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News That Affects You Archives for 2021-05

Police in Clare Co. asking for public's help in attempted abduction

Clare County investigators are looking for the public's help in an attempted abduction investigation.


According to the investigators, two small children were at Harrison City Park Saturday afternoon when a man tried to take them.


The man is described as driving a newer style royal blue Dodge Ram, two-door extended cab pickup and is believed to be approximately 50 to 60 years old.


The vehicle was also seen at Wilson State Park around the same time.


Anyone with information should call Clare County authorities

New requirement for unemployment benefits starts May 30th

A new requirement for those receiving unemployment goes into effect May 30.


It means the unemployed will have to show proof that they are actively seeking work while collecting.


Michigan’s 800,000 jobless residents will still receive a $300 weekly federal supplement, though all seven of the state’s Republican House members want Governor Whitmer to end those payments, which are on top of the $362 maximum weekly benefit.

Kia recalls certain Sorento and Optima models due to engine fires

For a second time, Kia is recalling more than 440,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix a problem that can cause engine fires.


The recall covers certain Optima sedans from 2013 through 2015 and Sorento SUVs from 2014 and 2015.


Kia is telling owners to park them outdoors and away from structures because fires could happen when the engines aren't running.


The same vehicles were recalled last year because brake fluid can leak into a control computer, causing an electrical short.

2022 budget moved toward completion

For years, the Legislature approved responsible budgets that paid down debt and put money
away for a rainy day. Fast forward to 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic had its hold on the
state. The uncertainty that followed took a toll on the state’s finances, but thanks to responsible
budgeting, along with emergency federal funding, we were left in a better place than originally

Budget discussions in the Legislature have ramped up and efforts between lawmakers are in full
swing. The Senate recently finished approving subcommittee appropriations budgets, which
brings the fiscal year 2022 budget one step closer to completion as my colleagues and I work out
the final details.

We cut a lot of spending from the budget as a way to tighten our belts and I think we are in a
good place financially as we continue to manage the uncertainties of the pandemic and the state’s
future. While there were some carefully considered cuts, this budget funds many of Michigan’s
most important priorities.

The plan would invest $15.8 billion in K-12 education, a total increase of $249 million. The bill
increases per-pupil payments for students and includes additional funding to help schools deal
with side effects of this pandemic, including the growing mental health issues among young

The Senate increased funding beyond the governor’s recommendations to support a permanent
wage increase of $2.35 per hour for direct care workers who stood in the face of this virus.
Despite strain on the medical industry and staff being stretched thin, these people showed up to
work and continued providing care to those in need. The Senate proposal also funded a $2 per
hour increase for front-line workers employed by child-caring institutions.

Like years past, especially prior to the pandemic, transportation funding also remained a priority
for the Senate. We’re picking up where we left off and continuing our work to overhaul
Michigan’s crumbling roads. The Senate dedicated more resources for state road and bridge
construction and $2.2 billion for local transportation infrastructure projects.

Other measures included in the budget are money for local health departments to maintain their
ongoing efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic; more revenue sharing funding for local
governments; funding to restore Gov. Whitmer’s cuts to the Animal Agriculture Initiative, which
assists farmers and ensures food safety; money to train 120 new Michigan State Police Troopers,
including resources for de-escalation techniques; funding for grants to help struggling veterans
with expenses; and $77 million to assist with child care costs for struggling Michigan families.

I also joined lawmakers in calling for the secretary of state and unemployment offices to be
opened as well. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recently announced that she was considering
making her department’s burdensome policy permanent, and the state’s unemployment offices
remain closed — despite the never-ending list of complaints from recipients.


Both departments have had their offices closed for over a year and it’s causing nothing but
problems for the people both are supposed to be serving. People are waiting months to transfer a
title and countless eligible recipients were denied benefits as the UIA shelled out billions in
fraudulent payments. Opening these offices, at least in part, could have prevented the fraud
plaguing the UIA and eliminate the logjam in service we are seeing with both departments.

We’re looking at ways to influence their decisions to open up and begin serving residents again.
Overall, our central focus is getting our state back to normal. We’re working to continue getting
relief to those in need, funding important measures, and furthering our resurgence from COVID-
19 — and doing so without raising taxes.

Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, represents the 33rd state Senate District, which includes Clare,
Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, and Montcalm counties.

Police in Clare Co. arrest man following 9-hour manhunt

A Farwell man is in custody after a shooting and a manhunt in Clare County.


Deputies responded to the area of Finley Lake and Cedar in Lincoln Township after reports of someone shooting at a house.


The suspect is a 45-year-old man who lives nearby.


He was found nine hours later in the woods with the help of a drone

UPDATE: Big Rapids Police arrest man accused of home invasion and assault


We now know the identity of the man accused of breaking into a home this week in Big Rapids and trying to assault a woman in the residence twice. 23-year old Marcus Deion Matiere-Bay of Flint charged with 1st degree Home Invasion , 1st degree Criminal Sexual Conduct , Criminal Sexual Conduct Assault, and Resisting or Obstructing an Officer.



A 23-year-old man sits in jail after allegedly breaking into a woman's home twice and attempting to assault her each time.


It happened shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday, officers from the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety were called to the 1100 block of Fuller Avenue for a report of a home invasion and attempted assault.


The caller reported the assault just occurred.


She told police she was woken up by a naked man pulling her toward the edge of her bed and attempting to assault her. When the victim struggled, the man fled the scene. As the victim called 911, the man returned and allegedly attempted to assault her again. The woman screamed, and the man, again, fled the scene.


While Big Rapids police officers were on scene speaking with the victim, the suspect was observed running by the residence.


After a short foot pursuit, he was apprehended.


The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.

Mecosta woman suffers minor injuries following rollover accident

A rollover accident in Mecosta County's Martiny Township leaves one driver with minor injuries.


It happened just after noon on Tuesday, at 65th Ave near Madison Rd.


Deputies say a 20-year old Mecosta woman loss control of her vehicle, struck an embankment, and overturned.


The driver was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for minor injuries.

Road construction season begins in Mecosta Co.

Heads up for travelers heading west on M-20 between M-37 in White Cloud and U.S. 131 in Stanwood.


The Michigan Dept. of Transportation says there will be weekday lane closures as road construction workers resurface and seal cracks in those areas.


In addition, the MDOT carpool lot at M-20 at U.S. 131 in Stanwood will be resurfaced. 


The project, expected to continue through late June, is part of a $1.9 million improvement plan.

Two vehicle crash injures three in Green Twp.

Two people were injured following a crash Wednesday in Mecosta County.


Deputies say the crash happened at the intersection of 19 Mile Road and 230th Avenue in Green Township. They say a car driven by a 54-year-old Evart woman failed to stop at a stop sign then collided with a Honda pickup truck driven by a 70-year-old man from Grosse Point.


Deputies say the driver and the passenger have been taken to a local hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries while the driver of the Honda received treatment at the scene.

Alcohol a factor in a Millbrook Twp. vehicle crash


Police in Mecosta County believe alcohol and not wearing a seat belt were factors in a rollover crash early this morning in Millbrook Township.


It happened just before 2:45am, deputies say a 35-year old Blanchard woman appeared to be traveling northbound on Costabella Rd near Cherry St. when the vehicle crossed the center line, ran off the roadway, hit the ditch embankment, where the vehicle went airborne jumping Cherry St. and collided with trees, then hit the north embankment of the Pine River, where the vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest. 


The female driver is in serious condition, according to the Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office. 


Sheriff Brian Miller reminds everyone to not drink and drive and to wear your seatbelt.

May 4th Election results

The election results are in, the Mecosta County Parks Commission millage proposal was voted down by 123 votes Tuesday 2,559-2,436.


Meanwhile both Big Rapids Public schools operation millage and sinking fund renewal was approved by voters.


Green Township voters said no to an additional road millage.


For a more detailed count of the election results, scroll down. 





Area health departments announcing vaccine clinics

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available and vaccine clinics are slowing down, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is scheduling first-dose clinics each Tuesday in all ten local offices.


Starting next week, Tuesday clinic times are 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 1:30 to 6:20 PM and walk-ins are welcome.  All three vaccines, Pfizer (for 16+), Moderna (for 18+), and Johnson & Johnson (for 18+) are available. Second doses of Pfizer and Moderna will be scheduled at your first-dose clinic.


To schedule an appointment online, go to If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, please call 888-217-3904. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome during Tuesday clinic days.


Meanwhile, the Central Michigan District Health Department will be holding several COVID-19 vaccine clinics in the coming days.


Appointments are available on: Wednesday at Hayes Township Hall in Harrison, Thursday at the Reed City Church of the Nazarene for those 18 and older, and Friday at Standish-Sterling High School in Standish. That clinic is for ages 16 and above but no walk-ins will be accepted.


Walk-ins are welcome at the other sites. The public is encouraged to schedule a first dose vaccine appointment online.

Residents to vote on numerous millage proposals during May 4th election

A special May 4th election takes place tomorrow.


There will be a few millage/bond proposals on the ballot for residents to decide.


According to the Mecosta County Clerk's Office voters will decide on a Mecosta County Parks Commission Community-Oriented Millage proposal to renovate and update facilities.  Parks Superintendent Jeff Abel says if approved this millage will go toward day use visitors including lowering the price for a day pass for Mecosta Co. residents.  Other projects would include maintaining existing parks, renovating deteriorating buildings and park grounds, adding new facilities, enhancement and upkeep of trails and more.  The millage will be for .5 mills, or 50 cents for every $1,000 of taxable valuation. The millage would last for a period of five years — from 2021 to 2025 — and would bring in an estimated $716,089.


Next on the ballot will be an operating millage from Big Rapids Public Schools. The proposal if approved, would allow the district to continue to levy 18 mills ($18.00 for every $1,000 of taxable value) for the 2021 school year. If approved, this would allow BRPS to collect just under $4-million dollars in operating funds.


In addition, voters will be asked to approve the Big Rapids Public Schools sinking fund millage renewal. This will allow the school district to continue to levy the building site and sinking fund millage that expires with the 2022 tax levy. The proposal requests a renewal of the .75 mill assessment for four years, from 2023-26. The estimated annual revenue from the millage is around $350,000.


Green Township will be asking its residents to approve a new millage for road maintenance and improvement. The proposal of 2-mills ($2.00 for every $1,000 of taxable value) for 5 years. The additional millage is estimated to bring in around $172,000 the first year, which will be used for the highest priority projects.



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Local High School Schedule & Scores

CSAA Baseball

District 37 @Big Rapids HS

  - 5/28: Ludington 5 @ Newaygo 4

  - 6/1:

     10a: Ludington @ Fremont

     12n: Whitehall @ Big Rapids

     District Final: Whitehall/Big Rapids @ Fremont/Ludington

District 39 @Comstock Pk HS

  - 5/28: Sparta 5 @ Grant 1

  - 6/1:

     10a: Sparta @ Belding

     12n: Comstock Park @ Tri County

     District Final: Sparta/Belding @ Comstock Park/Tri County

District 70 @Evart

  - 5/28: Pine River 8 @ Harrison 4

  - 6/1:

     10a: Pine River @ Evart

     12n: McBain @ Reed City

     District Final: Pine River/Evart @ McBain/Reed City

District 72 @ Montague

  - 6/1:

     10a: Montague @ Ravenna

     12n: N Muskegon @ Kent City

     District Final: Montague/Ravenna @ N Muskegon/Kent City

District 74 @ Chip Hills

  - 5/28: Clare 15 @ Farwell 0

  - 6/1:

     10a: Clare @ Lakeview

     12n: Chip Hills @ Morley Stanwood

     District Final: Clare/Lakeview @ Chip Hills/Morley Stanwood

District 77 @Pewamo-Westphalia HS

  - 5/28: C Montcalm 4 @ Ovid-Elsie 3

  - 6/1:

     10a: C Montcalm @ St Louis

     12n: Pewamo-Westphalia @ Ithaca

     District Final: C Montcalm/St Louis @ Pewamo-Westphalia/Ithaca


CSAA Softball

District 37 @Shepherd HS

  - 5/29: Big Rapids 2 @ Freeland 3

  - 6/1:

     10a: Freeland @ Swan Valley

     12n: Shepherd @ Alma

     District Final: Big Rapids/Freeland/Swan Valley @ Shepherd/Alma

District 38 @Newaygo HS

  - 6/1:

     10a: Tri County @ Newaygo

     12n: Sparta @ Fremont

     District Final: Tri County/Newaygo @ Sparta/Fremont

District 72 @Chip Hills HS

  - 5/28: Chip Hills 10 @ Morley Stanwood 11

  - 6/1:

     10a: Morley Stanwood @ Lakeview

     12n: Evart @ Reed City

     District Final: Morley Stanwood/Lakeview @ Evart/Reed City

District 73 @Montague HS

  - 5/28: Grant 1 @ Kent City 7

  - 6/1:

     10a: Kent City @ Montague

     12n: N Muskegon @ Ravenna

     District Final: Kent City/Montague @ N Muskegon/Ravenna

District 95 @Bullock Creek

  - 5/29: Ithaca @ St Louis

  - 6/1:

     10a: Ithaca/St Louis @ Bullock Creek

     12n: C Montcalm @ Hemlock

     District Final: Ithaca/St Louis/Bullock Creek @ C Montcalm/Hemlock

District 108 @ Marion

  - 5/28: Pentwater 8 @ Mason County Eastern 4

  - 6/1:

     10a: Pentwater @ White Cloud

     12n: Marion @ Holton

     District Final: Pentwater/White Cloud @ Marion/Holton


CSAA Softball Standings

1.) Big Rapids: 16-0

2.) Reed City: 16-2

3.) Newaygo: 11-3

4.) Kent City: 9-6

5.) Central Montcalm: 7-5

6.) Grant: 6-8

7.) Morley Stanwood: 4-7

8.) White Cloud: 3-11

9.) Lakeview: 2-12

10.) Chip Hills: 0-10

11.) Tri County: 0-10

(from available data)

CSAA Baseball Standings

1) Big Rapids: 17-1 | +172 -42 (+130)

2) Chippewa Hills: 11-5 | +91 -57 (+34)

3) Grant: 12-6 | 107 -57 (+50)

4) Newaygo: 12-6 | +104 -65 (+39)

5) Central Montcalm: 10-6 | +109 -71 (+38)

6) Reed City: 11-7 | +125 -81 (+44)

7) White Cloud: 8-10 | +79 -117 (-38)

8) Morley Stanwood: 6-12 | +57 -117 (-60)

9) Kent City: 5-13 | +86 -144 (-58)

10) Tri County: 4-14 | +89 -147 (-58)

11) Lakeview: 0-16 | +60 -181 (-121)

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