Eric Lloyd

Governor Whitmer Helps Unveil New Mobility Grants

Governor Gretchen Whitmer ran on improving transportation in the state of Michigan and today she explained why that means more than just fixing the roads. Whitmer helped unveil four new grant winners with the $8 Million Mobility Challenge at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. A pilot program using new technologies to improve the transportation experience in Michigan. “From…

As Shutdown Lingers, Farmers Begin To Worry

Three weeks into the federal government shutdown and the effects are starting to worry those in the agriculture industry. Farmers rely on the government for financing, labor approval, and crop reports. They need all those things in the coming months. “I think one of the challenges is the real unknown there,” says MSU Extension Farm Business Educator Daniel Ochs, “The…

Montabella Schools Discuss Adjusting Pay-to-Participate Athletic Fees

Nearly every school has them, pay to participate fees for their sports. Prices range from district to district but for those students that can’t afford to pay, schools usually can help them out. “Athletics in no way, shape or form could ever support itself,” says Montabella Community Schools superintendent Shelly Millis. Equipment. Referees. Travel. High school sports are expensive and…

Mason County Political Parties Fight For Food Pantry Donations

After more than a year of campaigning against each other, the two major political parties in Mason County are turning that rivalry into something good. “We want to work together, we want to show that, locally, the two political parties here in Mason County can work together for a positive,” says Ed Miller, chair of the Mason County Democratic Party….

Bandit Industries Goes Employee Owned

Bandit Industries in Isabella County has been looking for a buyer for nearly five years. After all that time, they settled on a solution, turn the company over to their employees. The wood chipper manufacturer is shifting to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, giving every employee shares in the company that can be paid out when they retire or leave…

Federal Shutdown Slows Down Clare County Opioid Fight

Clare County was the winner of a major federal grant this fall to help them fight opioid abuse in the county. But as they start to put the pieces in place for the new programs, the federal government shutdown has thrown a wrench in the system. “The grant is over $300,000 and obviously we don’t have that money sitting aside,”…

Federal Shutdown Hinders Clare County Prosecutor’s Office

The effects of the federal government shutdown are starting to pop up in unforeseen instances across the area. Usually the federal government does not impact the Clare County Prosecutors Office but the shutdown this time has now slowed them down. A new attorney in Michelle Ambrozaitis’ office had a laptop computer ordered from a Canadian company, a crucial piece of…

Osceola County Sheriff Retires, Hands Office to Undersheriff

There’s a new sheriff in town. Osceola County Sheriff Jim Crawford officially retired from the spot New Year’s Eve and with the new year comes a new top cop, his undersheriff Justin Halladay. “ I figured it be in my last four years I just didn’t count on things happening in between,” says Crawford. Health and a desire to relax…

Gretchen Whitmer Sworn In As Michigan Governor

After nearly two years of campaigning for the state’s top office, Tuesday Gretchen Whitmer took over as the Governor. Thousands of people on hand for the ceremony in chilly Lansing Tuesday morning. “There is no place in the world like our state and no people in the world like Michiganders,” says Whitmer. The big name of the day was Whitmer,…