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.

Big Rapids runners safe; 3 dead, 170 injured during Boston Marathon Bombings

Three people are dead including an 8-year old boy and more than 170 people injured in what was supposed to be a day of celebration in Boston turned out to be a tragic one as two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. President Barack Obama addressed the American people vowing the people or person responsible will “ feel the full wight of justice”. Currently Boston hospitals are reporting 176 injured, 17 of them in critical condition.

Ferris State Students to hold "Take Back the Night" event this week

Ferris State University students are taking a stand against sexual assault and domestic violence with “Take Back the Night” on April 18. The Social Work Association, a registered student organization on campus, has teamed up with several campus and community groups to offer events highlighted by “Our Little Secret,” a keynote presentation by author and speaker Nicole Braddock Bromley at 7:30 p.m. April 18 in Williams Auditorium. A question-and-answer session will follow.

"Jerky for the Troops" being held today in Big Rapids

Local Big Rapids business Kelley's Deer Processing is preparing to send troops overseas and state side a little piece of home when they will hold it Jerky for Troops event on this afternoon from noon until 2pm. Colin Kelly of Kelly's Deer Processing says they are hoping to send 100 packages stuffed with venison or beef jerky and other items. The event will be held at CK's Place on Northland Drive just south of Big Rapids. Additional donation's will be accepted to cover the cost of shipping.

2,000 Ferris Students, 300 homes participating in 'The Big Event" Saturday

Ferris State University students will thank the Big Rapids community by participating in The Big Event this weekend. Around 2,000 students will be out in the Big Rapids community performing a variety of community service projects at approximately 300 properties on Saturday. Opening ceremonies for the event begin at 9 a.m. at Top Taggart Field. Participants will receive a free breakfast provided by Student Government and hear from Ferris President David Eisler and Big Rapids Mayor Mark Warba.

Saginaw man turns self in on charges connected to FSU student who was found in snowbank

A 22-year old Saginaw man turned himself in to police this morning on charges that he provided alcohol to a Ferris State University student in February who was found in a snowbank after a party in Big Rapids. The 22-year old suspect has already posted bond and has been released from the Mecosta County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on charges on April 18th. The victim, 18-year old Nicholas Suttles was found on February 15th around 3am only wearing a t-shirt, jeans.

First "Walk with the Mayor" event held at Hemlock Park tonight

The Mayor of Big Rapids is training for the Wheatlake Wellness Walk in May and he's looking for others to train with him!. Starting tonight at 7pm at Hemlock Park, the District 10 Health Department, City of Big Rapids and the Susan P. Wheatlake Center invite you to “Walk with the Mayor”. Mayor Mark Warba along with other spirited group of community members will hone their walking skills in preparation for the big event in May. The walking event will happen every Wednesday night until May 18th. The event it free of charge.

Kentucky man arraigned on CSC charges in Big Rapids

A Kentucky man remains in Mecosta County Jail without bond after being arraigned in Mecosta County District Court on felony charges connected to the sexual assault of two young Big Rapids girls. 23-year old Daniel Charles Rueckert faces a handful of charges including first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a girl under the age of 13, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of accosting a child for immoral purposes.

Ferris Faculty Association denied injunction by Mecosta Co. Judge

The Ferris Faculty Association was dealt a blow by the Mecosta Co. 49th Circuit Court Monday as Judge Ron Nichols denied their injunction request against the Ferris State University Board of Trustees that would require the university to reconsider its previous rejection of a contract extension proposal. Judge Nichols issued his opinion last night saying quote...“The evidence presented provides very weak support for (the FFA’s) claim of an offer and acceptance, i.e., that a tentative agreement was reached,”.

Kentucky man accused of CSC in Big Rapids

A Kentucky man is in Mecosta County Jail awaiting arraignment today after being accused of molesting two young Big Rapids girls. Big Rapids officers say the incident happened just before 1am this morning, when the two girls reporetd that they had been sexually assaulted by the 23-year old suspect. The girls also said the suspect also tried to steal their car as well. Authorities executed a search warrant at the suspects house that resulted in his arrest. The case is still under investigation.

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