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.

Aldi opens in Big Rapids

Shoppers lined up early in the morning to get a first hand look and savings as the new ALDI Grocery Store opened in Big Rapids Thursday. ALDI District Manager Jen Johnson says it's an exciting day for ALDI and its customers. Along with free samples of ALDI exclusive products, customers will also have a chance to win prizes today as well. Johnson added that the community of Big Rapids has been nothing but great and receptive to the grocer coming in. With ALDI coming into the Big Rapids it has created 18 jobs. The store is open Monday- Sunday 9am-8pm.

Michigan Supreme Court visits Big Rapids

As part of its “Court Community Connections” program. Michigan Supreme Court Justices will be at Big Rapids High School this afternoon to hear a case. Students from area high schools and Ferris State University will have front-row seats for the session in the Big Rapids High School auditorium. At issue is whether the plaintiff in Rambin v Allstate Insurance Company “unlawfully”

State Police need help in identifying this couple accused of stealing credit card

Michigan State Police need your help identifying two people caught on surveillance video using a stolen credit card. Troopers say a woman had her wallet stolen from a gas station in Big Rapids on September 24th. Within a few hours, the card was used at several locations in Howard City and Cedar Springs. Troopers say they're looking for the man and woman believed to be driving a silver car, possibly a late 2000's Chevrolet Aveo. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post.

Michigan SOS Johnson makes visit to Big Rapids

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson made her way up to Big Rapids Thursday to meet with branch office workers and customers as well. Johnson says she is very proud of of far technology has come and how its helped streamline many services at the SOS offices statewide but she still says there are more services that can be more efficient namely voter registration. Johnson says she is working with lawmakers to see if online registration is a possibility, she told reporters yesterday that technology is in place, she just needs to get approval by the legislature.

Resurfacing project starts in Big Rapids

The City of Big Rapids began their biggest road resurfacing project in two years yesterday.
Crews are working on the following roads:

Free junior hunting licenses available to young hunters Sept. 13-14, courtesy of Meijer

Young hunters, ages 16 and under, will once again have the opportunity to get a free junior hunting license at all Meijer stores in Michigan on Sept. 13 and 14.

Youths must be accompanied by an adult, and should print out and bring the free junior hunting license coupon to the store's sporting goods department. The coupon is valid for any junior hunting license or mentored youth hunting license. Coupon found here:

Reed City tops Big Rapids in high scoring football game 39-26

The Reed City Coyote's notched their first win of the season as they beat the Big Rapids Cardinals 39-26 at Top Taggert Field Thursday night.The Coyote's started the game by scoring 20 points in the first quarter and another 13 points in the second quarter. Big Rapids tried to mount a comeback by scoring 14 points in the second quarter led by Senior QB Ty Lattimore and Senior WR Jon Spicer to trim Reed City's lead 33-14 and another 12 points in the forth quarter but it wasn't enough.

Big Rapids police taken on chase

Big Rapids Police officers were involved in a high speed chase last night. Police say they attempted to conduct a traffic stop near Hemlock and State Street in Big Rapids when the driver, 61-year old Harvester Carter took off driving at a high rate of speed through alleys and parking lots before ditching the car behind a house on the 700th block of Osceola Ave and taking off on foot. The two passengers in the vehicle were arrested and well as Carter a short time later. The passengers were not charged.

Big Rapids to seek outside opinion on internet service conflict

The City of Big Rapids will now seek an outside opinion in the conflict between them and Tucker Communications over internet services. The decision was made during last night's commission meeting. Big Rapids will seek the counsel from Petoskey law firm, Plunkett Cooney. In February, the internet service provider reached an agreement with City Manager Steve Sobers to pay almost $8,500 dollars to the city. However, Commissioners rejected the offer, seeking more of the estimated $80,000 the company owes the city for leasing space on the Perry Avenue water tower.


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