Big Rapids teen arrested for several car & home break-ins around the area

An 18-year old Big Rapids man was arrested after trying to break into a garage in Big Rapids. Police say the teen was seen by the homeowner and then called law enforcement. When officers arrived to the scene, they followed foot prints that led to the home of the suspect where he was taken into custody. Upon further investigation, it was found the suspect was also involved in several car break-ins around the area in November and is also tied to some crimes in Massachusetts last month. The Mecosta Co.

Ice Rink in Big Rapids to hold grand opening Thursday

Big Rapids City officials are putting the finishing touches on its inaugural ice rink before its grand opening Thursday. Parks and Recreation Director Heather Bowman says the grand opening event will be held at Hemlock Park, It will feature Mayor Mark Warba, there will be hot chocolate and cookies for attendees as well as a chance to win a pair of boys or girls ice skates. After Thursday, hours of operation for the rink will be 8am to 10pm.

Ferris State University tops in most efficient state university

Since 2001, Ferris State University has been the most efficient state university in restraining overall costs per student according to a recent report released by the Michigan House Fiscal Agency. The report, “State Appropriations, Tuition, and Public University Operating Costs,” examined state funding reductions, tuition levels and higher education operating costs since 2000. During this 13-year period, Ferris experienced the greatest decline in state appropriations per student at 38.6 percent, an average of 3.7 percent less support each year.

Big Rapids Salvation Army receives another surprise donation

The Salvation Army in Big Rapids received their second surprise donation of Red Kettle season but it wasn’t a diamond ring. Chris Valette of the Salvation Army says when he was sorting through his donations from the day he saw a plastic bag, when he picked it up it was a bag of marijuana. Vallette says his first reaction was he was very surprised. “I saw a plastic bag buried under the coins in the kettle. When I pulled it out, all I could do is laugh. It it definatly the oddest thing I have found in a Kettle.” Vallette urges folks keep their donations in the form of money or checks.

Spruce Ridge Development to meet with Big Rapids residents for Q&A session today

Officials from the Spruce Ridge Development are planning an Q&A session today with Big Rapids residents to talk about adult assisted living and foster care center. Mark Bloxsom, project manager for the development says “The purpose is to address any questions about a Special Use Permit for development of a parcel of property located between Fuller and Woodward Avenues,”. The public meeting is from 3 to 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Operation Good Cheer comes to Big Rapids

Operation Good Cheer arrived in Big Rapids over the weekend as 30 small planes received presents that will be given to children in need. Lake County Human Services and Eagle Village in Osceola County split the number of gifts that came in and will be given out to more than 250 kids. The small airplanes started Saturday in Pontiac and filled their planes with presents and flew to more than 18 airports in Michigan, including Roben Hood Airport in Big Rapids. Operation Good Cheer started about 40 years ago. Their mission is to collect and hand out presents to children in need all over Michigan.

Two men taken to hospital after being assaulted during unarmed robbery in Big Rapids

Two men were taken to the hospital last night after being assaulted by three men during an unarmed robbery in Big Rapids. Police say the two victims a 50-year old man and a 34-year old man were walking in an ally on the 300th Block of N.Michigan Ave when three black males approached them. The victims were assaulted by the suspects, Items the victims had purchased at a store earlier were taken as well. After a brief foot chase with officers two 19-year old suspects were located and arrested while a third suspect remains at large.

Two taken to the hospital after accident on Perry Ave. in Big Rapids

A car accident sent two people to the hospital Wednesday in Big Rapids Township. Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say the accident happened at the intersection of Perry Avenue and 215th Avenue where an eastbound vehicle on Perry Avenue collided with a vehicle attempting to make a left turn. Two passengers of the eastbound vehicle were transported to the hospital by ambulance. A passenger in the turning vehicle also had minor injuries, but was not taken to the hospital. Sheriff’s deputies cited the left-turning vehicle for failing to yield.

Taking timeout to say thank you to those who served

A ceremony was held at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety building this morning to give thanks to all of the military veterans who have served and those who are currently serving. Many local military vet's took part in the ceremony this morning.

MSCS Sinking fund defeated, Big Rapids & Evart mayors re-elected

For the Second time in as many years the proposed sinking fund for Morley-Stanwood Community Schools was rejected by voters yesterday. The one-mill sinking fund that would have been used for building upgrades and improvements was turned down by 30 votes...494 to 464.

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