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Reed City Police Weekly Blotter: 11/21-11/27

Officers took a report of a verbal argument between juveniles where one threatened the other. Officers found no immediate threat.

The school liaison officer took a report of several juveniles being in possession of vape devices. The matter was looked into and no vapes were found.

Tuesday …11/22
The school liaison officer took a report of several juveniles being in possession of vape devices. The matter was looked into and no vapes were found.

Officers took a report of a man the caller found to be suspicious walking near the library. Officers checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the given description.

Officers took a report of a man sitting in his vehicle for an extended period of time in Westerburg Park. The man was checked on and found to have been kicked out of his girlfriend’s house. He made arrangements with a friend for a place to stay.

Wednesday …11/23
Officers assisted with a wounded deer that had been struck by a car.

Officers were requested to investigate a report of possible child abuse with CPS. The matter was unfounded.

Officers accompanied CPS to check the well being of a child.

Officers arrested a 31-year-old man for violating his parole by consuming alcohol and drugs.

Friday …11/25
Officers were dispatched to a noise complaint. The individuals quieted down and no further problems were reported.

Officers were dispatched to a computer fraud scam. The victim reported he had received a pop up on his screen telling him to contact a well-known computer tech service. He was instructed to purchase gift cards and it resulted in having to have his computer professionally wiped as the scammer had locked him out.

Saturday …11/26
Officers stood by with a broken down motorist for safety until the tow truck was able to arrive.

Sunday …11/27
Officers assisted the Osceola County Sheriff Office with a dispute between intoxicated individuals at a deer camp.

Officers were requested to perform a well being check on a child. All was okay.


Officers arrested a 24-year-old woman on an outstanding warrant for Contempt of Court. She was lodged at the Osceola County Jail.

Michigan GOP Chair candidate list expands Kristina Karamo announces intentions to run

The race to become the leader of the Michigan Republican Party continues to get more crowded.


Kristina Karamo, the former GOP secretary of state candidate, has announced her bid to become party chair.


Karamo joins former GOP attorney general candidate Matt DePerno, who's also running to be the state's top Republican. Karamo lost to incumbent secretary of state Jocelyn Benson during the November election.


Pete Hoekstra, a former west Michigan Republican congressman and ambassador to the Netherlands under former President Donald Trump is also considering a run.


Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon also says she's considering a run at party chair.

Clare Co. woman sentenced to life in prison for quadruple murder

In Clare County, a woman who pled guilty earlier this year to murder charges was sentenced.


55-year-old Judy Boyer of Farwell was given life in prison.


She was given the sentence for the murders of four people in October of 2021 including her father, sister and two others at a home in downtown Clare.


Meanwhile, Ryan Patrick Beatty was previously charged with accessory after the fact to a felony, and one count of possessing a firearm while being a felon. He was accused of helping Boyer in hiding and trying to dispose of the 22-caliber long rifle used in the homicides.


The charges against Beatty have been dismissed.

2022 Giving Day in Mecosta County aims at raising money for area non-profits

We've had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.


Today is Giving Tuesday, a day started in 2010 with the hopes of encouraging people to do good and contribute to non-profit organizations.


Locally, 25 non-profit organizations in Mecosta County are gathering at the Big Rapids Eagles Club today to participate in the Community Giving Day event!


Organizers say they raised $250,000 last year and they are hoping to double that number this year.


The event begins at 11am and runs until 6pm. 

Big Rapids Police to host 3rd Annual Season of Giving Gift Drive

The Big Rapids Police Department is hosting the third annual Season of Giving gift drive to benefit Eagle Village.

Eagle Village is a 681-acre campus in Hersey that serves hundreds of kids each year through residential treatment, adoption and foster care, short-term interventions, and specialized summer camps. In 2020 they had 110 kids in residential care, placed 62 kids in foster care, completed 20 successful adoptions, and had 225 kids either attend summer camps or complete Challenge Weekends. They have been doing this for over 53 years.

The Season of Giving Gift Drive was launched by the Big Rapids Police Department in 2020. With the
help of department members, residents, local businesses, and organizations, BRPD has donated more than 1000 gifts to Eagle Village. 

“We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support this community shows to the kids at Eagle
Village,” said Chief Danielle Haynes. “The department is extremely excited to collect gifts for them again and help give them the Christmas they deserve.”

The holiday gift drive will take place on Saturday, December 10th, from 9 a.m.- Noon at The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, 435 N. Michigan Ave. Santa will be on-site to accept your donation and take pictures with you. We are holding this event in conjunction with Coffee With a Cop.


Feel free to come in and grab a cup of coffee or cocoa and say hello to your local officers.


This is a great opportunity to get to know us and support a great cause.


Please see the attached list of items that Eagle Village needs.


2022 Eagle Village Youth Christmas List

Bullet Journals and supplies, Gel Pens, Notebooks (not spiral bound)
Headphones, earbuds
Weighted Blankets
Body Pillows
Duffle Bags

Books – nature, adventure tales, heroic stories


• Winter Gloves, Hats
• Fuzzy Socks
• Fun Socks
• Sweatshirts


Personal Hygiene Items
• Hairbrushes
• Hair Ties – Scrunchies, wraps
• Body Spray
• Lotion
• Nail Polish


Art Supplies
• Craft Kits
• Coloring Books
• Crayons
• Canvases
• Paint
• Paint Brushes
• Diamond Art
• Scrap Books
• Picture Books
• Sketch Pads (not spiral bound)
• Glue Sticks
• Playdough
• Stickers


• Board Games
• Card Games
• Decks of Cards
• Puzzles
• Game Books

Sports Equipment
• Softball
• Volleyball
• Basketball
• Fishing Kits
• Sleds, Toboggans, Saucers
Tabletop games
• Air Hockey
• Ping Pong
• Foosball
• Basketball

• Dolls
• Stuffed Animals
• Toy Trucks
• Sand Equipment
• Flashlights
• Bubble lights – battery operated
• Kites

Nominations still being taken for Banished words/phrases list by LSSU

What words or expressions would you like to see banned and never heard again?


"No Worries." That ranked second in Lake Superior State University's annual list of Banished Words for misuse, overuse, and uselessness of communication for 2022. "At The End of the Day" came in third. But the most popular phrasing people nationwide and worldwide love to hate "Wait. What?" "That being said," "A new normal and the "Supply Chain" are also on the list of top ten contenders.


You have until Wednesday to submit your nominations for the banished words list for 2023. You can find information on the Lake Superior State University website.


The latest list will be announced on December 31st.

18-year old driver involved in one car accident in Colfax Twp. Sunday

An 18-year old driver was taken to the hospital Sunday late Sunday afternoon after a one vehicle accident in Mecosta County's Colfax Township.


Sheriff Deputies say it happened on 16 Mile near Mudd lake Rd, that's where the 18-year old driver rolled his car while attempting to miss a deer in the roadway. The driver was taken to CoreWell Health ER in Big Rapids with minor injuries.


Sheriff Miller and the Mecosta Co Sheriffs Deputies want to remind motorists to never swerve to miss animals, and to always wear your seatbelt.

MSP arrests suspect in stabbing incident in Mt. Pleasant

Michigan State Police are investigating a stabbing in Mount Pleasant and have a suspect in custody.


Troopers say they were called to the Jamestown Apartments Saturday night for a domestic situation.


Upon arrival, it was determined that an argument ensued between two brothers resulting in one brother allegedly stabbing the other brother and then leaving the scene.


The victim, a 42-year-old male from Mt. Pleasant was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.


The suspect, 44-year old Vandale Omar Greene was lodged in the Isabella County Jail. He was arraigned on charges of, Attempted Murder, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon with Unlawful Intent, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

State Fire Marshal offers safety tips to deep fry Thanksgiving turkey

The state fire marshal is urging Michigan residents to be mindful of fire safety while cooking this Thanksgiving.


He says portable propane fueled turkey fryers a popular and faster cooking method for your Thanksgiving turkey pose a considerable fire risk if not used correctly. Improperly deep-frying turkeys accounts for many preventable house and garage fires reported each year.


You should never use a portable deep fryer in a garage, on or under a deck, breezeway, porch or inside any structure and always use a flat surface away from flammable materials.


The fire marshal also encourages you to push the button to check and make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home.

Gov. Whitmer names Kyra Bolden to Michigan Supreme Court

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has chosen state Representative Kyra Harris Bolden to fill a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to serve on the state's high court.


Bolden will succeed Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, who revealed her plans in September to leave the court to become CEO of a New York based firm.


Whitmer described the 34-year-old Bolden as "passionate about the law." Bolden will be the youngest member of the Michigan Supreme Court and could hold a seat for more than three decades as justices can seek reelection until they reach the age of 70.

City of Big Rapids to submit grant applications for improvements to the area

The City of Big Rapids will move forward with its attempt to replace a 40-year old retaining wall on the Muskegon River.


On Monday, Commissioners approved to submit an application for a $1.5-million dollar grant. If selected, the grant would require separate $500,000 matches from the city of Big Rapids and the Big Rapids Housing Commission.


State officials would allow up to 200 feet of the retaining wall to be replaced. The total cost for the retaining wall is estimated at $2.5-million dollars. 


The City Commission also approved a lease agreement between the city and Duncan and Marissa Klussmann who own the train depot property on the eastside of town. The lease is for 25 years at $100 per year. Commissioners also approved a resolution to submit a SPARK Grant application for the train depot property. According to City Manager Mark Gifford, if selected, the grant would help fund Depot Park Trailhead improvements, including parking lot improvements adjacent to the depot. 


Gifford told commissioners that working through the lease negotiations with the Klussmann’s it is very clear that they are community minded and want their renovation project and the business ventures that will follow to compliment the Trail and Depot Park Trailhead Project. They believe that having the entire space as public parking will be of mutual benefit.





Weekly Reed City Police Blotter: 11/14-11/20

School liaison officer found a high school student in possession of THC in school grounds. Student was issued a citation.

Officer responded to an alleged child abuse. After investigation, no signs of abuse were founded.

Officer was dispatched to a noise complaint.

School liaison officer issued a citation for possession of a vape device.

Tuesday …11/15
Officer assisted a 47yr old man who had been the victim of a scam. The man sent gas money to a woman he met online to come and visit him. She then stated her car broke down on the way and she needed money for repairs. The scammer was asking for payment in gift cards.

Wednesday …11/16
School liaison officer responded to a report of a student talking about suicide. After investigation, officer found the student not to be a threat.

Officer took a report from a homeowner that found an arrow stuck on the side of his house. Upon
investigation it was determined to be accidental from a juvenile neighbor.

Thursday …11/17
Officers took a report of a parked vehicle being struck in the Ebels parking lot. The driver of an older tan pickup left the scene after striking the car. Anyone with information as to the driver and whereabouts of the pickup is asked to contact the Reed City Police.

Friday …11/18
Officers took a report of a two-car private property accident. There were no injuries and only minor damage.

Officer took a call for a vehicle that had run off the road into the ditch due to the weather.

Officer responded to a call regarding larceny of rental equipment that the renter failed return.

Officers arrested a 21-year-old woman on an outstanding warrant for possession of dangerous drugs. This stems from a traffic stop RCPD officers made in June of 2022.

Saturday …11/19
Officers arrested a 33 years old woman on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court.
While on patrol officers came across a damaged traffic sign that had been run over by a vehicle that had left the scene. The matter is under investigation.


Officers were dispatched to a domestic assault in progress. A 26-year-old woman was arrested following an investigation.

Sunday …11/20
Officers assisted the Osceola County Sheriff Department with an uncooperative intoxicated driver.
Officers took a report of a car vs deer accident. There were no injuries and minor damage to the car.
Officers assisted the Osceola County Sheriff Department in locating a stolen vehicle and the juvenile driver.

Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Blotter: Weekend


At around 1:00pm deputies responded to an address on Sunset Dr, Morton TWP. For court ordered pick up, transported male subject to SHBR for an eval.


At around 6:49pm deputies responded to a littering complaint on S Cass St, Aetna TWP. Male caller stated he saw a  subject in a vehicle, throw a bag of garbage into the parking lot.


Calls for service 5

Traffic accidents 3



At 6:10pm, deputies responded to a juvenile runaway complaint on 10th Ave,  Sheridan TWP. Juvenile ran away from home at 1530, is known to go to Barryton and hitch a ride. Deputies  were unable to locate him. Last time he ran away he was found in Lake Isabella. Isabella county was notified.


Calls for service 3

Traffic accidents 6



At 7:06pm, deputies responded to a domestic complaint,  at a residence on 16 Mile rd., Big Rapids TWP. Male Caller was being harassed by his son. Male  caller got upset about it and decided to confront his son. While doing so he was yelling and pushed him onto the couch. Male caller was arrested for warrant out of St. Johns. TOT pros.


At 6:12pm, deputies responded to a fraud complaint, at a business in Big Rapids TWP. An unknown individual made a transaction with counterfeit 20 dollar bill. Also used debit card.


At 3:51pm, deputies responded to a B&E complaint, on Water St,  Green TWP. Female caller reported male subject breaking into her garage. Deputies made contact with male subject and he stated he has been staying there for three weeks and wanted to get his stuff. Female caller stated he has never lived there and insisted that he had a gun. No gun found on him or seen in security footage of her residence.


At 7:22pm, deputies handled an abuse complaint in Big Rapids TWP. Female complainant believed that her ex-boyfriend abused their daughter. Made contact with the Childs father, he stated that he was disciplining his daughter and tapped her on the face. No injury on daughter. 


At 5:24pm, deputies responded to an assault complaint,  COLFAX TWP.  Male caller reported that two of his sons, who were 8 and 10, had been assaulted at a birthday party when 20 yr old Female, forcefully took small balls from the kids.  Female said they threw the balls too close to a baby and then started throwing the balls at her.  Report to be sent to PAO for review.


At 6:04pm, deputies responded to an MDOP complaint, 19m/35th  Fork TWP.    Male subject caused a 2-vehicle accident and was arrested for OWI by MSP.  He then became violent and damaged one of the MSP patrol cars.  Deputies were sent to assist and put him in a patrol vehicle with a cage.  Male subject was kicking the interior of deputies vehicle while on scene and enroute to the hospital for a blood draw.  Male subject was lodged on MSP charges.  Deputies will send a report to PAO for attempted MDOP to the county unit.  City PD assisted at the hospital with a blood draw.


Calls for service 3

Rates for DTE customers are going up

Utility bills will be going up for more than two million DTE Energy customers.


The Michigan Public Service Commission Friday giving DTE authorization to implement a $30.5-million-dollar rate increase to help pay for investments in the distribution and generation systems.


DTE was asking for a $388-million-dollar increase.


Most customers will see their bills go up by less than a dollar each month.

Big Rapids City Commissioners meet for last time in November

The Big Rapids City Commission meets for the second time in as many weeks tonight to conduct city business.


On the agenda during study session, City Attorney Eric Williams will discuss the city's tax abatement policy, there will be a Mechanic Street update and an update on the city's strategic planning.


Meanwhile during general business, commissioners will act on resolutions including authorizing an agreement between Big Rapids and Reed City for information technology, a resolution authorizing a deer cull, a resolution to submit an grant application for depot park project.


The meeting begins at 6:30pm at City Hall.


For a full list of items on the agenda scroll down: 


President Pink Reflects on 'Whirlwind' first 100 days at Ferris State University

They say life comes at you fast. Just past his first 100 days, marked on Oct. 19, 2022, as president of Ferris State University, Bill Pink can now attest to that after a whirlwind that began on Monday, July 11, 2022 – his first official day as president.


Realistically, it started when Board of Trustees chair Amna P. Seibold announced him as the “selected finalist” to become president on March 28. Then, the momentum picked up steam on May 6 as the entire Board of Trustees officially and unanimously voted its approval. From there, things shifted into overdrive on July 11, the day a group of 100-plus students, faculty, staff, community members and alums welcomed him outside the Timme Center for Student Services, a building that includes his office.


“Whirlwind is a good description,” Pink said. “These first hundred days have been full, and I say full because I have found myself doing so much in working not only on understanding and learning more about the university but digging deeper. I have been learning about all facets of our internal and external processes, our operations, and perceptions of Ferris State University.”


From day one, Pink has been a president of the people. He has been making presentations, of course, but he has taken far more joy in listening to and digesting the experiences of the students, faculty, staff and community members he encounters daily – on and off campus. Whether he is working on the clock, visiting downtown Big Rapids or elsewhere in Mecosta County for a bite to eat, a coffee or a friendly chat, the new president relishes these interactions.


“Some of the early work on campus has been getting out and seeing people, meeting people – the folks who are our faculty and staff. We are having some great conversations as I learn more and more about Ferris,” Pink said. “The biggest joy, I would say, has been spending time with our students. The way we have engaged our students, whether it be from the beginning with meeting RAs (resident advisors) before the semester started or on the cart and helping our students during move-in days, was fun.”


It did not stop there.


“I enjoyed riding around on a cart and giving rides to some of our students to help them get to their classes,” Pink said. “Of course, I asked them all kinds of questions to find out more about them – who they are, where they came from, what degree they’re pursuing, what they want to do with it after graduation and where they want to go.


Many students did not leave the conversation empty-handed, “I would end some of these conversations by handing them a Starbucks gift card to reward them for enduring my questions.”


Pink has had a lot of Ferris firsts, including experiencing Bulldog Beginnings, which includes Board of Trustees meetings and Founders’ Day, an annual extravaganza on the Robinson Quad on the first Thursday of the academic year. The event, which features games, prizes, giveaways, an ice cream social and more, is part of annually honoring founders Woodridge and Helen Ferris. His first at Ferris included his inauguration over two days, Oct. 6-7, and the Link with Pink Tour that took him off campus and into communities across the state of Michigan.


“The Link with Pink events were really, really awesome,” he said. “We had quite a few alumni show up and had excellent conversations. I had an opportunity to hear their Ferris story. I also had opportunities to chat with them about where we’re going and my vision for Ferris. I want to get our alumni excited about where their university is going while encouraging them to help spread the word.”


During the tour, Pink noted opportunities to visit with several community college presidents – including some he knew from his time at GRCC. Some showed up at the event, while others he saw when he had opportunities to arrive early in these communities where Ferris has longstanding relationships and partnerships.


“We were able to talk about where our relationship is now and where we can go in the future,” Pink said. “Most of them I knew from my previous job. Many of these are also friendship visits.”

Link with Pink also included opportunities to strengthen relationships in statewide regions critical to Ferris’ success.


“One of the things I have been talking about on these Link with Pink Tours is the work that we need to do not only here in Big Rapids, but what we need to do in Grand Rapids, which is our second largest footprint, as a University, and the work that we need to do in the city of Detroit,” Pink said. “I believe we have a strong opportunity for Ferris with our unique programming in the city of Detroit and Southeast Michigan as a region.”


Pink has viewed these first 100 days as akin to an engagement, listening and observing tour that has included meeting with Ferris student-athletes, coaches, and fans while attending on-campus sporting events. Having accommodated dozens of media interviews, photo and video requests, Pink’s energy is still running high – as is his desire to learn.


“I always like to go through the first year and see everything being done. But as I go through, I also look for opportunities to add to what is currently being done,” he said. “I like and encourage people to think about how we can begin to adjust some things to make what we’re doing more impactful for people. During this, it has been great learning Ferris’ traditions. During these first 100 days, I am looking at everything and enjoying the moment while also looking at it with an eye on if there are things we can improve moving forward.”


Pink was already pondering the next 100 days and beyond – a stretch that includes more firsts: The Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit on Friday, Nov. 4, and presiding over his first commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 17.


“I feel like I’ve learned some things about where we are as a university, locally and statewide,” he said. “That has given me a good sense of where I think we need to go.”


Of special note, during Pink’s first 100 days, was the Gotion announcement of a proposed battery component manufacturing facility in Big Rapids, a $2.364 billion investment in the state of Michigan. Pink actively participated in an Oct. 5 announcement, as a warm-up speaker at the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building on the campus of Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, that featured remarks delivered by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.


“We’ll have to keep a strong, close eye on that opportunity,” Pink said. “We will try our best, and I will try my best in my position to get this over the finish line for the people in the Big Rapids region.”

Also, locally, he has continued to champion causes that are important to him and others, such as the United Way.


“As a board member for the United Way, actually even as the board chair, I am so much of a supporter and just a champion and cheerleader for the United Way,” said Pink, who is chair of the Heart of West Michigan United Way’s Board of Directors and who addressed local members of the United Way of Mecosta and Osceola counties in late September at Ferris.  


In 100-plus days on the job, Pink has felt the Ferris pride but wants more.


“A major part of my message is to have pride in your university,” he said. “I think it is so important if you work here, if you’re a student, or an alum – that you have pride in this institution. We’re not perfect, and we have a lot to work on, but we’re doing a lot of things well and have been for over 130 years.”


Pink added, “Tell people your Ferris State University story with pride. Many good things have happened in these doors and on this campus, and there are many good things ahead for Ferris State University.”

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter

Officer was dispatched to a home for an out-of-control juvenile, after investigation, the juvenile was taken to the hospital, for mental health assistance, by his father.

School liaison officer was asked to assist with a student that walked away from school property. The student returned to school without any issues.

Officer arrested a 31yr old female that had a warrant for Bond violation, she was taken to County Jail and lodged without any issues.

School liaison officer responded to the Reed City Middle School for a student found in possession of a vape. A citation was issued.

Officer was dispatched to a death investigation. The preliminary investigation indicates a suicide, no foul played is suspected.

Tuesday …11/8
Officer was dispatched to a suspicious situation regarding an unknown man knocking on doors in an
apartment complex asking people for help with his bank paperwork. After patrolling the area, the man was not found.

School liaison officer was called to the Middle School regarding an assault. After investigation, the officer found the assault to be unfounded.

School liaison officer found two male students in possession of a vape device in the Reed City High School bathroom. A citation was issued.

Wednesday …11/9
Officer was dispatched to an accident car versus deer. The vehicle sustained some damage. No injuries were reported

School liaison officer responded to the Reed City High School for a suspected high schooler under the influence of alcohol. A citation was issued and the student was turned over to parents.

Officers were dispatched to check the well being of a resident that had not been seen or heard from recently. It was determined the individual had moved out of the residence.

Thursday …11/10
Officer responded to a call about a possible child neglect, the person reported that the child was traveling in a vehicle without proper seatbelt.

Officer responded to a call from a mother that could not find her 2 younger kids. After investigating, the kids had gone to the High School to wait for their older sister. Kids were found safe.


Friday …11/11
Officer responded to a call in regards to a family dispute. No issues.

Officer responded to an incident of car vs deer. The vehicle had to be towed away. No injuries were reported.

The School liaison officer seized a marijuana vape. A citation was issued to the juvenile.

Saturday …11/12
Officer responded to a call of an irate customer at a local store. Suspect was gone upon officer arrival. Under investigation.

Mecosta County woman wins $1 million Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery

Beginner’s luck proved true for a Mecosta County woman who won a $1 million Powerball prize her first time ever playing.


Joni Thompson, of Stanwood, matched the five white balls in the Nov. 8 drawing to win the big prize: 10-33-41-47-56. She bought her winning ticket at Country Corner Supermarket, located at 10039 Buchanan Road in Stanwood. Stanwood is about 35 miles west of Mount Pleasant.


“I’d never played Powerball before, but I decided to purchase a ticket after seeing the jackpot was over $1 billion,” said Thompson. “After the drawing, I saw a social media post about a $1 million prize being won in Mecosta county, so went to the Lottery site to write down the winning numbers and then checked my ticket.


“When I realized I‘d matched five numbers and was the big winner, I started hyperventilating, screaming, and crying! I had my son scan my ticket on his Lottery app to make sure I was reading it right. It’s hard to describe what it feels like to win $1 million; I am still speechless!”


Thompson, 54, recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim her prize. She plans to use her winnings to build her new business and then save the remainder.


The Powerball jackpot was last won on Nov. 8. One ticket bought in California won the world record $2.04 billion jackpot. The current jackpot stands at $93 million.


Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Powerball ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $10 million in the nightly Double Play drawing.

Funding secured for new Ferris Early Learning Center

A big boost is on the way for the Early Learning Center on Ferris State’s campus.


After securing a set of funds over two million dollars through the CCAMPIS grant application, the group will be able to make many beneficial gains. This includes receiving subsidization for student parent childcare costs.said.

With the grant also allows a new opportunity to hire more staff, including a new supporting position the center has never had before: a Family Support Specialist.

“This person's role would be to support those students’ families and help them connect with resources,” Johnson said.

The current Early Learning Center is located on the west side of campus attached to the heavily utilized Bishop Hall. With the former dorm and office building set to be demolished in the near future, the center will be receiving a new, 80-person capacity building located directly next to their old building that could hold 59. According to Johnson, the organization is very grateful to be receiving the home after enduring the tough economic challenges laid over from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re in the midst of breaking ground Friday the 18th. We’ve been very luck to receive the state
stabilization grants over the past year, so that has helped keep our operation going.”

This new funding, along with more money coming from the state of Michigan, will help the center
tremendously towards their goal of supporting college and community student parents with the best
resource possible.

“Our primary focus is to support them by providing their children with quality childcare experiences, so that they can concentrate on their studies and degree completion,” Johnson said. “We also are a lab site for some of the early childhood programs on campus.”

Big Rapids officials discuss replacing retaining wall on Muskegon River

The City of Big Rapids is gathering information on how to move forward with a plan to replace an aging retaining wall on the Muskegon River near the Big Rapids Housing Commission. 


During a meeting earlier this week, Public Works Director Heather Bowman made a presentation to Big Rapids City Commission members discussing findings of a study done by engineering firm Prein & Newhof.


The wall built in 1974, to stop erosion of land on the Muskegon River near the housing commission property.


         (Before retaining wall in 1973) 


Bowman told commissioners over the last ten years city officials have been discussing the structure status of the retaining wall due to safety concerns and ice jams in the location accross from the Big Rapids Middle School.


Bowman told commissioners that City Manager Mark Gifford and herself have been in discussions with state officials at the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy on what type of permit they need, she said two months ago EGLE officials told her that project could move forward in a minor project category which would allow construction crews to put a new retaining wall in front of the existing one but no more than 200 feet. 


(Wall in 2015)


The project cost to put in a new retaining wall is estimated at $2.5 million dollars. 


    (Wall in 2021)


A short time later, officials from Prein & Newhof came across a grant of $1.5 million dollars, Bowman said at the next city commission meeting they will ask commissioners to approve a resolution to apply for that grant. If Big Rapids is selected for the grant the city would have to contribute $500,000 and the housing commission would have to contribute $500,000 as well. The grant application is due at the end of this month. 


Mark Sochocki, of the Big Rapids Housing Commission told the city commission they are on board and that he and Gifford have been trying to figure out a way to fix this issue for years and now is the time to do it with this grant.


If this project moves forward,  Eric Seguin with Prein and Newhof said they will drive the sheet paneling down further and work on the slopes to reinforce them to make sure the retaining wall lasts longer. 


The next city commission meeting is Nov. 21st at 6:30pm at City Hall in Big Rapids. 











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