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Monday, Sept. 24, 2018

A volunteer assistant football coach at Sacred Heart Academy is no longer on the staff and two players were suspended from last week's game after explicit social media messages aimed at a high school girl were shared with parents, police and administrators.  No criminal charges will be filed at the request of the teen victim and her parents, though Mt. Pleasant Police officials did compile an informational report...The messages were inappropriate, aggressive and of a sexual nature, posted to instagram earlier this month...Sacred HEart officials said they tried to keep the situation quiet before reporters started asking for comment...You can find more on themornignsun.com

 

Isabella County departments will submit two requests for 2 percent funding dollars from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe this fall after commissioners approved the applications this month.  More than $500,000 for various programs through the Commission on Aging and nearly $34,000 for a command vehicle for the sheriff's office will move on in the grant0style process. SInce the mid-90s, the Saginaw CHippewa Indian tribe has distributed nearly $250 million to schools and governments, payments made twice a year in lieu of taxes that equal 2 percent of casino slot machine revenues.

A Clare County animal Control Officer has earned top honors in the state. Bob Dodson is the Michigan Association of Animal Control's 2018 Animal Control Officer of the Year. DOdson has been in the position for three years, coming from a waste management career before that...you can find some of his more impactful and joyful stories dealing with Clare County’s lost and found, cared for and neglected animals in that story on themornignsun.com

Chosen from among three candidates for the open seat,  A well-known Mt. Pleasant man has been tapped to serve on a prestigious board. Jim McBryde, president and CEO of Middle Michigan Development Corporation, has been named to a term on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Economic Developers Association. Before working in economic development,  . and also serve eight years in the state House of Representatives, representing the 99th District from 1990 until he was term limited in 1998.

there’s a new drive to make MIchigan known as “The trail State; That’s because there are more than 12,500 miles of state-designated trails and pathways in our state, making Michigan home to one of the largest, interconnected trail systems in the country and the longest rail trail in the nation...This week is the DNR’s Trails Week, with state pathways featured on the organization’s website ...in mid-michigan, you can celebrate right  in Isabella County, where the chippewa Watershed Conservancy is hosting an official ribbon cutting for Bundy Hill ‘s new hiking trail system on Thursday.

 

Friday Sept. 21,2018

 After searching for about a day, police in Isabella County have located a Chippewa Hills teen who ran away from home this week. A mother put a frantic message on Facebook yesterday after filing a missing person report with state police, asking anyone with infomration to help locate her 16-year-old daughter who had packed a bag and left the night before. A couple thousand shares later, the girl -who was thought to be with her 19-year-old boyfriend in the mt. pleasant area- was found safe.

The latest release of a massive federal drug use survey shows marijuana use has skyrocketed among older Americans...while just two decades ago teens were four times more likely to use the drug than 50-60 year olds, new info shows that baby boomers and teens use marijuana at about the same rate. Researchers say social factors, medical applications,  and the that Nine states plus the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use since 2012 have affected those numbers.

AFter he was a finalist for the spot in 2016, Ithaca’s new interim superintendent is taking over for the person who beat him out for the job two years ago. Steve Netzley, who is Ithaca’s Junior/Senior High School principal, has been tapped to take the district’s top spot for the school year...it’s possible he could be named to the position permanently at the end of the year...he replaces Charmian Fletcher, submitted her resignation unexpectedly two weeks ago, for a job in Shiawassee. You can find more details on themorningsun.com

Nissan recalled more than 215,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. due to a fire risk and is advising people to park the vehicles outdoors in rare cases. An anti-lock brake pump can leak brake fluid onto a circuit board, causing an electrical short and increasing the fire risk...If you  see the anti-lock brake warning for more than 10 seconds after starting the engine, Nissan says don’t drive the vehicles and park them outdoors. The recall covers certain models built in 2015-2017. Check out their website for details.

A reward is being offered for information leading to four decorative wishing wells stolen from a home in Clare County. Locks were cut and the wells were taken from a yard north of Harrison on Clare Avenue. The wells are themed, one for example is  decorated with the Detroit Tigers logo. If you have information you can contact the Clare Sheriff’s office.

 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Isabella municipal employees will see a few more dollars in their paychecks after the 2019 fiscal year budget —including a 2 percent raise for all county workers— was approved unanimously by commissioners This week. The balanced budget totals more than $20.6 million and draws about $624,800 from the fund balance, signficiantly less than in the last two years. THe fiscal year starts on Oct. 1, the new budget also allocates money to convert six part time corrections officers to three full time spots along with some building maintenance costs across the county and two new cars for the sheriff’s office; you can get more details on themorningsun.com
 

West Nile has reached Michigan’s horse population this year, with one animal in Gratiot County euthanized because of the disease. Once the ALma horse began to show symptoms like the inability to raise its head, testing begain at thes tate level and was completed at the federal level...West Nile is transmitted to horsesvia mosquito and that’s where it ends; it cannot be then transmitted horse to horse or horse to human. Horses by the way can be vaccinated against the disease.
 

Bob Seger is about to head out on the road again for the final time with one last tour concert in Michigan. Seger had to postpone his tour last October to have back surgery. Now he's ready to do a farewell tour, kicking off "The Traveling' Man Tour" at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, November 21...what he says will be the final tour concert ever in his home state. Tickets go on sale on

More than 50,000 pounds of pollution and counting have been removed fromjust a one-acre section of the former Velsicol Chemical Plant property in St.Louis, as Superfund Cleanup efforts continue. Rightnow, crews are using a thermal treatment of soil to pull out contaminants...for this one section, work is expected to go on untilmid-October, and the effort has already exceeded its exected energy use by 1 million killowat hours...important information to note as bids are sought for crews to perform the same treatment on another three acres of contaminanted ground. There’s more in thatupdate on themorningsun.com

For almost 50 years, the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasnat has provided preschool and daycare services in Mt. Pleasant; and in all those five decades, the program has remained tuition free. AS they plan a golden celebration to mark the milestone in February, the program cares for 30 children -15 each in the 3 and 4 year old programs….some of them second generation, with parents who once attended now dropping off their own at the Isabella Child Development Center within the church. You can read more about teh 50-year program on themorningsun.com


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

It’s international peace week right now, but next week the Isabella County Human Rights Committee will keep the celebration going. For the first time, the group will host Let Peace Reign on Sept. 29 in Island park. THe event will start with  a march from City Hall to the Farmer's Market Pavilion at Island Park. After, participants can enjoy speakers, games, art and a music performance from Mt. Pleasant songwriter and musician Matt Moore. YOu can find more on that on themornisgu.com

After water testing at a former dump site around the Gratiot County Animal SHelter tested positive for PFAS, officials are now testing a well 50 feet away. It will take a few weeks for results to come back, but if they show more than 70 parts per billion of the emerging contaminant, the shelter will be required to use bottled water for both humans and animals. The water testing is part of a statewide effort to identify PFAS pollution areas.

If you saw a very viral story on social media yesterday about three lions escaping Binder PArk zoo in Battle Creek don’t panic: it’s fake. Police dealt with several calls after a bogus social media headline warned that lions were free...it came from a tricky fake news generator site cbsnews.us...not to be confused with cbsnews.com...The lions were safe in the zoo’s enclosures all day.

Parents were notified yesterday that two cases of viral meningitis have been reported at elementary schools in the flint and mid-michigan area; students in Caro and in Clio were confirmed to have the illness...and schools are cleaning more diligently this week with the diagnosis...viral meningitis is less severe than bacteria; common symptoms include fever, severe headache, stiff neck, drowsiness or confusion, nausea and typically last seven to 10 days. Health officials say Proper hand washing and thorough cleaning of surfaces can stop the spread of viruses.

One man was arrested in Gratiot County yesterday after a woman told police he shot a rifle at her husband, and that another couple was pointing guns at the two of them. Police were called when neighbors heard the gunshots at lincoln and state roads; police are still investigating but so far one 63-year-old man was arrested...police found multiple guns and shell casings in the home. you can find more on the mornignsun.com

 

 

Friday, September 14, 2018

CMU Police investigate weapon incident on Mt. Pleasant campus - A Central Michigan University student has been referred to the student conduct office after violating the university's weapons policy…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, a CMU staff member on Tuesday called CMU Police after seeing an individual put what was believed to be a gun in a back pocket…Police determined the student was not carrying a gun but was wearing an empty holster & admitted he had a gun locked in his vehicle…It's not a violation of the law, it is a violation of CMU's weapons policy.

Montcalm woman pleads no contest to embezzlement - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, A Montcalm County woman who pled no contest to embezzlement will have a restitution hearing next month…Donna Goodsell, of Fenwick, pleaded no contest to one count of embezzlement of $1,000 to $20,000, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison…Goodsell worked as Sexton for cemeteries in Day Township and Evergreen Township, overseeing the sale of plots, maintenance of the yard and the opening and closing of grave sites…Financial inconsistencies led the sheriff's office to investigate her & found she had been stealing money that local residents paid for graves and other cemetery expenses where she worked over a five year period.

CMU police seeking two men related to theft - The Central Michigan University Police Department is seeking two men who as persons of interest related to a theft from a vehicle Tuesday night…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the department posted a notice, with pictures on Facebook Thursday morning a note about the theft that happened Tuesday night in lot 45, right outside of the Sweeney and Thorpe residence halls…Police encourage people who can identify the men and/or have information regarding the theft to call them at 989-774-3081 or police@cmich.edu

Health officials recommend Renaissance Festival attendees get vaccinated after hepatitis report - Oakland County health officials are recommending that anyone who attended or worked at the Michigan Renaissance Festival over Labor Day weekend be vaccinated for hepatitis A…The Oakland County Health Division was alerted that an attendee of the Festival in Holly has a confirmed case of hepatitis A and was ill while attending the festival on September 1st…Health officials say a vaccination received within 14 days of contact can still prevent the disease…Hepatitis A symptoms include  sudden abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, headache & yellowing of the skin and eyes & is a highly contagious viral infection that attacks the liver…

Apple unveils new iPhone, with larger screen and bigger price tag - If you want the latest version of the Apple iPhone, you better be ready to open your wallet as the three newest models will be among the most expensive version yet…The iPhone XR, XS, XS Max were unveiled Wednesday & will be available later this year…The new phones come in at $749, $999 and $1099 respectively…All three models no longer include a home button as Apple pushes the Face ID facial recognition to access the phone…All three are  water resistant to everyday spills and the XS models can be submerged in up to two meters of water for up to 30 minutes without damage…All three models have various screen sizes and memory capacities, which can be customized when ordered…

NASA conducts final parachute tests for spacecraft that will return US to moon - While the Orion spacecraft's mission of sending astronauts to Earth's moon and beyond is way off, NASA tested its parachute system for the final time Wednesday, tweeting it was a "perfect test on a perfect day"…The U.S. space agency hopes to conduct an unmanned Space Launch System/Orion flight in 2020, with the goal to launch humans to the moon in 2023. Exploration Mission-1, is the first in a "broad series" of exploration missions aimed at taking humans deeper into space, and "eventually to Mars."

EPA green lights $18 million for Flint water meter replacements - Flint can move ahead with plans to spend more than $18 million to replace home and business water meters, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says…The EPA told the city and state it will amend an award of $100 million in federal funds and $20 million in state funds to include the meter replacement program…New meters are expected to increase revenue to the city and reduce the potential for water theft…Work won't start until January on the replacements…

Mosquito biting explodes due to August rain; See where you'll get eaten alive - Heavy August rain and warm September temperatures have led to an explosion of mosquitoes in Michigan…The wettest areas, with standing water, are now one week into an increase in the pests…Standing water is the breeding ground for the current swarm of mosquitoes…Saginaw, Bay, Midland and Tuscola Counties have low elevation ground and lots of standing water…The good news is the current mosquitoes are nuisance mosquitoes, they bite but aren't know for carrying a lot of diseases.

Mega Millions results for 09/11/18; did anyone win the $207M jackpot? - The Mega Millions jackpot is making its way toward a quarter of $1 billion as there was no winner of the $207 million jackpot Tuesday…Today's jackpot will be worth $227 million with a cash option of $134 million…In Michigan, 9,511 tickets won at least $4 in the drawing & three tickets matched four white balls and the Megaplier to win $1,000. That was the largest prize won in the state from Tuesday's draw


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Prosecutor: Clare police chief did not commit a crime - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Clare Police Chief Brian Gregory did not commit a crime when he used the Law Enforcement Information Network to check the background of an unnamed man whose family feared potential violence…That's the word from the Clare County Prosecutor…Gregory was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 1 amid allegations and complaints filed by some of his officers…Gregory will be back to work on Monday.

GI-TEC receiving new equipment for several programs - Several programs in the Gratiot-Isabella Technical Education Center will be receiving new equipment in the coming weeks… From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the center was able to pay for the new equipment as a part of the Gratiot-Isabella vocational millage passed in 2013…The program gets $200,000 annually to spend on what they think needs updating & about $190,000 is now being spent on improvement…The Automotive Technology program in Mt. Pleasant, the health career program in Mt. Pleasant & Alma & several others are getting upgrades…See themorningsun.com for the list

Entities in Gratiot, Isabella receive state grant funding - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, several programs in Isabella and Gratiot counties have received funding from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs…Grants cover costs associated with operations, projects, capital improvements, arts-in-education residences, services to the field, and regional re-granting initiatives…The Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum received $25,176 in new grant money, Art Reach of Mid Michigan received $21,002 in new grant money…The Gratiot-Isabella RESD, based in Gratiot County, was granted $10,000 as well.

Shepherd PD close case of stolen farmer’s market cash - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, confessions have come from two Shepherd girls who stole money from a farmer's market in the village…Blake Klumpp, the teen owner of the Shepherd Country Crops Farmer's Market, posted on social media earlier this month that someone stole cash from his stand on Sept. 5…The Shepherd Police Department obtained confessions to the crime from the girls…An adult male from Shepherd was also involved…The produce stand operates on a pay-on-your-honor system & the case is being turned over to the Isabella County Prosecutor’s Office for multiple charges.

Fletcher leaving Ithaca Schools superintendent position - Ithaca Public Schools Superintendent Chairman Fletcher is stepping down after two years in the position… From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Fletcher has accepted a position as Associate Superintendent of 21st Century Learning with the Shiawassee RESD…No word on a new Superintendent search & Fletcher stated she is available through the rest of the month to help with a smooth transition.

Hurricane Florence is whipping up 83-foot waves as it takes aim at East Coast - Scientists tracking Hurricane Florence as the massive storm barrels toward the East Coast said it's whipping up waves as high as 83 feet underneath it…Early Wednesday, waves ranged from 59 to 83 feet…It's a big jump from Tuesday, when the waves in the Atlantic Ocean were rising up to 45 feet under Florence's center…Florence, however, was downgraded to a Category 3 storm…Florence is supposed to make landfall on Friday at the Carolinas.

GM recalls 240K vehicles across different brands due to potential brake issue - General Motors is recalling more than 240,000 newer vehicles in North America due to an issue with the brakes that could increase the risk of a crash…The recall affects model year 2018-2019 Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS, GMC Terrain, and Chevrolet Bolt, Cruze, Impala, Volt, Equinox and the 2018 Malibu…If this defect occurs, GM says that rear-brake performance could be reduced which would increase the risk of a crash. GM says the brakes should feel soft or spongy when pressed is there is a potential prolem…GMC is also recalling more than 88,000 of its 2018 Terrain SUVs due to an issue with the system responsible for detecting a crash and deploying the necessary air bags…You can search the NHTSA's website for VIN number affected by the recalls


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

State extends deadline for unlicensed medical marijuana businesses to operate - The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has extended its deadline from September 15th to December 15th for medical marijuana businesses to operate, despite not having a state license yet…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the businesses may now continue to operate with local approval…The deadline to apply for a license was Feb. 15 & since then the approval process has slowed leaving many businesses that applied before the deadline still waiting to see if they will be approved…401 businesses applied for a state operating license, but only 37 have been approved so far

US Job Openings Climb To Record 6.9-million - Gallup poll-ers say the most Americans are satisfied with their job security…And there are more jobs out there…The number of job openings hit a record 6.94-million in July…Beancounters say that’s a clear sign that the economy is enjoying some serious momentum…Officials say that people more commonly switch jobs when they’re confident in the economy – and that shows itself as workers who switch jobs usually get better pay with their new gigs.

Hurricane Florence will bring Michigan, Detroit, Chicago really nice weather - While the southeast braces for a possible major hurricane, Michigan and the Great Lakes region should brace for more nice weather…Hurricanes have a circulation pattern that sends air outward and upward from the hurricane, finally sinking & warming up & drying out…Typically there is a 500-mile donut shaped area surrounding a hurricane that gets sunny and warmer than average weather, we're in that donut, meaning Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes region can expect some great, summer-like weather for the second half of the work week and the weekend.

Michigan seeks federal waiver for Medicaid work requirements - The state of Michigan Monday submitted an amended waiver request to the federal government seeking permission to implement a work requirement for Medicaid recipients…In 2013 Michgian expanded its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, & the Trump administration opened the door for waivers allowing states to require Medicaid recipients to work to continue receiving the benefit. Michigan lawmakers this year passed a law requiring exactly that…If the waiver is approved, Healthy Michigan recipients will need to work an average of 20 hours per week to continue to receive benefits starting in 2020.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The city’s hopes of finding a buyer for the vacant Parcel B in Mt. Pleasant moved closer to reality Monday, as city commissioners approved ntering into a purchase agreement for the land. Michigan Community Capital of Lansing wants to build a four- or five-story mixed use building on the land directly west of City Hall, with the first floor going to a commercial tenant – possibly Green Tree Cooperative Grocery – and the remaining floors being used for 35 to 40 upscale apartments. Under the proposed purchase agreement, MCC will pay $360,000 for the land. The company expects to invest between $5 million and $7 million on the project.

A Central MIchigan University student is researching ways to proivde a more meaningful life to dementia patients...by applying an eeary childhood education method. Delainey Smyth is studying how Montesorri curriculum tailored to nursing home residents may imporve long-term care...and it prelimnary results from her work shows it could be working. after a year, residents were significantly more positive and had more feelings of self-esteem and belonging. Staff job satisfaction rose, too.

A young entrepreneur is asking for the public's help finding the person or people responsible for money missing from the pay-on-your-honor system at his Shepherd produce stand. Blake Klumpp, the teen owner of the Shepherd Country Crops Farmer's Market, took to social media to share that someone stole cash from his stand sometime last week by breaking into his cash box; his stand is self service. If you have information you can contact the shepherd police department.

When a Gratiot County woman found thousands of dollars in cash in a small zippered bag Saturday she did the right thing and handed it over to police...The Midland County owner of the money is "extremely grateful" she did, after Gratiot County Sheriff's officials used detective skills to track him down and returned the purse. She found $3900 in hundred dollar bills in that bag in a shopping cart at Walmart, and police used a local business receipt inside to track down the man who left it htere by his purchase. You can read more on themornignsun.com


Monday, September 10, 2018

A 34-year old Harrison man is dead after a car struck him as he walked across a street Friday night. Police are still investigating, but say the man was crossing Clare Avenue with a 32 year old woman when he was struck by a car driven by a Roscommon man near Fir Road. Watch for more on themorningsun.com

Bandit Industries is celebrating 35 years of one of being one the largest wood-chipping equipment companies in the world right here in mid-Michigan; To celebrate, the company is hopsting a "Community Day," 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. their west millbrook road location. If you go, expect demonstrations and tours of their facilities during the event, plus motorcycle and boat racers, and food. Youcan find more detailson themornignsun.com

If longer term forecasts are correct, you might want to think about getting a heavy duty snow shovel this winter. The latest from the Climate Prediction Center says that fall has a roughly 40-50 percent chance of being warmer than normal, with the same odds for winter. One big influence is conditions developing near the equator that look like we might see El Nino over the next months.... Winters during El Nino years tend to be warmer-than-average, with a little more precipitation. Frigid, harsh temperatures are expected to stay up in Canada for most of the season.
 
A Clare child is recovering after a short stint in a hospital after a fire detroyed three apartments Fridaynight. The four-year-old boy was released Saturday afternoon after treatment for smoke inhalation after that fire at Gateway Village Apartments in Clare. In total eight children and five adults are displaced from their homes after the fire.... The Red Cross was contacted quickly to take care of their needs. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but officials are confident it started on the outside of the building's south side around its front doors. A fire marshal is investigation. Watch forupdateson themornignsun.com

The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run comes to mid-Michigan later this week to raise cash for Special Olympics. Races are set in Alma and Mt. Pleasant on Thursday as part of a 43-community, statewide effort...a full 750 milestate race starts this week in in Copper Harbor in the tip of the Upper Peninsula and concludes on Friday downstate in Belle Isle.y ou can get details on local leg start times, costs and more on the mornigsnun.com…


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

A brand new music festival is heading to Mt. Pleasant. The Pleasant Town music and Art Festival was inspired by the shows on the line up at CEntennial HAll in downtown over several years; on Sept. 29, will feature a variety of performers, including headliner Broccoli Samurai, along with art vendors, food trucks, deejays, a silent disco, and more. Inside and outside the venue. That includes a tent on the street that will act as the mainstage. The event is 18 and older; A general admission ticket costs $30, while an "ultimate" ticket costs $50, which gets you access to a VIP room with air conditioning, water, private bathrooms and more. You can get all the details on themornignsun.com

Straight Ticket voting will not be allowed in the November election in Michigan after an appeals court upheld an earlier ban put into place by lawmakers. THe move means that voters will have to choose candidates line by line rather voting for all in a party; Clerks are about a week away from printing ballots and will now make sure new voting machines and software are set to disallow straight ticket selections.

Mid-Michigan residents might see some low-flying helicopters next week. The International Transmission Company will be conducting its semi-annual aerial patrols of high-voltage transmission towers and lines Thursday through the weekend. Those flyovers will include Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta,Montcalm and other counties; They’re looking for inspecting wood poles, conductors and steel towers, as well as looking for worn or damaged equipment

If you’re tailgating at  Central Michigan University's first home football game this weekend,  you may notice some changes. Lots 62 East and West got more parking spaces, more lighting and improved traffic flow changes….if you’re pulling into the west lot you’ll use broomfield while access to the east lot will be from east campus drive. THe island green space is bigger this year to accommodate more activities.

A new chapter in the history of a restaurant institution has begun.  Alma's Main Cafe on Superior street downtown  is in the middle of a soft opening after approximately 20 months of renovations. A grand opening date has not yet been set.  The restaurant, which had been there since at least the 1960s, closed in July 2016 when new owners took over...patrons have been able to grab lunch for just about week as themenu, hours and staff are set. You can find more on themornignsun.com

 

Thursday, Sept. 6

Four law enforcement drug team officials were temporarily trapped inside a Gratiot County pole barn-turned marijuana grow facility Tuesday when a live electrical wire fell as they gathered evidence, blocking the exit. Another detective was outside and watched the wire fall, spark and catch fire allowing her to warn the others and avoid injuries or worse. Ultimately the downed wire was an a small hurdle as officials executed a search warrant on a home and outbuilding outside of Ithaca, where police discovered 174 plants at an illegal growing operation that may have a reach beyond Gratiot County. It all started with a traffic stop, when police found 15 pounds of marijuana in a car, leading them them to the home...you can read more on themorningsun.com

After two years of searching, Central Michigan Youth for Christ has found a new building for their programs in Mt. Pleasant. The organization purchased the vacant former Coca-Cola building at the corner of High and Adams streets in Mt. Pleasant in July, and They officially moved out of their Isabella Road location on Friday; the building is set to be a youth center that will continue to serve middle school and high school students.

A 61-year-old Riverdale man, riding in a kitchen chair on the back of an all-terrain vehicle, was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital after falling from the rear deck as the vehicle turned. Police said it was  Poor judgement that caused the man to incur head injuries in the accident. That happened in the middle of the day Tuesday near Elm Hall. The 74 and 54 year olds in the front of the vehicle were wearing restraints and were not injured, but the man on the kitchen chair in the back had no seat belt to wear.

In the past year, Mid Michigan College has served around 5,500 students...that includes traditionally enrolled, dual enrollment with more high schools, and  training 512 people already employed but looking to expand technical skills -double the year before. The college used yesterday’s Mid Media Day to highlight that growth and talk about future changes.  MMC is looking at expanding its footprint to more rural areas, creating a guided pathway program for students unsure which direction to go in college...and building out infrastrcuture that includes improvements in harrison, again utilizing the old building on Pickard in Mt. Pleasant. You can get the details on themorninungsun.com

If traffic seems a little heavier than normal west of Mt. Pleasant tomorrow...if your stops at stores inthe remus area are a little more folksie, and a little more Happy Wheatland...well you know it’s time for the annual outdoor music festival. Wheatland Music festival is set to mark 45 years of roots music, camping, workshops, folk vendors and more Friday through Sunday at the grounds just outside remus...There are still single day tickets left for Sunday, while weekends tickets are sold out.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018

Members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe  will receive payouts based on actual gaming revenue beginning in October, as officials seek ways to remain viable in a growing and competitive market. The new process for per capita payments for members will consider 75 percent of a projected revenue for the next year, divided among those set to receive the bi-weekly payments. The move was made to protect the Tribe’s Future Trust Security Fund;  Tribal members with proper identification are invited to a town hall on OCtober 27; yu can get more on themoerningsun.com

Federal health officials have issued a second public warning, advising consumers not to eat Honey Smacks cereal because of a salmonella outbreak. CDC officials say 30 more illnesses have been noted since first reported on June 12, bringing the total to 130 cases from 36 states. No deaths have been reported but 34 people required hospitalization. It appears the cereal is still being sold in some stores...so don’t buy them,and if you have some throw it away.

If you're looking for  unique decor to commemorate a piece of Michigan history, you may be interested in bidding on the Pontiac Silverdome signs up for auction this month. MDOT will be running an auction from Sept. 10 until Sept. 24 for two road signs… The two aluminum signs are each roughly 7 feet by 14 feet, weigh approximately 225 pounds, and are in good condition You can find more at MiBid.com

State Police say  11 people lost their lives in 11 separate traffic crashes during this year’s Labor Day holiday weekend, down from 15 deaths in 10 traffic crashes in 2017. Those statistics are preliminary as police agencies across the state could still be processing paperwork. Of the 11 this year, two involved alcohol and three involved a pedestrian or a bicyclist.

Strikeouts on the ball field are raising cash toward a fund established in the memory of a child who died of brain cancer.  Last week, Madison Travis made her second annual contribution to the Aiden Fair Memorial Fund at the Gratiot County Community Foundation, created in memory of her IThaca cousin, who passed away three years ago from brain cancer at 9 years old.  Travis has raised $1,500 by throwing 101 strikeouts this softball season...if you want to help, you can contact the gratiot community foundation…

Students in Clare and Gladwin counties will be able to take skills from a brand new agri-science program into a variety of careers. Segments covering livestock, plants, soil and more are a part of the brand-new Career Technical Education program  at the Clare-Gladwin RESD; A classroom space is plus barns and several acres of grounds for the 18 students are all part of the effort. Students can also gain college credit from Michigan State University.

 

 

Friday, August 31, 2018

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the opening of a popular Shepherd deli's second location in Mt. Pleasant you can celebrate: Mitchell's is open.  Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli and Market opened its doors this morning after months of prepping the new Lincoln and High Street location. Exact daily hours have not yet been set while owners work out details….the Mt. Pleasant store features Michigan made items, coffee, pizza, gourmet sandwiches, ice cream and more.

Municipal clerks in mid-Michigan and across the state are sorting through the largest Freedom of Information Act request they've ever received as November's election duties loom. The request is unusually large and burdensome and will likely require costly time commitments, prompting many municipalities to ask for deadline extensions and seek legal advice. Initially who the request even came from was in question...the letters were signed by simply “Emily,”   asking for paper copies of all ballots cast and counted in the 2016 general election. WHile a a voting rights nonprofit group finally took credit for the statewide FOIA, clerks are still unsure how and how much it will cost to fill; you can read more in that story on themornignsun.com

More than 2600 residents are still without power this morning in Clare County as crews continue to deal with intense storms that knocked down power lines and poles across the state earlier this week. It could be midnight tonight or later for those still without electricity although emergency officials are saying restoration is running ahead of schedule..residents should use 211 to report damages or to seek services like shelter...watch for updates on themornigsnu.com

 

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies statewide are ramping up patrols this weekend, on the lookout for impaired drivers. The federally-funded extra patrols are part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign which began Aug. 17 and runs through Labor Day.  Last year, 15 people died in traffic collisions in Michigan over the Labor Day holiday period. Alcohol was involved in more than 25 percent of them.

Farmers in mid-Michigan have the opportunity to apply for billions of dollars in aid made available in response to other countries' raising prices on goods. the Market Facilitation Program will provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers starting Sept. 4 to offset trade and tariff increases. Interested producers can apply in person, by email by fax or by mail after harvest is 100 percent complete and they can report their total 2018 production.

 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Steady storm restoration progress continued overnight as Consumers Energy and crews from across Michigan and four other states work around the clock to return power to 53,000 customers still affected by several waves of severe weather. THe company says cooler, less humid weather is helping the effort and the majority of customers should restored by this evening...although the outage map still says most of Clare County will be restored late friday….three days of overnight heavy storms knocked out power to more than 200,000 customers, breaking power poles and knocking down trees and line faster than crews could repair them. Each day.

Heavy rains andother roadblocks have delayed the much anticipated opening of Alma’s Wright park again this week..however that rain may have just been a blessing in disguise. The water caused rubber flooring under the new equipment to pull away, exposing a drainage problem organizers didn’t know existed...that could have caused major issues down the road. When that’s repaired, the park will open, no date has been set.

 

A man police believe killed his father in the Detroit area was arrested in Gratiot County early Wednesday morning after officials along the U.S. 127 corridor were asked to be on the lookout for the suspect. A missing person investigation led police to a Hazel Park home where a 65-year-old man was found dead in the basement; his 25-year-old son made phone calls along the route and those pings led police to believe he may be heading to CMU where his Facebook page indicates he was at one time a student...watch themorningsun.com for updates andmore information.
 

After a month of public voting and expert analysis, winners of this year’s Art Walk Central were announced last night. Elizabeth LaPensse won the adult judge’s choice while Kaeden Van Dorn earned the nod in the youth category...for people’s choice, the adult winner was Justin LaRoux while in the youth catergory Halima Cisse took home the honor. WInners get cash prizes; you can find runners up and more in that story on themornignusn.com

Isabella County says yes to mortgages than nearly all of hte rest of the state, ranking tenth out of 83 counties in approvals...that according to Finance technology company SmartAsset, which looked at borrowing costs, ease in obtaining a mortage, property taxes and the ratio of approval; In Isabella, 66.2 percent of mortgages were funded. Number one on the list is Ottawa County.

 

After more than three days of silence, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe officials said in a news release late Wednesday that an officer witnessed a fatal accident that killed a Shepherd High School student early Sunday morning; the press release answered some of the growing community questions surrounding the crash, including why it was not dispatched yet officers were on the scene. Tonight’s home football game in Shepherd is set to honor player Evan Duffiney with attendees asked to wear blue which was the 16-year-olds favorite color.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Painting is finished on Phase 2 of High Street railroad bridge project - Phase 2 of the Paint the High Street Bridge Project in Mt. Pleasant is done…The concrete abutments and nearby pumping station have been painted in maroon and yellow, with a little bit of blue, matching the railroad viaduct that was painted in 2013…Fundraising by the same group who raised the money to originally paint the bridge raised the cash with donations from $5 or $10 all the way up to $5,000…Donations can still be made to the Feight Community Improvement Fund at the Mt. Pleasant Community Foundation, to help with upkeep of the project and possibly future beautification projects in the city.- 720

Ferris State faculty ready to bargain after judge ends strike - A judge ordered members of the Ferris Faculty Association - who went on strike Monday - back to work…Now the head of the union says it's time to return to the bargaining table…Members of the Faculty Association are scheduled to meet today, and the next step is to arrange another bargaining session with the administration…The strike took place on the first day of Ferris' fall semester…About 40% of the university's classes were canceled Monday because of the strike – 620, 720

The iPhone’s Home Button is About to Be History - (NYPost.com) - The days of the iPhone’s home button look numbered. Bloomberg reports 3 new iPhone models, to be unveiled next month, will all do away with the home button, mimicking the design of last year’s iPhone X…The lack of a home button in Iphone X outraged many Apple fans and likely crimped sales, but the company is sticking by the design…The new iPhones will boast significantly bigger, edge-to-edge screens, & will look virtually indistinguishable from the iPhone X, keeping the notch at the top of the screen to accommodate the earpiece and the phone’s Face-ID tech…They will have faster processing speeds and a beefed-up camera, but no cost infor

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