Author: Jacob Johnson

Bethany Christian Services Helping Refugee Children in Northern Michigan

Bethany Christian Services in Traverse City is getting ready to recognize World Refugee Day later this week. They currently have six refugee children living with foster parents in northern Michigan. They’ve been working with refugee children since 2016. These children typically flee to refugee camps where they are vetted for several years before being resettled. The six children who now…

Inside the Kitchen: K.I. Bar & Grill in Kingsley

They describe the menu as a slice of Americana and they aren’t wrong! K.I.’s selection includes a range of mouth-watering, built-up burgers and all of the comfort classics to confront those cravings. Virtually all of it comes from scratch and none of it lacks in creativity. Between what’s happening in the kitchen and the range of craft cocktails you’ll find…

2nd Annual Veterans in Crisis Golf Outing in Traverse City Held Friday

Friday was Flag Day and with it came the 2nd Annual Veterans in Crisis Golf Outing in Traverse City. About 100 golfers teed off to raise money for vets at The Crown.  Veterans in Crisis is an organization that helps local veterans when they are struggling to pay rent and bills, even buy gasoline. Last year, they were able to…

Benzie Bus Adds Taxi Style Service Amid State Public Transit Cuts

A new public transit route in Benzie County started Friday. Just a day after the state announced it’s considering massive cuts to public transit systems across the state.   Benzie Bus’ new taxi style service, called The Lake Express, is meant to help people avoid parking in downtown Beulah and Frankfort. The free service will increase access to downtown businesses by…

Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office Receives $20K Grant to Add More Patrols To Higgins Lake

Those on Higgins Lake this summer will notice extra patrols on the water. The Higgins Lake Foundation gave the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office a grant of $20,000. Half of that came from an anonymous donor. The foundation challenged the community to match that half, allowing them to donate the $20,000. They hope this will increase safety and catch anyone speeding…

Northwest Michigan Works and 20Fathoms Partner to Bring Tech Jobs to Northern Michigan

Northwest Michigan Works is partnering with 20Fathoms to bring more tech jobs to Northern Michigan. 20Fathoms houses young tech startup companies in Traverse City. Those companies need help filling the unique jobs they’re creating. So they turned to Michigan Works! They’ll now be working to recruit and attract talent to companies participating in 20Fathoms. Some of the companies just getting…

Community Donations Helping Fishtown With Continued High Water Level Issues

“It just seems to be getting up higher and higher and higher,” said Amanda Holmes, Executive Director of the Fishtown Preservation Society in Leland. The community in Leland’s historic Fishtown continues working to fix problems caused by the high water levels. The Fishtown Preservation Society just paid off their purchase of Fishtown back in Feb.  They’ve been working to raise…

High Water Levels Leaving Basements Flooded

Flood waters are creeping into people’s homes. Story Basement Technologies says they’ve been flooded with phone calls from people with water in their basement. “Generally right now, about three to four to five phone calls are happening per day,” said John Raymond with Story Basement Technologies. High water levels are leading to flooded basements. “I’m walking into a lot of…