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Friday, May 25, 2018


A new law goes into effect June 1 in michigan, requiring health care providers to counsel patients about the risks of taking opioids before writing an initial prescription for the drugs...The law, aimed at addressing the opioid  addiction epidemic, also requires patients to sign a consent form after learning the risks. Providers need to specifically provide information on Risks of addiction and overdose associated with opioids, people with mental health concerns or taking other medications may be more at risk of addiction, and how to properly dispose of unused drugs.

An 11-year-employee of a Gratiot County business will spend 75 days in jail and be required to pay back more than $45,000 after being sentenced on embezzlement convictions. Heather Elizabeth Macinski of Wheeler pleaded no contest to two counts of embezzlement from Fas-Break Glass in St. Louis; A Police investigation showed she wrote checks to herself and paid for her personal credit cards with company funds over several years. Once she’s out of jail, she’s required to attend multiple theft-related programs and make a genuine effort to gain employment. You can read more on

Little Caesars Arena is just over  a year old and is already earning accolades. Th area was recognized as the Sports Facility of the Year at the Sports Business Awards in New York City. Opened last year, LCA is of course the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons and has already hosted a plethora of concerts and other community events. The downtown Detroit facility was selected from six finalists which also included historic Notre Dame Stadium and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

During this Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is reminding motorists to buckle up and make safety a priority during their holiday travel. Again this year, MSP troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in the international traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E In addition to looking for safety belt and child restraint violations, troopers will pay special attention to drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and drugs or are driving in a reckless and unsafe manner.

The Clare and Gladwin County Recovery Court celebrated two new graduates on Thursday at the Clare County courthouse. The two received their certificates of completion in front of their peers and program heads. The recovery court is a four-phase intensive intervention program for adults who have pled guilty to program eligible drug or alcohol offenses and who are having difficulty staying clean and sober. Multiple agencies work together, offering variety of programs and consistent supervision geared toward supporting and helping people maintain a drug and alcohol free life. You can read more about the graduates and the program in that story on


A public hearing is set for Tuesday to give the Mt. Pleasant City Commission input on the proposed ordinance to allow medical marijuana facilities in the city. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. May 29 at City Hall. Under the proposed ordinance, the city would begin accepting applications for the businesses on Oct. 1 with a deadline of Nov. 30. If necessary, a lottery drawing would be held in December to determine who gets approved locally. The city would allow all five types of state-sanctioned businesses including growing, transportation and distribution facilities.



Thursday, May 24, 2018

Graduating seniors finished out theier Mt. Pleasant schools careers right where they started: by walking the halls of their elementary schools. Yesterday Seniors -in cap and gown- did Senior walks as elementary students caught a gimpse of where they could be heading. The seniors were generous with the high-fives as they passed the younger students in all five elementary schools, Mt. Pleasant Middle School, Renaissance Public School Academy and Saginaw Chippewa Academy...dpeneding on where they spent their younger days. You can read all about the farewell tour on the

A statewide effort by law enforcement is underway to promote seatbelt use. The Click It or Ticket campaign, running May 21 through June 3, has law enforcement from police departments and sheriff’s offices, along with the Michigan State Police conducting stepped up seatbelt enforcement throughout Michigan. Last Memorial Day weekend, 10 people died in traffic crashes in Michigan. AN in 2017, 198 people who died in traffic crashes in the state weren’t wearing seatbelts. research shows that the risk of being killed in a crash is reduced by 45 percent when seatbelts are used properly.

Friday morning, entities across Isabella County will learn if grant requests will be fulfilled by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe during the semi-annual 2 percent dsitribution event. Announcements of grant earning a piece of a total of $2.1 million in Isabella county will be made at 10 am in the Tribal Operations building...officials from the tribe indicated that more than a million dollars is set to be disbursed to government requests in the county while nearly 900,000 will go to schools.

A powerhouse charity initiative is asking Mt. Pleasnat residnets to “put on their rally caps” today to help reach a fundraising goal. Miles for Miracles is a Mt. Pleasnat schools effor that raises funds for local cancer support organizations like Woodland Hospice, Community Cancer Services, Morey Cancer Center, ACS, and Angels Wings Fund; as of yesterday they were $3,000 short of the goal this year.. If you want to help, you can drop checks here at the CFX OR Mt Pleasant Middle School OR Level 7 Salon...but do it today. The M4M walk is at 9 am at the Middle School tomorrow -all are invited- followed by a Celebration Assembly at 10am.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is hoping to make holiday travel a little easier this Memorial Day weekend. Lane restrictions on nearly 73 percent of road and bridge projects statewide will be lifted Friday through Tuesday. AAA Michigan estimates more than 1.3 million people from Michigan are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a nearly 5 percent increase from the 2017 holiday and the most in more than a decade. You can always check out for uptodate road closures and more.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A three-day camp is set for late June hosted by the 4-H Program of Michigan State University Extension in Clare County and Mid Michigan Community College. The “Summer Blast” day camp from June 27, 28 and 29 is for children age 7 to 11. $59.00 for non 4-H members $39.99 for 4-H members Each day features a special program offered to youngsters to build life-long skills including engineering, DNR skills, and sewing. You can register through the MSU extension office.

A New York man who had “several drinks at lunch time” landed in the Isabella County Jail with a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit over the weekend.  An officer was sent to a minor car crash at Pickard and Mission just after 7 p.m. on Sunday. The officer could smell liquor and saw (the driver) had glassy bloodshot eye. “He admitted to having several drinks at lunch time.” The 55-year-old man failed field sobriety tests and registered breath tests of .21 percent at the crash site and .28 percent and .29 percent at the jail


An Indiana man discovered Sunday morning in a Gratiot County gas station parking lot —passed out in a car police say he stole— said he has no recollection of a night likely filled with drug use, back road driving and an earlier car crash. Police had already been investigating a stolen car in Sumner when the man was discovered; as they pieced together his night, they learned he has been driving a different car while using pills, meth and marijuana through gratiot and montcalm county until he crashed he stole another before falling asleep at the Citgo station. He told police he blacked out sometime the night can find more on


The winner -or loser depending on your perspective- of Michigan's snowfall total this past winter had 312 inches of snow. that distinction goes to Houghton, in the Keweenaw Peninsula with the highest official snowfall. It was a weird winter overall, with Flint tallying it's highest number ever in a winter while just a few miles north the bay city region was 10 inches below average for the year. Overall houghton and detroit were ranked as severe seasons while here in mid michigan, it was just an average winter, with 36 total inches of snow in midland and 53 in lansing.

As summer looms, health officials are reminding everyone - to be mindful of tics. The blacklegged tick has been reported in 34 of Michigan’s 83 counties and continues to spread... Gratiot and Montcalm counties are currently in what’s called a “potential risk area” because they border counties where Lyme disease is present... In Michigan, the number of cases of Lyme disease has increased steadily from 92 in 2008 to more than 330 in avoid tics, avoid shady, moist areas in woody and grassy locations and stay on groomed trails; Apply repellent containing DEET; Wear enclosed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt; and check yourself and pets for tics when you return from the outdoors.


A man and a women were both arrested Sunday during a traffic stop when Mt. Pleasant police discovered that both were parole violators. Police stopped the car near Main and Michigan for a moving violation  a nd The driver, admitted to the officer that she did not have a valid driver’s license. While running her and her passenger’s name through the law enforcement system, police learned that both were on parole; a search of the car uncovered needles but no drugs,...a parole agent asked that police arrest both for violations.



Tuesday, May 22, 2018 -

To lure bears for DNA testing, the michigan DNR is using what we all want: treats from Cops and DOughnits. More than 257 sites in the Northern Lower Peninsual will be baited with doughnuts from Clare and of course some bacon for good measure; In order to reach the bait, a bear will cross a barbed wire area...that will snag hairs, leaving a DNA sample behind; Among other things, the DNR nwill be better able to estimate future bear populations with the study, helping to set hunting season regulations year to year.

A group of House Democrats are pushing for the state to pick up the tab for residents to earn a two-year degree or certificate at a community college. This week they unveiled a proposal known as The HirED Opportunity Act, which would cover the cost of tuition after students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to receive any other financial aid they may qualify for. The goal is to have the system in place by the fall of 2019. Bills on the proposal have not yet been introduced, but creators estimated the proposal would cost about $400 million.

An Isabella County man who was arrested Friday after a standoff with police remains in jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond after a formal arraignment. From the CFX/Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Darrell Cowen, 55, was formally charged on three weapons offenses monday afternoon; police say he threatened to kill himself and hurt his adult daughter before barricaded himself alone in his Wing Road home, shooting guns possibly several times while police tried to negotiate. Ultimately no one was hurt in the incident. You can read more on

This summer, the Saturday Farmers Market in Mt. Pleasant will be hosted in a brand new place...right in the heart of downtown. With the support of Real Food Grows, the saturday event is moving to Michigan Street near the Main Street intersection. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning June 30, customers will find the same selection of locally-grown foods, colorful plants, homemade baked goods and more...Michigan St. will be closed to traffic one block east of Main Street on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is available in the south west parking lot of Michigan and Main streets….if you just can’t wait until June 30, the Thursday market in Island Park is set to kick off June 7.

Shipping costs have skyrocketed in the United States in 2018, one of the clearest signs yet of a strong economy that might be starting to overheat. Higher transportation costs are beginning to cause prices of anything that spends time on a truck to rise.….one key factor affecting that inflation is a trucking labor a better economic climate trucking jobs go up, but unemployment is low, meaning finding drivers willing to take jobs is harder, and the salary goes up. COmpanies like Amazon are already hiking fees for delivery services and rates could continue to climb through the year.

Art Van Furniture is offering a free American flag exchange program for residents whose flags are faded or torn. The furniture retailer is hosting the flag exchange over the holiday weekend Friday to Monday. You can trade your worn American flags for a new 3-foot by 5-foot American flag at any Art Van showroom across the state...or in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri as wel. In the first year of the program, Art Van collected 4,000 retired flags and disposed them in accordance with the US Flag Code.

Monday, 21, 2018

Mt. Pleasant has received two proposals for potential development on the vacant Parcel B downtown, and officials plan to ask for more information about one of the projects. They’re asking Michigan Community Capital to give a presentation to the board about the company’s proposal for a mixed-use building with commercial space on the first floor and three or four floors of apartments targeted toward young professionals. The second proposal is for an apartment building targeted mainly for residents 55 and older at market-rate rents. You can get all the details on

It’s Highland Festival Weekend, and a well-known alma community leader has been selected as the grand marshall of the parade. Bryan Dinwoody holds the honor this year; Dinwoody, the director of the Alma Public Library,  has lived in Alma for 42 years; he’s no stranger to the Highland Festival...he served as the president in the mid90s and is actively involved in festival activities.

A Central Michigan University professor has received a $15,000 grant to continue research of long-term effects of child hunger. Her research is the first to look at the long term effects of hunger on children 12-15 years old.  Children in that age range tend to experience food insecurity more acutely than other members of their families. Her research so far shows that adolescents who experience food insecurity may be at higher risk for earlier pregnancy and mental health challenges as they get older.

A Deerfield Township man is in the Isabella COunty jail  facing several charges after a several-hours long stand off with police Friday. Darrell Charles Cowen, 55, was arrested in his western isabella county home without injury after he threatened to hurt his family and himself, fired guns inside his home and refused to leave. Residents in teh area were asked to shelter in place while police negotiated the stand off friday...ultimately COwen, who has a high blood alcohol content was arrested, first taken to a hospital before being jailed; he faces arraignment on three firearms charges so far; you can read more on and watch for updates today.

A new community grant opportunity is available in Gratiot COunty;  The Gratiot County Community Foundation has launched the GREAT Communities Initiative. Cities and townships will each have the chance to to submit one application for a project in the community; the foundations is looking for projects that could effect positive change. Applications from municipalities  are due by sept 20, and the foundation will pick one project to fund in October.

A new website with more modern features and service options is on tap for Isabella County after commissioners approved a nearly $66,000 contract to redesign the current site. The project was a top priority at a recent goal setting session for county commissioners who expressed a desire to be user-friendly, current and accessible. The new site includes a visual redesign, building the capability for community members to fill out forms and make payments online, more autonomous website content creation for county departments and training and support for county employees. It’s expected launch early next year.


Friday, May 18, 2018

A graduating senior at Beal City High School has received a full scholarship to attend Michigan State University beginning this fall. Madeline Steffke, of Weidman, will be a member of the Honors College at MSU with plans to major in music education in the College of Music. SHe’s one of just 22 students to nab the University Distinguished scholarship... in part due to her extensive list of extracurriculars; she’s active in cross country, track, marching band, concert band, jazz band, drama club and National Honor Society. She is a National Merit finalist, two-time all-State honoree in cross country and was a 2017 Michigan Youth Arts Honors Band member...and two time cfx morning sun regional spell bee champion.

After six years of service, Tom Olver is stepping down as president and CEO of the United Way of Gratiot and Isabella COunties. HE’s accepted a position at mid michigan community college, where he’ll lead the Mid Foundation. In his time at United Way, olver over saw the merger of two county agencies, was instrumental in starting many fundraising initiatives like Knock Out Hunger, Dance United and Stuff the Bus, had a hand in founding the new WIlliam Strickler non profit center...and reached new heights in annual campaign totals, capped with over a million dollars raised this year. The United Board will start a search immediately for a new CEO, you can read more on

Despite efforts, the Main Cafe in Alma will not be open by next weekend’s highland festival. New owners have been working to get the downtown restaurant opened, but mechanical inspections are holding up the process. AN issue with a contractor in February ultimately put renovations behind...the cafe has been closed for a year as new owners work to reopen. You can find more on

Several capital improvement projects are on the horizon in Alma after commissioners approved a revised version of next year’s budget. On the list, the police department lobby is set for a remodel, including security upgrades and a more open floor plan. The agency is also lined up to get a new police car next year. Construction projects at Pleasant Street, Hannah Street and Lincoln Avenue are among road projects set for next year in Alma along with some preventive road maintenance.

Another piece of Alma Public Schools property is up for sale; An mostly vacant property at the corner of North Court Avenue and East Downie Street has been authorized for sale by the district’s board of education….the school has not future plans to develop the lot, which has been used as an athletic field at times by nearby middle school students.  No price for the property has been listed yet, and there are no known interested buyers.


If driving across the 5-mile-long  mackinac bridge is too terrifying to handle for you, there’s help. The Mackinac Bridge Authority's Drivers Assistance Program was created specifically to help those drivers. Anyone can simply call a number and a Mackinac Bridge Authority employee will show up to drive your car across. They’re available 24 hours a day,...all you need to do is pull into the extra lane at the entrance ramp to the bridge and call the number; the service is completely free ;the authority says they average 10 drives a day during the busy summer season.



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Island park is set for some upgrades after $153,000 in state funding was approved this week. An 8-foot wide accessible path and fitness stations are planned at the park, supported by a grant from the DNR Trust Fund. The funds will also pay for the replacement of the pedestrian bridge between Island park and Pickens fields. Those trail improvements will complete the one-mile loop within Island Park, which is part of the Mid-Michigan Community can read more on

If you’relooking for a summer job, McDonald’s can help; the fastfood giant is seeking 11,000 employees across Michigan this summer. Those who start this month could be eligible for high school and college tuition assistance by the start of the school year through Archways to Opportunity, a program McDonald’s is investing millions in this year alone; more than half of the hires at McDonald’s restaurants by theway are between 16 to 24 years old, making it one of the most common “first summer jobs” for many.

Despite a state decision to deny Isabella County’s indigent defense plan because of security cost estimates, officials voted Tuesday to resubmit the plan without altering the proposed safety expenses. The commissioners decision —based on the recommendation of the indigent defense ad hoc committee— will most likely to force the county and the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission into mediation over the plan. The county’s proposal for a public defender office tops over $1 million, $73,000 of which is to outfit the office with securtiy features that match other offices on the county building campus...the state says that’s 20 times what any other county is requesting for safety features. You can read more on

Union Township will move forward with three water infrastrcuture projects totalling about $1 million. The first project is to extend the 12-inch water main on Pickard Street to create a water loop with a main on Summerton Road, near the Soaring Eagle Water Park to help if a pipe breaks and to increase water pressure in general. Two pump statiosn in the township will also see imporvements and maintenance with those funds.

Michigan State University has agreed to pay $500 million to more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. Under the settlement, $425 million would be paid to current claimants and $75 million would be set aside for any future claims. MSUwas accused of ignoring or dismissing complaints about Nassar, some as far back as the 1990s. Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting women and girls under the guise that it was treatment. He was also found to have child pornography and is serving prison sentences that will likely keep him locked up for life.

Just in time for the kick off to summer traveling season, average gas prices at Michigan pumps has crossed the $3 line for the first time in three years. Average cost at the pump right now is $3.02; AAA Michigan says the higher prices have to do with increased oil prices, increased demand as the summer driving season begins, the switch over to more-expensive-to-produce summer blend gasoline and regional gasoline inventories steadily declining.The state price was 14 cents more than last week’s average and about 63 cents more than it was at this time last year. Michigan is the 11th most expensive gas state in the country.

Wednesday May 26, 2018

A tense ending to last night’s CFX Morning SUn regional spelling Bee went for several rounds between the two remaining spellers, but in the end  it was a repeat win for CLar Middle Schooler Allison Boyd. After four rounds of missed words between Boyd and runner-up Connor Dee of Gladwin Junior High, it was “interrogative” that earned Boyd the champion title for the second year in a row. Students finalists from middle schools across the Gratiot Isabella and Clare Gladwin RESDS competed last night in the regional bee at the Broadway Theatre; A taveling trophy heads back to CLare Middle School thanks to Boyd’s skills; you can find more plus photos from last night’s competition on

A 25-year-old woman who fled the scene of a fatal accident that killed a Midland man last summer – and who police investigated as the possible driver of the car that night – was arrested this week for failing to report his death. The Isabella County Sheriff’s Office originally reported the fatal crash that killed 41-year-old Ronald Fort II as a one-car accident on Aug. police continued the investigation the next day, they learned that Jaime Johnson was in the car as well...some evidence listed in court records indicates that police found Johnson’s blood in the driver's seat area, that her injuries could be consistent with being the driver and that a polygraph indicated she was untruthful when she answered the question “were you the driver in the accident that night.” after a several month investigation, she’s been charged this week with failing to report the discovery of a body, a one year misdemeanor. You can read more in that story on

Gratiot County has a new jail administrator. Joseph Vozar has been chosen for thespot, beginning May 23.  Vozar has worked at the Isabella County Jail for about 10 years, and was also an instructor in charge of office’s marine patrol division. An Ithaca resident, Vozar is also on the Ithaca Fire/Rescue Department. He replaces Brett Baublitz who held the spot for seven years.

TripAdvisor has just named a Michigan spot its top domestic destination for U.S. travelers this summer. The travel planning and booking site revealed its no1. 2018 Summer Vacation Value is Mackinac Island. The ranking is based on things like the average one-week vacation costs for hotels and airfare, along with the charm and appeal of the average week in ahotel on Mackinaw in the summer will cost about $347 according to tripadvisor.

The City of Mt. Pleasant is seeking input from residents in a couple of ways. Commissioners approved a proposal for postcard-size survey cards that will be given to people when they visit City Hall to pay a utility bill, have a question for city staff or other reasons. in addition, the City Commission approved a public participation and engagement plan, as part of its quest to earn Redevelopment Ready Communities certification to get feedback from community members, business owners and more. You can find more on

Since its last update in mid-April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 12 more people have been infected with salmonella tied to a massive egg recall. In all, 35 people from nine different states have been infected with the strain; an Indiana-based farm that produces 2.3 million eggs a day has recalled more than 200 million eggs..



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest union representing teachers and other school employees, has released results from a new survey of its members that found an overwhelming majority oppose arming educators. Legislation to allow school personnel to carry guns or keep guns in locked boxes in schools has been proposed at both the state and national level….the survey indicates 58% of michigan teachers worry there could be a shooting incident in their own school, while 71% oppose arming personel in thebuilding...71% od those teachers also feel more mental health counseling would be more effective at reducing violent incidents than teachers carrying weapons.

We have had a mostly beautiful, warm May so far in mid-Michigan...but way out in a couple of great lakes, there is still some ice holding on. Lake Superior and Lake Huron both are reporting some ice still remaining. Those floating chunks represents just over 1 percent coverage and is expected to be gone by memorial’s nothing compared to the harsh winter of 2014 when in the middle of May, Lake Superior was still 22 percent covered in ice.

A 34-year-old woman was released on bond Monday after being charged in federal court with intentionally running down then running over her boyfriend with a car in Mt. Pleasant last week. From the CFX/Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Wendy Sue Jones paid $10,000 Monday to get out of jail, under stipulations that she appear for her next court date and that she, Continue participation in mental health treatmen. Jones was charged over the weekend with assault with a dangerous weapon —a 10-year, $250,000 felony— after police say she purposely hit her boyfriend with her car, running over his foot then turning the car around and aiming it toward him again. You can get more details on

The pilot of a “powered parachute” escaped injury when his aircraft crashed into trees near Harrison Sunday. The ultralight aircraft landed in the tops of trees near townline lake road in Hamilton Township...First responders were able to help the pilot, who was stuck but strapped into the powered chute and not injured.

They’ve made a name for themselves in shepherd, and now a popular deli and gift shop is heading to Mt. Pleasant. Mitchell’s Gourmet is set to open its doors on the corner of High and Lincoln….if you’ve been around for a while you might remember that the building once house a coffee and ice cream shop. The Mt.Plneasatlocation, expected to open this summer, will have Mitchells favorites including michiganmeats, cheases, gift baskets andmore...and they expect to add ice cream and homemade chocolate to the offerings. You can read more on

Monday, May 14, 2018 -

The City of Clare is building a brand new park, and they’re looking for community help to name it. tlocated behind Tice’s Farm Market in Clare, the new park will feature Paved walking and exercise trails around the park perimeter, adult exercise stations along the walking trail, skate and bike park, butterfly garden, eight youth soccer fields, one multi-purpose field and more. If you have a great name, Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 31. By Email, mail, fax or walk-in entries to city hall.

The life of a musician is set to be commemorated this month when the Gem Theater in St. Louis hosts an open house to honor the late Kevin McCreery. A career that included performing with Tantric and Uncle Kracker had its roots in St. Louis for McCreery, who died in September at the age of 53. McCreery toured right up until the end of his life, with his final gig with Uncle Kracker falling on August 21, 2017….The presentation on the life and music of McCreery is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.Saturday at the Historical Society. The celebration of McCreery through his music follows at 3 p.m. in the Gem Theater.

An Isabella County woman is facing a federal assault with a dangerous weapon charge after police she ran over a man with a car outside of Mt. Pleasant last week. Wendy Sue Jones, 34, intentionally hit and ran over her boyfriend Friday in the 6000 block of East Valley Road in Mt. Pleasant Friday according to police and witnesses. The victim sustained multiple non life-threatening injuries in the incident and is recovering. Jones is expected to have a detention hearing this morning in Bay City’s US district court; watch for updates.

Five years after her “American Idol” run, musician and Mt. Pleasant native Shubha Vedula, has released her first EP. Going by simply SHUBA these days, she’s using her national levels of attention to share her original songs. “Around Me” hit shelves at the end of April; Those four songs tell a story, and SHUBA said she’s planning to release another EP soon, then move to California after finishingcollege in Chicago.

A Harrison motorcyclist is dead after he first was hit by a deer then was struck by another vehicle while riding in Clare County Thursday night. Mark Loffredo, 59, was riding his motorcycle west ofn Arnold Lake Road in Hamilton Township. when he was struck by a whitetail deer; another driver going the same direction then hit the Loffredo, who died from injuries sustained in both crashes.
For the first time in the district’s history, there will be an athletic trainer in Shepherd Schools next year for all student-athletes in high school. The trainer, who has yet to be hired, will be contracted by the school district for 1,000 hours of training starting July 1, not an employee of the district. The position will will be paid $5,375 bi-annually in October and February, courtesy of the Shepherd Sports Boosters.

Friday, May 11, 2018

To mark 15 years, Mt. Pleasant band The Burning Bushes is reuniting to raise money for science. The show at Rubbles on Saturday will feature the burning bushes, who played often in the early 2000s around mid-michigan and toured as well...Mt. Pleasant band Cloustriker will also take the stage tomorrow night. Proceeds from the $5 cover will benefit the National Center for Science Education,,,the concert kicks off a t 9pm and  also features giveaways and a secret grand prize. You can find more on

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff today in the state capitol complex in honor of state Superintendent Brian Whiston, who died Monday, May 7, after a battle with cancer. Snyder is encouraging schools across the state to lower flags to half-staff in honor of Whiston. Whiston, 56, began serving as state superintendent in 2015 after serving as the Dearborn Public Schools superintendent and the Oakland Schools director of government and community services.

A candidate for Isabella County Commission who filed as a challenger to incumbent Tobin Hope will not appear on the ballot after officials determined he registered in the wrong district. Republican Sarvjit Chowdhary verified with the Isabella County Clerk’s office that he resides in District 7 when he filed, but that information was challenged...It turned out that the State of Michigan had incorrect information and Chowdhary actually lives in District 4. Isabella officials corrected it with the state and tried to contact Chowhary who did not respond and therefore is not running in any district.

The DEQ is suing a Mid-Michigan county drain commissioner for nearly $11 billion on allegations he repeatedly flouted environmental regulations over the past six years. The agency accuses Gladwin County Drain Commissioner Robert Evans of not obtaining proper permits and oversight for work on six drains and one creek and failing to prevent soil erosion and sedimentation. Evans has served as drain commissioner since 2010 and all of the accusations stem from his actions while in office.

Over the next 10 years, MBS International Airport in Freeland is planning to upgrade the airport grounds and equipment with various taxiway maintenance improvements, two snow removal trucks, a new fire truck, and rehabilitation to the secondary and main runway. The new equipment and upgrades are part of the airport's 10-year capital improvement plan that is estimated to cost $42 million. Work on the runway is expected to start next year.

Michigan’s Senate has passed a bill requiring defendants to listen to victim impact statements, diminishing the chances the man convicted of killing Rebekah Bletsch will be able to walk away during his next murder trial. Lawmakers voted unanimously Thursday for the legislation created to honor Bletsch, a 36-year-old who was murdered in 2014 while jogging in western Michigan. In December her convicted murderer, Jeffrey Willis, left the courtroom during victim statements. If Gov. Rick Snyder sign the legislation, it could become law should Willis be convicted in another trial unfolding now. He’s accused of murdering 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa.



Thursday, May 10, 2018

Shepherd Elementary School is measuring community interest in adding an after-school child care program for students. The school’s Facebook page posted a survey Tuesday asking parents to fill out the 10-question inquiry to gauge the need and appeal. That survey asks about acceptable cost ranges, times that parents need child care and more. On a few weeks, officials will evaluate those responses and cnosider how other districts manage their after school care programs as a next step.

Rumors are swirling in Ithaca after an elementary student came to school with parents are saying were weapons in a back pack...administrators sent home a note this week to clear it up. Students at North Elementary reprted seeing what looked like a gun and a knife...when police investigated they found it was a BB type gun that was not brandished or taken out of hte bag...the school called the weapons “nonfunctioning,” thought many parent took to social media to ask, “when exactly is a knife non-functioning?” That student was sidciplined according to the school’s handbook Suerpintendent Charmain Fletcher told parents, buy declined to give more information on consequences. You can find more information in that story on

MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot patients will soon have a state-of-the-art, more comfortable and family-centered location to give birth. The Medical Center has begun construction on a new Maternity Center inside the patient tower. The center is expected to open in early 2019. The goal is a be less hospital-like and more of a home-like environment...The center will have nine private birthing suites where mothers can stay in one place throughout their hospital stay, from labor and delivery through recovery and postpartum care. There will also be three triage rooms and a welcome area.

State officials are being asked to investigate a possible suicide attempt by a 15-year-old Mt. Pleasant girl after her mother waited at least 12 hours to call for help. Police and medical responders were sent to the home on the west side of town Tuesday evening; The mother told authorities her daughter may have attempted to kill herself and had possibly taken five to six “depressant” pills. The girl herself did not know what she had taken…the girl had sulrred speech and was vomiting. THe investigative report was sent to the department of human services because police say the momother failed to take her daighter to a hospital for 12 hours.

The McDonald’s in Alma is set to be demolished but don’t worry: it’s only so a brand new McDonalds can be built. The rebuild process will start with the demolition on Aug. 19 and will be a 90-day process, so officialks expect the new restuarant to be opened sometime in november. Recently mcdonalds in Mt. Pleasnay also applied for permits to update their buildings as well to meet more modern franchise standards.

If you’re looking to get your hands dirty and volunteer your time, the city of Mt. Pleasnay mighthave a job for you. May 29 is “mulch Madness” day, and parks and rec are hoping for volunteers to spread nearly 640 cubic yards of mulch at the city’s playgrounds including Island Park, Chippa waters, mill pond and more. Volunteers are asked to bring hard rakes, flat shovels, and wheelbarrows and groups of five ore more are asked to call Parks and Rec to sign up.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A mid-Michigan surgeon’s medical license was suspended this month by a state regulatory board for the second time in two years after investigators found evidences of financial fraud, substance abuse and failing to report a criminal conviction for domestic violence in Minnesota. Investigators say that Plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Morris took $45,000 from patients for surgeries he never performed; also, that the doctor was intoxicated many times in his office while patients were waiting to be seen - sometimes  to the point of falling down- and once had to be carried from his office to his car because he was too drunk to walk...Last year, his license was suspended for two conviction of drunken driving...each time police found his porsche in a ditch and Morris at home, intoxicated. YOu can find more details in that story on

A 60-year-old man died early Monday in Montcalm County after accidentally shooting himself in the chest with a gun he was cleaning and showing to his wife. Troopers were called to the Pleasure Point RV Resort. for what was reported as an unknown shooting incident. They found the man lying on the floor with a single gunshot wound to the chest...Neighbors and first responded attempted cpr but were unsuccessful. Investigators found that the man had been


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