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Big Rapids Daily News Snapshots
Your 2-minute top news headlines every weekday in the greater Big Rapids area! Hear on air at the top of the hour weekdays between 6:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. on NewsRadio WBRN.
Big Rapids Daily News Snapshots
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Monday, May 27

May 27th, 2024 12:00am
Crossroads Charter Academy hosting a blood drive at the high school tomorrow, Ferris State University President Bill Pink joining leaders from other state schools on panel discussing higher education’s role in building a talented workforce at the Mackinac Policy Conference, and the S.S. Badger making trips again after its season was cut short last summer by a damaged ramp.

Friday, May 24

May 24th, 2024 12:00am
Big Rapids City Commissioner Jonathan Eppley submits formal notice of resignation, Lake County completes construction and testing of new ORV Training Park in Baldwin, and traffic reports show Michiganders travelling far and wide over Memorial Day weekend.

Thursday, May 23

May 23rd, 2024 12:00am
A new meat and produce store in Reed City seeing positive feedback, Ferris tennis standout Esunge Ndumbe earns 2024 ITA Most Improved Player Award, and the city of Big Rapids announces that residents can now pick up former Hemlock playscape bricks, fence spindles, and other collectables.

Wednesday, May 22

May 22nd, 2024 12:00am
Kate O’Connor selected to be dean of Ferris State’s University’s College of Engineering Technology, Wesco Station 161 in Reed City expanding building with additional fuel pumps, DEF diesel fuel additives, parking spots, and a food drive thru, and Michigan farmers could soon be expanding their footprint.

Tuesday, May 21

May 21st, 2024 12:00am
United States District Court finds in favor of Gotion Inc. following filing of preliminary injunction, deputies respond to crash involving a deer and motorcycle, and severe winds and rain hammer parts of Central Michigan in storms last night.

Monday, May 20

May 20th, 2024 12:00am
36-year-old man from Hersey arrested after breaking into graduation party with machete, democrats stepping up their campaign stops in Michigan ahead of November's presidential election, and Bulldog softball first baseman Alexis Kozlowski chosen as a national finalist for the 2024 Schutt Sports/NFCA DII Freshman of the Year Award.

Friday, May 17

May 17th, 2024 12:00am
California resident earns bachelor's degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration from Ferris State University, Congressman John Moolenaar's bipartisan bill regarding education and prevention of tuberculosis passes through the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, and three men charged for allegedly setting fire at Isle Royale National Park.

Thursday, May 16

May 16th, 2024 12:00am
City of Big Rapids Board of Commissioners unanimously approves recension of fees for Charles E. Fairman Community Pool this summer, The pool previously charged five dollars for open swim sessions in 2023. Detroit Lions announce 2024 regular season schedule featuring five primetime games, and the State of Michigan is looking to adopt an official state insect.

Wednesday, May 15

May 15th, 2024 12:00am
Five innovative projects from around the world targeting food insecurity, waste/pollution and resource conservation have been selected by expert judges for public presentation in mid-May in Michigan in the finale of Wege Prize, lane closures slated in Big Rapids throughout Wednesday on State Street between Fuller Avenue and Gilbert Road starting at 9:00 A.M., and real estate experts say warmer temperatures bringing sellers back to the market could be good for buyers.

Tuesday, May 14

May 14th, 2024 12:00am
Another memorable championship season comes to a close for Ferris State men's tennis following 4-0 loss in NCAA Regional Tournament match, Big Rapids baseball and softball comes up victorious in potential conference deciding rivalry games, and Triple-A Michigan projects second highest travel numbers for upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Monday, May 13

May 13th, 2024 12:00am
The Michigan High School Athletic Association approves sponsorships of two new sports and other notable rule changes, Big Rapids City Commission meets tonight at City Hall with a full agenda, and Mecosta County Sheriff's deputies respond to car-pedestrian accident on McKinley Road near 175th Avenue.

Friday, May 10

May 10th, 2024 12:00am
An inaugural tournament benefiting Reed City track and Field will be taking place at Rambadt Park on Saturday, Mecosta County Sheriff's Office deputies respond to a T-bone accident at the intersection of 30th Avenue and Arthur Road in Sheridan Township, and mothers might be looking for flexibility this Mother's Day.

Thursday, May 9

May 9th, 2024 12:00am
A Michigan Senate debate is on tap at the 2024 Mackinac Island Policy Conference later this year, area residents take to the polls Tuesday to vote on local school millages and proposals, and Ferris State University men's and women's tennis teams are both headed to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Wednesday, May 8

May 8th, 2024 12:00am
Southeast Michigan sees significant damage from at least three significant tornadoes along with several hail and thunderstorms, Chuck Thelen of Gotion Inc. is hosting his second “Chat with Chuck” virtual town hall meeting next Tuesday, and raising the speed limit on highways could lead to more crashes on local roads according to the Triple-A Foundation.

Tuesday, May 7

May 6th, 2024 12:00am
Michigan lawmakers cracking down on ticket-buyer bots with new proposed legislation, Chippewa Hills School District announce mutual agreement to part ways with superintendent Bob Grover, and special memorial services are planned this week ahead of Police Week.

Monday, May 6

May 6th, 2024 12:00am
Michigan weather looking ideal for ticks and spreading Lyme disease, Big Rapids Dial-A-Ride busing service now offering on-demand busing through app, Ferris State University paid tribute at graduation this weekend to a beloved professor who passed away unexpectedly this past week.

Friday, May 3

May 3rd, 2024 12:00am
Big Rapids added to their large list of college-bound athletes on Thursday with ten more signees, Small Business Association of Michigan CEO Brian Calley says inflation is a problem with small businesses, and Scooter’s Coffee honoring healthcare heroes with drink special today.

Thursday, May 2

May 2nd, 2024 12:00am
The future of AM Radio front and center in a discussion between Michigan lawmakers, deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office dispatched to a two-vehicle wreck in Green Township Wednesday, and former Ferris State University men's ice hockey assistant coach and current Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde tabbed as an assistant coach for the 2024 United States men's national team.

Wednesday, May 1

May 1st, 2024 12:00am
Students from Ferris State University’s Shimadzu Core Laboratory looking into the cause of E. coli readings in a Wexford County recreation site, Detroit Lions announce applications are open for their 2024 ''Touchdown in Your Town'' program, and the launch of several new models costs Stellantis a lot in the first quarter.

Tuesday, Apr. 30

April 30th, 2024 12:00am
MDHHS renews Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan coverage for an additional 141,471 people, owners of short-term rentals could soon be required to add their propriety to a state-wide registry, and encampments continue at Michigan's biggest universities.

Monday, Apr. 29

April 29th, 2024 12:00am
Mecosta County Sheriff's deputies respond to a car, carriage accident last Friday, Ferris State men's tennis squad completes season sweep of the GLIAC regular-season and tournament championships, and Michigan trout season now officially underway following the weekend opener.

Friday, Apr. 26

April 26th, 2024 12:00am
A team of assessors from the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MLEAC) will arrive on Thursday, May 9, 2024, to examine all aspects of the Big Rapids Police Department, Detroit makes big noise following day one of the NFL Draft, and Mackinac Island opens for the season on Friday.

Wednesday, Apr. 24

April 24th, 2024 12:00am
Governor Whitmer has announced 290-Million dollars in new funding to update the state's water infrastructure, FSU Television and Digital Media Production alum Angela (Prater) Mensah recognized for her efforts to empower students through a service-learning designated course, and Michigan's marijuana industry might not be at its peak just yet.

Tuesday, Apr. 23

April 23rd, 2024 12:00am
Congressman John Moolenaar votes for legislation condemning the Iranian regime and links Gotion battery plant to Iran, new University of Michigan Health-Sparrow health clinic opens at a Grand Ledge High School, and this week's NFL Draft is prompting tons of road closures in Detroit.

Monday, Apr. 22

April 22nd, 2024 12:00am
The Mecosta Conservation District in Big Rapids receives 5,000 donation from Gotion Inc. to sponsor countywide tire recycling event, Bulldogs honor senior pitcher Aryn Gallacher along with two other key senior staff members with 1-0 win over Purdue Northwest in eight innings in game one of Senior Day, and job growth is coming to Michigan the next few years, but an aging workforce could challenge it.

Friday, Apr. 19

April 19th, 2024 12:00am
Ferris State University football paying tribute to three individuals during today's annual Crimson & Gold Spring Game at Top Taggart Field, next Friday brings mother-son bonding event to Big Rapids Middle School, and the Detroit Lions unveil new modern but historical uniforms.

Thursday, Apr. 18

April 18th, 2024 12:00am
Ferris State University applications for Fall 2024 hitting all-time mark with 40% increase, Bill Ford says electric vehicles are becoming a "political football," and people's opinions are beginning to change regarding solar fields.

Wednesday, Apr. 17

April 17th, 2024 12:00am
Former Michigan Speaker of the House facing embezzlement and other charges from two-year investigation into spending, Ferris State Sports Communication program and Sports Careers RSO raises 1,900 dollars at 18th annual Heart-to-Heart Hand in Hand basketball game, and you can vacation in northern Michigan this summer while also helping to protect Michigan's waters.

Tuesday, Apr. 16

April 16th, 2024 12:00am
Detroit Red Wing keep their season alive following wild comeback win against Montreal, Ferris State University Athletics officially announces a partnership with Athlete's Thread for Name, Image, and Likeness services, and all fans of local businesses and artists are invited by the city of Big Rapids next Saturday for Business and Artisan Fair.

Monday, Apr. 15

April 15th, 2024 12:00am
Ferris State men's golf team captures 22nd all-time Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship by beating rival Grand Valley, West Michigan man accused of killing Ruby Garcia and dumping her body on US-131 in Grand Rapids confesses to the murder, and the Big Rapids City Commission meets tonight, to discuss establishing a downtown social district, summer swimming pool fees, and ordinance adjustment regarding alcohol in public parks.

Friday, Apr. 12

April 12th, 2024 12:00am
Mecosta County Sheriff's Office advising of a scam from past two days, Ferris State football season tickets for 2024 are on sale, and daylight-saving time posing potential risk on the roadway.

Thursday, Apr. 11

April 11th, 2024 12:00am
State Rep. Tom Kunse spearheading effort to rename a portion of US 131 near Big Rapids after army veteran, Montcalm County accident involves truck hitting and being dragged behind a semi, and Evart Police Department’s K9 Koda receives bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation.

Wednesday, Apr. 10

April 10th, 2024 12:00am
A preseason captain's meeting will be held for all 2024 Big Rapids Men's & COED Softball teams on Thursday, One Day for Dawgs fundraiser supporting various organizations across Ferris State University, and one expert believes the Federal Reserve is going to be slower than expected to lower interest rates.

Tuesday, Apr. 9

April 9th, 2024 12:00am
Ferris State Sports Communication Program hosting “Heart to Heart Hand to Hand” basketball game to honor the Area 5 Special Olympics of Michigan organization, University of Connecticut men’s basketball beats Purdue 75-60 to win back-to-back national championships, and Michigan's climate a concern after short winter.

Monday, Apr. 8

April 8th, 2024 12:00am
Big Rapids baseball starts off regular season with two wins against Cadillac at home, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel stressing the importance of using different passwords following AT&T breach, and Ferris State women's basketball celebrating historic season on Sunday, April 14.

Friday, Apr. 5

April 5th, 2024 12:00am
Ferris State University Sports Communication program honoring Area 5 Special Olympics of Michigan at the Ferris State softball games, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel launches new website dedicated to getting feedback from Michiganders frustrated with power outages, and planning for the NFL Draft in Detroit includes a campaign against human trafficking.

Thursday, Apr. 4

April 4th, 2024 12:00am
Ferris State University planning a workforce development summit to connect with the region’s employers, Better Business Bureau reminding Michiganders that people are selling fake or knockoff eclipse viewing glasses, and many taxpayers attempt to get their tax refund faster but may end up not getting it at all.

Wednesday, Apr. 3

April 3rd, 2024 12:00am
New local business specializing in customizing golf balls, the Mecosta County Youth Academy is now accepting applications for their camp in July, and a small portion of Michigan will have a spectacular view of next week's total solar eclipse.

Tuesday, Apr. 2

April 2nd, 2024 12:00am
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issuing a request for proposal for Emergency Medical Services workforce grants, Gotion Inc. hosting a “Chat with Chuck” virtual town hall meeting on Monday, Apr. 8, at 6 P.M., and homebuyers are finding it tougher to find a home they want and can afford in Michigan.

Monday, Apr. 1

April 1st, 2024 12:00am
Detroit Tigers start the season red hot with series sweep over Chicago White Sox, a 27-year-old female from Tustin dies from injuries sustained in two-car T-bone collision, and a number of small cities in Michigan will get help fixing roads.

Friday, Mar. 29

March 29th, 2024 12:00am
Detroit Tigers began the regular season on a high note with Opening Day victory, DTE seeking another rate hike for customers, and Gotion Inc. in the process of donating tens of thousands of dollars worth of office furniture to local nonprofit organizations.

Thursday, Mar. 28

March 28th, 2024 12:00am
Ferris State women’s basketball falls to Texas Women’s University in the NCAA DII National Semifinals, all veterans are invited to the Vietnam Veteran’s Day event in Big Rapids, and a nuclear power plant in Michigan could be on its way to restarting.

Wednesday, Mar. 27

March 27th, 2024 12:00am
Big Rapids Elks Easter egg hunt on deck for this Saturday at 1:00 P.M., Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joins coalition to support the federal law that prohibits people convicted of felonies from possessing firearms, and Ferris State men’s basketball team saw their spectacular season come to an end last night against top seeded Minnesota State.

Tuesday, Mar. 26

March 26th, 2024 12:00am
Three hospitalized following two-vehicle personal injury accident at the intersection of Northland Dr. & Old-State Rd. in Mecosta Township, Ferris State women's basketball squad advances to the NCAA Division II National Semifinals following 60-53 Elite Eight win over Tampa, and the state of Michigan has some catching up to do when it comes to innovation.

Monday, Mar. 25

March 25th, 2024 12:00am
Gotion Inc. finds absolutely no evidence of an eagle nest or eagle activity on property, Michigan health experts are sounding alarm on rising numbers of teenagers vaping, and Ferris State Track squads get off to good start in outdoor season at Lee Invite in Tennessee.

Friday, Mar. 22

March 22nd, 2024 12:00am
Auto sales expected to excel in the month of March, Ferris State softball postpones weekend games due to incoming inclement weather, and vehicle accident finds car rolled over near Jensen Lake boat ramp.

Thursday, Mar. 21

March 21st, 2024 12:00am
February retail sales were moderate and flat compared to January in Michigan, Spartan fans rank high for Michigan in state comparison of March Madness, and the Osceola County Sheriff's Office has been receiving numerous reports of fraudulent activities.

Wednesday, Mar. 20

March 20th, 2024 12:00am
Ferris State men’s basketball seals the university’ second regional championship in a 24-hour span with 86-81 over Lake Superior State, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer releases Michigan Statewide Workforce Plan, and Detroit Lions sign unrestricted free agent G Kevin Zeitler from Ravens.

Tuesday, Mar. 19

March 19th, 2024 12:00am
The Morton Township Planning Commission changes date for meeting likely with the proposed rezoning of a property for a large-scale RV Park development being on the agenda, Ferris State University women's basketball captures school's first NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship Monday night, and there's a shortage of primary care doctors in Michigan.

Monday, Mar. 18

March 18th, 2024 12:00am
The jury in the trial of James Crumbley renders guilty verdict on all four counts of involuntary manslaughter in Oakland County Circuit Court, Bulldog women’s and men’s basketball competing for regional championships today and tomorrow, and the City Commission of Big Rapids will be meeting this evening at City Hall at 6:30 P.M.


Local High School Schedule & Scores

CSAA Baseball

MONDAY - 5/13

Reed City 0 @ Big Rapids 3

Reed City 3 @ Big Rapids 16 (5inn)

Lakeview 4 @ C Montcalm 14 (6inn)

Lakeview 4 @ C Montcalm 9

Tri County 5 @ Fremont 1

Tri County 8 @ Fremont 5 (6inn)

TUESDAY - 5/14

Chippewa Hills 5 @ Grant 4

Chippewa Hills 1 @ Grant 2

C Montcalm 7 @ Kent City 6

C Montcalm 12 @ Kent City 2

Big Rapids 13 @ Lakeview 1

Big Rapids 14 @ Lakeview 1 (5inn)

White Cloud 1 @ Morley Stanwood 2

White Cloud 11 @ Morley Stanwood 2

Tri County 1 @ Newaygo 3

Tri County 3 @ Newaygo 4


C Montcalm 4 @ Carson City 5

C Montcalm 24 @ Carson City 8 (5inn)

Manistee 3 @ Reed City 4 (6inn)

Manistee 12 @ Reed City 12 (5inn)

FRIDAY - 5/17

Big Rapids 0 @ Byron Center 4

Big Rapids 1 @ Byron Center 3

Kent City 6 @ E Jordan 3

Mancelona 3 @ Kent City 0

Lakeview 3 @ Grant 8

Lakeview 1 @ Grant 13 (5inn)

Ravenna 8 @ Newaygo 15

Ravenna 1 @ Newaygo 2

Morley Stanwood 2 @ Chip Hills 10

Morley Stanwood 2 @ Chip Hills 10

Tri County 6 @ White Cloud 8

Tri County 8 @ White Cloud 3


Inland Lakes 4 @ Big Rapids 7

Big Rapids 1 @ Beal City 11

Fremont 4 @ White Cloud 1

Fremont 5 @ Newaygo 10 (6inn)

Hesperia 2 @ Grant 12 (6inn)

Grant 2 @ Newaygo 1

Clare 22 @ Reed City 2 (4inn)

Ludington 13 @ Reed City 1


CSAA Softball

MONDAY - 5/13

Reed City 8 @ Big Rapids 10

Reed City 0 @ Big Rapids 9

Lakeview 0 @ C Montcalm 10 (5inn)

Lakeview 1 @ C Montcalm 1 (6inn)

TUESDAY - 5/14

Chip Hills 9 @ Grant 14

Chip Hills 9 @ Grant 10

C Montcalm 7 @ Kent City 6

C Montcalm 12 @ Kent City 2

Big Rapids 14 @ Lakeview 1 (6inn)

Big Rapids 16 @ Lakeview 0 (5inn)


C Montcalm 0 @ Sacred Heart 15 (5inn)

C Montcalm 1 @ Sacred Heart 8


Cadillac 0 @ Reed City 19 (3inn)

Cadillac 0 @ Reed City 11 (5inn)

FRIDAY - 5/17

Lakeview 0 @ N Branch 10 (6inn)


Big Rapids 2 @ Dakota 12

Big Rapids 4 @ Oakridge 5

Big Rapids 9 @ Canton 4

Grant 2 @ Newaygo 1

Holton 1 @ Reed City 1

Ludington 0 @ Reed City 7

SUNDAY - 5/19

Big Rapids 14 @ Milan 2

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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