Author: Jacob Johnson

A House in a Box: Long-Term Disaster Groups Assemble Furniture for Midland Co. Flood Survivors

More than 11,000 people in Gladwin and Midland Counties were displaced last year due to a historic flood. Now, with the help of United Way of Midland County and long-term flood recovery groups, flood survivors are finally able to put back the pieces. “Flood survivors are just now becoming to reach a point where they’re ready for these items,” says…

Michigan Reconnect Program Sees Ongoing Success, Regional Economic Impact

On Monday, Republican and Democratic state legislators met with northern Michigan community colleges to talk about the ongoing success of the Michigan Reconnect program. “Business grows when its workforce is strong,” says Nikki Devitt, president of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. Michigan Reconnect is a state-wide program that provides free tuition at Michigan community colleges for eligible students 25…

Precision Plumbing, Heating Services Launches Paid Apprenticeship Program

Networks Northwest Michigan Works! and Precision Plumbing and Heating Systems Inc. are partnering up to offer paid apprenticeships. Precision Plumbing and Heating Systems is offering paid apprenticeships for people interested in learning plumbing, HVC install and HVC service. By the end of the program, people will have the skills and knowledge to enter the workforce. “It can make all of…

Sanford Strong Facebook Group Helps People in Texas

When the Edenville Dam failed last year, people from all over the country came to help in the recovery efforts. Now, people in Gladwin and Midland Counties are giving a helping hand to those in Texas. The Sanford Strong Facebook group is currently collecting food, water and monetary donations to send to people in Texas who are dealing with the…

Gladwin Co. Emergency Manager Warns to Stay Off Ice While Crews Lower Tobacco River Spillway

'It’s going to be a whole new ballgame and we want everyone to be safe' 

Starting next week, crews will be lowering the Tobacco Side of the Edenville Dam. The plan is lower the Tobacco River Spillway by more than 20 feet, to restore the natural flow of the water downstream and relieve pressure on the Edenville Dam. Water levels behind the dam are expected to drop about 12 feet over the course of two…

Congressman Moolenaar to Propose New Legislation for Rural Broadband Internet

Congressman John Moolenaar visited Mid-Michigan College in Harrison Thursday morning to talk about a new broadband legislation called the Boost Act. The Boost Act would create a refundable tax credit of up to $300 for homeowners to purchase mobile hotspots or to boost their current device to increase speed. The legislation would cover areas not already covered by other federal…

Chippewa Hills School District to Propose Annexation to Mid Michigan College

'It could potentially be a game changer'

Chippewa Hills School District is proposing to annex to Mid Michigan college on the May 4th ballot. In November, Mid Michigan proposed to annex Isabella and Gratiot counties, but the proposal failed. Now, the community college is hoping that by narrowing in on individual school districts, will help get the proposal passed. “We have lots of students at community college…

Representative Moolenaar Discusses Boost Act at Mid Michigan College

Congressman John Moolenaar visited Mid Michigan College in Harrison Thursday morning to discuss new broadband legislation. Representative Moolenaar plans to introduce the Boost Act to Congress next week. The Boost Act would create a refundable tax credit of up to $300 for homeowners to purchase mobile hotspots or to boost their current device to increase speed. The legislation would cover…