State Sen. Judy Emmons to speak in Big Rapids

State Senator Judy Emmons is expected to be in Big Rapids next week to speak with residents. The republican lawmaker from Sheridan is going to be at Falcon Head Golf Course April 8th to speak about Human Trafficing in Michigan.The event starts at 7pm and is open to the public. Emmons has led a very successful campaign in the Michigan Senate to introduce and move legislation against this abuse. Emmons represents Michigan Senate District 33, which Mecosta County will be part starting on Jan. 1, 2015.

UAW workers from Fluid Routing Solutions strike in Big Rapids

Almost 250 United Auto Workers from Big Rapids manufacturer Fluid Routing Solutions are taking part in an unfair labor strike. The strike began after the union contract expired at midnight Tuesday morning.

President of Spectrum Health Big Rapids & Reed City announces retirement

The President of Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital and Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, announced his retirement to hospital board members and employees last week. Sam Daugherty will be retiring July 1, 2014. During his tenure, Daugherty lead the completion of the merger of Mecosta County Medical Center into the Spectrum Health System, the opening of the new Susan P.

City of Big Rapids receives $410,000 grant for Maple St. renovations

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced 14 communities including the City of Big Rapids will split up more than $7,600,000 in funding for public infrastructure improvements. The Michigan Strategic Fund approved the funds which come from the Downtown Infrastructure Grant program. The city of Big Rapids will use the grant money of $410,000 for Maple Street renovations which include new LED street lights, replacing existing sidewalks in the downtown area and the construction of a new public pavilion in Mitchell Creek Park among other things.

Ferris State stabbing victim charged w/ obstruction of justice

A Ferris State student who was stabbed by another student at a dorm on the University's Big Rapids campus was charged with obstructing justice among other charges. 20-year old Joseph Gabriel Guertler was arraigned Thursday in Mecosta County District Court on one count of obstruction of justice, and falsely reporting a felony. Guertler was stabbed in the early morning hours on Sunday in Brophy Hall, where he and the suspect, 19-year-old Ezekiel Fulgencio, both lived. Police say Guertler originally told them the stabbing took place off campus at the Oakwood Apartments in Big Rapids.

Update: FSU stabbing suspect in custody; awaiting arraignment

Deputies in Mecosta County arrested a man they say is accused of stabbing a 20-year old Ferris State University student with a pocket knife early Sunday morning on FSU's campus. Police say during an investigation is was found out that the incident took place on campus in a Ferris residence hall where the suspect and the victim, both Ferris students who are acquainted with each other, live. The suspect, who was arrested without incident, is currently being held in the Mecosta County Jail. The victim has been treated and released from a local hospital.

Big Rapids God's Helping Hand sees increase in need so far this winter

Local food pantry’s are seeing an uptick in the number of people they serve this winter. Executive Director of Gods Helping Hand in Big Rapids Randy Piatt says there has definitely been more people looking for help either by way of a meal, clothes or other means. He says this winter has been especially tough on some folks. Piatt says they are always looking for donations since their organization is not state or federally funded. He says God's Helping Hand is looking for donations of clothes, toys and non-perishable food items but no home-made items or home- canned items.

Ferris President Eisler Named "2013 Education Newsmaker of the Year'

ecently, the Grand Rapids Business Journal named Ferris State University President David Eisler its “2013 Education Newsmaker of the Year.” The newsmaker awards recognize leaders in 10 fields – education, government, health care, law, manufacturing, non-profits/philanthropy, real estate and development, retail, sports/arts and entertainment, and technology – who most impacted their field throughout West Michigan.

Ferris State U. President applauds Gov. Snyder higher ed. proposal

Governor Rick Snyder asked lawmakers to increase funding 6.1% to Michigan's 15-publicly funded universities in his proposed budget for 2015. Ferris State University President David Eisler said in a statement: "This is a very positive proposal from the governor. It raises higher education as a priority for our state, something on which there is common agreement". Ferris would gain about $3.5 million in operating funds on a current state appropriation of $45.6 million under Gov. Snyder’s proposed budget.

Macomb Co. pair arraigned on charges connected to shooting in Big Rapids

A pair of Macomb County residents were officially charged with the shooting of a Ferris State University student over the weekend at an off campus apartment. 20-year old DeCory Downing was charged with six counts including attempted murder and assault with intent to murder. The second suspect in the case, 18-year old Shaionna Brown is charged with being an accessory to a felony, felony firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. Police say brown was hiding Downing during the police search of him. The victim was taken to Spectrum Health Hospital in Grand Rapids for non-life threatening injuries.

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