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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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Governor and state lawmakers agree to $4,900 personal income tax exemption

 

Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders have agreed to raise the personal income tax exemption to $4,900.

 

The legislation will assure Michigan income taxpayers can claim a personal exemption for themselves and dependents.

 

The $4,900 exemption is higher than the governor originally proposed and in the middle of the House and Senate proposals.

 

Also, an agreement has been reached to forgive outstanding driver responsibility fees affecting some 300,000 drivers. 

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Osceola County man arrested after threatening hospital staff

 

A Reed City area man is behind bars awaiting arraignment after threatening hospital workers.

 

State Police say they were called to Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, where the 41-year old suspect reportedly exposed himself to staff before taking off his IV and medical equipment.

 

When the emergency room doctor contacted him, troopers say the man then pulled out a pocket knife, brandishing it in a threatening manner at the doctor and two other staff members. The suspect then ran from the hospital, and tried running away from troopers before he was cornered on the west shoulder of 220th Avenue.

 

Troopers believe the suspect was under the influence of methamphetamine when the incident happened.

 

The Reed City area man is currently in Osceola County Jail on felonious assault charges.

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BR Cardinal alum comes home to face Ferris State basketball

 

Last season Demetri Martin ended his Big Rapids Cardinal career with his head held high.

 

Leading the team in scoring since his sophomore year, the now Northwood Timberwolf left nothing on the court. He lead his team to the district final his sophomore season, the Breslin his junior year, and the districts his senior year. There wasn't much Demetri couldn't do for Coach Kent Ingles and the Cardinals.

 

Now Demetri gets to continue his playing career and education at Northwood University. There's no question he's earned a roster spot, but that's clearly not good enough for the college freshman. Demetri's making a serious case to start in his rookie season with Northwood. And he showcased it last Thursday with an 8pt, 6rd effort. However the Timberwolves couldn't keep pace with lightening fast 3rd ranked Bulldogs who piled on a 12pt win 88-60 including a 51-25 margin in the 2nd half alone.


Demetri Martin and the young Timberwolves are currently 3rd in the GLIAC South with 5 games to go in the regular season.

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Lakeview man charged with stealing from Menards in Big Rapids Township

 

A Lakeview man has been charged with crimes connected to a theft last month at Menards in Big Rapids Township.

 

42-year old Daniel Michael Cross has been charged with one count of first-degree retail fraud.

 

The charge stems from a theft on January 21st,  when its alleged that Cross took items valued at $1,000 or more from Menards.

 

Cross faces up to five years in jail, if convicted. 

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Two Lakeview women injured following car accident in Mecosta Co.

 

Two Lakeview residents are recovering following a car accident in Mecosta County Wednesday.

 

It happened on 5mile rd near 125th ave in Deerfield twp.

 

Deputies say the driver, a 43-year old Lakeview woman was traveling westbound on 5 mile when she lost control, left the road, striking a tree.

 

She sustained minor injuries.

 

Her passenger, A 66-year old Lakeview woman sustained minor injuries.

 

Both occupants were taken to Kelsey Hospital. 

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State Police offering reward for information that leads to arrest in homicide case in Lake Co.

State police in Mt. Pleasant are offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information regarding the death of Evelyn Ware, whose body was discovered after her Ellsworth Township home burned last month.

 

The Lake County medical examiner has now ruled the death a homicide.

 

If you have a tip to help solve the case, you are asked to contact the Mount Pleasant Michigan State Police Post. 

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Reed City teen faces charges following snapchat video

 

An Osceola County Teen is in trouble with the law after he pulled a gun during an argument and it was recorded on snapchat.

 

17-year old Devin Lodholtz of Reed City is charged with one count of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of brandishing a firearm in public.

 

The charges stem from an alleged post on Snapchat by Lodholtz, which allegedly shows him brandishing a firearm while addressing a high school classmate. 

 

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Two people sent to the hospital following snowmobile accident on Round Lake

 

Two people were injured in a snowmobile crash on the shoreline of a lake in Mecosta County.

 

Police were called to Round Lake Saturday night after a snowmobile crashed into the lake’s shoreline while driving on the ice.

 

The 61-year-old male driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital. A 32-year-old female rider was also injured, her injuries are were non life-threatening.

 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation 

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Morley man dies following car accident in Mecosta Township

 

A 19-year old Morley man is dead after a car accident in Mecosta County over the weekend.

 

It happened on Northland Dr. and Obert in Mecosta Twp.

 

Police say after an investigation, it was concluded that the 19-year old Morley man was traveling south on Northland Dr, and was unable to make the curve near Obert. 

 

The vehicle left the road and struck a tree. 

 

The Morley man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids were he died from his injuries. 

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR FEB. 5th, 2018

School Closings for 2/5/18

Barryton Headstart
Big Jackson 
Big Rapids 
Big Rapids Headstart 1,2,3,4
Chippewa Hills 
Crossroads Academy of B.R
Evart 
Evart Headstart
Lakeview Community
Mecosta - Remus Headstart 
Mecosta-Osceola Transit 
Mecosta/Osceola ISD
Mecosta - Remus Headstart 
Morley Stanwood Community
Morley Stanwood Headstart 

Pine RIver Area
Reed City 
Reed City Community Preschool
Reed City Headstart
St. Mary Catholic Big Rapids
St. Peter's Luth. of B.R. 
Trinity Lutheran of Reed City

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