Mount Pleasant Starbucks baristas vote to unionize
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — The baristas at a Mount Pleasant Starbucks store have voted to unionize. Across the country, Starbucks workers are organizing with Workers United, and, earlier this month, a Mount Pleasant store located at 5655 E. Pickard Road, about 3.5 miles from Central Michigan University’s campus, became the 11th Starbucks in the state to do so. The National Labor Relations Board counted the votes while store employees watched via video conference, according to a news release. The workers voted 10-1 in favor of unionizing. Related: Four Ann Arbor Starbucks stores vote to unionize“This union win is a show of the care we have for one another, and we are committed to protecting each other,” the Mount Pleasant Starbucks workers said in a statement.mlive.com
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opening soon near SVSU campus
KOCHVILLE TWP, MI — A new barbecue restaurant is opening soon near the campus of Saginaw Valley State University. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is preparing to open at Cardinal View plaza off Pierce Road in Kochville Township. It joins Cardinal Deli, JR’s Haircuts, Sombreros Mexican Restaurant, Yogurt Yeti, Heidi’s Darn Good Cookies and Pierce Road Bar & Grill. Dickey’s online menu features brisket, pulled pork, marinated chicken, ribs, wings, mac and cheese, waffle fries, jalapeno beans, fried okra and other dishes. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has locations throughout the country, including 15 restaurants in Michigan.mlive.com
Robbie D’s food truck expanding into former Daniel’s Grill at Old Town Saginaw Ippel building
SAGINAW, MI — Robbie D’s food truck, best known for its wings, burgers and cheesesteak egg rolls, is expanding into a brick-and-mortar location. Owner Robert Delgado said his business is growing, and he’s preparing to open his first restaurant at the former Daniel’s Grill inside Old Town Saginaw’s Ippel building later this year. Delgado, a Saginaw native who studied food and hospitality at Saginaw Career Complex, long dreamed of opening a restaurant. He eventually bought a used food truck, then a new one, and now Delgado serves his food at locations and special events throughout the region. Delgado hopes to open his restaurant, which will also serve alcohol, by December and plans to continue running the food truck.mlive.com
Psychic expo, Rebel Co. Fall Market and more Saginaw area events for your calendar
Coal Miners’ Park is located at 1000 N. Saginaw St.Find Rebel Co. Fall Market on Facebook or visit www.rebelcomarket.com for more information. The free festival takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the cultural center, 527 Ezra Rust Drive. The free event hosted by Frankenmuth Parks & Recreation takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. The family-friendly event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23. The event takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight outdoors.mlive.com
Castle Museum’s Tom Trombley wins state historical society’s Lifetime Achievement Award
SAGINAW, MI — The Historical Society of Michigan will recognize Thomas Trombley, vice president and chief historian of the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. The state historical society announced its annual award winners in a news release Thursday, Sept. 8. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the society’s capstone award. “I look forward to continuing to explore Saginaw history.”Trombley started his career at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History in 1981 as its curator of collections. See a complete list of 2022 award winners here.mlive.com
Happy Go Lucky offers nostalgic candy, toys and gifts in Saginaw
SAGINAW, MI — Happy Go Lucky, a new shop in Saginaw County, offers nostalgic candy, toys and gifts to surprise and delight people of all ages. Happy Go Lucky opened at 7677 Gratiot Road in Thomas Township in August. Lauren Husen, owner of Rebel Co., located next door at 7679 Gratiot Road, owns the new shop with her husband, Matt Husen. It really has brought me so much joy,” Lauren Husen said of their latest business venture. Find Happy Go Lucky Gifts on Facebook to learn more.mlive.com
Psychics, mediums and healers coming to Saginaw this October
SAGINAW TWP, MI — Psychics, mediums and healers will convene at Saginaw Township’s Horizons Conference Center for a Fall Psychic & Holistic Expo next month. The event organized by Rock Your World Events will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9. More than 80 psychics, mediums, healers, holistic vendors, and crystal and metaphysical vendors will offer their products and services, including aura photography, reiki healing and massage. Tickets are available for $10 via Eventbrite.com now, and Eventbrite ticket holders will receive a free crystal with admission. Horizons Conference Center is located at 6200 State St. in Saginaw Township.mlive.com
Saginaw mom, community volunteer starts Heart of the City to serve adults with disabilities
SAGINAW, MI — After raising a daughter with special needs, Cherie Long recognized a gap in services and opportunities available to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Center Courts, 3320 N. Center Road in Saginaw Township. Admission to these social events is free, but donations are welcome. “We’re starting off with the social events just to make people aware,” Long said. “I want people to know supporting (adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities) is supporting the community.mlive.com
Masks suggested in Washtenaw, 7 other Michigan counties this week by CDC
Likewise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has fewer Michigan counties at the top COVID risk level than last week. Only eight Michigan counties are at a high COVID-19 Community Level this week, down from 18 counties a week ago. As the map shows, Michigan has 23 counties at a low level (green, down from 39 last week) and 52 counties at a medium level (yellow, up from 26 counties last week). 19 counties saw rise in cases in last seven daysOnly 19 of Michigan’s 83 counties had more reported COVID cases this week than last week. 43 Michigan counties at highest risk for casesThere are 43 counties at the highest risk level (Level E) for cases, down from 50 counties last week.mlive.com
Greta Van Fleet shows in Flint, Ypsilanti rescheduled
FLINT, MI -- Greta Van Fleet’s “Dreams In Gold” tour will revisit Michigan next week after the rock group was forced to reschedule 10 shows due to illness. The rock group native to mid-Michigan has rescheduled appearances in Flint on Sept. 13 at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center and Ypsilanti on Sept. 14 at the George Gervin GameAbove Center. Josh and Jake Kiszka, the band’s lead singer and guitarist, both fell ill before the first scheduled appearance in Flint scheduled for March 16. Symptoms from the illness caused the band to postpone all shows between March 16 and April 2. Read more on MLive:Greta Van Fleet’s 1st ‘Dreams in Gold’ world tour show: Fire and hypnotic rock and rollGreta Van Fleet rocks concert crowd in homecoming gig at Saginaw’s Dow Event CenterGreta Van Fleet postpone Flint, Ypsilanti shows after band members fall illmlive.com
Peppa Pig, Jerry Seinfeld and more coming soon to The Dow Event Center
Ghost with Mastodon and Spiritbox: Imperatour 20227 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19The Dow Event Center ArenaClick here for details. MercyMe featuring Rend Collective and Andrew Ripp7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20The Dow Event Center ArenaClick here for details. Jerry Seinfeld (rescheduled)7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29The Dow Event CenterClick here for details. Peppa Pig’s Adventure6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 (doors open at 5 p.m.)The Dow Event Center TheaterClick here for details. Bert Kreischer: The Berty Boy Tour Relapse7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4The Dow Event Center TheaterClick here for details.mlive.com
Potential $375M investment, 170 new jobs coming to Saginaw’s Hemlock Semiconductor
THOMAS TWP, MI — A potential $375 million investment and 170 new jobs could be coming to Saginaw County’s Hemlock Semiconductor Operations, the country’s largest producer of semiconductor-grade polysilicon. This investment will allow HSC to modernize and expand its operations in Michigan and meet the increasing global demand for hyper-pure polysilicon in the semiconductor and solar industries. SK Siltron CSS is a U.S. subsidiary of South Korea’s SK Group that produces semiconductor wafers that can be used to make semiconductor chips for components in electric vehicles. “High-purity polysilicon is the foundational material used to create semiconductor chips used in all electronics from cell phones and computers to artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. Approximately 30% of all semiconductor chips used in electronics contain HFC polysilicon manufactured in rural Saginaw County, Michigan,” he said.mlive.com
Michigan reports 15,851 new COVID cases, 83 new deaths
Michigan health officials identified 15,851 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 83 new coronavirus deaths last week, according to the state’s weekly update from Tuesday, Sept. 6. MDHHS has included both probable and confirmed cases in its totals since April 6. Below is a chart that indicates the seven-day average for new cases reported per day throughout the pandemic. Cases by countiesOf Michigan’s 83 counties, only Baraga in the Upper Peninsula reported no new cases last week. DeathsTwenty counties reported at least one new death in the last seven days, led by Wayne with 16 and Oakland with eight.mlive.com
Get rid of your old tires at collection event coming to Muskegon County
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Got old tires that you don’t know what to do with? An upcoming tire collection day may be just what you need. The Muskegon Conservation District is hosting a tire collection day on Saturday, Sept. 10. The cost is $1 for a car tire, $3 for a semi tire and $20 for a tractor tire. There is a limit of 20 tires per individual.mlive.com
Crews free Muskegon man from vehicle following crash
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – A 50-year-old Muskegon man was seriously injured in a crash after driving off the roadway and rolling his vehicle several times, Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies said. Police said the man was wearing a seatbelt prior to the crash on Saturday, Sept. 3. Police responded to a report of a single-vehicle injury crash on westbound I-96, east of 112th Avenue in Ottawa County’s Crockery Township. Police said the man was driving a 2006 Cadillac west on I-96. Deputies and members of the Crockery Township Fire/Rescue freed the man and he was transported to an area hospital for treatment.mlive.com
Ypsilanti-based boutique features boys clothing basics
…I would go to all the stores that I could think of.”After roughly a year of struggling to find clothes for her grandson, Allen launched SmartyPants Clothing Co. The Ypsilanti-based, online boutique offers clothing for boys ranging from 18 months to seven years old. The collection is comprised of what Allen called “playsics basics” — durable but fashionable clothing. SmartyPants Clothing Co. offers clothes like T-shirts, shorts, jackets and a variety of two-piece sets. “So that’s been the hardest part – just getting an audience to know that we’re out here.”Find SmartyPants Clothing Co. online.mlive.com
Nurses needed at Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center facilities across the state
SAGINAW, MI — Saginaw’s Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center is recruiting nurses to work at health care facilities throughout Michigan, including in Saginaw, Traverse City, Cadillac, Grayling and Oscoda. VA Nurse Recruiter Kristine Rodgers said the health system, which employs more than 300 nurses across the state, is growing its workforce and hiring registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants. All of our positions were full at that point.”Now, the organization is hiring more nurses to provide health care to veterans in Michigan. Aleda E. Lutz VAMC in Saginaw is recruiting registered nurses and licensed practical nurses for the Community Living Center and Specialty Clinics. For more information about these opportunities, visit www.usajobs.gov or send an email to Nurse Recruiter Kristine Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org
CDC recommends masks in 18 counties, including most of mid-Michigan
Eight of the 18 high-risk counties this week are in mid-Michigan, including Calhoun, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Clinton, Shiawassee, Saginaw and Genesee counties. The chart below shows the seven-day average for new, confirmed COVID cases throughout the pandemic. 5 counties saw rise in cases in last seven daysOf Michigan’s 83 counties, 35 had more COVID cases this week compared to last week. 50 Michigan counties at highest risk for casesThere are 50 counties at the highest risk level (Level E) for cases, the same amount as last week. Prior to this week, Michigan COVID hospitalizations had increased for eight consecutive weeks, dating back to the first week of July.mlive.com
Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland hiring holiday help at $13 to $19.50 an hour
FRANKENMUTH, MI — Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, where it’s Christmas every day, is now hiring for the upcoming holiday season. The Frankenmuth landmark, which bills itself as the world’s largest year-round Christmas store, is hosting a job fair Wednesday, Sept. 7. Job seekers should enter Bronner’s south entrance between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and visit the program center in section two for on-the-spot interviews. “We’re looking for employees who can commit to Bronner’s through Dec. 31,” Crissy Dutcher, salesroom and catalog/internet fulfillment personnel manager, said in a statement. The starting wage is $13 per hour and $19.50 per hour on Saturday evenings and Sundays.mlive.com
Power outage closes Loy Norrix High School on Tuesday, Aug. 30
KALAMAZOO, MI — Loy Norrix High School is closed Tuesday, Aug. 30, as a result of a power outage caused by Monday afternoon’s storm. Tuesday was supposed to be the first full day of school at Loy Norrix. Monday, the first day of school for the 2022-23 year, was a half day. Classes are expected to resume as normal on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Loy Norrix. Monday’s storm knocked out power to more than 150,000 Consumers Energy customers, mostly in west and southern mid-Michigan.mlive.com
7 Michigan beaches closed, under contamination advisories for bacteria
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s Beach Guard system posts notifications of beach closures and contamination advisories for high bacteria levels. Houghton Lake, Lakeview Waterfront Park, Roscommon County – contamination advisory since July 26 due to high bacteria levels from wildlife. Big Seven Lake, Seven Lakes State Park, Oakland County – CLOSED since Aug. 9 due to high bacteria levels from wildlife. Independence Lake, Independence Lake County Park, Washtenaw County – contamination advisory since Aug. 16 due to high bacteria levels from an unknown source. Lake Bellaire, Richardi Park, Antrim County – contamination advisory since Aug. 25 due to high bacteria levels from an unknown source.mlive.com
Michigan made product aims to keep students safe in the classroom
Seen in the video player above is a Nightlock, which is a security tool, and it makes a door almost impossible to open. They are made here in Michigan in Mount Morris, just 30 miles from Oxford High School, where tragedy struck back in November.
‘I’m just hearing a lot of people who need to be valued,’ job recruiter says
SAGINAW, MI — When it comes to the challenges facing mid-Michigan businesses, finding and retaining staff remains at the top of the list. “It’s taking 16 to 20 weeks to fill a position right now,” said Tricia Rutherford, director of recruiting for Strategic Recruiting Services. “We’re used to pre-pandemic when it was down to four to six, so that’s huge.”mlive.com
Oktoberfest celebration in Grand Rapids returns with beer tent, Daschund Dash, live music
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The annual Oktoberfest celebration in Grand Rapids returns Sept. 23 and 24 at Riverside Park. At Oktoberfest Grand Rapids there will be beer and wine tastings of specialty beverages, including those organizers say you won’t find outside of Germany. There will also be live music each day, a beer tent, food, bounce houses for kids, a Dachshund dog race and more. The Edelweiss Club of Grand Rapids, a nonprofit cultural club in Grand Rapids, hosts the Oktoberfest celebration in Grand Rapids and has done so since 1981. People can find out more about the event, including the live music line-up, at https://oktoberfestgr.com/.mlive.com
More than $260K in federal funding aims to help SVSU retain and grow student body
KOCHVILLE TWP, MI—A new federal grant for Saginaw Valley State University by U.S. Rep Dan Kildee (D-Flint) aims to help with the retention and graduation rates of mid-Michigan college students. Totaling $261,888, the grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Support Services Program (SSS), will help low-income, first-generation or disabled college students receive better access to academic opportunities and complete their postsecondary education. SVSU President Don Bachand said that the grant will allow the university to grow the portfolio of programs and services they provide for students from rural communities. “We will use these funds to expand our outreach into rural areas of Michigan and then support students’ graduation from SVSU through peer student success coaches and other resources,” Bachand said. “By expanding access to higher education, we can help more local students grow, learn and excel in today’s economy,” Kildee said.mlive.com
Luxury treehouse resort opens in mid-Michigan
IONIA, MI – A new luxury treehouse experience is now available to travelers looking for a relaxing nature getaway in mid-Michigan. Tree Vistas opened this month with its first treehouse, Winding Springs. Winding Springs, the first treehouse at Tree Vistas luxury resort, is situated 13 feet above ground with nine trees running through its four-season patio and 400-square-foot deck. The 508-square-foot treehouse sleeps six and features a full bathroom, kitchenette, smart TVs, Wi-Fi, large windows, climate control and more. Winding Springs, the first treehouse at Tree Vistas luxury resort, is situated 13 feet above ground with nine trees running through its four-season patio and 400-square-foot deck.mlive.com
Tiny home village of short-term rentals proposed for Muskegon’s Lakeside district
MUSKEGON, MI – Ten tiny homes would be placed in the heart of Muskegon’s Lakeside business district for use as lodging under a proposal before the city commission. The company previously explored placing the tiny homes on a gravel overflow parking area across from McGraft Park but withdrew that idea following neighborhood opposition. The 212-square-foot tiny homes are being constructed off site, and would be connected to electric, water and sewer if the commission approves a planned unit development for the project. The tiny homes, which would be placed 10 feet apart, would be operated as short-term rentals. City staff recommended, and the company agreed, that five “canopy” trees be planted along Moon Street as part of the project.mlive.com
New $17.5M Beaver Island ferry to be built
“We’re excited about the $14 million,” said Tim McQueer, general manager of Beaver Island Boat Company. The company is the only operator of passenger ferries to remote Beaver Island, which is about 32 miles west of Charlevoix. The Emerald Isle is owned by Beaver Island Transportation Authority and operated through a public-private partnership. “Right now, we have this great, exciting news but there’s a lot to do before we can get a boat built,” McQueer said. With a year-round population of about 600, Beaver Island is a popular summer destination.mlive.com
9 Michigan beaches closed, under contamination advisories for bacteria
As the weekend approaches, there are nine Michigan beaches closed or under contamination advisories for water quality that’s unsafe – or questionable – for human contact. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s Beach Guard system posts notifications of beach closures and contamination advisories for high bacteria levels. Houghton Lake, Lakeview Park, Roscommon County – contamination advisory since July 26 due to high bacteria levels from wildlife. Big Seven Lake, Seven Lakes State Park, Oakland County – CLOSED since Aug. 9 due to high bacteria levels from wildlife. Independence Lake, Independence Lake County Park, Washtenaw County – contamination advisory since Aug. 16 due to high bacteria levels from an unknown source.mlive.com
Taste tomatoes, sample food trucks at Project Grow’s 50th anniversary celebration
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Aspiring gardeners can harvest their own veggies, taste tomatoes and listen to live music at the 50th anniversary celebration of Project Grow. Project Grow Community Gardens, a nonprofit community gardening organization in Ann Arbor, is celebrating its 50th year throughout the 2022 growing season. The project started as a one-acre “Victory Garden” concept in 1971 on Stone School Road and officially became Project Grow in 1972. In addition to roughly 10 booths hosted by Project Grow partners, Project Grow will sell limited edition anniversary T-shirts at its welcome table. For more information on Project Grow or the event, find the non-profit online, on social media or by 734-996-3169.mlive.com
Bon voyage: Over 100 lake sturgeon to be released in Saginaw Bay Watershed area
On Friday, Aug. 19, over 100 sturgeon will be released into multiple tributaries of the Saginaw Bay Watershed during three separate public events. The Saginaw Bay watershed has been a target of sturgeon population rehabilitation efforts because it was an area that sturgeon used to call home, MLive previously reported. According to the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (SBWIN), lake sturgeon are a unique Great Lakes species that can grow up to 7 feet long and can weigh up to 300 pounds. Work that has been done to help the sturgeon includes restoring sturgeon habitat, reintroducing sturgeon into their native ranges, and raising awareness and appreciation for the species. Learn more about the lake sturgeon restoration efforts on the Saginaw Bay Sturgeon website at www.saginawbaysturgeon.org.mlive.com
Have some old-fashioned fun as the Midland County Fair returns
MIDLAND, MI - August is the time for county fairs here in mid-Michigan. The Bay County Fair just wrapped up last week - now it’s Midland County’s turn to have some late summer fun. The Midland County Fair kicked off on Aug. 14 and it will continue until Saturday, Aug. 20 at the fairgrounds at 6905 Eastman Avenue in Midland. Parking is $8 for each entry or attendees can opt to pay a weekly rate of $20. A traditional part of county fairs is the focus on agricultural education through programs such as 4-H.mlive.com
Head-on crash in Ottawa County leaves two men injured
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – Two men were seriously injured in a head-on collision early Sunday morning, Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies reported. Police said a 24-year-old Clarkston man was traveling south on 48th Avenue in a 2016 Chrysler when he began to hydroplane due to heavy rain in the area. The Clarkston man lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median, and hit a 2020 Honda that was driven by a 24-year-old Grand Rapids man. Police said the Grand Rapids man and a passenger in his vehicle – a 25-year-old Novi man – were seriously injured in the crash and transported to Spectrum Health Hospital. Read more on MLive:Mid-Michigan teen injured in two-vehicle collisionWhat is pickleball and why is Michigan hooked on this growing sport?mlive.com
Mid-Michigan teen injured in two-vehicle collision
CASS COUNTY, MI – A Mid-Michigan teen was injured Saturday night after two vehicles collided together, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office said. Police responded to a report around 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, of a crash on Union Road near Center Street in Cass County’s Calvin Township.mlive.com
Saginaw Valley State University to announce next president
KOCHVILLE TWP, MI-- The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control will be gathering for a special session Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. to announce the selection of the school’s fifth president. In November, current President Donald Bachand announced his intent to retire. Related: SVSU interviews 6 to replace retiring President Don BachandA news conference will be held on campus at SVSU at 1:30 p.m. to introduce the future president. School officials say the incoming president will not be in attendance at the special board meeting but is expected to attend the news conference in person and take questions. More from MLive:SVSU President Don Bachand retiring after more than 40 years with universitySaginaw resident set for 2-year Peace Corps mission in EcuadorSVSU raising tuition by 3.9%, partners with Wildfire Credit Union for scholarships$1.2M to help rural mid-Michigan college studentsmlive.com
Capped drug costs, billons for clean energy: Inflation Reduction Act a ‘big deal for Michigan’
The roughly $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act goes beyond addressing the immediate economic concerns by salvaging pieces of the Democrat-led Build Back Better Act. It includes a plan to cap prescription drug costs for seniors, lower costs for people purchasing private health insurance and invest billions into fighting climate change. Under the legislation, out-of-pocket prescription drug costs would be limited to $2,000 for the roughly two million Michigan seniors who rely on Medicare. Stabenow contends the bill attacks the “biggest drivers” of inflation like gas prices and prescription drug costs. Lawmakers are still analyzing the broad economic impact of the clean energy investments.mlive.com
Aleda E. Lutz VA hospital to host outreach event, classic car show
SAGINAW, MI — Saginaw’s Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center is hosting a community outreach event Saturday, Aug. 20, to connect eligible veterans with the health care they need. The community outreach event, featuring informational booths and a classic car show, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in the VA medical center’s north parking lot and pavilion, 1500 Weiss St. in Saginaw. This event is an opportunity for veterans who are not yet enrolled to find out if they are eligible to receive VA health care services and to learn about other VA programs, according to an Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center news release. The event will also feature informational booths for the VA medical center’s Suicide Prevention Program, Homeless Program, Women’s Veteran Program and Whole Health Program. The Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center operates an 81-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation Community Living Center.mlive.com
Junge wins GOP congressional primary, to face Kildee in November
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- Paul Junge, a former criminal prosecutor and television news anchor, has won the Republican primary election in the 8th Congressional District, setting up a head-to-head battle with U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee in the November general election. Junge was projected by The Associated Press as the winner of a three-candidate GOP field in the newly redrawn district, defeating fellow Republicans Candice Miller and Matthew Seely on Tuesday, Aug. 2. With 44.5 percent of the vote counted, Junge had received 25,968 votes in the primary (54.8 percent) compared to 11,056 (23.3 percent) for Seely and 10,397 votes (21.9 percent) for Miller. Republicans have gained strength in their battle to unseat Kildee from Congress thanks to redistricting. In addition to much of the area that the congressman currently represents, including the Flint and Saginaw areas, the new 8th District added parts of Midland County, including Midland, which leans Republican.mlive.com
Parks and recreation funding, school millages on Aug. 2 ballot in Genesee County
GENESEE COUNTY, MI – Voters in mid-Michigan have the opportunity to greenlight parks funding, police funding, agricultural education and multiple millages for schools and municipalities this coming election. The official list of proposals for the state primary election in Genesee County will include the following:Genesee County Parks and Recreation Millage RenewalThis 10-year millage will replace the Genesee County Parks Millage set to expire in 2023 to the original amount of 0.75 mills ($0.75 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) upon the taxable valuation of property within Genesee County. These funds will operate the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission facilities and programs. The first is a renewal of the district’s operating millage from 18 mills to 19.4637 mills for a 10-year period through 2032. It’s a 10-year millage that will levy .9846 mills, raising approximately $693,679 in its first year.mlive.com
$10M grant to fund Saginaw Head Start program
SAGINAW, MI— A new $10,008,644 federal grant has been awarded to the Saginaw Intermediate School District (ISD) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Announced earlier this week by Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint), the added funds aim to improve early childhood education across mid-Michigan. The funding will support high-quality learning, as well as nutritious meals, health and developmental screenings, oral and mental health support, and behavioral and special needs services in-part through the Saginaw Head Start program. Kildee said the funding was granted because childhood education is one of the most important investments America can make in its children. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than $20 million in federal grants for Head Start and Early Head Start programs have been dispersed in the area so far, including $23.8 million for early childhood education programs in Genesee County, according to Kildee.mlive.com
To restore lakes drained after 2020 flood, two Michigan counties will weigh pricey 30-year payment plan
The proposal would involve special assessment levies that hit homeowners’ wallets in both counties for the next three decades. Of that $250 million, Gladwin and Midland county homeowners would pay about $60 million via the proposed special assessment district tax, records indicate. Officials said homeowners will pay different costs depending on their home’s proximity to the impacted lakes. Four Lakes Task Force records indicate residents at some waterfront lots would pay as much as $500 yearly beginning in 2025; other homeowners would pay as low as $125 each year. Four Lakes Task Force records show officials estimate construction and restoration of the dams would finish in 2024 at Secord and Smallwood lakes and in 2027 at Edenville and Sanford lakes.mlive.com
Flint Bishop Airport awarded $3.5M federal grant to make terminal roof more sustainable
FLINT, MI -- Flint Bishop International Airport will receive a $3.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. The funding comes from the Airport Terminal Program, a section of the bipartisan infrastructure law that allocates $5 billion in competitive grants to address aging infrastructure at airports. I am proud to announce this federal grant to help Flint Bishop International Airport make necessary improvements,” Kildee, D-Flint Township, said in a Thursday, July 7 news release. “In Congress, I will continue working to bring federal resources back home to improve mid-Michigan infrastructure.”Nino Sapone, CEO of Flint Bishop, said the investment is “crucial” to maintaining its facility. “Flint Bishop Airport is growing and it’s important the terminal has up to date infrastructure to support the growth.mlive.com
Nearly $24 million secured for early childhood education in Genesee County
FLINT, MI -- Two new federal grants will help fund Head Start education programs in Genesee County through a combined $23,808,091. announced the two federal grands that were awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, July 5. The grants will support high-quality early childhood education for children in Genesee County, including meals, health screenings, mental health support and special needs services, according to a news release from Kildee’s office. Genesee County will receive $10,421,276 and the Genesee Intermediate School District will receive $13,386,815, according to the release. “Head Start is a life changing early education program that gives children and their families a brighter future,” Kildee said.mlive.com
Lake Fenton fireworks show on Fourth of July draws crowd
FENTON, MI -- The annual Lake Fenton fireworks show always draws a crowd on Fourth of July weekend. This year’s show was held on Saturday, July 2 on the water in front of the Fenton Township Hall. The event was organized by the Lake Fenton Property Owner’s Association. The show is one of many around Genesee County for the Fourth of July weekend. Here’s a full list of shows in the mid-Michigan area:Fenton Annual Freedom Festival at Silver Lake Park, 16000 Jennings Road, Monday, July 4, at duskLake Ponemah Fireworks: Sunday, July 3, at duskOtter Lake Fireworks at Otter Lake Village Campground and Park, 5900 Genesee Ave., Sunday, July 3, at duskLapeer 4th of July Fireworks at Rolland-Warner Middle School, 3145 W. Genesee St., Friday, July 8, at duskHolly Fireworks Display at Lakeside Memorial Cemetery, 860 Thomas St., Monday, July 4, at duskSt. Clair Fireworks at Palmer Park, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Monday, July 4, at duskFireworks at NTC Church in Burton, 3484 S. Belsay Rd, Sunday, July 3, at duskOrtonville Food and Fireworks at Brandon High School, 1025 S. Ortonville Road, Sunday, July 3, at duskRead more at The Flint Journal:Here’s all the 4th of July fireworks displays taking place around Genesee CountyKyle Kuzma, Winnie Harlow tour Genesee County Sheriff’s Office programs in Flint visit‘Best friends’ Kyle Kuzma, Monte Morris dreamed about playing on same NBA team$750K in funding toward community health efforts secured, Kildee announcesMDHHS mobile food pantries in Flint scheduled through JulyFour Flint schools earn Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase honorsNinth year of Movies Under the Stars in Flint begins this weekBallot gets late approval by Genesee County Election Commission upon state recommendationJack White expands tour to include Flint show in AugustNew basketball courts at Windiate Park in Flint unveiled by FlintNOW Foundationmlive.com
Mid Michigan College donates theroforming tech to Beaverton Community Schools
BEAVERTON, MI-- Mid Michigan College, with main campuses in Harrison and Mt. Pleasant, has donated thermoforming equipment to Beaverton Public Schools in an effort to support student training for local skilled trade careers. The donation will expand Beaverton’s STEM education program for 8th, 9th, and 10th graders, while also preparing students to begin local careers or pursue Advanced Integrated Manufacturing degrees. For more information about the Mid-Michigan College Skilled Trades program, visit you can visit their Skilled Trades page, contact Dean Shawn Troy at 989-386-6658 or by email at email@example.com, or learn more through the school’s admissions department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-386-6661. Here are a few things to knowMid-Michigan Children’s Museum hosts 9th annual Touch-A-TruckOne of Saginaw’s newest principals takes home national educator ‘Oscar’ for her time as a teacher$1.2M to help rural mid-Michigan college studentsmlive.com
Your guide to mid-Michigan’s 2022 Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks
Learn more about the 2022 Bay City Fireworks Festival here or visit baycityfireworksfestival.com. SaginawThis year’s Saginaw Area Fireworks display, billed as the state’s largest fireworks show, is expected to be the biggest yet. The Frankenmuth Fireworks Display sponsored by the Frankenmuth Jaycees will start at about 9:30 p.m. and last approximately 20 minutes. Read more on MLive:Going to the Bay City Fireworks Festival? It’s March, but organizers are readying for a record July 4 Saginaw fireworks show alreadymlive.com
Where’d the Pride Center go? LGBTQ+ services join the SVSU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
The new redirection currently goes to a blank page that stems from the SVSU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Going back a page onto the office’s main offshoot from the SVSU homepage, visitors are greeted with a group photo and a blurb about services offered by Multicultural Student Affairs. Roberto Garcia, doctor of education and director of the Multicultural Student Affairs office, gave a brief history of both multicultural affairs and the pride center. Garcia said the school does still have a Pride Center but in November 2021 it was rebranded and relocated. As far as goals, Garcia said the MSA and LGBTQ+ services plan on increasing their presence and communication with the rest of campus.mlive.com
Here’s all the 4th of July fireworks displays taking place around Genesee County
FLINT, MI -- Genesee County residents won’t have to travel far to see Fourth of July fireworks. The weekend is full of fireworks displays all over mid-Michigan from Genesee to Lapeer counties for the Monday holiday.mlive.com
Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum hosts 9th annual Touch-A-Truck
SAGINAW, MI– The Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum is inviting families with children of all ages to hit the brakes and climb aboard a variety of large trucks and public safety vehicles at this year’s 9th annual Touch-a-Truck. Heavy-duty trucks, construction vehicles, first responder vehicles, race cars, and more will be on display for kids to explore. Some other big vehicles stopping by: food trucks from around the Tri-City area for lunch for those enjoying the annual event. Vehicles will be on display in the parking lot behind the museum at 315 W. Genesee Ave. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or to learn more about the event, call the Saginaw Children’s Museum at (989)-399-6626.mlive.com
United Way of Bay County partnering with Wirt Family Foundation, offers back-to-school clothing and backpacks
BAY CITY, MI—Summer may seem like it just kicked off, but it’s never too early to prepare for the next year of school. That’s why the United Way of Bay County is once again running the Helen Wirt Lee Back to School Clothing & Backpack program, in partnership with the Wirt Family Foundation. By sending children to school prepared, she says students are more likely to be able to focus on their academic success. According to the United Way- In Bay County, 21% of families are within the ALICE threshold and an additional 15% are in poverty; a total that means roughly 36% of the community is struggling to meet their everyday needs. To apply or for more information, visit the United Way of Bay County’s back-to-school program page or call (989)893-7508.mlive.com
Crews to lower spillway connected to failed Michigan dam
In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo, people survey the flood damage to the Curtis Road Bridge in Edenville, Mich., over the Tittabawassee River. (Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)EDENVILLE, Mich. – Crews will begin lowering a spillway connected to a dam that failed last year and contributed to massive flooding in parts of mid-Michigan. The Edenville Dam Tobacco River spillway will be lowered by more than 20 feet (6 meters) starting Feb. 24 to help prevent future flooding, according to Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. More than 11,000 people in the Midland area had to be evacuated last May after heavy rains stressed the Edenville Dam, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Detroit, and the Sanford Dam, about 7 miles (11 kilometers) downriver. The nearly century-old Edenville Dam had been the target of lengthy investigations by federal regulators.
Michigan National Guard deploys additional troops to assist state with COVID-19 response
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan National Guard (MING) is expanding its COVID-19 response force for vaccination and testing efforts across the state. Almost 300 additional guard members are being deployed to support this mission. The surge of Soldiers and Airmen will be assigned directly to specific regions of the state including northern Michigan, mid-Michigan, western Michigan and southeast Michigan. As of Jan. 23, 2021 the Michigan National Guard has administered almost 32,000 vaccines to Michiganders. “From the city of Detroit to the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan National Guard will continue to assist our communities in this very important mission.”Coronavirus in Michigan
Truck crashes into Michigan house, killing woman asleep on couch; Driver fled
One person dead after truck crashes into house in Saginaw. SAGINAW, Mich. – A pickup truck crashed into a Saginaw home early Thursday, killing a woman sleeping inside on a couch, police said. She apparently had been sleeping on her couch when the truck crashed into her home, Gerow said. The driver of the truck fled the scene on foot before officers arrived, The Saginaw News reported. The crash severed a natural gas line, prompting Consumers Energy personnel to respond to the scene, Gerow said.
10 most-read ClickOnDetroit stories of 2020 that weren’t COVID related
Between a global pandemic, social unrest, a major U.S. election -- and everything else happening in the world -- the news did not stop in 2020. We’re taking a look at the most-read local stories on ClickOnDetroit this year, minus COVID-19 related coverage (because pretty much every most-read story was COVID related). Art Van closes all storesFrom March: The Warren-based furniture chain Art Van Furniture announced it would close all stores. Art Van was founded by Art Van Elslander in 1959. Flight to Michigan makes emergency landing after bloody fightFrom May: A Macomb County woman said she was in shock when a fight broke out as she was flying back home.
Michigan man charged in killing, mutilation is fit for trial
CORUNNA, Mich. – A Michigan man charged with killing and mutilating a man he met through the dating app Grindr has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial, a judge ruled Monday. Shiawassee County District Judge Ward Clarkson ruled Mark Latunski was fit, said Doug Corwin, Latunski’s public defender. Previous: Police release disturbing details in murder, mutilation of Michigan manHe was charged with murder and mutilation of a body in the Dec. 28, 2019, death of 25-year-old Kevin Bacon. Police said Latunski admitted to killing Bacon and eating parts of his body. More: ‘He didn’t deserve this:’ Friends grapple with brutal murder of 25-year-old Michigan man
Review concludes Michigan’s Dam Safety Unit is understaffed, constrained by time and budget
LANSING, Mich. – The Association of State Dam Safety Officials' (ASDSO) review of Michigan’s Dam Safety Unit was presented at a meeting of the Michigan Dam Safety Task Force. READ: Michigan department publishes dam failure reportIt concluded that Michigan’s program is understaffed and constrained by limited time, resources and budget. Officials said Michigan’s investments in dam safety have been lacking for decades, which increases the risk to public safety and the environment. Currently, Michigan’s program has two dam safety engineers and one supervisor with a third dam safety engineer to be hired soon. In the Fiscal Year 2021 there is funding for hiring two more dam safety engineers.
President Donald Trump campaigns first time in Michigan since pandemic
FREELAND, Mich. – Thousands of people turned out Thursday night in mid-Michigan at the MBS Airport to hear President Donald Trump speak. “Michigan will decide whether we return to prosperity,” President Trump said. “...Tell your governor to open your state.”The president had a lot of criticism for Gov. He also mentioned Biden visiting Michigan Wednesday in Metro Detroit. Polling released by Local 4 has Biden plus five over Trump in Michigan, which is a one-point above the margin of error.
Watch Local 4 News at 11 -- Sept. 10, 2020
Here’s what’s coming up on Local 4 News at 11:President Trump criticizes Gov. Whitmer during Michigan campaign rallyThousands of people turned out Thursday night in mid-Michigan at the MBS Airport to hear President Donald Trump speak. About 5,000 people were allowed inside, leaving another thousand outside watch as the Air Force One touched down. Those in attendance had to wear a mask to get in and have their temperatures taken but social distancing inside was not a possibility.
New York Times correspondent Kathy Gray says Trump campaign removed her from Michigan rally
FREELAND, Mich. – A New York Times correspondent attending a rally held by President Donald Trump in Freeland said she was tracked down by the Trump campaign and removed from the rally. READ: President Trump to visit mid-Michigan todayTweets are embedded below:First for me: Trump campaign tracked me down from pics i tweeted and escorted me out. — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020I’ve just been kicked out of the trump rally. — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020And so it begins pic.twitter.com/fuLY4oasjP — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020Air force one just landed — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020Crammed in crowd in the rain for trump rally in michigan. Not many masks pic.twitter.com/5DZ6JBVNK8 — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020
ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- Sept. 10, 2020
What to know today Whitmer to provide coronavirus (COVID-19) updateMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will provide an update Thursday on the states handling of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. President Trump will speak in Freeland at 7 p.m. on Thursday at airport hangar AvFlight Saginaw. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 108,595 as of Wednesday, including 6,552 deaths, state officials report. New COVID-19 cases and deaths remain flat in Michigan.
Presidential candidate Joe Biden makes campaign stop in Warren
WARREN, Mich. With less than two months to go before the presidential election, Michigans status as a battleground state is starting to emerge. President Donald Trump has a stop planned in mid-Michigan for Thursday. Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Warren. READ: In Michigan, Joe Biden slams Trump over Woodward book revelation on downplaying virusHe knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to the country for months, Biden said during his speech in Warren. Biden pitched his Made in America plan, which includes raising the corporate tax rate, penalties for offshoring jobs, increasing the tax rate on profits from goods made overseas, and a 10 percent tax credit for businesses who invest in domestic jobs.
Watch Local 4 News at 4 -- Sept. 9, 2020
Heres whats coming up on Local 4 News at 4:Joe Biden wraps up campaign stop in MichiganWith less than two months to go before the presidential election, Michigans status as a battleground state is starting to emerge. President Donald Trump has a stop planned in mid-Michigan for Thursday. Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Warren.
Michigan man sentenced in drowning death of toddler
MIDLAND, Mich. A 24-year-old Michigan man has been sentenced between 25 and 50 years in prison for the drowning death of a toddler. He appeared in court Friday to be sentenced on a second-degree murder charge for the death of 1-year-old Skylar N. Pappel. The child died in September last year when Garrett was giving the girl a bath at her mothers apartment in Midland. The child fell and hit her head on the faucet and fell face-first into the water. Im not perfect -- please believe me when I tell you that Im remorseful.Before the plea agreement, he faced charges of felony-murder and first degree child abuse.
Mid-Michigan man dies after confrontation with officers
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. A mid-Michigan man has died following a chase and confrontation with officers, police said. The 22-year-old Marshall man was driving toward officers when they opened fire on him early Saturday, the Battle Creek Police Department said. Two Battle Creek officers traveling in the same patrol vehicle attempted to stop a suspected drunken driver whose SUV was veering into oncoming lanes of traffic, police said. As officers walked toward the SUV, the man suddenly drove toward them, and the three officers shot into the vehicle, police said. Investigators said its unclear how many shots were fired, and whether any of the shots hit the man.
President Trump to visit mid-Michigan Thursday
U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks in mid-Michigan on Thursday -- one day after former Vice President Joe Biden plans to visit the state. President Trump will speak in Freeland at 7 p.m. on Thursday at airport hangar Avflight Saginaw. The news of Trumps visit comes just after it was announced that former Vice President Joe Biden will also be visiting Michigan on Wednesday. He is the Democratic partys presidential nominee for the 2020 General Election. More: 2020 General Election coverage
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020
DETROIT U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks in mid-Michigan on Thursday -- one day after former Vice President Joe Biden plans to visit the state. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Cloudy, mild Saturday evening with some showersSaturday evening mostly cloudy and mild. Temperatures will be in the upper 60s. Saturday night will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers departing by dawn. 4 Fast FactsFriday, Sept. 4, 2020 --
Plants cropping up in lost Michigan lakes where dams failed
Nature is returning to the dry beds of a string of mid-Michigan lakes that drained in May after two dams failed during torrential rains. (AP Photo/ Jeff McMillan)LANSING, Mich. Nature is returning to craters left from lakes drained by two dams that failed in May during torrential rain in mid-Michigan. It hopes to restore the infrastructure and shoreline of Wixom and Sanford lakes and prevent homes from being lost to the eroding edges of what were once the lakes. Under eminent domain, the owners, Boyce Hydro and and Boyce Hydro Power, could be ordered to sell the properties to the task force as the governmental body representing the counties, task force spokesperson Stacey Trapani said. Four Lakes Task Force estimates it will cost more than $30 million to stop the erosion, remove the debris left by the flooding and stabilize all four dams.
Federal disaster declaration to aid Midland County flood response approved
Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday afternoon President Donald Trump declared a major disaster area for mid-Michigan counties affected by widespread and severe flooding and dam failures in May. “Seeing the people and businesses of these communities pull together to help one another after this 500-year flooding event continues to inspire me,” Whitmer said. She later expanded her declaration to include Iosco County. Persistent steady rain resulted in excessive two-day rainfall totals reaching record levels at some locations. MORE: ‘Looked like Niagra Falls’ -- Dam that created Wixom Lake gives way, flooding mid-Michigan communitiesMultiple residents impacted by the flood have taken part of two federal class-action lawsuits filed against the dam owners.
Dozens of residents join lawsuit against dam owners following devastating mid-Michigan floods
MIDLAND, Mich. As many as 60 residents have joined a class-action lawsuit against the owners of the dams that failed and caused catastrophic flooding in mid-Michigan. READ: Investigating who is responsible for Edenville Dam failure that led to devastating floodsTheres a lot of finger pointing as residents join a class-action lawsuit against the dam owners and the state. We moved up here because we wanted to be by the lake (where) we grew up as kids, Tom said. Lantzys law firm is representing more than 60 families in the class-action lawsuit against dam owner Boyce Hydro. The lawsuit looks to hold Boyce Hydro negligent and liable for damages, including medical expenses, property damage and property value.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Wednesday, June 10, 2020
DETROIT Power outages should be expected with damaging wind gusts being forecasted for Wednesday afternoon. Local 4 will be tracking the DTE Energy and Consumers Energy power outages in the link above. WATCH Local 4 News at 114 Fast FactsBe InformedA state representative wants Michigan Gov. Rep. Luke Meerman (R-88th District) wants the top boss of the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency removed. Ford is recalling about 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because of a nagging door latch problem and a brake fluid leak.
We thought we would retire in next few years -- Northville familys cottage destroyed in floods
NORTHVILLE, Mich. A Northville family whose cottage was destroyed when dam failures caused catastrophic flooding in mid-Michigan said they thought they would retire in the next few years, but thats no longer the case. Julie Ann Van Ameyde said her family is still reeling from the floods and feels forgotten by the government. This was going to be our retirement home, Van Ameyde said. Van Ameyde lives in Northville, but she and her husband had a retirement home in Beaverton. An act of God, Van Ameyde said.
6 dams in SE Michigan considered ‘high hazard potential dams’ -- here’s the list
It turns out six dams in the area are considered “high hazard potential." A high hazard dam might cause serious damage to homes, buildings, highways and lives, according to experts. The Pontiac Lake Dam is also considered a high hazard potential -- upsetting news to those who live and fish on the lake. According to EGLE, there are 85 high hazard potential dams in the state. The Defenders asked for copies of the inspection reports and lists of violations for the six high hazard potential dams in Southeast Michigan, but we are still waiting for that paperwork.
LIVE STREAM: Michigan officials provide update on flooding aftermath in Midland County
MIDLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will host a news briefing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday to provide an update on the aftermath of the Edenville and Sanford dam failures and subsequent flooding in Mid-Michigan last month. You can watch the briefing live in the video player above at 3 p.m.Nessel will be joined by the director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Liesl Clark and the director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Dan Eichinger. The briefing comes almost three weeks after nearly 11,000 mid-Michigan residents evacuated their homes due to a massive flooding emergency caused by breaches in the Edenville and Sanford dams. The flood damaged countless homes, businesses and roads in central Michigan. Whitmer requests investigation of dam breach that caused massive flooding in mid-Michigan
LIVE STREAM: Gov. Whitmer holds briefing on Midland County flooding response
MIDLAND, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will offer an update on the state’s response to the devastating floods in Midland County last month. Whitmer will provide a brief update alongside local officials on the state’s response to the historic flooding in Mid-Michigan. Afterward, she will volunteer at the flood relief donation distribution center. The briefing is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. -- you can watch it live in the video player above.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer says entire state will move to phase 5 of reopening plan in coming weeks
We owe it to our front line workers to keep doing our part.On Friday, Whitmer announced regions six and eight would move to the fifth phase on Wednesday (June 10). On Sunday, the state announced 513 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, as well as an additional 28 deaths. As the daily rate of new cases and deaths continues to decline and overall testing ramps up around the state, Whitmer has started reopening certain sectors of the economy. Michigans economy got a much-needed boost when Whitmer announced she would reopen manufacturing, including the Big 3 automakers. Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler would be allowed to reopen at the beginning of the following week, Whitmer announced May 7.
Heres which Michigan colleges will have in-person, online fall classes -- or both
Central Michigan UniversityCentral Michigan University will welcome students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. The college will then offer online courses, online and in-person hybrid courses and web-enhanced courses -- which are mainly for health and occupational students and consist primarily of in-person classes with online educational tools. Northern Michigan UniversityNorthern Michigan University will resume in-person classes in the fall one week early beginning August 17. The college says that enrollment for classes is open, but it is unclear if in-person classes will resume in the fall. Western Michigan UniversityWestern Michigan University has not yet announced a plan for the upcoming fall semester.
More mid-Michigan residents sue Edenville, Sanford dam owners after flooding devastation
DETROIT – Buckfire Law Firm announced Tuesday two class-action lawsuits filed against Edenville and Sanford dam owners and the state of Michigan following the devastating flood emergency in central Michigan last month. Nearly 11,000 mid-Michigan residents evacuated their homes on May 20 after multiple dams were breached, causing a massive flooding emergency in the region. Tuesday’s lawsuits are part of a series of filings against the dam owners and state for allegedly neglecting to ensure the dams operated in accordance with federal guidelines. The dam owners have previously received multiple citations from federal regulators for failure to meet safety guidelines over the last decade. MORE: Residents want answers in Edenville Dam failure that led to devastating floodsBuckfire Law is representing 19 mid-Michigan residents in the federal class-action lawsuit against dam owners Boyce Hydro and its manager Lee Mueller.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order across state, reopening restaurants, more
Gretchen Whitmer has lifted the stay-at-home order for the entire state, meaning restaurants, and much more will be able to reopen as the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) slows. On Sunday, the state announced 513 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, as well as an additional 28 deaths. As the daily rate of new cases and deaths continues to decline and overall testing ramps up around the state, Whitmer has started reopening certain sectors of the economy. Michigans economy got a much-needed boost when Whitmer announced she would reopen manufacturing, including the Big 3 automakers. Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler would be allowed to reopen at the beginning of the following week, Whitmer announced May 7.
Michigan stay-at-home order: Heres where entire state stands heading into this week
LANSING, Mich. The entire state of Michigan is still under restrictions as Gov. BREAKING UPDATE: Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order across entire stateExplaining current situationOn Sunday, the state announced 513 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, as well as an additional 28 deaths. As the daily rate of new cases and deaths continues to decline and overall testing ramps up around the state, Whitmer has started reopening certain sectors of the economy. Michigans economy got a much-needed boost when Whitmer announced she would reopen manufacturing, including the Big 3 automakers. Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler would be allowed to reopen at the beginning of the following week, Whitmer announced May 7.