Author: Emily DeRuiter

VOTE: Who is The Best Pumpkin Carver on Michigan This Morning?

Halloween just started and it’s already getting thrilling on Michigan This Morning. We’re scaring ourselves with a grand challenge—who can carve the best pumpkin on live T.V.? Our contestants are the chilling co-anchors Lauren Scafidi and Adam Bartelmay and, of course, the maniacal meteorologist Michael Stevens. They’ll begin the carve live on 9&10 around 6:45 a.m. You can see their…

Chicago Teachers’ Strike Enters 2nd Week

Students at Chicago Public Schools are not returning to class just yet. Monday will be the eighth day of canceled classes because of the teacher’s strike, which has become the longest since 1987. Bargaining talks went for 14 hours on Saturday, and on Sunday Chicago’s mayor said a tentative agreement had been reached. But no deal was struck. Both sides…

ROAD CLOSURE: Debris Cleanup at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

In this update, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will continue to close Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive for debris cleanup. The drive closed Tuesday afternoon because of downed trees and strong winds. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is a 7.4 mile loop visitors can take to explore the forest and sand dunes. The national park will update visitors when it is safe…

ROAD REOPENED: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore says Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive has reopened. According to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, downed trees closed Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive around 8 Thursday morning. It’s a 7.4 mile loop visitors can take to explore the forest and famous sand dunes. Drivers are asked to use caution as some maintenance crews are still in…

Electrical Fire Sparked in Classroom at Charlton Heston Academy

Charlton Heston Academy’s superintendent says an electrical fire sparked inside a classroom before school started Thursday morning. Superintendent David Patterson says it was a “very small” electrical fire in one ballast. That ballast has been removed. After an inspection, the superintendent says it was declared safe to resume class.

SwingShift and the Stars: Support Communities in Schools

A big week is coming up for SwingShift in the Stars, with another performance on Friday. The judges and contestants are ready. Now they just need support for programs like Communities in Schools, one of eight organizations SwingShift 2019 is helping to raise funds for. Executive Director Amy Burk says Communities in Schools helps keeps kids in school by placing a…

UPDATE: Crawford County 911 Up And Running

In this update, Crawford County’s 911 line is fully up and running. South Branch Township’s Fire and EMS posted on Facebook that it went down Tuesday night and provided alternative numbers for callers—but they were unneeded. The 911 line did not actually have an outage, it moved over to its backup system. Crawford County Emergency Management & Homeland Security says…

Kalkaska Water Main Break Reroutes Traffic

A water main break in Kalkaska is forcing the sheriff’s office to reroute traffic. It happened Thursday night on 131, also known as Cedar Street, near First Street. Traffic is being rerouted to Elm Street, down Old M-66 to M-72 and back onto US-131. Signs are directing traffic. MDOT says the water main break has damaged both sides of the…

SwingShift and the Stars: Norte!

Traverse City’s Norte is working towards a goal of $100,000 for its Big Orange Promise. That promise is to provide high-quality educational programs—and to do that, this nonprofit dedicated to youth cycling has sought the help of SwingShift and the Stars. SwingShift 2019 helps organizations like Norte raise funds to support their causes. Events Coordinator Sherry Galbraith, with SwingShift and…