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Mecosta-Osceola Transit Authority hoping voters approve millage proposal to continue operations

A special election on November 5th is right around the corner and one local entity is hoping voters will approve its millage proposal to keep their operation going.


The Mecosta Osceola Transit Authority is asking voters to approve their millage proposal of a .5 mill to continue its transportation operations.

 

Last May, MOTA ended their partnership with the Hope Network, that in turn, reduced state and federal funding to continue providing its services for those who need it.

 

Last year, MOTA provided over 49,000 rides to people in both Mecosta and Osceola Counties which translates to 196 rides per day.

 

Executive Director Mike Tillman says if this isn't passed MOTA will have to shutdown on November 8th. “We will have to close our doors because we won't have enough funding for operations.” Tillman said.

 

However if it is passed, Tillman says MOTA will have the ability to increase hours of operation and lower fares for passengers. “Our hours of operations will extend to Saturday and Sunday, the millage will also allow us to lower full rate fares from $5.00 to $2.00, lower senior and disabled fares from $2.50 to $1.00 and seniors 80 years and over ride for free.”Tillman added. 

 

So how much would this cost residents in Mecosta and Osceola Counties?

If your home value is $100,000, a .5 mill would cost you $25.00 a year OR .07 cents a day.

If your home value to $200,000, a .5 mill would cost you $50.00 a year or .14 cents a day.

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Central Lake man suffers medical emergency; killed in car accident in Osceola Co.

A Central Lake man is dead following a car accident in Osceola County Sunday morning.

 

It happened on northbound US-131 HWY near US-10 HWY in Richmond Township.

 

Sheriff Ed Williams says deputies found a white 2017 Ford F150 had went off the road and came to rest against a sign post. Attempts to revive the man were made by citizens and responding personnel but were unsuccessful with life saving measures.


Upon preliminary investigation it is believed that 62-year old Roger Hibbard from Central Lake Michigan suffered a medical incident while driving.

 

This investigation is ongoing and a direct cause of death has not been determined, however, neither alcohol nor speed is believed to be a factor.

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Saturday morning crash in Montcalm Co. kills driver; passenger suffers injuries

A Sheridan man is dead and his passenger with severe injuries following a car accident Saturday morning in Montcalm County.

 

It happened on Condensery Rd. in Bushnell Township.

 

Michigan State Police say the 24-year old driver was traveling eastbound when his car went off the road and rolled over.

 

Troopers say he was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

They say his passenger, also a 24-year-old man from Sheridan, was taken to the hospital for severe injuries.

 

The accident remains under investigation.

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UPDATE: Passenger car driver dead, two students suffer minor injuries from crash involving school bus

UPDATE: The Isabella County Sheriff's Office says the female driver of the passenger vehicle was the only occupant in the vehicle at the time of the accident. 

 

A female driver is dead following a car/school bus accident.

 

Michigan State Police say it happened last night in Isabella County around 9pm, a school bus carrying the  Chippewa Hills junior varsity football team with coaches and staff was traveling north bound on Coldwater approaching River Road in Broomfield Twp when a passenger vehicle entered the oncoming lane and struck the school bus.

 

Two students suffered minor injuries, while the other students were removed by a second bus to a reunification site away from the accident, so as parents could respond and pick up their children.

 

The passenger car sustained heavy damage and immediately caught fire after the crash, the only occupant in the car the driver was killed in the accident. 

 

An autopsy is being conducted to identify the woman. 

 

We will have more on this story as it becomes available. 

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9-year old boy found in Montcalm Co.

A missing nine year old boy with autism has been found safe in Montcalm County.

 

Kevin Yarrington walked away from his home in Stanton Wednesday morning and state police, the DNR, the Ionia County Sheriff's Office and volunteers searched for him all day.

 

A homeowner nearby found him behind a tree just before five yesterday afternoon.

 

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Man airlifted after dirt bike accident in Mecosta Co.

A 38-year old man suffered life threatening injuries following a dirt bike accident in Deerfield Township.

 

Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say it happened on Northland Drive near four mile road where a 38-year old man lost control of the dirt bike, went off the road and struck a tree.

 

The man was not wearing a helmet.

 

He was airlifted by AeroMed to a Grand Rapids hospital for treatment of his injuries.

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Mecosta County Man Wins $350,000 on Michigan Lottery's The Big Spin Show

Winning $350,000 on the Michigan Lottery's The Big Spin show is going to be "life changing" for a Mecosta County man.

 

Donald Bassett, 54, won the big prize after spinning the prize wheel on The Big Spin show hosted by Detroit basketball champion John Salley. Bassett was selected to participate in the show after entering non-winning The Big Spin tickets at MIBigSpin.com.

 

"The drawing took place on my birthday and when I didn't get a call that day I thought: 'Man, I didn't win!'" said Bassett. "The next day I answered a call from a number I didn't recognize and it was a woman from the Lottery telling me I had been selected to be on the show!

 

"I'm so excited to win a life changing amount of money. I'm going to live debt-free and put the rest away for my retirement in two years."

 

Bassett was one of five players selected for The Big Spin show by a random drawing. Ten more players will be selected to participate on The Big Spin show. Additional The Big Spin second chance drawings are scheduled to take place on Oct. 31 and Jan. 2, 2020.

 

Each player selected will spin The Big Spin wheel and have a chance to win up to $2 million. All the players who spin The Big Spin wheel are guaranteed to win at least $100,000.

 

Twenty players will be selected to appear on the Lottery's The Big Spin televised events, which will air shortly after evening Lottery drawings. Players may submit non-winning The Big Spin ticket Spin Codes at www.MIBigSpin.com. By entering codes, players will earn entries for the drawings for the opportunity to appear on television and spin the big wheel.

 

Each $10 The Big Spin ticket offers players a chance to instantly win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Players have won more than $14 million playing The Big Spin. More than $61 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 115 $1,000 prizes.

 

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games. Instant games may be purchased at the Lottery's 10,500 retailers across the state.
 

Click here for video content from The Big Spin show.

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Spectrum Health Big Rapids & Reed City Hospital receive 5-star rating for treaments

Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals are both five-star rated for treatment of sepsis outcomes according to a national report released by Healthgrades , the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. Big Rapids Hospital also received five-star distinction for the treatment of pneumonia. This achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital leaders.

 

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additionally analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.


Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital has received the five-star distinction for treatment of pneumonia two years in a row and the five-star distinction for treatment of sepsis seven years in a row. Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital has received the five-star distinction for treatment of sepsis three years in a row.


“To receive this five-star rating in the fight against sepsis and pneumonia is very rewarding,” said Andrea Leslie, President of Spectrum Health United, Kelsey, Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. “I want to commend our entire clinical team for their continued dedication to providing quality care in earning this distinction.”


The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-
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Click it or Ticket patrols begin Thursday

Michigan law enforcement is again looking for unbuckled motorists and encouraging safe driving.

 

The two-week Click It or Ticket campaign will run October 17-31.

 

In Michigan, 192 people killed in traffic crashes during 2018 were not wearing a seat belt.

 

October is the second deadliest month, behind only July, for fatalities of those unrestrained in a passenger vehicle in Michigan between 2013 and 2017.

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Ban on flavored E-cigarettes put on hold after judge's ruling

A Michigan Court of Claims Judge has ruled that the state must stop enforcement of the ban imposed on e-cigarette flavors.

 

The judge granted the preliminary injunction requested by two e-cigarette businesses to block the emergency rules enacted by Governor Whitmer.

 

The judge says sufficient evidence was presented that the ban causes the business owners irreparable harm, and that by prohibiting flavored vaping products, adults will return to using more harmful products.

 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has released a statement after a judge on the Court of Claims issued a preliminary injunction blocking the state from enforcing its emergency vaping rules, which banned the sale of flavored vaping nicotine products among other measures to protect public health.

 

The governor says “This decision is wrong. It misreads the law and sets a dangerous precedent of a court second-guessing the expert judgment of public health officials dealing with a crisis. I plan to seek an immediate stay and go directly to the Supreme Court to request a quick and final ruling."

 

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UPDATE: MSP says Marion man died from falling on a knife after being tased by officer

An Evart Police officer has been placed on administrative leave following an domestic incident on Friday that left a 29-year old Marion man dead.

 

According to a press release, Michigan State police say on Friday, October 11, 2019 at approximately 5:30pm, two officers from the Evart Police Department assisted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department by responding to the village of Marion for a report by a female of a domestic incident between her 29-year-old son and her husband, in which the son came to their home brandishing two large knives.

 

Evart Police Department Officers arrived on scene and contacted the 29-year-old male, who was on foot at the intersection of Broadway and 3rd Streets near the home. Officers issued verbal commands, ordering the subject go to his knees, to which he complied. Additional orders by officers to have the subject then place his hands on his head were not followed, and the subject reached into his waistband, producing a large bladed weapon, appearing to be a large knife or small sword.

 

One officer was positioned in front of the subject with TASER drawn, while the other officer was positioned behind the subject with firearm drawn. The officer to the rear of the subject then transitioned to a TASER, deploying it into the subject’s back. This resulted in him falling forward and onto the knife in his hand, puncturing his chest cavity. Officers immediately called for an ambulance and rendered first aid to the subject, however the subject died on scene from the stab wound.

 

Officials from the City of Evart advised that per policy, the officers involved in this incident have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation and review by the Osceola Co. Prosecutor’s Office.

 

Detectives from the Michigan State Police are investigating the incident, which is ongoing.

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Morley woman dies in one car accident in Isabella Co.

A Morley woman died on Friday following a car accident in Isabella County.

 

It happened on E. Fremont Rd. near S. Crawford Rd. in Lincoln Township.

 

Michigan State Police say 53-year old Deanna Evanzo, was driving east on E. Fremont Rd. when she lost control of the vehicle on the gravel roadway. The vehicle then left the road where it rolled and struck several trees.

 

Evanzo, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

 

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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Downstate man dead following ORV accident in Osceola Co.

A 62-year old downstate man is dead following an ORV accident Sunday in Osceola County.

 

The Sheriff's Office says they received a call for a well being check for a man who left his cabin in Shelby Township just after 10am to head to his hunting property in Cedar Township but had not been heard from since.

 

Deputies canvassed the area and located the man and the ORV on a trail a short distance from the cabin.

 

It appears the man rolled the ORV down an embankment pinning the man against a tree.

 

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The investigation is still ongoing; however alcohol is not believed to be a factor and the man was not wearing a helmet.

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Marion man dead following domestic incident

Michigan State Police are investigating what they call a domestic incident after discovering a man dead from stab wounds in Osceola County Friday evening.

 

Troopers say they received reports of a man with a knife outside of a home in the village of Marion.

 

When police arrived to the scene they discovered a 29-year old Marion man deceased from a stab wound.

 

An autopsy was conducted over the weekend.

 

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

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New low cost meal plan for students approved by Ferris State University Trustees

Beginning next school year incoming Ferris students will have a new low cost meal plan option.

 

The Board of Trustees recently approved the administration's proposed 2020-21 room and board rate at $9,650 for a freshman with a double room and the bronze or silver meal plan. That represents a 3.9-percent rate decrease, for a freshman, from 2019-20.

 

The administration also added a lower-cost "bronze" option for students seeking a smaller meal plan.

 

The university does anticipate that the "silver" plan will continue to rank as the most popular student option.

 

The university further anticipates that the addition of the lower-cost meal plan option will move Ferris' ranking to second-lowest among peer Michigan universities. In 2009-10, Ferris was second-highest among state universities in Michigan.

 

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Alcohol suspected in early morning rollover accident in Mecosta Township

A Big Rapids man was taken to the hospital early this morning following a rollover accident in Mecosta County's Mecosta Township.

 

It happened just before 3am on Park Road, deputies say the 24-year old driver was traveling eastbound on Park Road when he lost control of his vehicle ran off the right side of the road and stuck two parked cars and a utility pole before overturning on the front lawn of a residence.

 

The Big Rapids man suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

 

Alcohol is suspected in the crash.

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Big Rapids City Commission "Opt in" to bring marijuana facilities to the area

On Monday, the Big Rapids City Commission said yes to "opt in" to bring marijuana businesses to the area.

 

Back in 2008, Michigan voters approved the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, with the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act following in 2016. 

 

In November of 2018, recreational marijuana use and establishments were legalized following a statewide vote, making Michigan the 10th state to do so. However, with the approval it also gave cities, townships and villages the option to decide for themselves whether they wanted to allow businesses like retail stores and grow operations to set up shop before the state begins accepting applications on Nov. 1. 

 

During Monday night's vote, commissioners voted 5-0 to "opt in" and approve an ordinance to allow for medical marijuana and its corresponding ordinance for business applications. Commissioners then voted "No" 4-1 to allow recreational marijuana facilities to operate in Big Rapids. 

 

Big Rapids City Manager Mark Gifford says interest from those in the marijuana industry about "setting up shop" have already begun. "we have had a tremendous amount of interest about Big Rapids from the industry when it comes to its use, sale, testing, quality control and manufacturing, especially over the last few days." said Gifford.  

 

Though the ordinances were passed, they will not become effective until they are published by the city. Further information on this can be found at cityofbr.org.

 

 

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Police suspect alcohol in two vehicle accident in Morton Township

Police in Mecosta County believe alcohol was a factor in a two car accident that occurred Monday evening.

 

It happened in Morton Township, on 105th Avenue just north of Buchanan Road.

 

Deputies say an investigation found an intoxicated driver lost control of his vehicle, and hit a northbound vehicle.

 

The driver of the northbound vehicle, a 57-year old woman, received minor injuries and was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids for treatment.

 

The intoxicated male driver also resisted arrest and assaulted police officers.

 

He is getting treatment at the hospital.

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Croton Pond Boat Launch closure changed to October 9th and 10th

Access will be closed to the duChemin Park boat launch at Croton Pond on October 9 and 10 to allow a contractor crew working for Consumers Energy to safely work there.

 

That work had been scheduled to take place October 3 and 4, but had to be rescheduled due to high flows on the river system.

 

The duChemin boat launch is near the Croton Dam. Signs will clearly mark that the site is closed while crews use the site to remove a crane and barge that had been utilized to perform work upstream at Hardy Dam.

 

Two nearby boat launches will remain available at the Croton Township Campground on the east side of Croton Pond. In addition, the closure does not impact the Muskegon River recreational access sites on the downstream side of Croton Dam.

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Morley man taken to hospital following car accident

A 19-year old Morley man is recovering following a car accident in Mecosta County, Wednesday.

 

It happened on 9 Mile Road near 160th Avenue in Austin Township.

 

The driver of the vehicle was traveling too fast for road conditions, lost control of his vehicle, and rolled it off of the roadway.

 

The passenger, a 19-year old man from Morley was taken to Spectrum Health for his injuries.

 

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Flood Warning issued in Newaygo Co.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Muskegon River near Croton, Newaygo, and Bridgeton in Newaygo County until Saturday afternoon. 

* Heavy rain last night is causing minor flooding on the Muskegon River in Newaygo County. 
The White River is also seeing minor flooding at this time. 
Showers will continue on and off for the rest of the day and night, 
But additional rain is not expected to be nearly as heavy as what has already fallen. 

The following forecast is based on observed and forecast 48 hour precipitation.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Widespread standing water is expected in low lying and flood prone areas. 
Flooding of small streams, urban and poor drainage locations continue to be possible. 
Three USGS Streamgages are used to determine the river levels.  
As of 9:30 am, the Muskegon River near
  • USGS Croton Streamgage was at 9.04 feet with flows at 7,190 cubic feet per second. Flood stage is at 9.0 feet.
  • USGS Newaygo Streamgage was at 11.41 feet with flows at 6,830 cubic feet per second. Flood stage is at 11.0 feet.
  • USGS Bridgeton Streamgage was at 11.16 feet with flows at 4,370 cubic feet per second. Flood stage is at 13.0 feet.  

Based on the current forecast, it is expected to see MINOR FLOODING on the Muskegon River, with river levels cresting on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Reliability of the forecast is based on current and forecasted river, weather and reservoir conditions.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Expect standing water in low lying and flood prone areas.
  • Expect MINOR Flooding on the Muskegon River.
  • Anticipate the following areas to be impacted by flood waters on the Muskegon River
    • Leisure Land Subdivision in Bridgeton Township
    • Sycamore Flats in Ashland Township
    • 100th Ave in Ashland Township
    • Old Women’s Bend in Garfield Township
    • Anderson Flat’s in Garfield Township
  • Anticipate Public River Access Sites to be closed if the Muskegon River reaches
    • A height of 10.0 Feet at the USGS Croton  River Gage
    • A height of 13.0 Feet at the USGS Newaygo River Gage
    • A height of 15.0 Feet at the USGS Bridgeton River Gage
ROAD CLOSURES
The following roads are currently closed due to flooding:
* 112th St between Dickinson Ave and Fitzgerald Ave in Bridgeton Township 
* Luce Ave between 32nd St & 24th St in Dayton Township
*VanBuren Ave east of Spruce Ave

GET READY – PREPARE TO EVACUATE IF YOU LIVE WITHIN THE AREA IMPACTED! 
This is a rapidly developing situation. Watch for rapidly changing water levels. 
Don’t wait for an evacuation directive if you feel threatened. 
Residents within the areas anticipated to be impacted by flood waters may be directed to evacuate.
 Follow these checklists (if time allows) to give you and your home the best chance of surviving a flood.
Inside the House
  • Shut and lock all windows and doors.
  • Gather and elevate important documents, belongings, furniture, and other priceless items including pictures, irreplaceable mementos, and other valuables. 
  • Check your emergency preparedness kit and store supplies so you can grab them quickly if you need to evacuate. This includes prescription medications.
  • Prepare to unplug appliances and turn off your main breaker in your homes electrical box if you need to evacuate.

Outside

  • Gather up items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, grills, etc.).
  • Strap down propane tanks.
  • Prepare to turn off propane tanks if you need to evacuate.
  • Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle.
  • Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.
  • Don’t wait for an evacuation directive if you feel threatened.
  • Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.

 Animals

  • Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
  • Check your emergency preparedness kit for your pets and store supplies so you can grab them quickly if you need to evacuate.
  • If you need to evacuate, take your pets with you.
FLOODING SAFETY
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

  • ONLY CALL 9-1-1 TO REPORT EMERGENCIES!   Emergency operators and phone lines are needed to support this incident, please continue to monitor Nixle for updates or call 2-1-1 (not 9-1-1) for general safety information.
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED!   Continue monitoring your radio, Nixle, and Newaygo ES’s Facebook Page for additional information.
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!     


Newaygo County Emergency Services is coordinating with Consumers Energy and the National Weather Service Grand Rapids Office to actively monitor the changing conditions and communicate information out to residences impacted by the rising floodwaters. As the situation changes, additional information will be released by the Newaygo County Emergency Operations Center utilizing Nixle. Please visit http://www.nixle.com/ to register for alerts and view emergency information for where you live.
 

Instructions:

This is a rapidly developing situation. Watch for rapidly changing water levels. Don’t wait for an evacuation directive if you feel threatened. Never try to walk, swim, or drive through swift water. Even 6 inches of fast moving water can knock you off your feet and a depth of 2 feet will float your car. If you come upon flood waters, stop, turn around and go another way.

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