Author: Emily DeRuiter

US-10 Back Open After Closure West of Evart

The Evart Area Fire Department says US-10 is back open after it was temporarily closed west of Evart from 110th Avenue to 5 Mile Road. Drivers were asked to avoid the area, and the fire department said there was a detour set up. As for the cause of the closure, Meceola Central Dispatch could not release the details.

Grand Traverse Co. Sheriff: Missing Man Found Dead in Garfield Township

A man who was previously reported missing has been found dead in Garfield Township. The Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office says the search for 35-year-old Samuel Cenci ended on Monday when he was found dead in a wooded area near Keystone Road and Hammond Road. He was last seen on April 8 getting into an unknown vehicle with four people. The…

Water Main Break in Big Rapids

Central Dispatch says there is a water main break in Big Rapids and “a lot of water” over the road. It happened on Northland Drive (Business US-131) in front of Pizza Hut. The road commission is working to fix it. Drivers in the area are asked to use caution.

Alpena PD: 2 Arrested in Connection to Robbery at Gunpoint

The Alpena Police Department says a man and woman have been arrested in connection to a robbery that happened more than a week ago. Officers were called to the scene on the 200 block of S. Fifth Avenue just before 11 p.m. on Friday, April 10. They say those in the home were held at gunpoint by several people who…

Central Lake Fire Department Responds to Fire Near Torch Lake

A house near Torch Lake is damaged but still standing after a fire ripped through it late Tuesday night. The Central Lake Fire Chief says three fire departments responded to the call just before 10 p.m. and it had spread to the roof and attic by the time crews arrived. Everyone in the home was able to get out and…

Multi-Car Crash Reduces US-31 to 1 Lane in Garfield Township

UPDATE: the site was cleared by 8:30 a.m. Grand Traverse 911 is warning drivers south of Traverse City on US-31 that a multi-car crash has reduced the highway to one lane. It happened at the intersection of Silver Pines Road near Oleson’s Buffalo Farm in Garfield Township. Drivers are asked to use caution as each direction is down to one lane. We…

MDOT Cancels Meeting, Goes Ahead with $4.4 Million Roadwork on US-31

MDOT is going ahead with a $4.4 million project to repave and widen two and a half miles of US-31. It canceled a public meeting that was set up to discuss the matter on April 16. They say the decision to cancel was for the health of the public. Construction is set to start earlier than expected. Beginning March 30,…

Spectrum Health Opens 14 Drop-Off Locations for Medical Supply Donations

The dire need for medical supplies across the U.S. is also being felt in Northern Michigan. Spectrum Health says it has received an “outpouring of community inquiries and offers of support.” In response to the public’s desire to help, it is opening 14 drop-off sites for donations. Starting at noon Tuesday, drop-offs of the following items can be made to…

Michigan’s Small Businesses, Farmers, Nonprofits Offered Low-Interest Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering help to Michigan small businesses affected by the coronavirus state of emergency and resulting restrictions. The disaster declaration means the entire state has access to $2 million worth of low-interest federal disaster loans. Economic Injury Disaster Loans have an interest ranging between 2.75 and 3.75%, and can be used to help pay debts,…

Mackinac Bridge Authority Urges Caution for Wind Speeds

The Mackinac Bridge Authority says windy conditions could affect some travelers’ commutes. It warns certain vehicles could be affected more than others, including pickup trucks with campers, motor homes, vehicles pulling trailers, and enclosed semi-truck trailers. Drivers are asked to drive no more than 20 miles per hour, turn on their four-way flashers, and use the outside lane.