Social district next on tap for The Village
CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — The Village is on its way to becoming a social district — allowing alcoholic beverages from licensed establishments to be consumed in common areas during designated hours — as the next big effort of Main Street Grosse Pointe. Following approval by city council and awaiting a permit from the Michigangrossepointenews.com
Mental health advocate, software manager battle for Kent County’s 21st District in Republican primary
KENT COUNTY, MI – Two Republicans are battling in the Aug. 2 primary to become their party’s nominee this fall for the 21st District seat on the Kent County Board of Commissioners. The number of seats on the county board will increase from 19 to 21 in 2023 due to redistricting. Alan Bolter:I am running for county commission because I want to keep Kent County moving in the right direction. As a Grassroots Republican, I am a part of the blue wave sweeping across the United States going into this midterm election in November. It is time for Democrats to wake up and cross over to the Republican Party!mlive.com
Ottawa County board chair battling teacher to represent 11th District in Aug. 2 election
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI - Republican Matt Fenske, who is serving his fifth, two-year term on the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners, is facing a preschool teacher in the Aug. 2 primary for the 11th District seat. As chair of the Ottawa County Mental Health Board, I see first hand how our most vulnerable residents receive the benefits from our county wide millage. Matthew Fenske:The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners has done a fabulous job for the last two years in serving the needs of our County. By attending these local board meetings, Rotary, Kiwanis and local community foundation events, I glean information that is used in my county board of commissioner meetings. I also attend the local Ottawa County Farm Bureau and Preservation events.mlive.com
Flint-area district baseball semifinal pairings for June 4, 2022
FLINT – District baseball champions will be crowned Saturday. Here’s a look at district semifinalists involving Flint-area teams. The district will advance to the regional tournament June 8-11. The regional winners will play in the quarterfinals June 11, the state semifinals are June 16-17 and the state champions in each division will be crowned June 18. Here are the district semifinal pairings for Flint-area teams.mlive.com
Social alcohol district now includes Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon
The park has been added to the downtown social district now that state law has cleared up special event complications. Participating drinking establishments within the social district can sell alcohol in specially marked cups to customers who then can stroll with them around the district. This year, Rebel Road will have at least one beverage tent on Western Avenue, renamed Rebel Road during the rally. There currently are 21 establishments that sell alcohol in Muskegon’s social district, though some of them, such as the city’s farmers market, only sell alcohol on occasion. The city also has a smaller social district in the Lakeside Business District.mlive.com
See who’s running for new 33rd District state House seat in Ann Arbor area
ANN ARBOR, MI — A contest is shaping up for Michigan’s new 33rd District state House seat in the Ann Arbor area. The new district created by the state’s independent redistricting commission is heavily Democratic and includes much of the southern half of Ann Arbor and stretches southwest into other parts of Washtenaw County, including Pittsfield Township and Saline. Brabec was elected to represent the 55th District in 2020 and is seeking a second two-year term, now drawn into the new 33rd District, one of seven new state House Districts that cover parts of Washtenaw County. The Ann Arbor News/MLive will be providing more in-depth candidate coverage leading up to the elections. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:See who’s running in new Michigan Senate district stretching from Ann Arbor to JacksonAnn Arbor ballots set: See the 12 people running for mayor and City CouncilHere’s who’s running for new Michigan House seat in Ypsilanti areaSee who’s running for Michigan’s new 15th District Senate seat in Ann Arbor areaSee who’s running for new Ann Arbor-area seat in Congressmlive.com
Lack of restaurant participation delays launch of Jackson downtown social district
JACKSON, MI – While the city of Jackson has established an outdoor social district downtown, residents possibly won’t see it launch until later this year. A social district allows patrons to legally purchase alcohol and consume it in designated outdoor spaces. Jackson City Council approved creating the social district in April 2021, and it was hoped to be up and running in summer 2021. But a lack of restaurant participation has caused the Jackson Downtown Development Authority to delay the launch, Cory Mays, DDA executive director, said. “We felt that opening the social district with lower participation, might make the social district just not look as good as we wanted it to.”There are 15 restaurants and bars eligible for the social district in the downtown area, Mays said.mlive.com
Newly drawn congressional district in West Michigan moves from conservative-leaning to ‘toss up’
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District has long leaned Republican, but new congressional maps have changed the district — which is home to Grand Rapids — in a big way, and one expert says the district is now a “toss up.”“It’s less conservative,” said Calvin College Political Science Professor Doug Koopman, who formerly served as a congressional staffer for for Pete Hoekstra, Fred Upton and Paul Henry. “It’s more of a Democratic district. If you look at the vote histories and partisanship, it’s really 50-50.”mlive.com
Data broker shared billions of phone location records with D.C. government as part of covid-tracking effort
Data brokers have worked to improve their public image and squash privacy concerns by sharing their records with public health agencies, researchers and news organizations, claiming the data could provide an indispensable way to monitor potentially risky crowd movements and public gatherings.washingtonpost.com
It’s Gameday, Flint! Player of the Week winner and playoff schedules for Week 2
FLINT – District championships will be on the line tonight for the four Flint-area football teams still alive in the playoffs. Grand Blanc, Lake Fenton, Corunna and New Lothrop will all be in action after winning their first-round games last week. We’ve also got the Player of the Week winner in addition to tonight’s schedule. Player of the WeekJaden Edington of Corunna has been voted the Flint-area high school football Player of the Week by readers of MLive-The Flint Journal. Edington received 9,259 of the 21,778 votes cast – that’s 42.5 percent – to finish ahead of Grand Blanc’s Landen Brooks, who received 6,001 votes.mlive.com
Revisions expected to Democrats’ congressional map as South Side residents complain about being cut out of Rep. Marie Newman’s district
Democrats expect revisions to Illinois' new congressional map amid complaints by some in party that the current proposal could lead to Republican victorieschicagotribune.com
Mike Wenglikowski chases Ben Hogan, settles for Saginaw District golf title
SAGINAW, MI – Mike Wenglikowski was too focused on Nick Krattiger to worry about Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. Wenglikowski claimed his second consecutive Saginaw District Golf Tournament title Sunday, shooting a 6-under 65 to jump past Krattiger and Swan Valley High School junior Ashton DiBlasi for the championship. Wenglikowski had a shot at tying their record, needing a birdie on the 18th hole. DiBlasi shot a 2-over 73 Sunday, taking third in the tournament with a 1-over 214. The District, which was rained out in June, will return to a June date in 2022 and move to Apple Mountain Golf Course.mlive.com
Police: 3 undercover officers shot, wounded in Chicago
Three undercover law enforcement officers were shot and wounded Wednesday morning while driving onto an expressway on Chicago’s South Side, police said. The three were in an unmarked undercover vehicle on their way to an assignment when they were shot, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown told reporters. Two of the officers were agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and one was a Chicago officer, Brown said.news.yahoo.com
Justice Department Settles with North Carolina School District to Provide Equal Opportunities to English Learner Students
The Justice Department announced today a settlement agreement with the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to resolve the department’s investigation into the Rowan-Salisbury School System’s (District) programs for its English learner students. “The Justice Department recognizes that today’s English learner students are tomorrow’s bilingual graduates. The District will also train its teachers and administrators on how to support English learner students in academic subjects such as math, science and social studies. The Justice Department will monitor the district’s implementation of the settlement agreement over the course of the next three full school years. The enforcement of the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 is a top priority of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.justice.gov
2021 summer guide to outdoor social districts in Michigan
Last summer the state of Michigan approved the development of outdoor social districts for the first time, allowing patrons to legally purchase and consume alcoholic beverages in approved areas outside. Michigan nows hosts over 40 different downtowns with outdoor social districts open and ready to welcome you. Here is a comprehensive list of outdoor social districts across Michigan. Kent CountyGrand Rapids- The city has expanded outdoor social districts through the summer, read more about it here. Farmington-Dubbed The Syndicate, the outdoor social district in Farmington opened on New Year’s Eve, and runs right down the center of town.mlive.com
Jackson-area girls basketball district scoreboard for March 26
Follow Josh VanDyke on Twitter30 Parma Western girls basketball tops Jonesville for MHSAA Division 2 district titleJACKSON – District tournaments came to a close across Michigan on Friday night and five Jackson-area girls basketball teams celebrated a district championship as they punched their ticket to next week’s regional round of competition. As you sort through the madness, we’ve got you covered with final scores and upcoming opponents for all of the local teams that survived and advanced tonight. Tune in later tonight for highlights for all of the Jackson-area girls basketball games. FRIDAY’S GAMESJackson Northwest 46, Mason 40*The Mounties (14-3) advance to face East Lansing (14-0) in Monday’s regional semifinals at Richland Gull Lake High School with tip-off slated for 5:30 p.m.---Parma Western 54, Jonesville 31*The Panthers (15-4) advance to face Battle Creek Pennfield (9-12) in Monday’s regional semifinals at Williamston High School with tip-off slated for 7 p.m.---Leslie 48, Dansville 42 (OT)*The Blackhawks (11-3) advance to face Byron (17-0) in Monday’s regional semifinals at Hanover-Horton High School with tip-off slated for 7 p.m.---Homer 58, Concord 52*The Trojans (11-6) advance to face Brooklyn Columbia Central (14-3) in Monday’s regional semifinals at Hanover-Horton High School with tip-off slated for 5:30 p.m.---Grass Lake 68, Manchester 13*The Warriors (15-1) advance to face Riverview Gabriel Richard (9-6) in Monday’s regional semifinals at Whitmore Lake High School with tip-off slated for 5:30 p.m.---MORE JACKSON-AREA SPORTS COVERAGEJackson-area boys basketball highlights: Six teams advance to district finalsParma Western junior leader voted MLive Jackson Player of the WeekJackson-area basketball highlights: Layne Sleight’s big night pushes Northwest to district finalsBrooklyn Columbia Central girls get revenge over Michigan Center in district title gameJackson Lumen Christi girls basketball eliminated from playoffs due to COVID issuesJackson High moves back to virtual learning after COVID-19 cases on basketball teamsJackson-area basketball highlights: Fourth-quarter rally helps Parma Western boys advanceOver 100 combined boys and girls basketball teams have opted out of Michigan state tournament in 9 daysJackson-area basketball highlights: Springport girls return from pause for district winmlive.com
‘Social’ drinking outside on 12 blocks of downtown Muskegon begins soon
MUSKEGON, MI – The party is about to really get started in downtown Muskegon with the launch of its 12-block social district along which patrons will be able to stroll with their alcoholic beverages. “This could be really big for us.”Social districts have been permitted by state law since last July, and the Downtown Muskegon Social District received city commission approval in August 2020. Social districts allow establishments to sell alcoholic beverages in specially marked cups that patrons can then take with them throughout the social district. Trash cans will be placed at those boundaries as well as outside participating establishments to cut down on improper disposal of cups. A “conservative” estimate is that 105,000 social district drinks will be sold this year, according to a memo Alexander wrote the commission.mlive.com
Saginaw students return to classes as district begins hybrid learning
SAGINAW, MI - After almost a year of remote learning, students in the Saginaw Public Schools District returned to classrooms Monday as the district begins its hybrid learning model. Gretchen Whitmer and the district announced it planned to capitulate by switching to its previously-planned hybrid model beginning March 1. “I would say my boys were pretty excited this morning, they were up and ready to go,” Baldwin said. Working one-on-one with students is completely different in person than in remote learning, and her students were happy to have the help and the interaction, she said. “I felt pretty good about it, I’m glad to be back in the classroom,” Baldwin said.mlive.com
Marie Newman sworn in as newest House member from Chicago region. Next up, joining Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Squad’?
The Lipinskis long had specialized on transportation issues and bringing infrastructure funding back to the district, which includes Midway Airport and the most railroad crossings of any district in America. The district has had a seat on the House Transportation Committee as long as it has existed, and that tradition will continue as Newman also will have an assignment on the panel.chicagotribune.com
Rochester Community Schools basketball coach arrested, district officials say
ROCHESTER, Mich. – A Rochester Community Schools middle school basketball coach was terminated after being arrested for an alleged incident, according to district officials. The coach, whose name was not released, worked with Van Hoosen’s seventh-grade boys basketball team. UPDATE: Rochester Community Schools coach accused of assault in Orion Township“Upon learning of the news, the coach was immediately terminated. Rochester Community Schools continues to work collaboratively with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and will not speculate during an ongoing investigation. “Rochester Community Schools is committed to providing a safe, positive, and supportive learning environment for every student.
State Rep. Christine Morse becomes first Democrat to represent 61st district in 27 years
LANSING, MI -- Democrat Christine Morse was sworn in as the 61st District representative in Michigan’s House of Representatives on Friday, Dec. 11. In the state house race, she gained endorsements from Democrats across the state, including Gov. Initially the 61st District race was called for Republican Bronwyn Haltom but absentee ballots turned the election in Morse’s favor. MLive asked Morse to introduce herself to 61st District residents in a short Q&A. What are constituents in the 61st District telling you they want to see in Lansing?mlive.com
West Bloomfield schools to remain remote through Jan. 15, 2021 due to COVID
WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The West Bloomfield School District will remain in a totally remote instruction model for all students now through Jan. 15, 2021, the district announced Tuesday. On Nov. 2, the district went remote for all students after health officials moved Oakland County to the highest risk level for spreading COVID-19 through in-person instruction. West Bloomfield High School and Lakers Online will remain totally remote during this time period. New COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in Michigan. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 142,000 on Sunday, near its highest mark on record.
See how Muskegon-area teams fared in district football finals (Nov. 13)
MUSKEGON – District championship trophies were seized tonight across the Michigan high school football playoff landscape. Five Muskegon-area teams were vying for district titles tonight, with another squad going for the hardware on Satuday. Here are tonight’s local scores and Saturday’s game info:FRIDAY’S SCORESDivision 2: Mona Shores 43, Caledonia 35Division 4: Forest Hills Eastern 41, Whitehall 13Division 5: Oakridge 50, Howard City Tri County 12Division 6: Montague 36, Muskegon Catholic Central 7SATURDAY’S GAMEDivision 3: Marquette (7-1) at Muskegon (7-1), 1 p.m.***More football coverage:Mona Shores outlasts hard-charging Caledonia on knockout punch by player of year finalistDrew Collins powers No. 1 Montague past No. 2 Muskegon Catholic CentralMontague football team does 'COVID ‘copter,’ hopes to stay safe and keep dreams aliveOakridge and Corey Vanderputte ‘make it count’ in big way, seize district championshipWhitehall falls to Forest Hills Eastern in district finals, but Vikings ‘re-establish’ program in 2020MHSAA will host 11-player football state finals at Ford Field, 8-player in MidlandMuskegon-area playoff picks: Limited Montague-MCC tickets sell out quickly, staying home best plan anywayPODCAST: Listen to discussion on Muskegon-area district football finalsMontague father-son seeking storybook endingPODCAST: Listen to Mona Shores' MLive player of year finalist Brady Rose and coach Matt KoziakPODCAST: Jackson High coach, MLive reporters talk player of the year finalistsMeet 17-year-old from Muskegon with designs on becoming next Al Michaels or Dick Vitalemlive.com
DPSCD Shuts Down In Person Learning, Moves To Online Only Due To Rising COVID-19 Cases In The City
(CBS DETROIT)– After rising cases of COVID-19 have recently forced local school districts to end all in-person learning. It was just a matter of time before DPSCD, the largest district in Southeast Michigan, followed suit. Vitti says all students have been provided with computer devices and free Wi-Fi connection. The district will also continue to provide meals to families. On Mondays 3 meals will be given out from 9am till 1pm, and on Thursdays 4 meals will be distributed during those same hours.detroit.cbslocal.com
Farmington Public Schools board votes to continue remote learning for elementary schools until at least Jan. 11
FARMINGTON, Mich. – The Farmington Public Schools Board of Education voted on Tuesday for elementary schools to remain in remote learning until at least Jan. 11, 2021. Following the Guidance for In-Person Instruction, it says that Districts should consider remote instruction for the entire district. Disruption to FamiliesWe acknowledge the disruption of this constant move from in-person to remote instruction causes for families. “We know that other districts in Oakland County are struggling, as well, with the factors listed above.”Students in the Individualized Education Program will continue to follow the district’s recommendation and remain in remote learning. The district is still planning to have middle and high school school return to in-person learning on Jan. 25, 2021.
Democrat Kelly Breen takes open Republican seat in 38th District Michigan House race
NOVI, MI - Kelly Breen has taken the formerly Republican 38th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives. The Novi city councilmember earned 31,217 votes, winning a 51.62% share of the total over Republican Chase Turner. Michigan Democrats focused on the district to chip away at the GOP majority in the state House. Read more: Michigan Democrats want to flip the state House. Read more election coverage from MLive:MLive Politics and Elections homepageLive results: Michigan State House of RepresentativesSeven Michigan state House races to watch on Election Daymlive.com
Republican John Roth earns state House seat in Grand Traverse County
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MI - John Roth has taken the 104th District seat in Grand Traverse County, maintaining Republican control of a seat Democrats needed to control the Michigan House of Representatives. The 104th District consists of all the townships, cities and villages in Grand Traverse County. Roth, a former board president for the Grand Traverse County Parks & Recreation department, earned the Republican nomination by more than 15 percentage points in the August 2020 primary over Heather Cerone. Michigan Democrats had hoped that a win in the district would be one of the four necessary to flip the state House blue. Read more election coverage from MLive:MLive Politics and Elections homepageMichigan 2020 live election results: President, Congress and ballot proposalsLive results: Michigan State House of RepresentativesU.S. Rep. Jack Bergman keeps Northern Michigan Congressional seatmlive.com
Republican Bryan Posthumus leading Democratic challenger in 73rd District state House race
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Republican Bryan Posthumus, a farmer from Oakfield Township, was ahead early Wednesday morning in the race for Kent County’s 73rd District state House seat. State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township, opted not to seek a second, two-year term to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat but was defeated in the Republican primary by Peter Meijer. Saxton, of East Grand Rapids, had 41 percent of the vote. The Republican-leaning 73rd District includes the city of East Grand Rapids and the townships of Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Spencer and Grand Rapids Charter Township. Saxton, 42, who ran unsuccessfully for the 73rd District in 2018, is a small business owner and software engineer.mlive.com
Local 4 News at 4 -- Oct. 20, 2020
Here’s what’s coming up on Local 4 News at 4:Student count day uncovers concerns in local districtWellness teams were sent out to check on Detroit Public Schools Community District students for the third time. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is concerned for the safety, food security and learning status of students in the district.
Police investigating after Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District says it was hacked
WALLED LAKE, Mich. – In an email sent to parents late Sunday, the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District said a system outage has been linked to a cyberattack. The hack will not impact virtual learning, the district said. Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said virtual learning will proceed as normal when classes resume Monday morning. Walled Lake school officials said there is a possibility credentials and other information was taken. As communicated earlier today, Our Path and My Path virtual learning will continue, uninterrupted, for all students in WLCSD tomorrow.
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District says it’s been hacked
WALLED LAKE, Mich. – In an email sent to parents late Sunday the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District said a system outage has been linked to a cyberattack. The hack will not impact virtual learning, the district said. Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said virtual learning will proceed as normal when classes resume Monday morning. The District has a cyber security insurance policy which provides us access to these and other experts in the field. As communicated earlier today, Our Path and My Path virtual learning will continue, uninterrupted, for all students in WLCSD tomorrow.
Detroit funeral home owner back in court, accused of shooting cousin
DETROIT – Days after a shooting at the Clora Funeral on East Seven Mile Road, Major Clora sat in a 36th District courtroom, officially charged in the fatal shooting of his cousin. Clora, let me say you’re not to possess a firearm while this case is pending.” said the judge presiding over the case. The 37-year-old funeral home owner plead not guilty to second-degree murder and a charge of felony firearm. He owns three businesses.”The judge issued Clora a $100,000 bond. Clora is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 20.