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Former Mayor of Cadillac throws name into the republican primary race for 102nd seat in State House

Former Cadillac Mayor William Barnett will be challenging incumbent Michele Hoitenga in the republican primary for the 102nd State House district seat in August.

 

Barnett announced his candidacy Thursday.

 

In addition, Barnett also announced former State House Representative Phil Potvin (2011-2016) will be running his campaign.

 

Meanwhile, the democratic primary race on August 7th will feature candidates, Dion Adams of Big Rapids and Bruce L. Reges of Stanwood.

 

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Osceola County Sheriff Deputies investigating two car accident in LeRoy Township

Police in Osceola County believe alcohol is a factor in a two vehicle crash last night on Mackinaw Trail and 18 Mile Rd in LeRoy Township.

 

Deputies say a 60-year old woman from the LeRoy area was flown by Aeromed, her condition is unknown at this time while the other driver involved a 59-year old man from the Big Rapids area was treated and released at the scene.

 

The crash investigation is still ongoing.

 

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Law enforcement begins "click it or ticket" campaign

The "Click it or Ticket" campaign has resumed for the Memorial Day holiday period.

 

Police departments, sheriff's offices and the Michigan State Police will all participate through June 3 in an attempt to reduce serious injuries and deaths on the roads by observing that motorists are using their seat belts.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association said more than half of young adults 18 to 34 that were killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.

 

During the Memorial Day holiday period in 2017, 10 people died in traffic crashes in the state of Michigan.

 

 

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Stanwood woman injured following car accident

A Stanwood woman was sent to the hospital Monday following a car accident in Mecosta County.

 

It happened on Northland Drive near Lincoln Road.

 

Deputies say a 62-year old Stanwood woman was traveling southbound on Northland Drive when she was waiting to make a left turn onto Lincoln Road.

 

A passenger car passed on the right side of the road causing a truck driven by a 48 -year old Blanchard man to lock up the brakes on the wet pavement and rear end the car.

 

The woman was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

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Evart man dies after being hit by two cars in Kent County

A 22-year old Evart man was killed over the weekend after he was struck by to vehicles in Kent County.

 

Nicholas Martin was walking along an unlit area of Lincoln Lake Road when he was struck by a southbound vehicle at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

 

According to Kent County Sheriff's Deputies, a 17-year-old from Greenville traveling southbound in a 2003 Chevy Cavalier struck Martin.

 

A second vehicle was witnessed hitting Martin and failed to stop following the crash.

 

The accident is still under investigation. 

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Police chase in Mecosta County ends with one suspect arrested and another in the hospital

A police chase in Mecosta County over the weekend ended when a passenger in the suspects vehicle jumped out and injured themselves.

 

It happened Saturday night in Morley on 3 Mile Road near 145th Street.

 

Deputies say when they tried to arrest the driver, a 21-year old man, he resisted and fled in his vehicle.

 

During the chase, a passenger of the fleeing vehicle jumped out the window, the vehicle ran off the road and crashed about a half mile away from the initial traffic stop location.

 

The driver fled on foot and was later located and arrested on several charges, the passenger was taken to Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

 

 

 

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Burton man injured in Osceola County rollover accident

A Burton man was flown by areomed to a Grand Rapids area hospital for treatment following a vehicle accident in Osceola County.

 

It happened on M-115 near 100th Ave in Highland Twp, that's where deputies were called to a rollover accident.

 

An Investigation into the accident scene determined that the driver was southeast bound on M-115 in a pick-up when he left the roadway and rolled his vehicle.

 

The 23-year old Burton man's condition is unknown at this time.

 

Speed is believed to be a factor.

 

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Two critically injured following two car accident in Newaygo Co.

Three people were injured, two critically, after a rollover crash in west Michigan Sunday afternoon.

 

It happened in Ensley Township in Newaygo County when state police say the driver of a Jeep didn't stop at a stop sign and hit a pickup truck, causing it to roll over.

 

Both drivers were critically injured. One was thrown from their vehicle.

 

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State Senate Republicans looking to legalize marijuana

Michigan voters may not get a chance to vote on legalizing pot if the top Senate Republican at the state Capitol has his way.

 

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof is drafting a plan in which lawmakers would approve the legalization of marijuana, thus preventing it from going on the November ballot.

 

Then lawmakers would amend the law to include a rollback of the state income tax rate to 3.9%.

 

Meekhof is expected to brief his Senate colleagues behind closed doors today.

 

Even if the Senate approves, the proposal would still need state House approval.

 

Political experts say having the marijuana proposal on the ballot would bring more democratic voters to the polls.

 

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Rockford woman rolls vehicle while looking for cell phone

A Rockford woman got into a car accident after looking for her phone while driving in Mecosta County.

 

Sheriff Deputies say the 21-year old driver was traveling northbound on US-131 near 13 Mile Rd.

 

While looking at her phone, she swerved off the road into the median, lost control and rolled.

 

The Rockford woman was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

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Farmington Hills man accused of second sexual assault case in Mecosta Co.

A second victim has come forward accusing a Farmington Hills man of sexual assault while he was the manager of Tullymore Resort in 2016.

 

34-year old Daniel Carlson was arraigned on a number of new charges including, first and third degree criminal sexual conduct and sexual assault of an incapacitated victim.

 

The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred in March of 2016 at the Tullymore Resort.

 

Carleson posted $125,000 bond and is currently awaiting trial on felony charges from a October 2016 assault that allegedly occurred at the Tullymore Resort as well.


 

 

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BRPS & MSCS millage renewals approved; separate bond proposal approved for BRPS

Voters in the Big Rapids Public and Morley-Stanwood Community School Districts passed its proposed annual operating millage renewals during Tuesday's election.

 

However, it was a new bond proposal by BRPS that had everyone talking in recent weeks.

 

Voters approved the 2.35 mill bond proposal by only 68 votes; 1,313-1,245.

 

With the approval by voters, $2.35 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value will be levied per year in order to pay for renovations/upgrades to current buildings and athletic facilities as well as upgrading technology in the BRPS district.

 

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Marlette woman injured in Mecosta County car accident

A 19-year old Marlette woman was injured after a rollover accident in Mecosta County's Fork Township.

 

Deputies say the 19-year old woman was driving westbound on 20 Mile Rd east of 10th Ave when she swerved to avoid striking a deer which caused her to lose control of her vehicle and roll.

 

She was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

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Weidman man dies after Isabella Co. motorcycle accident

A Weidman man is dead following a motorcycle accident Tuesday.

 

It happened in Isabella County's Coldwater Township on North Brinton Rd at North County Line.

 

Michigan State Police say a preliminary investigation determined a motorcycle ran off the road and a 59-year old Weidman man died as a result of this crash.

 

The crash is still under investigation.

 

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Newaygo Co. Firefighters to determine how wildfire started Tuesday

Fire investigators will go back to the scene of a wildfire that took place in Newaygo County Tuesday evening to figure out how it started.   

 

Officials say Cooler temperatures and less wind helped the flames die down on the west side of Bills Lake near M-82 but 105 acres still burned.

 

Two homes in the area were evacuated on the south side of M-82, and 15 structures were threatened, but none were lost to the fire.

 

No injuries were reported.

 

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Sparta man injured in Mecosta County car accident

A 49-year old Sparta man was sent to the hospital following a car accident in Mecosta County.

 

It happened on northbound US-131 just north of 11 Mile Rd in Mecosta Township.

 

Deputies believe fatigue was a factor in this accident.

 

They say the Sparta man was traveling northbound when he left the road and overturned his vehicle.

 

He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for treatment of injuries.

 

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Doctor accused of sex crimes found dead in Montcalm Co.

A northern Michigan doctor, who was facing charges, of criminal sexual conduct, was found dead in Montcalm County.

 

Deputies reportedly found his vehicle and the body of Steven Scranton was not far away.

 

They do not suspect foul play in his death.

 

He had been charged with several counts of sexual misconduct involving female patients.

 

He had been free on bond and was awaiting trial.

 

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Conservation group to challenge Michigan DEQ over Nestle water withdraw approval in Osceola Co.

A group is trying to stop Nestle Waters North America from pumping more Osceola County groundwater for its Ice Mountain brand. 

 

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation said Wednesday that it's preparing a petition for a contested case against Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality, which approved Nestle's application to remove 400 gallons of water per minute from an Osceola Township aquifer.

 

The group says the DEQ will get the administrative challenge within 60 days.

 

The conservation group says the DEQ has "clearly bent the law to favor Nestle" by granting the permit before the company could provide "real data" on the consequences of withdrawing the additional water.

 

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No charges will be filed in connection to toddler drowning death in Montcalm Co.

No charges will be filed in the death of a 1-year-old girl who died in February after she wandered into standing water in her family's backyard in Montcalm County.

 

Prosecutor Andrea Krause determined that none of the elements of a crime could have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. She called the child's death a "very tragic accident."

 

The toddler was found dead February 21st in standing water from rains and snow that melted in her backyard near Sheridan.

 

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40 Protesters try to speak with Ice Mountain officials about water issues

40 protesters left peacefully from the Ice Mountain Bottling Plant in Stanwood Monday afternoon following a call to police.

 

According to the Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office,  deputies arrived on scene and were met by multiple protesters exiting the lobby entrance.

 

Protesters were there to speak with Ice Mountain regarding the permit to pump more water in Osceola County as well as the Flint water crisis. 

 

Deputies also spoke with plant personnel and were advised that no protesters made it past the lobby. 

 

There was no property damage and no assaultive behavior was reported. 

 

After speaking with both side of the issue, the protesters agreed to leave the property and they left without incident.


 

 

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Big Rapids Public Schools to informational meeting about May ballot proposals

Officials at the Big Rapids Public School District is welcoming any local voter who has questions and  wants to learn more about the operating millage renewal and bond proposal on the May election ballot.

 

The event, to be held on Tuesday, at Artworks in downtown Big Rapids at 6:30pm is aimed to provide voters with information and answer questions.

 

Officials will be on hand to answer any questions attendees may have about the operating millage renewal that will allow BRPS to collect funds for teachers, staff, textbooks and classroom supplies.

 

BRPS will also be asking residents to approve a 2.35 mill bond proposal  ($2.35 for every $1,000 of taxable value). 

 

If approved, this bond will be used only for building renovations/upgrades/ technology upgrades around the Big Rapids Public Schools District. 

 

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Big Rapids man arraigned on meth charges

Bond was set at $150,000 for a Big Rapids man arraigned on drug charges.

 

34-year old Kenneth Leroy Rowley III is charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine and one count of possession of meth.

 

The charges stem from an investigation by the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety following an alleged incident in Big Rapids between April 10th and 13th.

 

Rowley III could face up to 40 years in prison, if convicted.

 

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Big Rapids Police looking for missing woman

The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety is looking for a missing woman and needs your help.

 

According to police, 27-year old Crystal Lousie Hawn was reported missing last Tuesday by her family.

 

Hawn is described as a white female, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

 

If you have seen Crystal, please call the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety at 231-527-0005.

 

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Big Rapids man arrested for domestic violence involving a gun

A 34-year old Big Rapids man was arrested Friday on a number of charges following an alleged domestic incident.

 

Police in Big Rapids say they were sent to a home on the 1100 block of Catherine Street for a domestic complaint involving a handgun.

 

Officers were able to locate the suspect leaving the scene.

 

After conducting a traffic stop, officers were able to locate the gun inside the car.

 

It was also learned by officers the Big Rapids man was under the influence of alcohol.

 

The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.

 

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Baldwin woman hit and killed by car in Lake Co.

A Baldwin woman is dead after she was hit by a car in Lake County.

 

Deputies were called to the accident on U.S. 10 near Hawkins Road in Chase Township around 3:15 Saturday morning.

 

When police arrived, they found 32-year-old Christina Lynn Kunna dead at the scene.

 

A preliminary investigation revealed, Kunna was walking in the lane of traffic on US-10 when she was truck by a car being operated by a Evart man.  

 

The accident remains under investigation.

 

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Weight restrictions on Mecosta County roads to be lifted on Wednesday

The Mecosta County Road Commission will be lifting its seasonal weight restrictions on all county roads starting on Wednesday at 6am.

 

Weight restrictions only affect semi-trucks and some farming equipment.

 

For more information, contact the Mecosta County Road Commission at (231) 796-2611. 

 

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Anticipated Rain, cold spring weather forces cancellation of The BIG Event

The Ferris State University Student Government Association, organizers of The BIG Event, have been closely monitoring anticipated poor weather conditions forecasted for Saturday, April 14. Student organizers, in close communication with the Ferris administration, have made the difficult decision to cancel The BIG Event due to anticipated rainy, icy and cold weather.

 

As a result of the 2018 cancellation, organizers of The BIG Event plan to reach out to all community members who signed up to have their properties served by Ferris students.

 

We’re obviously very disappointed to have to cancel The BIG Event. We want to ensure everyone this difficult decision was made after careful consideration and considerable conversation,” said Bryanna Harlan, the 2018 director of The BIG Event. “We truly understand the importance of The BIG Event, in the Big Rapids community, and what it means to our students, faculty, staff and other volunteers who have made this the major community-service project it has become. The health and safety of our students is important. That safety factor played a major role in making the decision to cancel as we looked at the unfavorable weather conditions headed our way.”

 

Due to scheduling conflicts and other prior commitments, no makeup date will be scheduled for 2018. However, The BIG Event, the largest, student-run community service project in the state of Michigan, is expected to return in Spring 2019.

 

We’re committed to returning The BIG Event, next year's date is already scheduled for April 13, 2019 and we know students will be excited to participate in this great tradition of giving back, to the Big Rapids community, through volunteer service,” said Bobby Gill, the 2018-19 Student Government Association president. Previously, The BIG Event was postponed, in 2013, due to poor weather conditions.  Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the Student Government office at (231) 591-2611 or visit The Big Event – Ferris State University Facebook page.

 

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Isabella Co. man arrested for looking at child porn at Walmart store

A man, who was allegedly looking at child porn on computers in a Walmart in Mount Pleasant, is being held on $50,000 bond.

 

Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main says employees at the Walmart noticed Timothy Powers on their demo computers for long periods of time over several days.

 

When they checked the browser history , they found several child pornography websites.

 

Powers is a registered sex offender.

 

Walmart is reportedly looking into how this happened, saying they have controls in place to prevent this from happening.

 

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Rep. Hoitenga against potential fee on kayak, canoe and paddle board owners

102nd District State House Representative Michele Hoitenga says she's disappointed with one committee's recommendation that would levy a fee on canoe, kayak and paddle board owners in the state.

 

Under a recent proposal by the Michigan State Waterways Commission it require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state.

 

Hoitenga, said people should not be penalized for supporting Michigan’s tourism industry and enjoying the state’s natural resources.

 

Under the proposal, each watercraft would be charged a $10 fee for registration.

 

Many paddle enthusiasts believe the fee is especially unfair to those who own several kayaks, canoes or paddle boards.

 

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CMU Shooter deemed incompetent to stand trial

 

 

A hearing for a Central Michigan University student accused of murdering his parents in a dorm room has been postponed.

 

James Davis Jr. is undergoing treatment after he was found incompetent to stand trial.

 

Investigators say the 19-year old took his father's gun from the car and shot James and Diva Davis in early March inside of Campbell Hall.

 

Davis' attorney says the 19-year old man is undergoing treatment in an attempt to have him regain competency.

 

No date for a competency review has been scheduled.

 

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Icy roads the cause for two separate car accidents in Mecosta Co.

Icy road conditions Tuesday caused two car accidents in Mecosta County.

 

The first happened on southbound US-131 near 14 Mile Rd, deputies say a 20-year old female driver lost control on the road and struck several small trees. 

 

She was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

The second accident occurred on 15 Mile Rd near 165th Avenue.

 

Police say a 35-year old woman from Illinois was traveling westbound on 15 Mile Rd.

 

When she lost control of her car went off the road and struck a tree.

 

She was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

 

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No laws broken when Sheriff left gun inside school locker room

A mid-Michigan Sheriff will not face criminal charges after leaving his gun in a school locker room.

 

The Mecosta County prosecutor's office determined Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main broke no laws when he left his backup gun at Shepard Middle School in March.

 

A student found the weapon and told a teacher.

 

Main apologized saying he was devastated with his lack of accountability.

 

Main used the locker room to change from street clothes into uniform and thought he put the gun back in his bag.

 

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MDEQ approves Nestle Waters ground water withdraw permit in Osceola Co.

Nestle Waters North American Incorporated has gotten the okay to pump more groundwater for its Ice Mountain brand.

 

Before, the company was permitted to withdraw 250 gallons a minute from an underground aquifer in Osceola County. Under the new plan, Nestle can increase that amount to 400 gallons per minute.

 

According to a press release, MDEQ President Heidi Grether said the review was a huge undertaking.

 

“The scope and detail of the department’s review of the Nestlé permit application represents the most extensive analysis of any water withdrawal in Michigan history,” said C. Heidi Grether, director of MDEQ.  “We are hopeful that whether residents agree with the Nestlé permitting decision or not, they will acknowledge and respect the work that MDEQ staff did to thoroughly and conscientiously apply the law in reviewing the permit.”

 

Nestle now has to prepare a monitoring plan. There is public outrage generated by the fact Nestle gets the groundwater for nothing more than a 200-dollar per year permit.

 

“In full transparency, the majority of the public comments received were in opposition of the permit, but most of them related to issues of public policy which are not, and should not be, part of an administrative permit decision. We cannot base our decisions on public opinion because our department is required to follow the rule of law when making determinations,” Grether added.

 

The plan is tied up in the courts.

 

Osceola Township has appealed an earlier decision that would allow Nestle to build a new pumping station despite it being zoned agricultural.

 

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Mandatory auto insurance fee going up 13% for Michigan drivers

Michigan's mandatory fee to cover unlimited medical benefits for injured drivers is going up to $192 a year, an increase of $22 over the current annual fee per insured vehicle.

 

The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announcing the 13% increase, which follows a 6.3% increase in 2017.

 

The fee revenue largely covers care for people with brain, spinal cord, back and neck injuries.

 

Officials say the fee hike is due to higher-than-expected claims, partially offset by better-than-expected investment returns.

 

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Newaygo man arraigned on charges following standoff in Osceola Co.

A Newaygo man accused of breaking into his ex-wife's Osceola County home and making threats to her and himself then being involved in a standoff with police has been arraigned.

 

54-year old Jeffery Christensen was charged with one count of first degree home invasion.

 

The incident happened on Sunday when police got a call from a woman who said her ex-husband had broken in with a handgun and was making threats.

 

According to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office additional charges against Christensen are possible pending current investigation.

 

His bond was set at $200,000.

 

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Osceola County Deputies respond to standoff on Sunday

A standoff in Osceola County on Sunday ended peacefully.

 

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office received a call about a home invasion in progress at a residence on 12 Mile Rd. Between 230th Ave and Lakeola Rd.

 

Under sheriff Justin Halladay said the caller stated her ex-husband came into her home unannounced and unwelcome. The caller stated the man had a gun and was making threats to her and himself.

 

The woman was able to escape and go to a neighbor's home to call 911.

 

Halladay said contact was then made by police with the suspect.

 

The suspect was threatening to kill himself and any officer's responding.

 

Using a combination of loud speaker commands and a flash bang outside of the home, officers were able to coax the suspect out.

 

He was taken into custody without incident.

 

The suspect has been charged with home invasion and felonious assault.

 

 

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Former K-Mart space in Big Rapids to be filled with additional new retailers

Photo credit: Colliers International | West Michigan

 

Two new tenants will fill the former K-Mart building located in Ferris Commons, the retail strip at 1250 Perry Ave. in Big Rapids. Colliers International | West Michigan announced that JoAnn Fabric will occupy 15,000 square feet and Grand Rapids-based CareLinc Medical will occupy the balance of the former big box anchor after signing a lease for 10,000 square feet in March.

 

Big Rapids continues to attract major retailers that see the value and potential of the Ferris Commons location. As the interest in the Ferris Commons location increases, so does the attraction to Big Rapids for regional and national retailers, such as CareLinc Medical and JoAnn Fabric,” said Mark Ansara, Colliers International | West Michigan Associate Vice President. “Ferris State University is a major draw, as well as the convenience of US-131 just east of the location, so the right tenant mix for the former K-Mart building noticed the benefits of this location.”

 

The 80,000-square-foot anchor space was previously occupied by K-Mart, but now holds Family Farm and Home, Planet Fitness and its newest tenants, JoAnn Fabric and CareLinc Medical. Splitting these former big box stores into multiple suites follows a national retail trend and creatively reuses these large buildings. The adjacent strip center also includes Peebles, Dollar Tree, Goodwill, Buffalo Wild Wings and AT&T.

 

We are thrilled to see that the former K-Mart building is now filled with strong businesses, including JoAnn Fabric and CareLinc,” said Jennifer Heinzman, Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “We have received a number of requests from the community for JoAnn Fabric over recent yeas, so we are confident the store will thrive in Big Rapids. We are grateful for the JoAnn Fabric investment in Mecosta County.”

 

JoAnn Fabric and CareLinc are both great complements the other existing tenants and accomplishes the growth in retail offerings within the space. 

 

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Reed City apartment tenants displaced following complex fire Sunday

As many as 40 apartment tenants are looking for a new home following a apartment complex fire Sunday morning in Reed City. 

 

Reed City Fire Chief Jeff Stein said they got the call about the blaze at Crossroads Apartments just before 6am, Sunday morning. 

 

No injuries were reported and everyone made it out safely. 

 

Stein says residents were taken to the R.C. Fire Department where further arraignments were made with officials from the American Red Cross. 

 

The cause of the fire is still being investigated by Michigan State Police and the Reed City Police Department.  

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Rep. Hoitenga excited for counties in her district to get extra road funding

 

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation to boost spending on roads and bridges.

 

The $175 million increase is 7 percent above existing spending.

 

The move comes as motorists throughout the state continue to deal with horrendous road conditions and vehicle-damaging potholes.

 

Republican State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton said today, an investment coming without higher taxes or fees.

 

Improving the condition of our roads is one of my top priorities, because it is one of the top priorities of just about everyone I talk to from all of our communities,” Hoitenga said after a plan she supported was signed into law. “Too many of our roads are in bad shape and in desperate need of an upgrade. This money doesn’t solve all of our problems, but it most definitely helps – especially after this rough winter and all the potholes it caused.”

 

Much of the money is headed directly to counties, cities and villages for road preservation and construction. The money is left over from a previous budget cycle by various state departments, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment.

 

The road agency for Mecosta County will receive just over $455,000 in funding beyond what was previously planned. In addition, cities and villages within the county will get extra funding estimated as follows: Big Rapids ($70,522.49), Barryton ($3,096.25), Mecosta ($4,937.16), Morley ($4,983.62) and Stanwood ($1,995.56).

 

Wexford County’s road agency will receive just under $420,000. Cities and villages within the county will get more money on top of that allocation including Buckley ($7,280.65), Cadillac ($82,292.32), Harrietta ($2,882.69), Manton ($11,432.26) and Mesick ($5,076.31). Amounts are estimates.

 

Osceola County will receive just under $345,000, with Reed City getting an estimated $20,092.52, LeRoy getting an estimated $4,980.13 and Tustin receiving an estimated $2,880.68.

 

The extra money comes in addition to record-level road funding provided by previous long-term reforms. The state also has strengthened its warranty system designed to make sure new and refurbished roads will last longer.

 

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Ferris State heading to the Division II Final Four for the first time following win over Barry

The Ferris State University men's basketball squad advanced to the NCAA Division II National Semifinals for the first time in school history as the Bulldogs pulled out a 87-84 triumph over Barry (Fla.) in the D2 Elite Eight quarterfinals on Tuesday (March 20) at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

 

FSU led from start to finish, but had to hold off a hard-charging Barry team down the stretch while improving to a nation-leading 36-1 overall. The victory was FSU's 24th-straight to date this year, which also leads the country.

 

With the win, top-seeded Ferris State will now face fourth-seeded West Texas A&M in the national semifinals on Thursday (March 22) with tipoff set for 7 p.m. (ET) in Sioux Falls. The national title game is on Saturday (March 24) at 3 p.m. (ET).

 

Ferris State took an early lead in the win over the Buccaneers and built a 15-point advantage with 8:12 to go in the first half. However, Barry rallied and trimmed the margin to 39-37 at the break.

 

However, despite staying close in the game, Barry never could get over the hump and never led in the contest. FSU seized control early in the second frame and held on down the stretch to pull out the triumph.

 

Senior guard Drew Cushingberry had a big day for the Bulldogs with a game-high 20 points on six-of-11 shooting, including knocking down three treys in the win. Fellow senior wing Peter Firlik added 18 points and went eight-of-12 from the floor.

 

The Bulldogs also got 15 points and 11 rebounds with three blocks from junior All-America center Zach Hankins. Finally, FSU's DeShaun Thrower also reached double-digits with 11 points in the win.

 

Ferris State shot 49.2% overall for the game and went seven-of-21 (33.3%) from downtown along with 16-of-26 (61.5%) at the line. Barry finished shooting 40.9% from the floor and hit eight-of-25 (32%) from long range in addition to 75.9% (22-29) at the stripe.

Barry was paced by Daniel Mortensen, who finished with a team-high 17 points. Standout guard Elvar Fridriksson added 16 points with Evan Walshe contributing 13 points.

 

The Bulldogs outrebounded BU 40-39 for the game and both teams totaled nine turnovers. FSU also had six blocked shots and three steals with 18 assists, including four each from both Markese Mayfield and Cushingberry.

 

Meanwhile, Barry totaled four steals and 14 assists with no blocks in the game. Bu held a 16-9 margin in second chance scoring against FSU and both teams totaled 36 points inside the paint.

 

In addition to the four players in double-digits, the Bulldogs also got eight points from Mayfield and seven from senior wing Noah King.

Barry closed its season with a 23-9 overall record.

 

Ferris State is making its first NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance in 30 years with the only other trip to school history to the national quarterfinals coming in 1988. FSU had never advanced to the semifinals prior to Tuesday's win.

 

Thursday night's game will be carried live by local flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. It will also be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network.

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State House Rep. Hoitenga to run for reelection in the 102nd District

Current State House Representative Michele Hoitenga says she will run for reelection for the 102nd seat. 

 

In a statement Republican State Rep. Michele Hoitenga says:

 

Over my first year serving in the House of Representatives, I voted to reduce Michigan’s income tax, remove barriers on veteran benefits, expand skilled trades opportunities, appropriate money to fix roads without raising taxes, ensure car insurance is more affordable, make state government more efficient and transparent, protect Second Amendment rights, and expand broadband to rural areas,”

Hoitenga said. “I have a proven record of getting things done in Lansing and want to continue fighting for the good people in the 102 nd  district.”

 

Hoitenga will be on the August 7 th , 2018 primary ballot.


 

 

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Ferris State's Andy Bronkema Tabbed Basketball Times National Coach Of Year, Hankins An All-American

Ferris State University men's basketball head coach Andy Bronkema has been chosen as the 2018 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year for his efforts in leading the Bulldogs to the most historic season in school history.

 

Along with Bronkema's national recognition, junior center Zach Hankins (Charlevoix) was also named to the Basketball Times All-America Second Team after previously earning first team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America kudos.

 

This season, Bronkema guided the Bulldogs to a second consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Regular-Season Championship, a fourth-straight league tournament title and the school's second-ever regional crown.

 

Basketball Times is the leading, year-round college basketball magazine since launching in 1980. The all-star roster of national writers touches on every aspect of the game from the preps to the pros, featuring all levels of college basketball, including small colleges, women's basketball, junior colleges and the international game.

 

Ferris State has never had a bigger season than the 35-1 record this season under Bronkema, including a 23-game winning streak.

 

Bronkema's route to the Elite Eight started 11 years ago when he began his coaching career as a volunteer coach at Ferris State, followed by assistant coach, interim head coach and then, five years ago, head coach of the Bulldogs.

 

Hankins earned All-America accolades for the second consecutive season this year after being a consensus All-America choice a year ago. He was the only player from a GLIAC member school chosen to the 2018 NABC All-America squad or any of the three Basketball Times All-America listings.

 

This year, Hankins has paced the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding while also leading the conference in rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots. He has compiled 31 double-figure scoring efforts to date this season for the Bulldogs and ranked among the national leaders in several statistical categories.

 

Previously, Hankins was tabbed to the NABC All-Midwest District First Team squad and also chosen as the NABC's Midwest Region Player of the Year. He's currently a finalist for the NABC Player of the Year distinction, which goes to the top D2 player in the country.

 

Ferris State will open play in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight as the nation's #1 seed on Tuesday, March 20, versus Barry (Fla.) in the national quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. (ET) in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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DNR investigating bald eagle death in Mecosta Co.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking for the public's help in its investigation of a bald eagle death in Mecosta County. 

 

 

DNR officials say the eagle was discovered in a tree in Grant Township on March 1.

 

The bird was the victim of a traumatic injury.

 

Lab tests at Michigan State University could help determine the eagle's cause of death.

 

The penalty for killing a bald eagle is up to 90 days in jail, a fine ranging from $100 to $1,000, or both; and reimbursement to the state of $1,500 per eagle.

 

Anyone with information can call the DNR at (800) 292-7800.

 

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Police locate missing Newaygo Co. woman in Texas

A missing Newaygo Co. woman who was last seen in Mecosta Township has been located by police.

 

Michigan State Police say 31-year old Becky Miller was located by authorities in Texas.

 

She was found in the area with a Texas resident, not the individual identified in a press release issued on Wednesday.

 

Police have determined Miller voluntarily left Michigan and no safety concerns were identified.

 

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Police identify husband and wife in attempted murder-suicide case in Isabella Co.

We now know the names of those involved in the attempted murder/ suicide out of Isabella County. 

 

Sheriff Michael Main says 68-year old Brad Hatt shot his wife Janice multiple times before calling 911 and turning the gun on himself.

 

Main says they are still investigating what the motive could be.

 

Following surgery for her injuries, Janice Hatt is currently in critical condition at a Grand Rapids area hospital.

 

 

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Police investigating attempted murder in Isabella Co.

 

One man is dead while one woman is fighting for her life in Isabella County.

 

Sheriff Michael Main says officers received a call from a man who said he shot his wife.

 

When deputies arrived to the scene, they found a 68-year old man on the floor dead and his 66-year old wife shot multiple times.

 

Police say a weapon was also on the floor next to him.

 

It happened south of Blanchard at the intersection of South Brinton Road and Jerseyville roads.

 

The woman was taken to a Grand Rapids area hospital, and her condition is unknown at this time.


 

 

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Police out this weekend looking for drivers under the influence

A busy weekend ahead with March Madness, St. Patrick's Day this Saturday as well as spring break for a lot of students.

 

Local police say they will also be busy with extra patrols on the lookout for drunk drivers as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement period through April 2nd.

 

The extra patrols being funded through federal grants to area police and sheriffs departments.

 

Officials say nearly 2,200 in Michigan were arrested for drunk driving during the NCAA tournament in 2015.

 

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SPORTS: Ferris State Wins NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship To Advance To Elite Eight

A magical season continues for the Ferris State University men's basketball squad as the Bulldogs captured the 2018 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship on their home floor with an exciting 80-65 victory over the Findlay Oilers on Tuesday (March 13) night before a sellout crowd of 2,434 fans at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

 

With the win, the Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight set for March 20-24 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The official seedings and tournament matchups for the national quarterfinals slated for next Tuesday will be announced soon by the NCAA.

 

The Bulldogs won their 23rd consecutive contest and avenged last year's regional semifinal setback to the Oilers with a strong effort fueled by the home crowd. FSU improved to a nation-leading 35-1 overall and finished unbeaten at 22-0 home this season.

 

Ferris State jumped out to an early lead and led 38-29 at halftime, but Findlay battled back and took a two-point lead with 7:56 remaining. Down the stretch, though, the Bulldogs made the big days and outscored UF 42-36 over the final 20 minutes to secure the homecourt win.

 

Senior guard Drew Cushingberry tallied a game-high 21 points and earned Midwest Regional Most Outstanding Player honors in leading FSU to the win. The Bulldogs also got a big performance off the bench from guard DeShaun Thrower, who finished with 20 points on seven-of-12 shooting.

 

Along with their performances, junior center Zach Hankins added 12 points and 12 boards along with three blocked shots. He also earned all-tourney honors along with senior forward Noah King.

 

Ferris State had to battle past a talented Findlay lineup led by standout forward Taren Sullivan, who finished with 16 points. He claimed all-tourney honors for the Oilers along with senior guard Martyce Kimbrough, but FSU was able to limit him to only six points on two-of-12 shooting in the regional final.

 

FSU shot at a 42.4% clip and hit seven-of-23 three's (30.4%) along with 17-of-22 (77.3%) free throws. The Bulldogs also outrebounded Findlay 49-35 and came up with 16 offensive rebounds, which led to a 13-6 margin in second chance scoring.

 

The Bulldogs limited Findlay to 38.9% shooting with the Oilers going four-of-26 (15.4%) and five-of-five (100.0%) at the stripe.

 

Ferris State hosted the D2 Midwest Regional for the first time in school history and will advance to the D2 Elite Eight for the second time and the first since 1988-89.

 

The win was FSU's second-straight over Findlay following a buzzer-beating win earlier this season in non-league action, but the first against the Oilers in national tournament play in three tries. UF had beat FSU in the 2005 regional final at Croy Gymnasium in Findlay.

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Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Walk-in Clinic to open next month

 

A new walk-in medical clinic will be opening next month to offer services in Big Rapids.

 

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Walk-In Clinic will open April 2, offering immediate care without an appointment for those who feel ill or have minor injuries-- but don’t require emergency care.

 

The walk-in clinic will be located in the Medical Arts Building, 650 Linden Street, adjacent to Big Rapids Hospital.

 

The clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Officials say there are plans for adding Saturday hours at a later date.

 

For more information about the Big Rapids Hospital Walk-In Clinic, log on to  spectrumhealth.org/walkinclinic.

 

 

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Meeting to be held to inform Newaygo Co. residents of new flood warning system on Muskegon River

 

The Newaygo Co. Emergency Manager will be holding a meeting to give area residents an update on the new flood warning system on the Muskegon River and what impacts it will have on current and future emergency notifications for their specific neighborhoods.

 

The Community Meeting will be staffed with representatives from various local, state, and federal agencies who will provide the most current information about flood monitoring and communications resources, flood warning, flood response, and mitigation resources.

 

The meeting will be held this Thursday from 6pm-8pm at Newaygo High School.

 

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UPDATE: Morley man arraigned on charges following alleged assault on police

 

A 25-year old Morley man accused of assaulting a police officer on Sunday has been identified and arraigned.

 

The Mecosta Co. Sheriff's office says Juan Maldonado is being held in jail on $100,000 bond.

 

During an investigation of a domestic complaint, Maldonado is accused of fighting deputies.

 

When police took him into custody they found a knife in his pocket.

 

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Morley man arrested after assaulting officers

 

A Morley man is charged after he allegedly assaulted a police officer early Sunday morning.

 

Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say they were called to a residence to investigate a domestic complaint.

 

When officers arrived to the scene, they made contact with the 25-year old suspect.

 

The Morley man failed to comply with deputies.

 

While deputies attempted to take the suspect into custody, he began to fight with police. When a deputy deployed a taser, the suspect attempted to disarm the officer.

 

When the suspect was taken into custody, he was found to be in possession of a knife which was concealed in his pocket.

 

The Morley man is expected to be arraigned on multiple felony charges.

 

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Top-Seeded Ferris State Advances To Midwest Regional Championship Game With Decisive Home Victory

The nationally second-ranked Ferris State University men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen for the second time in three years and reached the Midwest Regional Championship game as the Bulldogs beat league rival Lake Superior State 94-71 on Sunday (March 11) night inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

 

The Bulldogs pushed their win streak to 22 consecutive games before a large crowd and beat the Lakers, who handed FSU its only loss this season, for the third time this year.

 

With the win, the Bulldogs will now square off against former Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Findlay in the regional title game on Tuesday (March 13) night in Big Rapids with a berth in the Division II Elite Eight on the line.

 

Depth and play on the glass proved to be a huge factor for the Bulldogs as they scored 35 points off the bench, including 16 coming from sophomore forward Jaylin McFadden. Ferris State was led by junior center Zach Hankins, who dominated the paint with 18 points and 18 rebounds in the contest to go with three blocked shots.

 

In the starting line up, senior guard Drew Cushingberry added 15 points points and seven assists while senior forward Noah King scored 14 points and had six rebounds.

Ferris State shot 48.7% from the floor in the opening half and held Lake Superior State to only 25% shooting from the floor behind a strong defensive effort.

 

They Lakers remained within striking distance as they shot 33 times from the charity stripe for the night.

However, the Bulldogs built a 14-point halftime lead and cruised to the victory while outrebounding the Lakers 52-36 for the game.

 

The Lakers were led by the 19 points of Ke'montrece Collins. LSSU's Malek Adams had 18 points with the points for both coming off the bench.

 

Ferris State led for 39:17 of the contest and the score was only tied once for the opening 43 seconds.

FSU's strength on the glass gave the Bulldogs a 24-14 edge in second chance production as FSU tallied 19 offensive rebounds. The Bulldogs also outscored the Lakers 36-26 in the paint in the fourth matchup of the year between the two schools.

 

Overall, FSU shot 47% for the night and went 10-of-28 (35.7%) from three-point range along with 14-of-22 (63.6%) at the line. LSSU finished 31.3% overall and made only four-of-18 (22.2%) three's along with 27-of-33 (81.8%) free throws.

 

The Bulldogs limited standout Lake Superior State guard Akaemji Williams to only eight points on two-of-13 shooting overall.

 

Ferris State's win was its nation-leading 34th of the season as the Bulldogs improved to 34-1 overall and stayed perfect (21-0) at home this year. FSU has now won 27-straight games at home dating back to last campaign.

 

The Bulldogs will square off against the Findlay Oilers in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship Game on Tuesday with tipoff set for 7 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.

 

The FSU Athletics Ticket Office will be open Monday from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) and will open again on Tuesday starting at 9 a.m. leading up to game time. Tickets can also be purchased online at StarTickets.com. Visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com or call (231) 591-2888 for additional information.

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Man hits tree with vehicle in Martiny Twp; alcohol suspected

 

Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say a man was taken to the hospital after he hit a tree with his vehicle Wednesday in Martiny Township.

 

The accident occurred when a 63-year old Mecosta man left 110th Ave just South of 15 Mile Rd in Martiny Twp.

 

The man then traveled through a field for approximately a tenth of a mile before striking a tree causing the vehicle to stop.

 

The driver told police he had passed out from a coughing spell while driving and did not remember the accident.

 

The man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

According to deputies, alcohol is also believed to be a factor in the accident.

 

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SPORTS: Ferris State University Signee Wins BCHL Top Defenceman Trophy

 In 43 years of varsity competition, Ferris State Hockey has a long-standing tradition of developing high-end defensemen. Many, including Andy Roach, John Gruden, Chad Billins, Zach Redmond, and Dave Karpa have played in the National Hockey League.

 

The tradition is set to continue when Cooper Zech steps foot on campus for the 2018-19 season. Zech, who currently plays for the Wenatchee Wild in the British Columbia League (BCHL), is the 2017-18 BCHL Top Defenceman Trophy winner.

 

"We are very proud to have Cooper Zech join the Ferris State Hockey Program," Ferris State Hockey Head Coach Bob Daniels said. "For Cooper to win the Best Defensemen of the Year award for the British Columbia Junior Hockey League speaks volumes of his potential to have an immediate impact in college hockey."

Recently, Ferris State has had great success with BCHL alums, including the current Bulldog captain.

"Our last major award winner from the BCHL (Canadian Junior Hockey Player of the Year) was Corey Mackin," Daniels said. "We believe Cooper will make the same positive contributions to our team. We look forward to having him in our lineup next season."

 

Zech amassed a towering 69 points in 58 games for the Wild in the regular season, 13 points more than the next highest scoring defenseman in the BCHL this year. His 58 assists led all BCHL skaters, as did his 22 power play assists. 

 

One would see where Zech fits in with the Ferris State blue print. The Bulldogs consistently finish in the top ten in the country in percentage of points by defensemen and were in the top five in 2017-18.

For the second consecutive year, the BCHL's Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy for Coach of the Year was awarded to Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. In Zech, Littler has a defenseman that has consistently led his team on the ice in games and in practice. 

"He basically is taking his power play unit and there's not much we have to say to those guys, he runs it," Littler said. "He'll have them out before practice, they'll work on certain things, it could be something he saw on TV, he's definitely taken control of his power play unit."

 

One area in which the Bulldogs have excelled is in developing more undersized defensemen. Prime example, US Olympian Chad Billins led the 2011-12 Bulldogs to the National Championship Game and won a Calder Cup in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins the following season.

"Oh I think Zech will have a chance to be a pro, I think that he's definitely a bit undersized, but what he has is his vision's uncanny," Littler said. "Outstanding puck skills, I think those two things and being able to make the first pass on the breakout and having the ability to make people miss when they're coming at him in the offensive zone, it's rare that he ever gets a shot blocked. He just makes a lot of really good decisions with the puck."

 

Though Zech shares a similar build to Billins, he brings to the table what many successful Bulldogs in program history, including current American Hockey League forward for the Iowa Wild Gerald Mayhew, displayed fervently.

 

"We knew he had good skills," Littler said. "But he's a kid that plays with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, he uses that as motivation, he's a very driven kid."

 

Zech figures to use that chip to his advantage. Though he had strong seasons in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Odessa Jackalopes, it seems his game has only continued to elevate as the level he plays at elevates. 

 

"He's had overall an outstanding year," Littler said. "From the first of the year on, he's just made huge strides. He's playing with so much confidence, he's got such good puck skills and stick skills that, he's just a lot of fun to watch right now."

 

A South Lyon native, Zech will come to a campus that has had more than it's fair share of success in the current decade on the ice. In six years, Ferris State has reached the NCAA Regional Championship game three times, won the MacNaughton Cup and Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA Regular Season and Tournament Champions, respectively, finished as national runners up in 2011-12 and has had a Hobey Baker Top Ten Finalist. Ferris State competed in the postseason for the 21st consecutive season in 2017-18.

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Barryton man arrested for a number of home invasions in Fork Twp.

 

A man accused of breaking into several homes in Mecosta County is now charged.

 

33-year old Jonathan Preuss of Barryton, who is currently on parole from multiple felony convictions of home invasion and drug charges is now charged with 2nd degree home invasion  and 4th offense habitual offender.

 

He's accused in a number of home break-ins around Fork Township.

 

Mecosta Co. Detectives say additional charges are expected.

 

Preuss remains lodged in the Mecosta County Jail on $250,000.00 bond pending further court action.

 

 

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Ferris State To Host First-Ever Men's Basketball NCAA Regional This Weekend

 
For the first time in school history, the Ferris State University men's basketball team has been selected to host the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament this coming weekend (March 10-13) at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
 
The top-seeded Bulldogs, who beat Lake Superior State in Sunday's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Championship Game for the program's fourth consecutive league postseason crown, will host eighth-seeded Ohio Dominican on Saturday (March 10) in regional quarterfinal round action starting at 6 p.m. (ET).  
 
The contest will be the third of four regional quarterfinal-round games on Saturday with the entire regional tournament taking place on the campus of Ferris State University.
 
The complete first round matchups and regional seedings are listed below:
 
Session 1:
12 p.m. - #3 Findlay vs. #6 Drury (Mo.)
2:30 p.m. - #2 Bellarmine (Ky.) vs. #7 Truman State (Mo.)
 
Session 2:
6 p.m. - #1 Ferris State vs. #8 Ohio Dominican
8:30 p.m. - #4 Lake Superior State vs. #5 Hillsdale
 
The winners will take part in the regional semifinal games on Sunday (March 11) with the first semifinal at 5 p.m. (ET) pitting the winners of game one and two in the quarterfinal round and the second semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. (ET) between the winners of quarterfinal games three and four. The Bulldogs would play in the second regional semifinal on Sunday with an opening-round victory.
 
The regional championship game is on Tuesday (March 13) at 7 p.m. (ET).
 
The single-elimination national tournament field includes eight regions of eight teams apiece. The Midwest Regional champion will advance to the NCAA Division Elite Eight set for March 21-24 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
 
Tickets for the NCAA Regional will be $15 per session for adults and $10 for students. 
 
Advance tickets for the tournament will go on sale Tuesday starting at 12 p.m. (ET). Tickets will be available for purchase online at StarTickets.com or at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. NCAA guidelines do not permit any complimentary tickets to be issued.
 
All seats are general admission and no regular-season passes of any type will be accepted per national tournament regulations.
 
The box office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) this week and starting on Saturday prior to the quarterfinal games beginning at 10 a.m. (ET) with the doors to Wink Arena opening an hour prior to the first session. The ticket office will also open on Sunday starting two hours prior to the regional semifinals.
 
For additional information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.
 
The Bulldogs will be making their 13th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and their fourth-straight appearance.
 
Stay tuned to FerrisStateBulldogs.com for additional information regarding the NCAA Regional as it becomes available.

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CMU officials to provide counselors for those affect by last week's campus shooting; suspect faces murder charges

 

Central Michigan University leaders are hoping to have more counselors at the school when students return from spring break next week.

 

Students, faculty and other workers were locked down in dorms and other buildings for several hours last Friday after a student shot his parents to death inside Campbell Hall.

 

James Davis Jr. faces murder and weapons charges.

 

He was arrested early Saturday morning and remains in custody at McLaren Hospital.

 

Formal arraignment could happen today.

 

James Davis Sr. and Diva Davis were shot inside their son's dorm room.

 

The gun used was registered to the older Davis who was a police officer in suburban Chicago.

 

University President George Ross says he is exploring additional counseling services in the days and weeks ahead. 

 

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SPORTS: Big Rapids Cardinal Girls Basketball Finals vs Clare on Big Country 100.9 tonight at 6:45pm

The 20-2 Big Rapids Lady Cardinals advance to the District 61 Finals to face the 13-8 Clare Pioneers tonight at 7:00pm!
The Big Rapids Cardinals are red hot after a stunning upset of the undefeated #5 Central Montcalm Hornets in Round 2 49-34 and a statement 1st Round win over Alma 50-28.
The Clare Pioneers knocked off Chip Hills to open district play Monday (45-31) before sending the 6-14 Shepherd Bluejays home Wednesday night with a 49-32 victory.
Friday's broadcast kicks off with the Big Rapids Public Schools, Curries Towing, and McDonald Chrysler of Big Rapids Pre-Game Show at 6:45pm on Big Country 100.9 WWBR Big Rapids. 
The game is also streaming online at http://wwbr.com/ and via the Android/iOS WWBR app.
Be sure to follow Big Country 100.9 on Twitter for in-game updates: https://twitter.com/BIGCOUNTRY1009
 

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UPDATE: CMU Police confirm two people involved in shooting on campus are dead

 

UPDATE: CMU Police have confirmed two people involved in the shooting this morning are dead. Police believe the situation started as a domestic situation. Suspect still at large. 

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The campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant is on lock-down following a shooting of two people.

 

Michigan State Police say the suspect is armed and dangerous and still at large.

 

The shooting was at Campbell Hall, a dorm building, according to the school.

 

According to the Mount Pleasant Dept. of Public Safety, the suspect is a 19-year-old black male who is approximately 5 foot 9 inches tall.

 

He is wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie.

 

He may have taken off the blue hoodie.

 

We will have more on this story as it becomes available.

 

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Ferris State Upsets Second-Seeded Michigan Tech In GLIAC Women's Basketball Tournament

 

The Ferris State University women's basketball team kept its season alive as the Bulldogs upset second-seeded Michigan Tech 67-57 in the quarterfinal-round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament on Wednesday (Feb. 28) night in Houghton.

The Bulldogs went point for point with the Huskies until the final quarter when they increased their advantage to 10 points and held on to move into the GLIAC Semifinals on Sautrday (March 3), which will be held in Ashland, Ohio.

Ferris State was led by its senior class as veteran guard Leah Humes had 19 points in the victory while senior center Rachel McInerney had 16 points along with 14 rebounds in a double-double showing. FSU also got 13 points from freshman guard Shaniya Huggins in the triumph.

FSU led by two points at the end of the first quarter and held a five-point lead at halftime before also outscoring MTU in each of the final two periods of action.

Overall, the Bulldogs made 27-of-53 (50.9%) field goals and went 1-of-3 (33.3%) from three-point range along with 12-of-25 (48%) at the free throw stripe in the victory over MTU.

In addition to McInerney's 14 boards, the Bulldogs got 11 from Brayene Benner off the bench while owning a 48-33 edge over the Huskies on the glass.

Overall, FSU limited MTU to 32.8% shooting with the Huskies going five-of-24 (20.8%) from three-point range and eight-of-12 (66.7%) at the line.

Elizabeth Kelliher paced Michigan Tech with 17 points while the Huskies also got 11 points from Kelli Guy and 10 by Brenna Heise.

Ferris State finished with seven steals and seven blocks in the win go go with 17 turnovers. Meanwhile, MTU had six assists and three blocks with 10 turnovers overall.

The Bulldogs were making their first GLIAC Postseason appearance since 2013 and the 15 wins to date for FSU are the school's most since 2012.

Ferris State will face archrival Grand Valley State on Saturday (March 3) in the GLIAC Semifinals with tipoff set for 4 p.m. (ET) at AU's Kates Gymnasium. The other semifinal will pit top-seeded Ashland versus Northwood at 2 p.m. with the winners meeting in Sunday's title game.

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SPORTS: Ferris State Men's Basketball To Host GLIAC Semifinals/Finals

 

The Ferris State University men's basketball team has earned the right to host the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Basketball Tournament Semifinals and Finals for the second consecutive year this weekend (March 3-4) at Jim Wink Arena.

The top-seeded Bulldogs, who beat Saginaw Valley State in Wednesday's quarterfinal game at home, will host fourth-seeded Ashland on Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET).  The second semifinal between second-seeded Lake Superior State and number six seed Michigan Tech will follow at approximately 5 p.m. (ET)

The championship game will take place on Sunday (March 4) at 3 p.m. (ET).

Advance tickets for the tournament will go on sale Thursday starting at 10 a.m. (ET). Tickets will be available for purchase online at StarTickets.com or at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex starting two hours prior to the beginning of each session. GLIAC guidelines do not permit any complimentary tickets to be issued.

Ticket prices for each session/day are $8 for adults or $2 for all students, including college students with identification. An all-tournament pass is $12.

All seats are general admission and no regular-season passes of any type such as FSU Rebounders Club or all-sports passes will be accepted per league tournament regulations.

The box office will open two hours prior to game time on Saturday at 1 p.m. (ET) with the doors to Wink Arena opening an hour before tipoff.  The ticket office will also open two hours early prior to Sunday's championship game at 1 p.m. (ET) with Wink Arena's doors opening at 2 p.m. (ET) before the title contest.

The first 100 FSU students with a valid ID card will receive free admission compliments of FSU's Administration and Finance Division starting one hour prior to each Bulldog game while supplies last.

For additional information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.

The winner of the GLIAC Tournament receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament slated to be held March 10-13 at a campus site yet to be determined.

Below are the complete matchups for this weekend:

Semifinals - Saturday, March 3
#1 Ferris State vs. #4 Ashland, 3 p.m.
#2 Lake Superior State vs. #6  Michigan Tech, 5 p.m.

Championship - Sunday, March 4 - 3 p.m.

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Police investigating cause of house fire in Fork Township

 

A fire in Fork Township in Mecosta County has killed several cats and dogs and destroyed the home.

 

According to the Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office,  the fire broke out Wednesday afternoon.

 

No one was in the home at the time of the fire. 

 

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

 

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Big Rapids Lady Cardinals host #5 Central Montcalm in Round 2 of Districts Tonight: 7:30pm

The 19-2 Big Rapids Cardinals host the 20-0 Central Montcalm Hornets in Round 2 of District 61 Playoffs tonight @ 7:30pm.

The Hornets are the only team to beat Big Rapids this season winning game 1 January 12 at Central Montcalm 48-39 & game 2 at Big Rapids February 16 45-38.

Central Montcalm is ranked 5th in Class B Girls Basketball in the State of Michigan according to Maxpreps.

The Cardinals on the other hand are feeling pretty good about their chances tonight coming off a statement win over the 15-5 Alma Panthers Monday night in round 1 of District 61 play. Led by the senior leadership of Kaitlyn Ray and Leah Morningstar plus yet another Jayla Strickland double-double, the Cardinals ended the Panther season with a 50-28 win.

Tonight's broadcast kicks off with the Big Rapids Public Schools and McDonald Chyrsler Dodge Jeep Ram Pre-Game Show at 7:15pm on Big Country 100.9. The game is also streaming online at http://wwbr.com/ and via the Android/iOS WWBR app.

Be sure to follow Big Country 100.9 on Twitter for in-game updates: https://twitter.com/BIGCOUNTRY1009

 

 

 

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Man and woman arrested on meth charges in Mecosta Co.

 

A man and woman are behind bars on $100,000 bond a piece after being arrested on drug charges last week in Mecosta County's Aetna Township.

 

39-year old Christopher Dean Frederick of Battle Creek, is charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine, while his partner, 31-year old Kimberly Lee Lackey of River Junction, is charged with one count of delivery/manufacturing methamphetamine.

 

The charges stem from an investigation by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team during an alleged incident on February 23rd.

 

Lackey and Frederick face up to 20 years in jail, if convicted.

 

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Two people in critical condition after car accident in Mecosta Co.

 

Two people are in critical condition following a car accident in Mecosta Co.

 

It happened Sunday afternoon on 30th Avenue (M-66) and 5 Mile Rd.

 

Police say an investigation revealed that a pickup was traveling southbound on 30th Ave. and pulled right onto 5 Mile Rd.  The pickup then attempted to make a u-turn directly in the path of the south bound tractor trailer.  The driver of the tractor trailer attempted to avoid the pickup but was unable to and struck the pickup broadside. 

 

Neither speed not alcohol appear to be factors in this crash.

 

The driver of the tractor trailer received minor injuries and was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released. 

 

Both occupants of the pickup were flown from the scene by Aeromed to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. 

 

They are listed in critical condition. 

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SPORTS: Ferris State Hockey To Make 21st-Straight Postseason Playoff Appearance As Dawgs Visit Bowling Green

The Ferris State University men's ice hockey squad will open postseason play on the road this weekend as the Bulldogs visit Bowling Green for the second-straight year for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) First-Round Playoff series March 2-4 in Bowling Green, Ohio.

 

The sixth-seeded Bulldogs and the third-seeded Falcons will battle at the Slater Family Ice Arena on Friday and Saturday nights with the deciding game three set for Sunday, if necessary. Friday's opening game of the weekend will begin at 8:07 p.m. (ET) with the final two games at 7:07 p.m. (ET).

 

This year will represent the Bulldogs' 21st consecutive postseason playoff appearance, including the fifth-straight in five seasons in the WCHA. It will also mark Ferris State's 36th trip to the postseason in program history. FSU has advanced past the quarterfinal round in three of its previous four WCHA postseason appearances, including winning the program's first-ever conference postseason crown in 2016.

 

"Hockey is the best sport there is, playoff hockey is the best of the best, and winning a championship in your home arena – or coming together as a team to win on the road – is one of the greatest feelings a player or coach can have," said Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels.

 

For ticket information, please call the BGSU Ticket Office at 877.BGSU.Ticket or visit www.bgsufalcons.com/tickets to purchase online.

 

The top four teams in the WCHA will host a best-of-three, quarterfinal round series this weekend in the WCHA Playoffs. From there, the two highest remaining seeds will host a best-of-three WCHA Playoffs semifinal series the weekend of March 9-11. The tournament concludes with the single-game, 2018 WCHA Championship, held at the venue of the top remaining seed on Saturday, March 17, as part of the WCHA's on-campus playoff hockey format.

 

The winner of the 2018 WCHA tournament receives the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship.

 

Pairings and start times for the best-of-three, quarterfinal round of the 2018 WCHA Playoffs (team's seed is in parentheses):

 

Games of Friday, March 2: (7) Alabama Huntsville at (2) Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. ET; (6) Ferris State at (3) Bowling Green, 8:07 p.m. ET; (5) Michigan Tech at (4) Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m. CT; (8) Alaska at (1) Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. CT.

 

Games of Saturday, March 3: (7) Alabama Huntsville at (2) Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. ET; (6) Ferris State at (3) Bowling Green, 7:07 p.m. ET; (5) Michigan Tech at (4) Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m. CT; (8) Alaska at (1) Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. CT.

 

Games of Sunday, March 4 (if necessary): (7) Alabama Huntsville at (2) Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. ET; (6) Ferris State at (3) Bowling Green, 7:07 p.m. ET; (5) Michigan Tech at (4) Bemidji State, 5:07 p.m. CT; (8) Alaska at (1) Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. CT.

 

Of note, the 2018 WCHA tournament will not follow a straight bracket. In the semifinal round of the 2018 WCHA Playoffs, the highest remaining seed will host the lowest remaining seed in one series; in the other, the second-highest remaining seed will host the second-lowest.

 

Every game of the 2018 WCHA Playoffs will be available live (and archived) on WCHA.tv.

All Ferris State Hockey postseason contests can be heard live on local flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network with Harrison Watt calling the action. An online broadcast is available at FerrisStateBulldogs.com with pregame coverage starting a half-hour prior to puck drop.

Since 2012, the Bulldogs have made three NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the NCAA Final Eight all three times. FSU has also won two conference regular-season championships along with capturing the WCHA's Broadmoor Trophy once as the league's Final Five Champion. Along with a Frozen Four berth and national title game showing in 2012, FSU also has reached the regional final and the final eight of the NCAA Tournament in both 2014 and 2016

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Ferris State To Host "Red Out Wink & The Rink" This Saturday To Help Promote Heart Health

 Ferris State University Athletics will be pairing up with the FSU Sports Careers Registered Student Organization (RSO) for the fourth annual "Red Out" event on Saturday, Feb. 24, inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex.

 

The month of February is Women's Heart Health month and the "Red Out Wink & The Rink" event is a way that FSU Athletics and Sports Careers RSO gives back to the community and those who have been affected by heart health in their life or someone in their families.

 

Nearly everyone you come in contact with has had someone in their family or a friend affected with a heart condition at some given point in time; therefore this event provides awareness to the spectators at the sporting events that this is an important issue that needs to be taken serious.

 

The event raises awareness and money for Women's Heart Health and Spectrum Health's Cardiac Unit in Big Rapids.

 

"I like to be part of an RSO that makes sure to give back to the local community for our philanthropy events and we are able to meet the people we are impacting with the funds raised," said senior Vice President of Sports Careers RSO Scott Vandersloot.

 

The event on Feb. 24 spans over the course of the entire day of Ferris State Athletic events. Ferris State men's basketball begins at 1 p.m., followed by women's basketball at 3 p.m., and concluding with men's ice hockey at 7:07 p.m. It will also be Senior Day for all three teams.

 

The first event will feature the nationally-third ranked Ferris State men's basketball team, which is currently 27-1 on the season and has already clinched the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Regular Season Championship, as they take on their archrivals in the Grand Valley State Lakers.

The FSU women's basketball team will be up next during the Red Out at 3 p.m. as they host Grand Valley State in a huge game for GLIAC Tournament seeding. The team is currently 13-13 overall on the season.

The event places an emphasis on if you are healthy enough to participate in sport. All over the world there are people that are unable to join a team or simply play a game they love, due to their heart condition.

"To me, Red Out represents an opportunity to try and make a difference in other people's lives," said senior President of Sports Careers RSO Sean Williams. "I enjoy it because it about something more than any one person and is an opportunity to come together as a community."

 

The final event of the night will be the Ferris State University hockey team facing off against the Lake Superior State Lakers at 7:07 p.m. This contest is a fight for the final spot in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Tournament. 

 

All the teams for Ferris State will be wearing their home crimson red jerseys and all fans are asked to wear red for the games.

 

This year, the students of the Ferris State nursing program will be in attendance during the men's and women's basketball games. This gesture will be part of their good works and service hours to the community to take the blood pressure of spectators and fans in attendance for the game to see if their heart is healthy enough for sport.

 

Dr. Sandy Alspach, who is the adviser of the event, uses her Communication 389 & 489 classes to also pair up to help promote and work the operations of the events to ensure a day filled with excitement in the Big Rapids and Ferris State Athletics community. 

 

Local businesses in the Mecosta County area help support Sports Careers RSO for this event by donating goods and services to be included in the silent auction at the event.

 

This year, some of the silent auction items include a signed basketball by the 27-1, nationally-third ranked Ferris State men's basketball team, a signed volleyball by the four-time Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Champion Ferris State women's volleyball team, a signed football from the 2017 National Quarterfinalist Ferris State football team, and many more.

 

Ferris State will also be raffling off a television donated by Northland Flats Apartments.

 

The event is one of the RSO's three philanthropy events this semester. The other two events include the Area 5 Special Olympics Basketball game and the Area 5 Special Olympians Poly Hockey game coming up later this year.

 

The "Red Out" event will get underway Saturday as the men's basketball team takes on archrival Grand Valley State at 1 p.m. inside Jim Wink Arena.

 

Come out and be apart of an event that will change lives. Fans are asked to wear red.

For ticket information, please call (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

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Stanwood woman suffers injuries after car accident in Big Rapids Township

 

A Stanwood woman is recovering after receiving minor injuries following a car accident in Mecosta County's Big Rapids Township.

 

It happened Wednesday afternoon on Northland Drive just north of 12 Mile Rd.

 

Deputies say a southbound vehicle, driven by a 28-year-old Stanwood woman, stopped for a car turning and was rear-ended by another southbound car, driven by a 22-year-old Big Rapids man.

 

The Stanwood woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of minor, non-life-threatening injuries. 

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Isabella Co. landlord arrested after firing shotgun in tenants backyard

An argument about overdue rent between a man and woman escalated from text messages to a gunshot fired in a backyard east of Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday.

 

Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main says when deputies arrived they determined that a neighbor had fired off a shot gun in the back yard of a woman's  residence and no one was struck. As the investigation continued deputies learned that the 36-year old man who fired the shot gun was the landlord to the caller.

 

After several text messages, the man allegedly came into the back yard of the rental property and fired off a round from a shotgun.

 

The man then returned home.

 

When police arrived to his residence he refused to have any contact with law enforcement. Eventually deputies and a Michigan State Trooper were able to make contact and take him into custody.

 

Two shot guns were seized from his residence.

 

The man was arrested on weapons charges and felon in possession of a firearm

 

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SPORTS: Ferris State Softball To Open Season In Indy This Weekend After Change In Season-Opening Schedule

 

Weather has forced a change to the season-opening slate this weekend for the Ferris State University softball squad.

 

The Bulldogs were slated to take part in the Midwest Regional Crossover hosted by the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville over the weekend, but the event has been called off due to field and weather conditions.

 

With the cancelation, FSU will now instead travel to Westfield, Ind., to compete in regional action hosted by the University of Indianapolis on Sunday and Monday (Feb. 25-26) at Grand Park.

 

The Bulldogs will open the slate, weather permitting, on Sunday (Feb. 25) versus Bellarmine (Ky.) at 2:15 p.m. (ET). FSU will then face host Indianapolis in afternoon action at 4:30 p.m. (ET).

Ferris State will wrap up the slate on Monday (Feb. 26) by facing Indianapolis for the second time at 1 p.m. (ET)before closing the event against Southern Indiana at 3 p.m. (ET).

 

Ferris State will embark on a new era under first-year head coach Kristin Janes this spring. Janes begins her first campaign at the FSU helm and takes over a Bulldog program that has made eight trips to the NCAA Tournament in school history and won 24 games or more 11 times in the past 14 years.

 

The Bulldogs return 17 squad members from last season's team that reached the GLIAC Tournament for the second consecutive year and have added 12 newcomers, giving the program one of its largest rosters in recent memory.

 

Ferris State welcomes back a trio of All-GLIAC honorees from a year ago in first baseman Sarah Meredith(Rogers City) along with standout pitcher Sam Bates (Springport) and infielder Lexi Hongisto (Gladstone). In addition, senior outfielder Emily Smith (Rochester Hills/Rochester) and senior catcher Emily Reed (Bay City/John Glenn) have both also previously claimed all-conference recognition in their FSU careers.

 

The Bulldogs, who have finished in the top half of the GLIAC standings each of the previous two seasons, will venture to Florida for their annual spring trip at The Spring Games in early March following this weekend's action.

 

FSU is slated to open league play on March 21 at rival Grand Valley State with the first home action at the FSU Softball Field scheduled for Friday, March 30, against the Northwood Timberwolves in Big Rapids.

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Mecosta Co. implements weight restrictions on all county roads

 

The Mecosta Co. Road Commission has implemented weight restrictions on all county roads until further notice.

 

The restrictions affect all semi-trucks and some farming equipment.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Road Commission Superintendent Tim Nestle 231-796-2611 

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SPORTS: Ferris State Claims NABC Division II National Team Of The Week Distinction After Road Sweep

The nationally third-ranked Ferris State University men's basketball squad, which has a nation-leading 25 wins to date and is riding a 13-game win streak, has been chosen as this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II National "Team Of The Week".

The Bulldogs improved to 25-1 overall and 15-1 in the GLIAC with a road sweep in Ohio last week to earn the distinction for the firs time.

In last week's action, the Bulldogs picked up a convincing 80-55 win at Tiffin on Thursday, then on Saturday rallied from a late 10-point deficit to beat Ashland 97-91 in overtime. Ferris State sent Saturday's contest into the extra period on a buzzer-beater from midcourt by senior guard Peter Firlik.

Currently, the Bulldogs ranked third in the NABC Division II National Coaches Poll and have also been the #2 team in the Division II Sports Information Directors (D2SIDA) National Rankings the last two weeks. FSU is also first in the MLive Grand Rapids Press Statewide Power Poll.

The Bulldogs can secure a second consecutive GLIAC Regular-Season Championship with a win on the road this week. FSU currently holds a three-game lead over second place Lake Superior State with four games remaining in the regular-season.

This week, the Bulldogs visit Michigan Tech on Thursday (Feb. 15) night for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) league game in Houghton before facing Northern Michigan on Saturday (Feb. 17) starting at 1 p.m. (ET) in Marquette.

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SPORTS: Ferris State Ranked First In Initial NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Basketball Rankings

 

The nationally third-ranked Ferris State University men's basketball squad is tabbed as the #1 team in the region this week in the initial NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings, which were announced today (Feb. 15).

The Bulldogs, who own a three-game lead atop the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) standings and can clinch at least a share of the overall league crown with one more victory this year, are the highest-ranked school in the first regional listing.

Behind FSU in the top five overall is former league foe and current Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) leader Findlay at number two with Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) power and defending regional champion Bellarmine (Ky.) listed third. Another GLIAC school, Lake Superior State, is fourth with Southern Indiana from the GLVC fifth.

The bottom half of the regional listing includes Hillsdale (#6), Drury (#7), Malone (#8), Walsh (#9) and Indianapolis (#10).

The top eight teams at the end of the season will earn berths into the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional set for March 10-13 at a campus site to be determined. The winner of all three conference tournaments (GLIAC, GLVC, G-MAC) will earn an automatic bid with the number one team in the region likely to host the Midwest Regional Tournament in March.

Ferris State has made 12 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, including each of the past three seasons to date. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship Game and the Sweet Sixteen of the national tournament two years ago before making another regional semifinal appearance last campaign.

Along with the regional listing, Ferris State is also #3 this week in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) D2 Rankings. It marks the fourth-straight season in which FSU has been ranked in the top 25 at least once. FSU is also second in the D2SIDA National Rankings and leads the MLive Statewide Power Poll featuring the top small college programs in the state.

Presently, the Bulldogs own a 25-1 overall record to date this year and are 15-1 in the GLIAC. FSU holds a three-game lead over Lake Superior State in the standings with four games remaining in the regular season.

This week, Ferris State visits Michigan Tech on Thursday (Feb. 15) night for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) league game in Houghton before taking on Northern Michigan on Saturday (Feb. 17) beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) in Marquette.

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Police investigating sexual abuse allegations involving Fremont High School Assistant Principal and one other person

 

An investigation is underway into two west Michigan educators over sexual abuse allegations that are decades old.

 

Fremont High School assistant principal Jeff Moon has been placed on administrative leave over allegations that he had inappropriate contact with students in the early 90's at Fremont High School.

 

Investigators say the investigation is connected to another teacher John Veldt, who works in Jenison.

 

He's also been placed on administrative leave.

 

The allegations came from women who are now in their 40's. 

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