Author: Christine Kanerva

Mason Co Resource Center Provides Shelter, Protection, Advocacy to Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

A local victim’s resource center is helping survivors of violent crimes who may be impacted by the new Michigan Jail’s Task Force Legislation passed last year. Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters (COVE) is a non-profit organization that provides resources for victims of sexual assault or domestic abuse; those include shelter, counselling, financial support, and other resources. The non-profit says since the justice reform package was passed,…

Sexual Assault Survivor Hopes to Bring Awareness After Attacker Gets Five Years Probation Due to New Michigan Law

‘This is the exact definition of a miscarriage of justice’

A sexual assault survivor is hoping to bring awareness after her attacker was sentenced to no jail time due to the recent Michigan Jails Task Force 2020 Legislative Package.  The law reduces misdemeanor crimes from spending time behind bars to probation in order to reduce the jail capacity. “I think that when this bill was passed, they didn’t really think about…

Harrison Receives $3.4M to Help Repair Aging Water Systems

The City of Harrison recently received more than $3-million dollars to repair the city’s water systems. The United States Department of Agriculture recently gave Harrison a Rural Development loan of $1.2-million dollars and a grant of $2.2-million dollars. In total, the more than $3-million dollars will go towards upgrading the city’s aging and undersized watermains, improve city wells and make…

Mid Michigan College Proposes to Annex 10 School Districts in Isabella, Gratiot, Mecosta Co. on May 4th Ballot

Ten school districts in Isabella, Gratiot and Mecosta County are proposing to annex to Mid-Michigan College on Tuesday’s ballot. Voters who live in these districts will be voting on two ballot proposals that, if passed, would put them in Mid-Michigan College’s district. “Annexation is really just another word for invitation,” says Scott Mertes, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Community…

Businesses React to State’s ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ Plan, Lifting Restrictions on Curfew, Capacity

Governor Whitmer announced Thursday the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan that outlines key vaccination milestones needed to lift restrictions. Jim Smolak, co-owner of 7 Monks Taproom in downtown Traverse City, says the restrictions on bars and restaurants have been difficult. “The 50 percent occupancy is certainly limiting. It limits the amount of staff that you can put back to work. Certainly limits…

Glen Lake Celebrates Restaurant Week With Take Out and Dine In Options

Restaurants around Glen Lake in Leelanau County are celebrating a week full of good food, cold drinks, and laughter around the table with family and friends. Five restaurants in Glen Arbor and Maple City are taking part in Glen Lake Restaurant Week. People can enjoy an array of dining experiences, whether it’s take-out or dine in. Cherry Public House says it was hard for them to…

CMU Graduates Reflect on Last Year of College During Pandemic, If They Feel Prepared for the Future

Students at Central Michigan University have had to adapt during the pandemic in order to get the experience they need to graduate. “As a whole, we have learned how to persevere, honestly,” says soon to be CMU graduate Nina Reynolds. Reynolds is a broadcast and cinematic arts major. She says before the pandemic, her classes involved a lot of hands-on…