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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Death Toll Climbs In Mexico Quake - Mexican officials say more than 200 people are dead after yesterday’s destructive 7.1-magnitude earthquake. Officials say most of those who were killed were in the state of Morelos, which is just south of Mexico City. The tremors toppled buildings in the country's capital. In a tragic piece of irony, this temblor came on the 32nd anniversary of the biggest earthquake to ever strike the country's capital.  In Mexico City at least 27 buildings, including homes, schools and office buildings have been leveled. At last check, nearly 4-million are without power in the area. The earthquake was centered some 70-miles southeast of Mexico City.  Source: ABC News

Hurricane Maria Winds Pick Up With Puerto Rico In Her Crosshairs - Hurricane Maria is bearing down on the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm. The Guadeloupe government says because of the storm one person was killed yesterday by a falling tree, that two people have gone missing after a boat sank, and about 40% of households on the island are without power. Forecasters say Maria could be the strongest storm to hit the island head on in decades.  The storm is now hurling 165-miles-per-hour winds and is expected to cause catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico within hours…Puerto Rico is still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Irma with more than 60-thousand customers still without power - Source: The Telegraph

After teasing the community a little, revealing only that a “large donation” was being made this week through hints on social media, Central Michigan University’s Museum of Cultural and Natural History share its newest treasure Monday: a 1920 Transport Truck Co. stake bed truck. The truck - made in Mt. Pleasant and donated by resident Sam Staples- was a gift to the museum to mark the university’s 125th anniversary. CMU students worked and prepared the truck for viewing and drove it through campus before the ceremony on Monday. You can read more on the history of the Transport Truck factory in Mt. Pleasant and more in the story on themornigsnun.com

A Leroy man was charged Monday in Isabella County with three felonies in connection with a chase that started Friday and ended with officers finding him about eight hours later. Dean Jacob Dimambro, 34, was charged with I third-degree fleeing police and two counts of resisting/obstructing police - along with several misdemeanors. Police say Dimambro led them on a chase after stripping off his clothing near Meijer then driving away, eventually leaving his car on a railroad track and prompting dispatchers to stop the train, then running from police before  ultimately being caught. He was put on second offender notice —meaning that if he is convicted the sentencing could be more severe— because of past convictions including  receiving and concealing firearms and home invasion.

Tomorrow you can learn how to have yourself and your family prepared for emergency situations...and grab a doughnut while you’re at it. Cops & Doughnuts - central precinct in Mt. Pleasant is hosting a Prepare Fare from 4 - 7 as part of National Preparedness Month. State police and local agencies will be teaching how to create an emergency plan for your family, what should go in your emergency kit and more. The event is free, you can get more info. At michigan.gov/ready

If you met your future spouse while attending Alma College, there’s a brand new Homecoming event this year just for you; in addition to traditions like the parade, football game and class reunions, the college is hosting a mass vow renewal on Saturday, Sept. 30 on the chapel lawn at 10 am. So far 40 couples have signed up to renew their vows at their alma mater, a place where university officials say over 1,000 people met their partners over the years. Homecoming festivities at the college go through the weekend (NEXT weekend) you can find a full list of events and more in the story on themornignsun.com

If you’re buying concert tickets on craigslist or, from strangers in general, be warned: police in michigan are warning that fake tickets are being circulated for some of the state’s biggest concerts. An investigation into fake tickets for shows like Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Bob Segar and more found that real concert tickets were purchased through Ticketmaster using stolen credit card numbers; The real tickets are then photocopied numerous times and sold on Craigslist...when you show up with photocopied tickets, you can’t get into the show...Police say to be safe, buy your tickets from a reputable source.

A measure to raise Michigan’s minimum wages to $12 an hour is one step closer to being on the ballot after language for the measure was approved by the state Board of Canvassers this week. THe proposal, which would increase to $12 by 2022 on the way to hitting $15 an sometime after that, now needs more than 250,000 signatures to be on the ballot. In addition to traditional salaried employees getting a raise, tipped workers would also get $12 an hour minimum by 2024 under the proposal.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

An 18-year-old Central Michigan University student is behind bars after allegedly assaulting his Wheeler Hall roommate late Sunday night. Police sai  the suspect hit one roommate and then threatened another with an open pocket knife before leaving then fled; police found him two hours later using campus survellience footage and witness accounts.  He’s expected to be charged with two counts of domestic assault and one count of aggravated assault...Nobody involved required medical attention.

Last week, Vladimir Putin quietly passed a landmark date: He had spent 6,602 days as the top leader of Russia. Though not widely acknowledged, this figure meant that Putin had spent more time in office than Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, who ruled for 18 years and one month between 1964 and 1982. It also means that Putin is now the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin, who led the Soviet Union for almost three decades.During his time leading Russia, Putin has dealt with four separate U.S. presidents as well as four British prime ministers and two German chancellors.

As one clean energy supplier works toward establishing wind turbines in Isabella County, another is planning solar farms. Cypress Creek Renewables, with locations across the country  has one project planned near Weidman, about 30 acres in size...Isabella County commissioners recently approved zoning language to incorporate regulations for solar farms, after doing the same previously for wind energy;  you can read more in that story on themornignsun.com

Police are asking forhelp finding a man suspected of stabbing another at a party in Union Townsship just after midnight SUnday morning. The victim, a 23-year-old Durand man, was at a party in front of an apartment building in Union Township when he was confronted by the suspect, and an argument ensued….the suspect stabbe tghe other man in the abomen with a knife, possibly causing organ damage in the attack...Police even used a tracking dog to try to find the suspect, who ddescribed as about 24 years old, short, heavy set and wearing a dark blue button up shirt at the time of the attack. Anyone with information should call the Isabella County central dispatch. (989-773-1000)

A surge of parasitic sea lice is disrupting salmon farms around the world. The tiny lice attach themselves to salmon and feed on them, killing or rendering them unsuitable for dinner tables. Meanwhile, wholesale prices of salmon are way up, as high as 50 percent last year. The lice are actually tiny crustaceans that have infested salmon farms in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Norway and Chile, major suppliers of thefish. Scientists and fish farmers are working on new ways to control the pests, which Fish Farmer Magazine stated last year costs the global industry about $1 billion...experiements to control the pest range from mussels in salmon farms that may eat the lice to underwater drones that zap the live with lazers.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars  in difference between what was int he bank and what was on the books at a Mt. Plneasat business led police to an employee who is charged with estealing from her employer over several years. Jenfier Kae Jerman, 37, of Mt. Pleasant is charged with embezzlement of $100,000 or more, a 20-year felony; and one count of forgery, a 14-year felony. She wroked for J Murray, a wholesale tobacco, candy and novelties distributor in downtown...as a bookkeeper who did payroll. An investigating accountant helped police determine that Jerman wrotechecks to herself, cashed them, then allegedly changed the amounts in the J. Murray system...to the tune of more than $140,000. You can read more in that story on themornignsun.com


Monday, September 18, 2017

Hurricane Jose spins closer to East Coast - The summer playgrounds of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are under a tropical storm watch as Hurricane Jose continues his offshore spin…The latest Hurricane will head north up the East Coast during the early part of this week…Jose is currently a Category 1 hurricane, with sustained winds of 90 mph & is about 300 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C….The storm's center is expected to stay off-coast, but tropical-storm-force winds are extending out up to 200 miles…Meanwhile, Hurricane Maria has formed near Hurricane Irma's old track, and is taking aim at some of the Caribbean island communities that were heavily damaged by Irma…Its track could take it near Puerto Rico by mid-week.

United Way of Midland County 2017 Community Campaign off to a strong start. - United Way of Midland County kicked off its 2017 Community Campaign last Monday with Read to Succeed, an impact event in 162 Midland County classrooms…Over 160 volunteers read books to students in Kindergarten through third grade…The first week of the Community Campaign was strong as well with United Way reporting pledges of $891,115, 19% of the overall campaign goal of $4,800,000.

Meeting set updating clean up of Velsicol Superfund Site in St. Louis - Much work was done this summer on the Velsicol Chemical Corporation Superfund site in St. Louis…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, a public meeting to update residents on the cleanup at the site is 7-8:30 Thursday in the community room at St. Louis City Hall…Earlier this year, the cleanup project received $9.7 million in funding for a thermal treatment system for the area located in the northwest portion of the main plant site, which removes harmful chemicals from the soil and groundwater, in-place, using heat…Other work completed this summer included constructing new service roads, groundwater sampling and cleanup design work.

Leroy man in custody after manhunt that began in Mt. Pleasant - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, a 34-year-old Leroy man has been arrested on several charges related to him fleeing police and, in the process, causing a train to stop on the tracks…The man is now charged with fleeing and eluding; resisting and obstructing; driving with a suspended license; reckless driving and several outstanding warrants…His name has not yet been released pending arraignment…Police caught the man just before 8 Friday night after he fled from Meijer in Mt. Pleasant earlier in the day after being caught stripping…

Isabella County Road Commission waiting on federal funds to fix Blanchard Road - Blanchard Road in Shepherd is on track to be reopened by the end of November… From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, paperwork requesting federal funds has been sent to the Federal Highway Administration and engineering repairs have been completed to replace the road damaged by flooding in June…Crews plan to  install an 8 foot by 14 foot cement box culvert where two tubes washed out…As soon as the Fed money comes in, the job will get done…80% percent of the $400,000 price tag will be paid will federal funds and 20 percent will be paid by the road commission.

Michigan joins 40 other states in investigating Equifax breach, state says - Michigan has joined forces with 40 other states investigating the recent data breech by Equifax…The state is also demanding the company refund those who have already paid for a credit freeze…More than 4 million in Michigan may have had their personal information compromised through an alleged cyberattack on Equifax, one of the nation's leading credit report companies…Until a solution is found, the Michigan Attorney general says it's important that Michigan residents determine if they were affected by the breach and take steps to monitor their credit reports and their bank accounts and credit card statements, and report any suspicious activity immediately…

Ford pledges $5M to Michigan's new proving ground for self-driving cars - Ford Motor Company will become the second major U.S. automaker to become a major sponsor of Michigan's largest connected and automated vehicle test site…Ford is making a $5 million contribution to the American Center for Mobility, under development at a former General Motors factory in Ypsilanti Township…The investment designates Ford as a Founder-level sponsor and member of a government-industry team creating the 500-acre proving grounds for multiple companies to  develop their CAV technologies for self-driving cars…The facility will open its first phase in December 2017.

Powerball results for 09/16/17; 1 winner of $133M jackpot - One lucky winner in Colorado was the lone winner of the $133 million Powerball jackpot drawing held Saturday…That means the drawing scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20 will reset to a $40 million jackpot.  The Powerball Numbers (white) for Sep. 16: 17-18-24-25-31 

The Red Powerball Power Number: 24

The Power Play Number: 2

In Michigan, there were 18,679 winner, most $4 winners, but there are four players with $200 winners

 


Friday, September 15, 2017

State police in Mt. Pleasant, Lakeview offer help for addicts - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, in an attempt to help those struggling with addiction and to reduce the demand for drugs, the Michigan Department of State Police has joined with nearly 200 police departments across the United States in a pre-arrest diversion program…Recently expanded to the Mt. Pleasant and Lakeview posts, the Angel Program is designed to allow people with drug addictions to walk into a state police post to get help without having to fear arrest or investigation…Anyone wanting help in Isabella, Clare or Mecosta County can go to the Mt. Pleasant post; those in Gratiot and Montcalm counties can go to the Lakeview post.

Fatal crash puts focus on bus safety - As the Mt. Pleasant community mourns the loss of a mother and son killed last week when their car slammed into the back of a school bus, officials are hoping for greater bus safety awareness…While all indications are that the school’s bus or driver had no fault in last week's crash, the district is waiting for any safety recommendations that may come from the still-open investigation…There is legislation being considered in the state now that would require an LED stop sign in the middle of the back door on all new buses, but it is not law yet

Gratiot County budget hearing set - The Gratiot County Board of Commissioners reviewed a draft of its fiscal year 2017-18 budget during a special meeting Wednesday… From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, they will hold a public hearing about the budget at its regular meeting at 4:30p.m. on Sept. 19 at the county courthouse in Ithaca…After the public hearing, it will cast a vote on the budget & if approved, it goes into effect Oct. 1 for the next year…In the budget, the county expects $12.4 million to be collected in revenue, as well as $12.4 million in expenditures

Ross unveils CMU partnerships as 125th year begins - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, CMU President George Ross’ State of the University address yesterday was not his first, but it was certainly his most historic…Ross, CMU’s 14th president, delivered his address on CMU’s 125th anniversary…Ross recognized several individuals in the speech, announced two new and expanding efforts launching this fall at CMU, including a program to cement premier external partnerships with Ford Motor Co. and Quicken Loans as CMU’s first two premier business partners…The second initiative expands leadership development for all students…

Colder, snowier winter may slam Great Lakes due to La Nina rapidly developing - La Nina appears to be rapidly developing, and that could influence our winter, & with Ocean surface water temperatures cooling quickly over the past month, if the cooling continues, a La Nina will be officially declared underway…La Nina is an ocean situation where cooler than normal water moves to the ocean surface from deeper ocean depths, bringing a slightly increased chance of colder than average temperatures in the winter months & more snow than normal…Right now forecasters say a medium La-Nina is expected…

Up to 300 gallons of spilled milk turns creek white - Don't drink the creek milk…The AP reports, an accidental milk spill at a food processing business in Indiana turned a nearby creek white, making the creek look like milk…The Cicero Creek in Tipton Indiana appeared to turn white Tuesday, but investigators determined that no more than 300 gallons of milk spilled from the Park 100 Foods plant and into the creek…There was no indication that the spill was dangerous and crews used hay bales to help contain the milk. About 14,000 gallons of a water and milk mixture was eventually removed from the creek the the creek was back to its normal color by Wednesday.

Median income rises in Saginaw County, falls in Genesee, Bay, Midland - Median household income is up in Saginaw County and Michigan as a whole, but it's down in Bay, Midland and Genesee counties…The U.S. Census released new numbers with Michigan's median household income going up & the poverty rate going down across the state…The percentage of people without health insurance continued to fall as well…In 2016, Michigan's median income was $52,492, up 2.8 percent from 2015.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Spokane: 1 Dead, 3 Hurt In High School Shooting - It was a chaotic scene at a high school near Spokane, Washington yesterday afternoon that left one person is dead, three injured and one under arrest at Freeman High School there…Officials have confirmed the attacker was a student, coming in with several weapons & opening fire before the gun jammed…At that point, a student approached and attempted to reason with him, but the suspect changed weapons and killed him…A motive in the shootings might be bullying, according to the sheriff there - Source: NBC News

Judge grants injunction halting ouster of Black Creek members - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, an Isabella County judge Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction to halt the ouster of several members of a gun club…The judge also suggested that the directors of the Black Creek Conservation Club named in a civil suit by members who were axed from the club continue with their usual monthly meetings at the clubhouse instead of a private home, and to proceed with the election next month of directors and officers…Former officers and members of the club filed a lawsuit in August, claiming the club, has been taken over by the Michigan Militia Black Creek Volunteers over the past three to five years.

Mt. Pleasant backs septic change to aid Chippewa River - Mt. Pleasant is lending its support to a proposal from the Central Michigan District Health Department that is part of a plan to address E.coli levels in the Chippewa River…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the health department's plan would require inspections and any necessary repairs of septic systems in Isabella County if a property was being sold…Any change to the code must be approved by the county commissions in each of the six counties in the Health Department's area, including Isabella County and Clare County. This proposed change in the sanitary code at the county level does not impact most city residents, because almost all of the properties in the city are hooked up to the city’s sanitary sewer system.

Alma sets public hearing for Bravehearts Pub alley vacation request - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Tuesday the Alma City commission unanimously voted to set the hearing for its 6pm meeting on Oct. 24 to consider vacating an alley in the city to allow Bravehearts Pub to put in an outdoor seating area with televisions mounted on an outside wall of the bar with a fence enclosing the area…Pending approval, Bravehearts wants to start construction on the area next spring.

New plans for Michigan's tallest building call for it to be even taller - Revised Hudson's site redevelopment plans in Downtown Detroit call for the building to be about 65 feet taller, making it the tallest building in Detroit and separating a single structure into two with a walkway running between…Crews expect to break ground in December …Detroit's tallest building since 1977 is the General Motors Renaissance Center…The new construction cost for the 1 million-square-foot project is expected to be $900 million

Changes to Michigan's fireworks law proposed by legislators - Two state representatives are pushing for changes to the state's fireworks rules...One proposed change is requiring fireworks sellers to post a sign in a conspicuous place reminding buyers of any limitation on the hours and days of ignition, local ordinances regarding fireworks and limitations on using fireworks on others' property…The sign would also have to include safety reminders & another bill would prohibit minors from discharging or using consumer fireworks without the presence of an adult. 

Mastodon bones found at dig on Michigan construction site - A potentially 10,000-year-old American mastodon bone fragment has been dug up at a construction site in Byron Township…The Mastodon bones will be donated to University of Michigan…Mastodons are the distant relatives of elephants and roamed the earth thousands of years ago. One of the bones found was identified as a humerus bone -- or the upper arm or forelimb -- of the mastodon, weighing 25-30 pounds.

House votes to keep .08 blood alcohol content limit for drivers in place - Michigan's legal limit for blood alcohol content level while driving would stay 0.08 under a pair of bills approved by the state House Tuesday…The law was initially set to expire in 2013, but the Legislature approved an extension to keep the limit until Oct. 1, 2018…Both bills were approved by the House with 106-1 votes. According to Michigan's Office of Highway Safety Planning there were 14,547 crashes that involved alcohol in 2004, after the new limit was first introduced…In 2016, that number was 9,636.


Tuesday, Sept. 12

 

A 29-year-old Isabella County woman was formally charged last week in the June death of a Mt. Pleasant bicyclist after tests revealed her blood alcohol level was above the legal driving limit. Abigail Kay Hebert, 29, of Sherman Township, was charged Friday with operating while intoxicated causing death, and a moving violation causing death. She’s accused of being intoxicated when she struck Michael James Seaman, 53, of Mt. Pleasant while he was bicycling on East River Road near Deer Run in Union Township on June 27. Seaman, an avid cyclist who well-known in mt. Pleasant and biking community, later died from injuries sustained in the crash. HEbert’s bond was set at 10 percent of $20,000, she has a preliminary hearing scheduled for later this month. You can read more in that story on themornignsun.com

What was once a building in the Mt. Pleasant school system will be soon be a parking lot, as crews work to demolish the Mission Creek School building on Bamber. Service were cut to the school when water and sewer were cut to the Mt. Pleasant Center next door; before that, Mission Creek School served as an auxiliary building, at one point housing adult education classes. Now empty, the building is scheduled for demolition, work that began last week and is expected to last two to four more weeks...the parking lot that will take the space will be use in part by the mt. p cross country team, which runs in the area.

The William Ellis Brockman Infant Pantry is looking for more volunteers and more donations after serving a record number of babies last month. The infant pantry, located at the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant, had 170 babies come through its doors in August 82 on Aug. 31 alone. The pantry provides infant needs to local families struggling to afford them. It was originally managed by the Red Cross, but was taken over by the Community Compassion Network in 2014. You can find out how to donate and how to volunteer in that story on themroniugsun.com

Harassing and attempting to pick a fight with a couple walking down the street got three men arrested just after midnight Friday morning. An officer on Main Street in Mt. Pleasant was patrolling on foot when he heard the three men heckling a man and woman walking on the sidewalk...they tried to instigate a fight; The officer told the trio to stop and to turn down their music. Then Moments after settling the situation, Isabella County Central Dispatch called officers for a fight at the same place...the same three were arrested for disturbing the peace.

 

Monday, Sept. 11

 

A mother and son killed when the car they were in crashed into a school bus in Mt. Pleasant last week are being remembered as caring, faithful, family oriented and giving by friends and community members.  Funeral services for Kimberly shaffer, 56; and Joshua shaffer, 19, are being held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church; Joshua was a varsity athlete when he graduated from MT. Pleasant High school last year and his younger brother still attends the school; counselors will be on hand this week to help students and staff cope with the tragic death; you can read more about their lives and how you can help, including a gofundme effort to help the family, in the story on themornigsun.com


 

A Clare County woman who was killed in a rollover accident Saturday on U.S. 127 has been identified. Taylor Mann, 24, of Lake was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer shortly after 11:30 a.m. when the SUV rolled over several times, throwing her from the vehicle, near the East Vernon Road overpass; Distriacted driving - cell phone use- may ahve been a factor in the crash, the sheriff said. THe accident is still under investigation-watch for updates today in themornigsnun.com

You can step back in time this week  to the Roaring Twenties when liquor was illegal and gambling was taboo and hidden spaces called speakeasy housed each of them. The Clare County Arts Council will be hosting tours from 4-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday of the basement of the Doherty Hotel. in Clare, which was known as the Happy Hour Club during the 1920s. It’s an opportunity to go back into the last of the 20s and the early 30s to see the way of life in a small town that attracted gamblers and a lot of gangsters,Tickets are on sale at the Doherty Hotel for $20, which includes the tour and a glass of wine.

 

For the first time since at least 1970, Saginaw has gone a summer without a homicide. Throughout the unofficial summer season -- Memorial Day to Labor Day -- not a single act of fatal violence occurred within city limitsthe 113 day streak came to end last week when a man was gunned down outside a liquor store.  

A mother and son killed when the car they were in crashed into a school bus in Mt. Pleasant last week are being remembered as caring, faithful, family oriented and giving by friends and community members.  Funeral services for Kimberly shaffer, 56; and Joshua shaffer, 19, are being held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church; Joshua was a varsity athlete when he graduated from MT. Pleasant High school last year and his younger brother still attends the school; counselors will be on hand this week to help students and staff cope with the tragic death; you can read more about their lives and how you can help, including a gofundme effort to help the family, in the story on themornigsun.com

There’s a new apple in town...and its creator is calling it the successor to the honeycrisp. The Rave is bright red, juicy, with a snappy zing; If you have shopped at Meijer in recent weeks, you might have spotted -- and tried -- this Washington grown apple. Rave was 20 years in making, and is a collaboration with the University of Minnesota...Rave was created to ripen in late summer so it can be on the store shelves before the competition begins arriving in the fall.

An assault with a pair of pants send a 32 year-old sherman township woman to the hospital last week; she and man got into an argument about the woman’s drinking, and the man used a pair of pants to knock a bag out of her hands. The belt on the pants struck the woman’s hand, sending her to a local emergency room. There wasn’t an indication on the police report if the man was arrested.

 

Friday, Sept 8 2017

A Central Michigan University student accused a year ago of smearing  peanut butter on the face of a fellow student has pleaded guilty to assault and battery. Dale James Merza, 21, was accused of the fraternity hazing attack against Andrew Seely, who has a severe peanut allergy and suffered facial swelling and other symptoms after the incident.Seely sought medical attention but did not tell his family for several months, at which time they sought a police investigation.  Seely was passed out at the Alpha Chi Rho house off CMU’s campus;  Merza’s court file including sentencing information  is not public, typically an indication that he entered a diversion program for first-time offenders that purges the charge if the court’s directives are fulfilled. YOu can get more details in the story on themornigsun.com

 

Central Michigan University President George Ross and his wife Elizabeth have gifted $1 million to the university, calling CMU their home for 12 years; the gift will endow three scholarships to benefit vocal music, accounting and medical school students. THe couple picked the three disciplines for personal reasons:  President Ross was an accounting major in college, while Elizabeth Ross has an affinity for vocal music and is known for occasional singing appearances during community functions and in church. THe two also have a fondness for the medical school, opened under Ross’s tenure.

 

At a press conference at the Disaster REcovery CEnter Yesterday, state, federal and local officials had a repeating message: the deadline to apply for FEMA for those affected by June flooding in mid-MIchigan is Oct 2, just less than a month away. FEMA offers several ways to apply: online at disasterassistance.gov, through a phone app, in person at the recovery center in Mt. Pleasant on Bluegrass or in Midland at the Carpenter SChool, or over the phone; FEMA official did note yesterday that with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma’s impact, the FEMA call center wait times can be much longer, and using another way to register can expedite the process. One a resident applies with FEMA for grant dollars, they can then learn if they qualify for low interest  recovery and rebuilding loans through the SBA. CHeck out the morningsun.com for links and more. And listen this weekend to the CFX staff meeting.

 

As Florida residents evacuate the state in advance of Hurricane Irma’s expected landfall this weekend, more than 200 Michigan Consumers Energy employees are heading south to offer help. Crews from across the state including workers from Clare and Alma centers left yesterday,  hoping to pay forward assistance Michigan teams have received from other states in past emergencies. The company referenced a recent wind storm in July, when crews from across the country came to Michigan to help help get the power on. Consumers Energy personnel are expected to remain in FLorida for up to two weeks, coordinating directly with Florida Power and Light. While there  all of Consumers Energy’s costs are paid for by the host utilities.

 

Bravehearts Pub in Alma is hoping to expand with a covered outdoor patio area,; city commissioners will consider the request Tuesday, which will have outdoor seating and televisions. The patio will be built into an alley...so pending the approval, Bravehearts and the building next door will each own half of that alley, essentially closing it for public use. IF approved, the outdoor area will be constructed sometime next spring.

 

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017


 

Pine River Township in Gratiot County has approved Construction of a new wind farm by Pine River Wind Engineering, owned by Invenergy Wind. THe operation will have about  61 wind turbines which will produce 161 megawatts of energy. That work  is slated to begin early next year and finish by the end of the year.  Wind farms are not new to the area - Pine River Township is right next to bethany and wheeler township which boast huge operations- but will be a new revenue stream from the Pine River itself.

 

A former Isabella County employee is scheduled to be sentenced later this month for embezzlement and other crimes from the commission on aging. Marcy Lynn Hosking, 45, was originally charged with using a computer to commit a crime, a four-year felony; tampering with evidence, a four-year felony; and embezzlement between $200 and $1,000, a one-year misdemeanor. She pleaded guilty to embezzlement between $200 and $1,000 and using a computer to commit a crime less than one year, both misdemeanors. Hosking was accused of on several occasions allowing relatives and friends to go on paid trips through the COA without paying or going at discounted rates; then when that was discovered, trying to cover up the perks by altering records.

 

The Gratiot County Board of Commissioners has approved pay increases as part of a new union contract for the Police Officers Association of Michigan of Gratiot County union. The contract provides a $1 per hour pay raise to detective deputy and road patrol deputies effective Oct. 1; Contracts with two other unions at the meeting this week were approved, and commissioners said yes to opening the proposed master plan up to public comment; you can find all the details in the story on themorningsun.com

 

A strong magnetic storm is expected to hit Earth last night and still tonight. The strength of the magnetic storm means northern lights could be visible as far south as Detroit; NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a Strong Magnetic Storm Watch which means northern lights will possibly be visible farther south than during a typical northern lights event. The Great Lakes Auraura Hunters Facebook group reported some stunning lights in canada and north dakota last night but nothing in midmichigan or even further north; if skies are clear tonight, head for dark country sides to try to catch a glimpse.


 

Kohl's says it will add Amazon's new "smart home experience" to 10 of its stores starting in October, in which customers can order the company's devices, accessories and services inside of the department store.  The Amazon-dedicated space in the 10 select stores but none in Michigan yet; the first will be  in Chicago and Los Angeles ; the area will be 1,000-square-feet with a hands-on, interactive array of smart home products featured with Amazon's devices such as the Echo and Fire TV.

In a practice that may well be illegal, it appears some Michigan insurance companies are charging women significantly higher rates than men, that’s according to a new report from the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault.  the survey collected nearly 100 online premium quotes keeping factors the same and tested drivers with perfect driving records Progressive, Esurance and Liberty Mutual raised premiums for widows and other single women between 5 and 10 percent as compared to married women; and For men and women with perfect driving records, the same vehicle and the same address, Progressive charged women as much as 38 percent more, according to the study.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

 

Evidence discovered near a 24-year-old man found unresponsive in a Gratiot County home early Sunday morning suggests his death may have been caused by a drug overdose. Police were called to a home in Bethany Township where rescue workers found the man, who appeared to have been unresponsive for somet ime; CPR and a an AED were unsuccessful in resuscitating the man. Freshly-used syringes as well a substance suspected to be heroin were found at the scene and the investigation remains open.

 

One of the creators of the world’s largest and most valuable sports brand will be speaking at Central Michigan University this week. The CMU College of Business announced Jeff Johnson, the first full-time employee of NIKE, will be visiting the school on Thursday night to speak to students about how his classroom project help create NIKE many years ago. Johnson will speak from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grawn Hall Atrium.  Johnson worked at NIKE before it even had its name and is responsible for naming the billion-dollar company. He also developed the company’s first pair of running shoes, modeled them in advertisements he created and them sold them out of the trunk of his car at track meets.

 

President Donald Trump's administration has decided to wind down former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order, known as DACA . The 2012 order permits young immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to legally work, obtain driver's licenses and study in the U.S….n a statement, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Congress should act quickly to authorize and clarify the status of people who are working toward success under DACA, saying “we are the best Michigan when we are a diverse Michigan.”

 

A suspended Gratiot County Sheriff’s deputy accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl in Isabella County during an informal driving lesson pleaded to two of four charges in the case last week. Robert Paul Morningstar, 34, entered no contest pleas to accosting children for immoral purposes, a four-year felony; and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a two-year high court misdemeanor; Two other felonies were dropped in exchange for the plea; State police from the Mt. Pleasant post arrested Morningstar earlier this summer after a then 15-year-ol girl reporte that she was sexually assaulted in 2013 on a roadside in the Lake Isabella area; Morninstar was giving her driving lessons at the time. As part of the plea deal, allegations of a similar nature with the same victim but that happened in other counties will not be pursued for prosecution, and Morningstar’s sentencings will be capped at 12 months in jail. You can read more in the story on themorningsun.com

 

You can grab a brew with your fancy hot dog in downtown Mt. Pleasant now; Dog Central, known for late-night food service now offers 16-ounce canned domestic beers including Budweiser, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller Lite. Craft beers from Mountain Town Brewing Company, Founders Brewing Co. and Short’s Brewing Company are also available. Food service still continues after hours but beer sales stop at 2 am or before per Michigan law….the hot dog and french fry restaurant now has a doorman as well.


The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has hit the Caribbean Islands, following a path predicted next to hit Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend. Hurricane Irma  had maximum sustained winds of 185mph by early Tuesday evening, It looks like Hurricane Jose might be right behind Irma... and  yet another tropical storm has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Katia formed early on Wednesday off the coast of Mexico with sustained winds are near 40 mph

 

 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 -

 

One of the creators of the world’s largest and most valuable sports brand will be speaking at Central Michigan University this week. The CMU College of Business announced Jeff Johnson, the first full-time employee of NIKE, will be visiting the school on Thursday night to speak to students about how his classroom project help create NIKE many years ago. Johnson will speak from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grawn Hall Atrium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  Johnson worked at NIKE before it even had its name and is responsible for naming the billion-dollar company. He also developed the company’s first pair of running shoes, modeled them in advertisements he created and them sold them out of the trunk of his car at track meets.

FEMA y is urging Congress to reauthorize the  National Flood Insurance Program, as those impacted by Hurricane Harvey are in the national spotlight and people in mid-Michigan are rec

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