Over a million Michigan travelers to hit state roads this Memorial Day weekend

An estimated 1.1 million Michigan residents will travel 50 miles or more during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, launching the 2013 summer travel season. Triple A Michigan says state travel is projected to be nearly on par with last year. The Auto Club projects 34.8 million travelers nationally, a 0.9 percent dip from the previous year. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27.

Remus man and two others taken to hospital after tire comes loose from car

A Remus driver and two passengers were injured after a tire broke off their car and flew off into traffic Wednesday. Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say the accident happened on Northland Drive and 18 Mile Road in Big Rapids. They say the driver, 26-year-old Danavan Gable, of Remus, was heading north on Northland Drive when a tire broke off his vehicle and struck a southbound vehicle driven by 30-year-old Amy McGuire, of Paris. After the tire came loose, Gable’s vehicle left the roadway, struck a reflector sign and rolled over.

Police Memorial Ceremony Planned For May 14th at Ferris State University

Ferris State University and the Big Rapids community will pay tribute to fallen officers during the Police Memorial Ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 14. The public is invited to attend. The 10th annual event will be held outside the Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education, 1010 Campus Drive in Big Rapids. It coincides with National Police Week, created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.

Local school districts asking voters to approve operating millage's and sinking fund today

It's a special election day in Mecosta County, issues on the ballot for voters to decide on include Big Rapids Public Schools and Morley Stanwood Community Schools asking voters to renew their operating millage's. Big Rapids Public Schools will also be asking voters to approve a sinking fund for their district which would among other things enhance building security and safety as well as renovate and upgrade buildings and grounds. If approved, residents would pay between $37.50 to $56.25 per year for a five year period depending on their property value.

Morley man charged in CSC case

A 54-year old Morley man was arrested Friday on charges connected to a criminal sexual conduct case. Police say the charges are in connection to a series of sexual assaults that took place between 2001 and 2005 in the City of Big Rapids. The arrest stems from an investigation by Big Rapids Department of Public Safety after a adult family member came forth about incidents that took place when they were a juvenile. The suspect is charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He also is a habitual offender.

Grand Rapids man arraigned on charges connected to photographing women at a BR tanning salon

In an update to a story we told you about in March, a 21-year old Grand Rapids man was arraigned in Mecosta County District Court this week on felony charges he told photographs of women at a Big Rapids tanning salon. Matthew Allen Marshall was charged with two counts of capturing or distributing images of an unclothed person. If convicted, he could face a maximum five-year sentence. Police say Marshall is alleged to have taken photographs of female clients at B-Tan Tanning Salon with his cell phone. Marshall freed on bond.

Isabella Bank holds ground breaking ceremony on east side of Big Rapids

A ceremonial ground breaking was held for the new Isabella Bank branch on the east side of Big Rapids Tuesday. Representatives from the bank, City, County and other local businesses attended the event. Isabella Bank Division President Keith Kenny told attendees, "We are extremely pleased and proud to be adding on a new office when in this day and age, there are many banks that are closing offices.

Dump and Run Provides Giving Opportunity for Ferris Students

Dump and Run, an annual campus- and community-wide initiative that offers Ferris State University students the opportunity to donate household goods to needy families, is set to begin on Monday, May 6 and continue through Saturday, May 11.

Big Rapids High School earns Silver Medal by US News & World Report

Good News for Big Rapids High School, as it was recognized as a 2013 Silver Medal High School by US News & World Report. BRPS Superintendent Tim Haist says the high school is one of 75 schools in the state to be recognized with either a gold or silver medal nationwide. He says this is not only a high school award but its a credit to all the staff and teachers district wide that put in their time to help students. According to the report, Big Rapids High School is placed in the top 9% in the country.

Big Rapids City Commission proposes Tucker Comm. to pay back $25,000

Mayor Mark Warba proposed three alternatives to the City Commission on the approximate $80,000 uncollected from Tucker Communications on a City contract. The first alternative included going through litigation to attempt collection of the full amount. Two, acceptance of the $8,460 currently held in escrow as full payment to resolve the issue or finally a proposal to collect a portion of the amount due - payable over time, the Commission voted to offer the third option to Tucker Communications this week.

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