Author: Jacob Johnson

Kingsley Band Plans to March at Football Games

Varsity high school football teams will take the field Friday for their first game of the season, but for some schools, halftime will be missing an important piece of the game… the marching band. “Despite some hardships, they’re doing a good job and their spirits are going really well too,” says Brian Balch, director of the bands for Big Rapids…

31 Missaukee Co. Nonprofits to Display Trees at 42nd Annual Festival of the Pines

The Lake City Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 42nd Annual Festival of the Pines this weekend. The festival celebrates the areas Christmas tree growers, farmers and logging industry businesses. New this year, Missaukee County nonprofits will be displaying decorative trees throughout downtown. The chamber says so far, 31 nonprofits have signed up to display their tree, each telling…

Spectators Limited at High School Football Games Depending on Region

This week, high school football teams take the field, kicking off the highly anticipated season, but for some spectators, the season’s going to look a little different this year in regards to attendance. The Athletic Director for Beal City Public Schools, Aarron Butkovich, says he’s ready for those Friday night lights: “To start the year, from where we were two…

CMU President Davies Pledges to Make the University Anti-Racist

The President of Central Michigan University posted in a blog Tuesday that starting immediately, the university is to become an anti-racist institution. President Bob Davies says this comes after he and the Board of Trustees read a book by an American professor called “How To Be An Antiracist.” The book says, rather than just be diverse and accepting, anti-racism is a…

Four Lakes Task Force Estimates Cost to Restore Lakes, Dams in Gladwin and Midland Counties

In May, a historic rain event led to the failure of the Edenville and Sanford Dam and catastrophic 500-year flood in Gladwin and Midland Counties. The flood displaced more than 11,000 people, damaged 2,500 structures and caused an estimated $250 million in damages. “We suffered about 59,000 dollars in damage, right here,” says Richard Pytlak, a homeowner on Sanford Lake….

Futures for Frontliners Program Offers Free College Tuition to Essential Workers

On Thursday, Governor Whitmer launched a new program that offers essential and frontline workers tuition free college. The program is called Futures for Frontliners and offers essential, frontline workers a tuition free path to community college. “It’s a lot when you’re trying to work and you’re working 40 hours a week,” says Felicia Clark, a deli supervisor at Willow’s Market…

Cicchelli Second Chance Rescue and Exotics to Offer Free Admission to Children with Special Needs

Cicchelli Second Chance Rescue and Exotics in Missaukee County will be offering free admission next year to kids with special needs. Owners Ryan and April Cicchelli say with everything going on in the world involving politics and the pandemic, they wanted to share some positivity. So, for the 2021 season, Cicchelli Second Chance Rescue and Exotics will be offering any child with special needs free admission. The Ryan Cicchelli…