Author: Jacob Johnson

Benzie Area Christian Neighbors Constructing New Building

For almost 40 years, Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN) have offered food, clothing, and education to the Benzie area community. But more recently, they’re working on expanding. “I think the funny piece right now is people will say, ‘Oh I see you, what’s going on at BACN?’,” said BACN Executive Director Gerri VanAntwerp. It’s a new building—a project BACN says…

Houghton Lake’s Tip Up Town Hopes to Make Memories

With the cold temperatures and snow on the ground, that can only mean one thing for those in Houghton Lake—the return of Tip Up Town. The annual event will make its return Jan. 22-23 and Jan. 29. “We have an ice slide for children, the snow sculptures, everything,” said Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jay Jacobs. “We’re just…

Houghton Lake Ambulance Authority, Michigan Works! Region 7B Work to Close Gap on First Responder Shortages

As every business experiences a staffing shortage, those in the EMT and Paramedic field know it’s especially hard to find qualified employees. That’s why Michigan Works! Region 7B and Houghton Lake Ambulance Authority have teamed up to start a new apprenticeship program in the region. “It’s not just the learning classroom portion, but it’s the hands on experience,” said Deputy…

Newaygo County House Fire Leaves Two People Dead

A house fire in Newaygo County left two people dead Tuesday morning. The City of Big Rapids Fire Department said the call came in around 5 a.m. about a house fire southwest of Big Rapids on Cottonwood Avenue. “Upon arrival they did find a fully involved house fire,” said City of Big Rapids Fire Chief Steve Schroeder. “The fire was…

Gov. Whitmer Hears from Northern Michigan Mental Health Advocates

During Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stop in Traverse City on Friday, she spent time discussing the issue of mental health with Grand Traverse County leaders. She met with mental health advocates for a roundtable discussion on the impact mental health has on northern Michigan, and solutions to help the issue. Experts from mental health centers, local schools, Munson Healthcare and others…

Gov. Whitmer, Sen. Peters Discuss Business Issues at Northern Michigan Policy Conference

As businesses continue to deal with the pandemic, issues like affordable housing, finding talent and childcare remain at the forefront. Michigan leaders were able to share ways they’re helping bring resources to the area at the Northern Michigan Policy Conference in Traverse City on Friday. “If we stay focused on the fundamentals, we can get Michigan on the path to…