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Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2018

Mt. Pleasant’s new branded slogan and logo is here….the slogan is :  Meet here. The “meet here,” brand, with a “meet here, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan” logo, was unveiled Tuesday in a special presentation downtown. THe idea of the brand is that it’s a promise that every voice can be a part of...whether you’re of Mt. Pleasant, you went to school here or your visiting. Meet Here is the culmination of a 6 month, $35,000 branding effort paid for by the city commission; you can find more on


In Clare County, some defendants facing marijuana charges will go free soon and other counties are likely to follow suit as Michigan faces the legalization of small amounts of weed. As election officials work to certify results across the state prosecutors in mid-Michigan are digging though pending possession charges that would no longer be considered criminal cases once the new law goes into effect.  Meanwhile, entities like Central Michigan University are clarifying that despite the new legalization, marijuana use on campus or during CMU business trips is still against policy. YOu can read more

A longtime volunteer and the city of St. Louis were the big winners during l Gratiot County Community Foundation's 15th annual For Good, Forever Awards Breakfast. Becky Roslund of Ithaca was the recipient of the Friend of the Foundation Award, while St. Louis received the first GREAT Communities Initiatives $50,000 matching grant. The city plans to use the $50,000, along with it's match which has already been raised, to renovate the interior of the building at the W.T. Morris Memorial Swimming Pool. The building is also used as a site for free children's meals during the summer, a community gathering place and free movies.

Mt. Pleasant city commissioners and mayor are getting a pay raise for the first time in 15 years.

The Local Officers Compensation Commission recommended the new pay structure and it was unanimously approved by the City Commission on Monday, Nov. 12.

Starting in January, city commissioners will receive $1,500 a year, up from the current level of $1,000 a year. The mayor will receive $2,000 a year, up from $1,250. The new pay rate is more in line with similar cities and reflects the additional hours elected officials spend in their position compared to 15 hours ago

A Mt. Pleasant woman could face an assault charge after showing up at  another woman's house and flashing a handgun in a dispute about her boyfriend. A 37-year-old woman on Elm Street told police the other woman showed up just after noon on Monday and threatened to kill her if she had an intimate relationship with the boyfriend again. The threats were actually heard by a 911 dispatcher who was on a line while the victim was being threatened. City police officers checked several locations for the suspect, but did not find her. A report is being turned over to the prosecutor's office at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe for possible charges.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018:

A proposed snow-shoveling ordinance in Mt. Pleasant is now on hold until spring, while city staff explores a variety of options. Among those options is looking at the feasibility of a “walkability fund” in the city budget that would cover a variety of projects, such as new sidewalks, pedestrian lighting and having city crews clear the residential sidewalks in the winter. City commissioners have been repeatedly unable to reach a consensus on a proposed ordinance to require residents to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice. A current ordinance requiring commercial and industrial property owners to clear their sidewalks is still in place.


McLaren Central Michigan  sits at the head of the class once again after earning an "A" in nationwide hospital safety survey for the second half of 2018.  That's a two-letter-grade jump from the first half of this year and the second of 2017, when the hospital earned a "C" rating twice in a row in the nonprofit Leapfrog Group's semi-annual survey.  Meanwhile, MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot in Alma maintained a "B" grade for both halves of 2018.


Four more people died of drug intoxication in Isabella County in the third quarter of 2018, adding to a total that now tops all of 2017.  In the first nine months of of the year 10 deaths in Isabella County were caused by drug overdose, more than the nine last year.  All four deaths in the third quarter were the result of a mix of at least two drugs...three involved fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid often mixed with other drugs like heroin or cocaine. YOu can get all of the medical examiner data on third quarter overdoses and find a look at the year on

A citizen advisory board regarding Mt. Pleasant police is now before the City Commission, which will consider a resolution to create such a board at its Nov. 26 meeting. It would be an advisory committee, not an oversight or review committee. With a goal of  improving communication between the police agencies and the community, to enhance police credibility with the public through transparency and accountability. Three people would be appointed tot he committee. You can find more on

For the third time in the past several years Alma College has purchased a former business with plans to bring it back to life. This time it's the recently closed 7-Eleven store across right  Wright Ave. from campus. After decades in operation the business closed suddenly in June. Officials say the college plans to seek an individual or company to lease the building and open a convenience store...Alma College bought he former Kentwood Pharmacy which now houses the bookstore and starbucks...and recently the college went all in on the former Opera House, buying it outright after beleaguered attempts to restore the building and turn it into a mix-use property stalled again.


Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 

A water safety nonprofit group says 2018 has been a deadly year on the Great Lakes, with at least 110 drownings recorded. The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project , which has tracked drowning deaths since 2010, says this is the first year that it's recorded more than 100 drownings...extremely hot summer days may have contributed to the high numbers this year.  The deaths have prompted efforts to increase safety along Great Lakes beaches. Including campaigns for warning signs, safety equipment, education and training.

Two days after conceding to his opponent in the race for Isabella County's open prosecutor seat, Larry King resigned from his position as an assistant prosecutor in that office...although the move was called voluntary, King was asked to leave by incoming prosecutor David Barberi, who was sworn in to the spot this week...King said he was disappointed, Barberi said the move was not political.

An open house to discuss a more immediate plan to remove access to U.S 127 from South Bagley Road in North Star Township is set for Tomorrow  3 to 6 p.m. at the Gratiot County Road Commission office in Ithaca; That location has been the site of about 40 accidents during the past few years, including the crash that claimed the life of James Jesselatitis of Hemlock on Oct. 24. The spot could be temporarily closed as soon as next month as officials work to impliment a more permanent solution.

Mt. Pleasant's vice mayor has filed a petition for a recount after losing his spot on the city commission by just eight votes Tuesday. Nicholas Madaj's request will have to wait  for the state's Board of Canvassers which will decide whether the recount will move forward.The petition contends that the narrow margin between Madaj and Petro Tolas —.04 percent of the total votes— coupled with "improper procedure" noted at at least one Mt. Pleasant precinct, could mean that Madaj actually was the winner "but for fraud or mistake." WHen a decision will come is not immediate clear; you can find more on

Carried by large margins in Mt. Pleasant precincts, Isabella County leaned mostly Democratic in state races and somewhere in the middle in local races Tuesday, in a mid-term election that saw record voter turnout across the state and the nation. unlike counties to the north and south, voters in Isabella showed strong support of proposal 1,which legalized recreational marijuana use. Overall 58 percent of voters across the county supported it, in Mt. Pleasant itself that number jumped to 72 percent. You can read more about Tuesday’s voter trends in Isabella, Gratiot and Clare counties on


Friday, Nov. 9 2018

Clare County's election saw three commissioners unseated and an incumbent representative keep his spot….Unlike the majority of the state, CLare COunty residents voted no on Proposal 1 to legalize recreational marijuana use, while supporting proposals 2 and 3. The majority of races went to the republican side of the ballot in the can find a full summary on

A habitual abuser from Mt. Pleasant is heading to prison for attacking his girlfriend. Richard Chamberlin, a 30-year-old Mt. Pleasant man, was sentenced to about 8 years after...evidence found that Chamberlin assaulted his partner on the Isabella Reservation by hitting her in the head, dragging her by her hair and holding her down by stepping on the back of her neck...while in jail, he wrote letters to a group of people, including the victim, attempting to have the victim lie for him during the court proceedings.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Two puppies reported stolen from a home near Edmore ended the day safely back with their mother Tuesday after sheriff's officials assisted another agency in locating the dogs in Isabella County.The owner told police he learned the puppies —still young enough to be nursing— were listed for sale on a Facebook at an address in the southern part of Union's unclear still if the the person who held the puppies actually took them or received them from a third can see an adorable photo and read more on

If you’ve been waiting for your chance at fame, you may want to call in sick to your day job monday. America’s Got Talen is hoting open auditions for it’s 14th season in Detroit at Cobo Center starting at 8’s one of just seven cities hoting audition this year. Auditions are open to people of any age with any talent...if you’re going, you can registers in advance to save time and get all the deatails on the AGT website.

Martin Lowenberg – a man who survived hate and fear -- brought a message of love and faith when he spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at Central Michigan University Wednesday evening. Lowenberg, 90, is a Holocaust survivor. Now a Southfield resident, he spoke of the small town in Germany he grew up in and the horrors he endured.Lowenberg’s mother, father and younger brothers – who were twins – were killed during World War II. At 14, he was sent to a concentration camp in Latvia for three years, where he did manual labor and slept crammed into crowded bunks. You can read more about Lowenbergs story on

A 51-year-old Mt. Pleasant man has been banned from city parks after several months of bad behavior including yelling racist remarks, drinking, smoking marijuana, begging for money and offering drugs to children and adults. Officers gave the man an official letter on Monday alerting him of the outlined several instances of disreuptive, rude, possibly illegal behavior andnoted that if theman is inthe parks again, he will be arrested.


Mt. Pleasant is set to go from two to three artistic street crossings in 2019 after getting a $2200 grant for Paint te Intersection. The application for the money from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs was co-written by both the city and by Arti Reach, which hosts Paint the Intersection each effort that includes any community members who wish to help paint colorful designs across downtown crossroads...which will now add Broadway St. and Franklin St to braodway and main as well as broadway and university.

A 54-year-old woman and a 14 year old girl were arrested in Carson City last week after security footage linked them to vandalism at a church. A van, entrance sign and the gym at Carson City Fish Creek School were spray painted with negative phrases about thebelieves of the church...members of the church were also targeted with vandalismat their homes as well. Anna Morris was charged, DHS is investigating the the involvement of the 14 year old girl

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - Election Results

Hauck wins state rep: Rep. Roger Hauck won a second term in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday. Hauck, R-Union Township, defeated Democratic challenger Kristen Brown, 53 percent to 47 percent, in the 99th District state House race. The district includes Isabella County and part of Midland County. And while Brown was winning in Isabella Countywith 28 out of 29 precincts counted, Hauck won handily in Midland County,.


New Isabella Prosecutor: Voters filled Isabella County's prosecutor seat Tuesday, ultimately electing David Barberi to a spot left vacant since February after an unexpected mid-term resignation. Barberi, 33, defeated Larry King, a 34-year-old assistant prosecutor in Isabella County in a race both sides proudly touted as "clean" and fair. The newly-elected prosecutor will be sworn-in this week as mandated by statute to fill the vacant seat.


mtp city commish: An incumbent city commissioner was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s Mt. Pleasant City Commission race, while the vice mayor narrowly lost his bid for re-election. City Commissioner Lori Gillis, Amy Perschbacher and Petro Tolas were elected to three-year terms...they defeated Vice Mayor Nicholas Madaj, Barry DeLau II and Rick Rautanen. Gillis, in her first three years on the commission, was often outspoken and frequently parted ways with the majority...Tolas ran on a campaign critical of the current commisison.


isabella probate: Assistant Prosecutor Stuart Black narrowly won the race for Isabella County probate judge on Tuesday. Black defeated Mt. Pleasant attorney Sara Spencer-Noggle 51 percent to 49 percent (10,125 to 9,557), with 28 out of 29 precincts reporting at 2 a.m. With a countywide voter turnout of 63 percent, the race was close all evening as precinct results came in. The race was historic, with Black being the first African AMerican person elected to a judge seat in the county’s history.


alma city commish: Two newcomers topped the field of seven candidates vying for the four available spots on the Alma city commission. Michelle Pitts, 47, a loan officer for Commercial Bank who has lived in the the city for 41 years, lead the way.She was followed by another challenger, Audra Stahl, 45, a lifelong Alma resident who is president and CEO of Gratiot County Child Advocacy. The final two spot went to incumbents...Vice Mayor Roxanne Harrington, and Roger Allman.


state gov. and props: Democrat Gretchen Whitmer defeated Republican Bill Schuette to become Michigan’s next governor. The Associated Press called the race in Whitmer’s favor at 10 p.m. Tuesday. Her running mate, Garlin Gilchrist II, will be Michigan's first black lieutenant governor…Mcihigan voters also said yes to recreational marijuana as well as two other statewide proposals.

mtp school board: Two newcomers won seats on the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Board of Education Tuesday, while the only incumbent up for re-election lost. Among a field of six candidates, Amy Bond was the top vote-getter followed by Courtney Stegman with 3,075 votes. The two will serve six-year terms on the board.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Today’s mid-term election has the possibilty of breaking records for voter turn ou...yesterday absentee ballots were up by 43% in Michigan compared to the 2014 midterm...but if you’re voting today, there are lots of ways to get to the polls. Voting locations opena t at 7 this morning and stay open until 8 pm. If you need a ride in Isabella County IRide is offering free trips while Dial-A-Ride in Gratiot is doing the same..just call for appointments. If you have questions about candidates, issues, your voting location, what’s on your ballot and more, you canf ind resources to prep before the polls thismorningon

Coleman Community Schools was the big winner among seven local districts awarded Michigan State Police School Safety Grants, receving nearly $$250,000. The money will be used for upgrades in security such as installation of a new key pod entry system with additional access points, lock-down system for interior doors, exterior window film and a color-coded hallway ID system. Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, the gratiot Isabella ResD and several other mid michigna diestrict got some fundingin the allocation; you can find more on

Gas prices in the Great Lakes and across the U.S. continue to drop as both sit less than $2.76 per gallon this week which are the lowest levels reported for each since April of this year. AAA reports that the average cost for a gallon of self-serve unleaded gasoline is going for about $2.71 per gallon in Michigan...continuing a trend this fall, mid-Michigan boasts prices thismorning below the state average, with a gallon of gas costing about $2.56 in Isabella County.

The owners of an Alma car dealership that was heavily damaged by fire on Saturday hope to reopen "as soon as possible." From the CFX/Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Scooter and Jill Malloy, owners of Alma Chrysler plan to bring in office trailers and are looking at alternate locations for a car lot. Fire inspectors are still working to determine a cause of the blaze and right now, it’s not clear if some or all of the large structure can be salvaged, or if it will have to be demolished and rebuilt.

Three years after a CMU freshman was struck by a car and killed as he walked down a dark Crawford Road, sidewalks or lights aren't planned for the stretch in the near future...but they could be in there in the next decade. Referncing the high costs - the road would need to be widened, sewers and drained adjusted and more to a tune of $1 million or more- officials say it’s complicated. In the years since Ryan Tsatsos was killed by a hit-and-run-driver, Union Township has added the stretch to its Sidewalk Prioritization Committee's master plan...which means that it could be on a 10 year priority list.

Monday Nov, 5, 2018

Owners of the former Kmart building in Mt. Pleasant have plans to tear down the vacant structure to make way for new tenants. One of those tenants is expected to be Hobby Lobby. Owners of the property have applied for a demolition permit and a building permit...all signs point to the crafting store as a future official indications that rumors of Big Lots as a second tenant in the space are true: you can get more details on

Firefighters from at least five departments spent more than 12 hours Saturday battling a blaze that damaged part of a Gratiot County car dealership.  Calls came in to 911 just after 4 pm for smoke pouring out of the service and garage area of the Alma Chrysler dealership on M-46. flames were visible outside the steel building as firefighters worked through the night and fire engulfed more than half of the building including offices and the service area where cars, tires, machinery and materials like oil and grease were stored. An inspector will work to determine a cause this week...the dealership said they’re working to figure out next steps. More in that story on

A shelter set to open in St. Louis is going to be staying in one place, depending on if they can get a permit. The Gratiot County Hope House announced they are planning to stay housed at St. Louis Church of the Nazarene rather than rotate between churches. As long as the City of St. Louis will grant the shelter a special use permit….a public hearing and a vote are expected later this month.

A night of mixing methamphetamine and heroin may have led to the death of a man who was not breathing when his friends drove him to a Mt. Pleasant hospital this week.  Police were called to the emergency department at McLaren Central Michigan just after 6 a.m. Thursday after the 39-year-old Broomfield Township man arrived...Two other men put the victim in a car and drove him to the hospital when, after the three used meth and heroin through the night, the man stopped breathing; One of the two men administered CPR at the home but failed to revive the

Opioid overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day and while data shows those numbers leveling off, it’s too early to declare victory. The DEA's National Drug Threat Assessment shows that heroin, fentanyl and other opioids continue to be the highest drug threat in the nation. But federal officials are concerned that methamphetamine and cocaine are being seen at much higher levels in areas that haven't historically been hotspots for those can find quarterly updates on overdose deaths in Isabella County and numbers form the last few years on

A man who stole a tip jar from a Mt. Pleasant pizza restaurant will not be facing charges after he returned the jar the day after. The man, dressed like a referee, was caught stealing the tip jar from Pisanellos on Halloween night. Employees of the restaurant uploaded screenshots from the security camera footage to social media in an attempt to identify the man...WHen he saw his own photo the thief  brought the jar back and restaurant managers were not interested in charges once the tips were back.


Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

The candidates for Mt. Pleasant City Commission are a mixed group when it comes to campaign fundraising and spending. Two of them are relying heavily on their own money, two are below the $1,000 threshold necessary to file a report, and two have received almost all their donations from a family of landlords and developers who oppose the city’s new zoning ordinance and policies. In addition, nearly 30 area residents have donated to a PAC that is promoting an anti-city message and supporting other Republican candidates….if you want to know how candidates are funded you can find all the info on


Concerns about crime rates, drug addiction and long-term health and safety have sheriffs in mid-Michigan joining law enforcement officials across the state in opposition to a statewide ballot proposal that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Polling results indicate that a majority of Michigan residents plan to vote yes on the proposal, which would allow those 21 and over to consume marijuana, with taxes benefitting schools, roads and municipalities….police officers and sheriffs are sharing data from other states that have made the same move; they indicate crime rates and hospital visits could go up;  you can read more


Plans for a new credit union site and an ATM drive-through site for another new bank were approved by the Mt. Pleasant Planning Commission Thursday. Planners approved a special use permit and site plan review for a new location of Isabella Community Credit Union On broomfield. They also approved a special use permit to add a canopy and drive-through ATM site on the south side of Campus Common, as part of plans for a Chase Bank location. Campus Commons is a mixed-use building that also has Chipotle as a tenant and has apartments on the upper floors.


The 15th Annual Gratiot Community Foundation Breakfast will feature a first for the event: the awarding of a new grant. The gathering will take place at Masonic Pathways in Alma, with the breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. and the program itself starting at 8 a.m. on Nov. 13. The program will allow for grant recipients to be recognized for their commitment to the Gratiot community...After spending time taking applications, After  seeking out community-minded projects the foundations will award it’s first GREAT grant.

Police say a 10-year-old child has died after falling from a trailer that was taking children around a central Michigan community during Halloween trick-or-treating. The child was with a group of children riding in Sheridan on Wednesday night in the trailer, which had seats and was being hauled by a tractor. Witnesses told police the trailer was being pulled slowly when the child fell from it and was run over.



Thursday, November 1, 2018

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a motion in Isabella County Wednesday to reinstate three felony charges against a former Central Michigan University student accused of sexual assault. Ian Daryl Elliott, 24, of Cheboygan, was originally charged with two felony counts...the case was heading to trial when acting Isabella County Prosecutor Robert Holmes dropped the case in May...the victim in the allegations has actively sought to have her story heard and CMLife recently featured the case in a high profile story. A hearing is set for Nov. 16 for the reinstatement for more.

A Central Michigan university student accused of shooting and killing his parents in his own dorm room in March is now considered competent to stand trial, as officials wait for one more mental health determination to continue with court proceedings. James Eric Davis Jr. has been in a state forensic psychiatric facility for sevenmonths for treatment...Now Isabella county waits to see whether experts will find David criminally responsible before hearings can be scheduled in Isabella County.

If you’ve been down bluegrass in Mt. Pleasant, you might be wondering what is being built in the parking lot in front of target: it turns out, it’s an aspen dnetal location. No word yet on what dentist will reside there or when it will open.

For three Halloweens Paul and Julie Tsatsos have spent the day dring to Mt. Pleasant fromtheir home in detroit to hold a press conference to share details about what tehy consider the worst day of their lives. Just after midnight on Halloween night in 2015, their son Ryan Tsatsos —a Central Michigan University freshman two weeks shy of his 18th birthday— was killed by a hit-and-run driver as he walked to his dorm. Despite an active investigation by the Michigan State Police, the case remains unsolved. Police say any information, no matter how insginificant ot small itmay seem, could help crach the case, where a $10,000 reward i sstill offered for information thatleads to closure; you can read more on

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

Gratiot County sheriff's deputies averted a potential disaster late Saturday morning when they apprehended a highly intoxicated motorist traveling the wrong way on U.S. 127. when police stopped the woman, she thought she was on Washington Road and could not stand on her own. She blew a .28 which is 3.5 times the legal limit and could not be arraigned Monday because she was still intoxicated.

A 44-year-old Blanchard man accused of sitting in wait and killing his brother after a fight one Sunday evening in August will stand trial for murder. Curtis William Boyer waived his right to a preliminary examination, to determine if there is enough evidence to order him to stand trial; now he heads to circuit court where a trial is scheduled in december.

Efforts to have a community swimming pool in Mt. Pleasant have received a show of support from the Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation Commission. They  sent a resolution to the City Commission, recommending that the city find partners to fund and create an “area-wide indoor aquatic facility.” It’s part of an on-going initiative to open a community swimming pool in Mt. Pleasant or Union townships...the effort is gaining momentum since a feasibility study was commissioned last year; you can find more on


An Alma family that farms pumpkins found a surprise in the patch this year: a set of conjoined pumpkins,  which is a pretty rare occurrence. They usually grows around 800 pumpkins each year and sells them at a roadside stand in front of their house but since  this one was special —two fully-formed pumpkins joined together - they kept and carved them. They’re designed to look like two pumpkins in love, touching heads. You can find a photo and more on themorningsun.con

After three different garbage collection companies offered services on three different days, Lake Isabella officials have decided to stick with just one: Kings Disposal will the be the one and only refuse hauler inthe village starting on Jan. 1. Officials cited the increased traffic that could deteriorate roads more quickly and a concern that three garbage days could encourage more wildlife rummaging as reasons for limiting the service to one.



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

For those who live near a dangerous intersection in Gratiot County, a planned closing on the crossing can’t come soon enough. Last week we reported a fatal crash where Bagely Road crosses US 127, a spot where there have been so many serious accidents MDOT plans turn the road into a dead end both north and southbound. The change probably won’t happen until 2020 when construction is budgeted and MDOT can buy extra land to make a turn around culdesac big enough for semi trucks...neighbors in the area say for decades, they’ve called 911 repeatedly for fatal and serious crashes and have asked why the raod remained accessible. You can find more details on

A Clare man nabbed in a drug bust last January is headed back to prison on multiple charges, including possession of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a weapon. Douglas Loughin, a 37-year-old ex-con with a long history of drug and other convictions was setenced to five to 20 years this week...he’s been in and out of jail since 1998 for burglary, drug and other charges. You can read more on


The controversial proposal to require Mt. Pleasant residents to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice is on hold once again. Instead, Mt. Pleasant city commissioners want city staff to study a new option: Seeing how much it would cost for the city to buy equipment and hire people to do all or some of the sidewalks. It’s the second year in a row a lack of majority support right before the snow falls has stalled out the measure…

A Michigan wine has become just the second from America to win the top prize at a prestigious international competition. Black Star Farms' 2017 Arcturos Dry Riesling was named Best Wine of 2018 at the 19th Annual Canberra International Riesling Challenge...a competition that attracts vinyards from around the globe...this year, 567 reislings competed with Black Star’s beating them all.

A Mt. Pleasant institution is gearing up to give back this weekend. The Bird Bar and Grill, celebrating 85 years this year, is hosting the annual Bird Auction on Saturday. It’s been going on since the 80s, with patrons bidding on big ticket items like TV while kicking back with friends. The Auction starts at 4pm, proceeds are set to go to the Isabella County Child Advocacy Center.

Monday October 29, 2018

A Macomb County man is headed to trial in Clare County on attempted murder and other charges after officials say he assaulted his fiance with a chainsaw, dragging her through a fire and repeatedly kicking her during an attack earlier this year.Robert Joseph Presley Jr., 46, of Clinton Township, was charged in June.. after his fiance escaped the brutal attack at Presley’s Redding Township cabin, he drove himself - drunk- to the sheriff’s office claiming he himself had been attacked; police found nine guns and amunition in plain sight in his car….he was already on parole at the time. A judge found enough evndiecen during a preliminary hearing last to move all the charges on to circuit court and trial; you can find more details on

The Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director. Brendan Kelley and his wife movedhere from tennessee to be closer to family and accommodate his wife's career change….nine years of background working in non-profit leadership made Kelley a fit for the Chamber’s hiring committee. He started last week, focusing on recruiting new members.

Carving 1,500 pumpkins in one weekend is not a one-person job. That’s why SHepherd community volunteers spent all weekend cleaning,gutting, designing and carving to add to Kent Roth’s huge unique Halloween display for the fifth year in a row. You can see all 1,500 jackolaterns on display through Halloween night - wednesday- in the100 block of North Second Street and in front of the Shepherd Bar and Restaurant and you can find a huge gallery full of photos on

A 33-year-old mid-Michigan man on parole for a felonious assault conviction is facing an animal cruelty charge in Isabella County after police say he hit a puppy with his fists on multiple occasions, ultimately beating the dog to death. Joshua J.Voorhees was staying in Weidman when a witness told police he killed a dog he had repeatedly abused in the past; an autopsy revealed the dog died of blunt force trauma; Voorhees remains in the Isabella County Jail in lieu of bond. You can read more on

A wood pellet business office and work space in Lake Isabella is likely a total loss after a friday fire burned for hours. From the CFX/Morning Sun 24 hours newsroom, at least six fire departments responded to a blaze at Isabella Pellet starting at 5 am; by midday, firefighters were still working the knock the building down, unable to enter to fighre the fire from teh inside. The business uses sawdust to make wood pellets for heating fuel and bedding. While severaal smaller fires have been reported at the factory over years, Friday’s blaze had flames shooting out of the roof and walls. No word on what caused the fire yet. You can find photos and more on

Friday, Oct. 26 2018

a Fire has completely engulfed a wood pellet manufacturing plant at Lake Isabella this morning. From the CFX/Morning SUn 24 hour newsroom Nearby residents say that fire crews began arriving about 5:30 a.m. at Isabella Pellet on Baseline.  Firetrucks are lined up on the nearby School Road bridge,..Initial reports say all employees are safe and accounted for. Watch the for updates today

Ford is recalling nearly 1.5 million Focus compact cars in North America because a fuel system problem can cause the engines to stall without warning. The recall covers cars from the 2012 through 2018 model years with 2-liter four-cylinder engines. Dealers will reprogram the computer with new software that will detect a stuck valve, which the company says will take care of the problem in most cases...owners should keep the gas tank at least half full until repairs are made.

A 43-year-old mid-Michigan man is dead after a two-car crash at a Gratiot County intersection officials are working to close permanently because of a high number of accidents over several years. Just after 9 p.m. Wednesday after James Jesselaitis of Hemlock attempted to cross U.S. 127 on Bagley Road in North Star Township when his car was struck by a northbound vehicle...he pronounced dead at the scene. Bagley Road, which intersects U.S. 127 at a high angle, has experienced at least 30 crashes in the last five years and MDOT plans to close the crossing off in 2020, creating a culdesac. You can find more on

History was made yesterday as the the first buds of medical marijuana grown, processed, tested and transported by state-licensed companies were sold at a licensed provisioning center on 8 Mile in Detroit. IT was gorwn in cheasening, tested in walled lake and sold in downtown and at every point -- from seed to sale -- it was tracked by a number and a computer system as State officials have been working to add regulations and procedures to the industry.

A game camera set up as part of an ongoing state deer movement study has captured images of a cougar in Gogebic County, about 9 miles north of Ironwood. The images were reviewed and verified by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ cougar team. Since 2008, the DNR has confirmed 38 cougar reports. So far, there remains no conclusive evidence of a Michigan breeding population of mountain lions however. The photo caused a stir on social media across th state yesterday, you can find it on

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is urging more Michigan pharmacies to carry narcan-, a lifesaving drug for opioid overdose. Just over half — or 56 percent — of pharmacies in the state with a controlled substance license are registered to carry narcan.  Michigan has had a standing order in place for the drug since last year, which allows customers to get Narcan without seeing a healthcare provider.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

It wasn’t one person but a group of 10 who claimed the $1 million megamillions ticket in Mt. Pleasant yesterday. From the CFX/Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, A group of McLaren Central Michigan Emergency Department employees - including nurses, a dr and a secretary- pooled money to buy 50 tickets fromRic’s Food Center for the $1.6 billion jackpot. They matched 5 of the 6 numbers, and will each take home about $50,000 after the lump sum and taxes. You can read more on

After a second round of mediation, Isabella County and the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission have both agreed on the county's plan to bring parity between public defense and prosecution. Now that both have approved the agreement Isabella is eligible for fund disbursements to begin implementing a public defenders office, a final step in a process that began for all Michigan counties last year...There is no exact timeline as county officials start to look for office space, hire staff and wait for the can find more on

After a well-received first year, Fantasticon will bring its traveling pop culture convention back to Mt. Pleasant this weekend. .to the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. Fantasticon is a medium-sized comic and pop culture convention that is similar to "Comic Cons." the event will start at noon Saturday and 11 on SUnday, tickets for a two day pass are $10 in advance, or you can get entry each day at the door for between $10 and $12.

Thousands of dollars will head to mdi_michigan causes after CFX’s Bras for a Cause last night. A crowd gathered at Hunter’s Ale House to check out and bid on the homemade bra designed by businesses and organizations, as brave men modeled the creations. All the cash raised from the second annual event - more than $5000- will benefit both the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Central Michigan & Community Cancer Services of Isabella County.

Michigan health officials are investigating four possible cases of accute flaccid Myelitis, a rare and serious condition that causes muscle weakness in


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