Author: Kaleb Vinton

New Hope Homeless Shelter Celebrates Start of Construction on New Facility

On Tuesday, people gathered at the New Hope Homeless Shelter in Cadillac to celebrate the start of construction on their new facility. They wanted to take a moment to recognize all the support they have received from the community to get this project up and going. Much of the work is being done by volunteers and most of the materials…

Benzie Area Christian Neighbors Seeks Food Pantry Volunteers

Benzie Area Christian Neighbors needs your help.  They’re looking for more volunteers. The food pantry is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Between the colder weather and the pandemic, they have fewer volunteers with a growing demand. BACN’s Director of Operations, Michelle Northrup, says keeping their volunteers and the community safe is their top priority. “We…

Leland’s Old Art Building Raises Money To Buy Property From State

The Old Art Building in Leland is working toward buying their building. Right now the state owns the property. The Old Art Building hopes to raise $1.5 million to buy it. They have until February, and they recently teamed up with members of the community to kick start the ‘Owning Our Future’ fundraiser. “We have this wonderful challenge from our…

Mason County Central Schools Unveil New Solar Arrays

The Mason County Central School District just unveiled new arrays of solar panels that now provide power to two of their buildings. And it’s all thanks to a first of its kind agreement in the state. Mason County Central first started looking into solar panels about two years ago. They’re now the first district in the state to enter what’s…

Futures for Frontliners Sees Roughly 70,000 Applications in Opening Weeks

Michigan’s Futures for Frontliners program just started taking applications and already tens of thousands have applied. The state launched the program last month as a way to provide college tuition to those who worked in an essential service at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. West Shore Community College in Mason County says the last update from the state showed…

Reed City, Morley Stanwood School Closures Highlight Substitute Teacher Shortage

Two local schools made the decision to close Thursday after teachers and staff were forced to quarantine following positive cases in the district. They couldn’t find enough substitutes to hold in-person class. Morley Stanwood Superintendent Roger Cole says a handful of staff members at the district recently had to quarantine. That, combined with several teachers already scheduled to be off…

Osceola County Extends Local State of Emergency

Osceola County Commissioners recently voted to extend their local state of emergency. They first declared a state of emergency back on March 13. County Emergency Manager Mark Watkins says this declaration allows them to have a dedicated response staff to address needs throughout the county with 24/7 support. It also allows the county to keep their emergency plan going. “Because…

Kampout for KAIR Goes Forward Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources made some changes to its annual Kampout for KAIR event this year. The annual food drive is usually held over 24 hours, but this year it’s spread out over 10 days because of the coronavirus. You can drop off donations from now until Oct. 17 at Family Fare, Northland Foods and Bill Marsh Auto in Kalkaska….

Court Documents Outline Timeline of Alleged Surveillance of Governor’s Antrim Co. Home

Another man was formally charged Friday in Antrim County in connection to the plot against Governor Whitmer. Shawn Fix faces firearm and terrorism charges. Michael and William Null and Eric Molitor of Cadillac were all charged in Antrim County Thursday. A criminal complaint says the first surveillance of the governor’s vacation home took place on August 29. The complaint says…