleasant

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… The Alma High School boys basketball team plays in its 1st MHSAA quarterfinal in 2 decades tonight. The Panthers take on Ludington in a division 2 quarterfinal game at 7 from Mt. Pleasant High School. The winner advances to Friday’s D2 semifinal round from the Breslin Center in East Lansing @ 5:30. Alma last competed in the quarterfinal round in 1999 when the Panthers fell to Cheboygan 69-56 from CMU’s Rose Arena… More on themorningsun.com

Founder of Sacred Stone Camp to speak at CMU March 12

Founder of Sacred Stone Camp Ladonna Allard will speak about her experiences involving her career and her involvement protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at 7 p.m. tonight in the Central Michigan University Powers Ballroom. In April 2016, when the Dakota Access Pipeline was being built near the Standing Sioux Tribe Reservation under the Missouri River in North Dakota… Allard founded the Sacred Stone Camp as a way to oppose the building. The protests against the pipeline led to the largest gathering of indigenous nations in recent history. The Sacred Stone Camp has now expanded to Sacred Stone Village where individuals learn to live a sustainable, traditional indigenous way of life. Once again, she’s speaking at 7 tonight in the Powers Ballroom @ CMU.

Hemingway exhibit finally available after more than 15 years of development

The Hemingway Collection, now open, in the Clarke Historical Library showcases a love story between American novelist Ernest Hemingway, and Northern Michigan. The exhibit offers keepsakes from Hemingway's life in Michigan and the literary works it inspired. It highlights experiences shared at the Hemingway family’s summer cottage on Walloon Lake. Admission is free to see the exhibit… and you have quite a bit of time to stop by! It’s available to visitors until September.

Michigan’s Adventure to hire 1,200 seasonal employees

If you want a summer job at Michigan’s Adventure, you might be finding yourself in Muskegon tomorrow from 2-6. That’s when the park’s hosting their job fair to fill more than 1,200 positions. The job fair takes place at 4750 Whitehall Road in Muskegon at the Michigan’s Adventure training center. If interested, apply at miadventure.com/jobs and then visit the job fair for an on-site interview.

Expect gas prices in US, Michigan to continue steady climb through March

Gas prices in the U.S. and Michigan continue to climb at a steady rate as prices have jumped by more than a nickel nationwide and by more than 12 cents in the Great Lakes State. Today, the average cost for a gallon of self-serve unleaded gasoline in Michigan is at about $2.58 per gallon. This not only represents more than a 12 cent increase in the past week, but a 26 cent jump in the last month alone. GasBuddy says this is the 4th-straight week we’ve experienced an increase in gas prices statewide.

President Trump’s Budget Proposes Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Cuts by 90 Percent

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was created in 2010 to take care of our Great Lakes. It receives $300 million each year, but now there’s a risk of some major financial cuts! Based on President Trump’s budget proposal on Monday, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding could be cut by 90%. Proposed cuts could not only affect the environment, but the economy too! For every dollar of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative money, the economy has yielded $3. This indicates an incredible investment for the region.


Monday, March 11, 2019

DTE Energy opens state’s largest operating wind park

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Central Michigan is home to DTE Energy’s most cost-effective and efficient wind park in the state. The Pine River Wind Park located in Gratiot County and Isabella County spans 40,000 acres and encompasses the towns of St. Louis, Alma, and Shepherd. The 65-Turbine farm will power 54,000 homes in Michigan — roughly 161 megawatts. The project is expected to create 8 – 10 full-time jobs as well as more jobs for blade inspection and repair or component repairs on an as-needed basis… More on themorningsun.com

CMUSchoolof Music to host ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’

Music, Acting, and Scissors! This weekend, more than 90 people within CMU’s School of Music will perform: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”. The musical tells the story of a barber looking for revenge, and how he pairs up with an owner of a failing pie shop. Students have been rehearsing since the beginning of January for the Double Cast show; meaning 1 cast performs 1 night of the weekend, and another cast performs the other 2 days. Once again, the shows this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday… For cast interviews, click themorningsun.com

Pictured Rocks set a new visitors record in 2018

Overall in 2018, National Parks attendance topped 318 million in 2018. For the first time in its 53-year history, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore saw more than 800,000 visitors in a single year! The total for the year: 815,308 visitors -- a 4% increase over 2017’s visitor count, making it the 4th consecutive year the park saw an increase. Known for its dramatic sandstone rock formations and colorful sandstone cliffs hugged by Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks, established in 1966, was the National Park Service’s first national lakeshore; and is one of five national parks in Michigan.

M-DOT Warns Drivers Beware Of Darker Mornings

We “spring forward” as we move forward to spring! Over the weekend, daylight savings time took an hour of sleep from us, and makes our morning commutes a little darker. Since sunrise will occur 1 hour later, the Michigan Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists to watch out for pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists. The majority of pedestrian fatalities occur during dark conditions between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. At the same time, pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists are reminded to wear brighter, reflective clothing in order to be seen more easily.

Meijer LPGA Classic needs 900 volunteers

The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is seeking 900 volunteers for the 6th annual tournament held June 10th – 16th. Volunteers will fill roles on 28 different committees, ranging from marshals and standard bearers to transportation and assisting inside the media center. All returning volunteers will be eligible for a $20 Meijer gift card when they refer a friend who did not volunteer during the 2018 tournament. The $55 volunteer fee includes 2 official tournament golf shirts, 1 official tournament hat or visor, 4 weekly grounds passes for friends or family, 1 volunteer appreciation party invitation, and meals and beverages during scheduled shifts. To volunteer, visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

 “Peep on a Perch” Is The “Elf on a Shelf” For Easter - If you love Elf on the Shelf and wish his magic didn’t end with Christmas, then you’re going to love the Peep on a Perch. It’s like the Elf, but for Easter, meant to inspire good behavior in children as the holiday approaches. The little plush yellow Peep sits on a shelf to watch over the kids and comes with a book that explains how Peep helps the Easter Bunny fill baskets every year. An upside for parents… Unlike that Elf on the Shelf, this cute little bird that looks just like the marshmallow Peeps is meant to be played with and held, so you don’t have to worry about little hands wanting to touch it.


Friday, March 8, 2019

Spring thaw road restrictions to start Monday on state, some local roads

Now that more snow and ice is melting, the Michigan Department of Transportation says seasonal road restrictions will start this Monday. The restrictions will take effect for all state roads -- those marked with an M, I or US designation -- going west on M-20 from US-127 in Isabella County to US-31 in Oceana County, and going east on M-61 from 127 in Clare County to US-23 in Standish… More on themorningsun.com

Michiganders Being Warned About Scam Local Public Health Calls

Michigan’s Attorney General and Department of Health and Human Services are warning Michiganders about phone scammers posing as public health officials. Several health departments – including Central Michigan, Chippewa, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Midland, Mid-Michigan, Ottawa and Washtenaw – have received reports from residents about calls from individuals seeking personal information that could be used to steal someone's identity. The callers claim to be from a local health department or Medicare and appear to be calling from health department phone numbers. Anyone who receives one of those calls should hang up immediately.

Clare hospital penalized for third time
Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Clare will lose a portion of funding after being penalized by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. It’s not the first time either… From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… It happened in 2016, again in 2017, and now in 2019. The penalty comes after patients acquired medical conditions during their hospital stay as a part of the Hospital Acquired Conditions Reduction Program. Some of those conditions include sepsis, bedsores, blood clots, hip fractures, infections and other adverse conditions. The goal of the program is to reduce these conditions under the condition of losing Medicare funding given to those hospitals if they are penalized… More on themorningsun.com

SHA K-Kids Club earn first place in video contest

A group of Sacred Heart Academy students were awarded 1st place in a Kiwanis International promotional video contest. The youth service groups of students in 4th – 6th grade planned out the video, and had a member of the Sacred Heart Key Club help film and edit it. Getting 1st place earned the group international honors as well as a $100 shopping spree at Dollar Daze. To see the winning video, click themorningsun.com

City of Mt. Pleasant receives certification as Redevelopment Ready Community

For their efforts in establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, the city of Mt. Pleasant has been awarded the Redevelopment Ready Communities certification. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation will formally present the award on Monday, March 11th. Mt. Pleasant joins 30 other Michigan communities which have qualified as “thoroughly prepared” when it comes to planning and zoning to remove traditional barriers and promote opportunities for prospective investors… More on themorningsun.com

Powerball results for 03/06/19; did anyone win the $382 million jackpot?

No winner of the $382 million jackpot for the drawing held Wednesday. This Saturday’s jackpot will be worth $414 million with a cash option of $247.9 million. That total places the current jackpot as the 24th largest in history and among the 15 largest Powerball jackpots ever. If you want a chance at the money, Tickets cost $2 each.


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Blanchard man charged in dog mistreatment case

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Levi Yoder, 41 of Blanchard, surrendered voluntarily on Tuesday and was arraigned on 1 count of abandonment and cruelty to more than 10 animals. That’s a felony. You may have heard of the situation that swept through local social media last week, or yesterday on CFX Wet Nose Wednesday… Last Friday, the Humane Animal Treatment Society announced they needed help with goods because a large number of dogs were brought into the Shelter. According to court records, Yoder had 63 dogs on his property, with “multiple dogs housed in inadequate cages with unsanitary conditions.” Yoder is scheduled for a preliminary exam on March 21st… More on themorningsun.com

Michiganjoins 20 other states in suing Trump over Planned Parenthood defunding

Michiganis 1 of 21 states participating in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s new rules for the Title X family planning program, according to the Michigan attorney general’s office. The rule changes could shift millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood to faith-based clinics, and also have implications for county health departments that get Title X funding.

Couples to dance in Arts United to raise money for United Way

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… 8 local couples will put their dancing skills on display to raise money for the United Way of Gratiot and Isabella counties. This time, in Alma at the Heritage Center for Performing Arts. The 2nd annual Arts United, sponsored by Alma College, will take place Monday, March 18th. Before the show, a special VIP that includes music, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, drawing entries and an early look at silent auction items starts at 5:30 p.m. Doors for the event open at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 each… More on themorningsun.com

Hudsonville Ice Cream celebrates new pints with 24-hour giveaway

Hudsonville Ice Cream is really good… more Hudsonville Ice Cream is even better! The Holland-based creamery, est. in 1926 unveiled big plans yesterday. A new, pint sized 7-flavor lineup hitting shelves and a new holiday! As part of the reveal, Hudsonville Ice Cream announced March 6th as “Pint Day”!

GI-TEC BPA team heading to state competition
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom…In a week, the GI-TEC BPA team will be heading to the BPA State Competition in Grand Rapids.Back on January 12th, Several GI-TEC BPA teams qualified for the State Competition during the Regional Competition.Each team, compiled of several students from varying grades, is required to make presentations of a made-up scenario, such as planning a fictional event or designing a plan for a small business… More on themorningsun.com

Researchers to install 2,000 data-tracking sensors to Mackinac Bridge

 

Michigan’s Department of Transportation says the Mackinac Bridge be getting more data-tracking sensors added to it this summer, this time… tiny sensors from researchers at Michigan State University and Washington University in St. Louis. 2,000 sensors will help with the goal of exploring the “logistics of large-scale deployment” while providing “useful monitoring data” to the bridge authority. Back in 2016, 20 prototype sensors powered solely by vibrations from traffic were installed on the bridge.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Dog Mistreatment Investigation Continues

Late last week, nearly 60 dogs were brought to the Isabella County Animal Shelter. An investigation to why they got there remains open. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Since last Friday, community support has continued to help address the medical needs of the animals. After the animal shelter posted on their Facebook page about the situation, so many people brought things in, that the animal shelter is placing them into storage! HATS also received more than $6,500 in money donations… As for the investigation, there’s more on themorningsun.com

J. Ranck to promote trade skills at Skilled Trade Night

Students will have another chance, tonight to see the opportunities possible in skilled trade work. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… J. Ranck Electric is hosting their 5th annual Skilled Trades Night tonight @ 6 p.m… The event starts with a company introduction and presentation of trades employment info at the J. Ranck Headquarters, on Gover Parkway in Mt. Pleasant… Students will have the opportunity for hands-on experiences after talking with the company’s electricians, mechanics, and heavy equipment operators… More on themorningsun.com

Great Lakes getting ice-covered fast, frozen by Polar Vortex cold

You might see it driving down Mission St, and really anywhere in Central Michigan. Mounds and Mounds of Ice… Mid-Michigan isn’t the only ice-covered thing in the State. Practically all of the Great Lakes are frozen over… From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The most covered, Lake Erie, is 94% covered, while Lake Superior and Huron are 90% covered. Lake Michigan is about 40% iced over, and Lake Ontario has the least amount of ice coverage, at 31%. As a whole, The Great Lakes are now 74% covered.

Subaru recalls 1.3M vehicles in the U.S. due to risk brake lights could fail

A recent recall from Subaru covers about 1.3 million vehicles in the United States. Included is the 2014 - 16 Forester, 2008 - 16 Impreza, and 2013 - 17 Crosstek models. Subaru says cleaning products containing silicone can emit gas that could in turn… stop the brake lights from working. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to make the recall announcement in the next couple of weeks.

Powerball results for 03/02/19; did anyone win the $356 million jackpot?

Over the weekend… no winner once again in the Powerball jackpot worth a whopping $356 million. Tonight’s the next chance at winning what’s now a $381 million jackpot… The cash option: $228.1 million (still not too bad). If you’re playing tonight, tickets cost $2, and the drawings @ 10:59.

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover back up and running after mysterious reset

Last month after experiencing technical difficulties while in space, the Curiosity Rover died. That’s the robotic spacecraft that’s been exploring Mars for the past 6.5 years. Well after everyone thought we lost it forever following it’s 2-week hiatus, it’s alive! It took one simple question that’s very popular in the IT world: “Did you restart it?” The rover’s deputy project manager says the rover experienced a “one-time computer reset and has operated normally ever since.” As of now, Curiosity is 1 of 2 NASA spacecraft’s actively studying the Red Planet’s surface.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Clare High School to Host College and Career night
From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… On March 12th, students will have the chance to talk one-on-one with employers, colleges, armed services, and alternative forms of job training at the Clare High School’s college and career night from 6 to 8 p.m. Over 50 colleges and businesses will be represented giving students from Clare and surrounding communities the opportunity to explore the many different careers available to them in this constantly changing world… More on themorningsun.com

Record cold afternoons in immediate future

When we think of record cold, we usually think about mornings well below 0, but this current cold snap may not have many morning record low temperatures in Michigan. This frigid weather could bring an afternoon of record cold temperatures around the state. The expected high temperatures for most of the state, (if you want to call them highs) are in the mid-teens. We’ll tack on a few degrees each day over the next few through Sunday.

New Commercial Highlights Upper peninsula Travel

As Michiganders and travelers from around the country and beyond start thinking about warm-weather getaways, a new Pure Michigan commercial featuring Michigan’s Upper Peninsula premiered yesterday. The commercial features a number of beloved and well-known U.P. locations, including Marquette’s Presque Isle Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Tahquamenon Falls, Kitch-iti-kipi, and the Mackinac Bridge. To many, the Upper Peninsula is the best-kept secret of Midwesterners, still managing to escape the international spotlight. To see the video, head to the CFX Breakfast Flakes Facebook Page.

Community rallies behind severely burned Remus boy

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Friends and family are asking for prayers and financial support for a 12-year-old Remus boy who was severely burned over much of his body late Saturday night. Ryland Carson was starting a wood stove fire in a shed when he was burned; over 90 percent of his body just before midnight. Ryland was taken from the accident, to a Mt. Pleasant emergency room before being airlifted first to DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids and then to a burn center. Along with a card-writing campaign, a fundraising effort on Ryland's behalf has raised $2,600 of a $20,000 goal in one day… More on themorningsun.com

Whitmer expected to call for 45-cent gas tax increase

Today Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to propose a 45 cent per gallon gas tax increase in her budget plan. The proposed increase would come in 3 15-cent increment in over the course of a year. For Gov. Whitmer, this is a step towards addressing road funding. Her budget’s also expected to propose a $507 million increase in state K-12 classroom spending.

YouTube suspends comments on videos of kids

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… HRLast week, YouTube said they’ll be turning off comments on nearly all videos featuring kids. Yeah… that’s a lot of videos. This comes after reports of pedophiles leaving inappropriate comments on videos of children. YouTube’s already started the process of disabling comments on all videos featuring minors… a task that will take several months… More on themorningsun.com


Monday, March 4, 2019

Clare woman wins $200,000 lottery prize

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Great Luck and News came to a Clare woman last week when she checked the winning numbers in the Michigan Lottery Powerball drawing. Beverly Blackledge matched 4 white balls and the Powerball to win herself $200,000. She’s already claimed her winnings, and plans to pay off bills, buy a car, and make home improvements… More on themorningsun.com

Manhunt ends with peaceful capture of drug suspect in Gratiot

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Last Friday, we warned of a manhunt happening around Luce Road in Alma. Several Mid-Michigan law enforcement agencies ended the hunt peacefully when the suspect was apprehended in Gratiot County's Seville Township. The man was wanted in connection to a drug bust conducted by officers from the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team earlier that morning. After he fled from Police with a search warrant, he was eventually found, surrendered, and arrested without incident. Neither the man's name nor any other information is being released by police until after he’s arraigned… More on themorningsun.com

Clare's Jenna Betts wins state title

Over the weekend, a Clare High School junior made history. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… During the Division 3 Bowling individual state championship in Muskegon… Jenna Betts beat 4 bowlers in head-to-head competition to win the state title. She’s now the first bowler in the school’s history to win a state title. In the final match, she beat Coloma's Lainey Miller 418 to 305. Earlier in the season, Betts also set the school and Jack Pine Conference single-game record when she rolled a 290 game in Houghton Lake… More on themorningsun.com

McLaren Central Michigan Recognized as a 2019 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

McLaren Central Michigan announced it’s been named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Top 100 status is a great indicator of how proactive hospitals are when it comes to pushing for performance improvement in areas such as quality, outcomes, patient safety, market share and finance.

CMU named "Voter Friendly" campus by NASPA

CentralMichigan University has been named 1 of 123 “Voter Friendly” college campuses. The “Voter Friendly” designation comes after collaborative efforts from the CMU Student Government Association, the Campus Vote Project Coalition, and the Register Educate Vote CMU registered multiple student organizations, the Leadership Safari, as well as other non-campus affiliated organizations. Throughout the years, CMU has focused efforts towards 5 mobile Secretary of State voter registration drives on campus, education on deadlines, absentee balloting, voting rights, poll station locations, and how to access information regarding candidates and issues.

Estimated Tax Penalty waived For Farmers

The Michigan Department of Treasury is following the IRS and waiving the estimated tax penalty for any qualifying farmers who files his or her 2018 state income tax return and pays any tax due by Monday, April 15th, 2019. The tax relief comes because certain federal rule changes have caused difficulty for many farmers to accurately determine their tax liability by the March 1st deadline that usually applies to them. To be eligible for the waiver, qualifying Michigan farmers must attach IRS Form 2210-F to their 2018 state income tax return. The taxpayer’s name and identifying number must be entered at the top of the form. The waiver box—Part I, Box A—should be checked and the rest of the form should be left blank.


Friday, March 1, 2019

GreenTree to offer employees a living wage come April 1

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… Calling it an investment in the store’s workforce, GreenTree Cooperative Grocery announced this week that it will start paying its full-time employees a living wage by April 1st while pledging to bring its part-time workforce in line with that the first of the year in 2020. The April 1st wage increase will affect employees working 30 or more hours a week. Full-time employees will start receiving $11.21 an hour under a model developed by a national cooperative association to which GreenTree belongs… More on themorningsun.com

Gratiot getting another wind farm

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom… Gratiot County cleared the final hurdle for construction to begin next month on another wind farm. The County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve a decommissioning agreement with Polaris Wind Energy. The Polaris bond would pay for the removal of any turbines that become obsolete or need to be replaced and also cover $154,000 for each of the 68 planned turbines and seven alternate sites. Once a turbine needs decommissioned, the company will be responsible for removing everything and returning the land to the condition it was during initial installation. The new wind farm will produce 160 megawatts of electricity for DTE Energy and should be operational sometime in 2020.

CMU course teaches Mt. Pleasant students about VR, AR

While Virtual and Augmented Reality are relatively new concepts in the world of technology, it’s slowly becoming a more mainstream, especially with the younger crowd. From the CFX Morning Sun 24 HR Newsroom… A course offered to middle school-aged students at Central Michigan University is showing what they can do with the technology, and inspiring them to push the limits of VR and AR in the future. A group of middle school students aren’t just exploring the use of VR and AR… they’re also using Unity - a video game engine, to create their own VR worlds… More on themorningsun.com

Powerball results for 02/27/19; did anyone win the $324 million jackpot?

No winner in the $324 million Powerball jackpot drawing held on Wednesday.That means tomorrow’s drawing will be worth $348 million with a cash option of $211.9 million. While there was no grand prize winner, one player in Georgia matched all five white numbers drawn to win $1 million. In Michigan, 4 tickets sold won $500. Tickets cost $2 each for tomorrow’s drawing.

CMU part of state, national effort to improve child health

Central Michigan University Health and the College of Medicine are taking part in a $160 million national data gathering project with the goal to improve the future health of children and their mothers throughout Michigan and nationwide. The effort is being guided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Henry Ford Health System, MSU, Wayne State University and U of M. The plan’s to document, for seven years, the health care of mothers and their children in diverse areas around the state to determine how health care, environmental, socioeconomic and other factors affect child development.

Bill meant to crack down on mail theft passes Michigan Senate

Legislation to make mail theft a misdemeanor or felony at the state level cleared the Michigan Senate unanimously yesterday. The bills would make mail theft a state crime… Stealing or tampering with mail is already a federal crime, but supporters of state-level penalties say enforcement is often limited to the worst cases and that the problem has gotten worse in recent years.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

CMU prof conducting an oral history of PBB

Constant searching for information and knowledge… It’s our curiosity that keeps us learning. Since 1973, when the PBB disaster occurred at the former Velsicol Chemical Co. plant in St. Louis, people have been curious as to what it caused for Mid-Michigan. Dr. Brittany Fremion, an assistant professor of history at CMU, wants to not only hear those stories but record them. She began developing the Michigan PBB Oral History Project in the spring of 2018, after her students started traveling the state audio and video taping interviews with individuals. When completed the oral histories will be donated and preserved at the CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History. If you’re interested in participating, there’s more info on themorningsun.com

Scotland Oil warns of home heating scam

If you receive a call saying you need to address an outstanding balance from what you think is your utilities company… you might want to think twice. It could be a developing scam in Central Michigan… From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom…Several customers of Scotland Oil Company in Alma have contacted the company and said they received a call from a mobile phone with “concerns of their outstanding balance”. Scotland isn't the only oil company whose customers are being targeted. When you call the number, you’re given different options including if you are a customer of DTE, Consumers, or use propane too… More on themorningsun.com

Here's why you need to visit Roz's Diner in Rosebush

MLive does plenty of searching around in the State. The CFX Breakfast Flakes enjoy and back MLive’s constant search for….. the best food in the State. After wrapping up their Search for the “Best Diner in the State”… Central Michigan is well represented with Roz’s Diner making the top 10 at number 8. Located on the corner in Rosebush, Roz’s is open Tuesday – Saturday, til 3pm. Locally-sourced products from area farmers, like fresh eggs and meats, plus the pleasant atmosphere all make Roz’s a memorable experience. Next time you’re in Rosebush, or hankering for a killer meal… stop by Roz’s Diner, Number 8 on MLive’s Best diners in the State. {620-740-820}

Soup kitchen in need of staples, volunteers

A momentary dip in the donation cycle has the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen asking the community for a little extra help. The Soup Kitchen normally gets by with donations from local restaurants and grocery stores, but right now is starting to run a little low on stocks of some of the staples they go through quickly. Those items include canned soups, fruits and vegetables; condiments like mustard and ketchup; boxed macaroni and cheese; instant mashed potatoes; dry pasta; pasta sauce; and tuna fish. The Soup Kitchen isn't just looking for a little extra food right now. With spring break next week, they're also in need of volunteers and some extra hands to get through… More on themorningsun.com

30th annual 'Celebrating Life' Pow Wow to take place March 23, 24

The 30th Annual Pow Wow “Celebrating Life” is set for March 23rd and 24th in McGuirk Arena. The event is an annual celebration of Native American culture at Central Michigan University and the surrounds Mount Pleasant community. It’s organized by a group of CMU students and advisors called the Pow Wow Committee and intended to build cultural unity between the tribal community and student attendees. The Pow Wow is open to the public, with $7 general admission for adults ages 11 and above. Students, children and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe members all get in free with proper identification. The grand entry ceremonies will take place on Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th.

North Korea Summit Ends Unexpectedly With No Deal

Yesterday, talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wrapped up earlier than expected, and Trump himself has confirmed that no deal was reached. The schedule initially called for a joint signing ceremony with Trump and Kim, but plans for that event were canned.  The change is a surprise given that earlier in the day, the President said the talks have been very productive. According to the President, North Korea wanted sanctions lifted – and the United States wasn’t willing to go there.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

MPPS to launch alternative middle school education program

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom… Mt. Pleasant Public Schools is launching a new alternative middle school program, titled the "Middle School WAY-Forward” program. It’ll take a learning approach that will be based on projects, rather than the traditional quizzes and tests. The program is being run under the banner of the Widening Advancements for Youth organization… a nonprofit that partners with school districts to implement a program that personalizes education approaches. An open house will be hosted at the Oasis building, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. The program is expected to start on March 4th… More on themorningsun.com

Neighborhood speaks out; Mt. Pleasant won’t narrow Maple Street

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom… Residents on Maple Street in Mt. Pleasant got their wish Monday evening: The City Commission voted 6-1 Monday to have the city engineering staff revise the project so that the street, between Mission and Brown, will stay at its current 41-foot width, instead of being narrowed to 37 feet. Now city staff will rework the engineering design for the project, which is still planned to be reconstructed this year… More on themorningsun.com

Hauck, other lawmakers to participate in Legislative Polar Plunge

A little late to the party, but we’ll still let ya in… From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom… This Thursday, Roger Hauck, Representative of the 99th district, along with more than 40 other state lawmakers will be making the plunge for Special Olympics. Right in front of the Capital steps in Lansing @ 3 oclock, the event will be hosted the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the same organization that helps Special Olympics Michigan by hosting several events… More on themorningsun.com

Michigan’s M22 Challenge expected to fill in minutes, here’s how to get a spot

If you want to run in “the most beautiful race in America”… registration for the 11th Annual M22 Challenge opens @ 8am this Friday. In the past, it’s drawn competitors across the US to scenic Northern Michigan, taking advantage of the majestic terrain and waterways of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Because of growing interest in the race, in its 11 years, it’s jumped from 132 participants...to 900 available positions this year. Registration can be completed online, and costs $150.

CMU’s Society of Women Engineers invents a candy sorter in 24-hour challenge

In CMU’s College of Science and Engineering’s 3rd Annual “Hackathon”, it doesn’t take a lot to get creative. That’s speaking for the members of the Society of Women Engineers @ CMU. The challenge brought together student organizations and individuals for innovative and collaborative competition. The Women Engineers Society’s machine created during the event deposits different colored M&M candies to their corresponding colored dish. It works thanks to a color sensor and code written by the team’s members. The team spent about 14 total hours creating the candy machine.

Need a job? Michigan DNR hiring more than 200 seasonal employees

It’s starting to get that time of year. Thinking about summer, but more importantly… that summer job. If you’re looking, The Michigan DNR is looking for candidates to fill more than 200 summer and fall positions within its wildlife division. Jobs are available @ DNR state field offices, customer service centers, and state game areas. The DNR says the positions are perfect for college students, those looking to re-enter the workforce, and seniors or retires who want to be involved in the outdoors. To apply, go to Michigan.gov/DNRJobs


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Minors would be banned from using tanning facilities under House bill

New legislation introduced in the Michigan State House this week would prevent people under 18 from using indoor tanning facilities. Hopes of protecting minors from early exposure to uv rays that could lead to development of skin cancer is the original reason the bill was created… If passed, House Bill 4205 would put Michiganin line with 19 other states and Washington, D.C. that have a full ban on minors using tanning salons… Violation would result in a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $150 fine.

MP police investigate failure to return rental car

Borrowing something and not returning it… isn’t borrowing… From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom… Last Friday, after multiple attempts of contacting a man who rented a vehicle from Krapohl Ford, and didn’t return it, the business looked to police. Now, Mt. Pleasant police officers are on the lookout for a 2016 red Ford Focus, and the man who originally rented the car…More on the morningsun.com

80% of Michigan school buses get a passing grade

In Michigan there’s more than 16,000 public school buses in more than 800 districts that are put through a more than 100-point inspection by the Michigan State Police to determine the vehicle’s operation ability. Each point is given one of three ratings… either a PASS, YELLOW, meaning a repair must be made in 60 days while the bus can still be operational, or RED, meaning a violation must be repaired before the bus can be again used in the field. Over the previous school year, 2017-18, more than 80 percent of the vehicles passed inspection, six percent received Yellow status, and 12 percent received Red. On MLive.com you can find a searchable database to find the ratings of your school districts’ buses.

Michigan’s gas prices fluctuate while nationwide average jumps by 10 cents

Over the past week, Michigan’s gas prices have fluctuated between $2.30 and $2.40 per gallon while the national average has jumped by nearly 10 cents. This is the biggest weekly jump in the U.S. during 2019. The national average dropped a bit as the week started, but remains about 6 cents higher than it was this time 1 week ago. AAA adds that prices across the Great Lakes and Central region are 4 to 16 cents more expensive week-over-week, and that this is due to refinery maintenance and inventories tightening. Last week, the Energy Information Administration reported that the domestic crude production was at 12 million barrels per day which AAA says is the highest weekly estimate ever.

Regional initiative launched to combat opioid crisis

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom… Organized by the National Center for State Courts, the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative was formed to develop strategies to fight the increasing opioid epidemic in states hit by it hardest. Along with Michigan, 7 other states joined the initiative, partnering to bring together local, state and federal resources. The initiative’s five project committees will focus on child welfare, evidence-based practices, prescription drug monitoring programs, research and regional capacity of treatment. In Michigan, an estimated 2,662 residents died from drug overdoses in 2017, and those deaths have increased 82 percent over five years.

One of Michigan’s Most Endangered Animals

When it comes to endangered species, many people tend to think about exotic creatures in far-away lands. But the reality is there are animals fighting a losing battle with extinction much closer to home. Throughout the Midwest and in Michigan, creatures are on the verge of disappearing. In fact, humans are responsible for the endangered status of 99 percent of at-risk species, according to The Center for Biological Diversity. Michigan’s most endangered species: the Kirtland’s Warbler. Known for its yellow breast and heavy black eye-shadow.


Monday, February 25, 2019

Outstanding community leaders to be recognized at awards banquet

From the CFX Morning Sun 24 Hr Newsroom… This Saturday, The Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce will let the awards fly… not literally, but… @ the 62nd annual awards banquet to honor outstanding community leaders at 5 p.m. at the Comfort Inn Conference Center. Other than the Outstanding Citizen of the Year, other community service club members or organization volunteers who have gone above and beyond will be honored with Eagle Awards. And that’s not where the awards stop. New this year, the Rising Star Community Impact Award will be given to an individual who is "a rising star" in their overall service to the community. If you wis

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