Author Archives: Jeff Popovich

Leftover grant funds help the city of Cadillac improve a popular tourist area

Stack of MoneyLeftover grant money from the state will allow the city of Cadillac to beef up a popular tourist area.

The MEDC has distributed more than one million dollars in grants to five Michigan communities through leftover funds and other grants that failed to materialize in recent years. Continue reading

CMU’s Board of Trustees approves new Masters degree

CMU Board of Trustees meetingCentral Michigan University will be spending the new year working on the outline for their newest masters degree.

A new Master of Public Health degree will become available for graduates looking to serve rural and medically underserved areas. Continue reading

Going into the new year people reflect back on 2014

new yearsAs we get ready to welcome the new year, Jeff Popovich walked around the campus of Central Michigan University to ask what people remember most from 2014 and what they hope for in the year ahead.

As the year comes to a close people often reflect back on memorable moments from the past year. Continue reading

Community support centers getting ready for the holidays

crossThe holidays are often regarded as a time for giving to those less fortunate and community support centers do just that.

Love INC is a non-profit, Christian-based organization that uses volunteers and funds from local churches to help people in the community. Continue reading

High school students to compete in statewide essay contest

schoolsuppliesAn inaugural statewide essay contest has been announced for Michigan high school students.

Northwood University has partnered with the state Chamber of Commerce to host the contest.

Students will write an essay on the topic, “How can Michigan become more economically competitive?”.

Tim Nash is with Northwood University.

He said this contest has a number of benefits.

“It gives young people a chance to do some research, learn more about the economy in Michigan, and to hopefully influence public policy in the state.”

Nash said the top essays will be presented to the state legislature and the Governor.

He said the top five finalists will be announced at the Chamber Foundation’s annual dinner in May and will receive cash prizes.

Entries for the contest must be submitted by March 15th.

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Petoskey bookstore receives a James Patterson donation

bookBestselling author James Patterson launched 2014 by pledging to support small, independent bookstores that promote children’s reading.

Now as the year comes to a close, one of his donations will be making its way to McLean and Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey. Continue reading

Continuing incidents by Aramark employees remain an issue

prison 11-26-13Problems continue to mount for Aramark Correctional Services as it reaches the one year mark in it’s contract to handle food services at Michigan prisons.

Since Aramark took over food services at the state’s prisons, the company has dismissed an average of eleven employees a month. Continue reading

Chippewa International Airport receives marketing report from local college students

planeNew flight destinations may be in store for Chippewa County International Airport following a recent marketing survey.

The two week study was conducted by a marketing research class from Lake Superior State University.

12 students were divided into subgroups and used patron demographics to look at things like the demand for additional flight destinations, satisfaction rates and parking. Continue reading

Small businesses need ‘educating’ on liquor licenses

liquorIf you’ve ever attended a promotional event for a local business, one that doesn’t normally sell alcohol and they’ve offered you a drink, it may have been done so illegally.

A business that doesn’t have a liquor license, but gives away or encourages customers to bring their own alcohol, is breaking the law. Continue reading

Geminid meteor shower expected to wow this weekend

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If you love the night sky, try to set some time aside over the next several evenings for one of the best meteor showers of the year, the geminids.

The geminid meteor shower will be taking place over the next few days, with astronomy experts predicting it to peak Saturday and Sunday.

Mary Adams is the Director of the International Dark Sky Park in Emmet County.

She said this meteor shower is one of the most prolific meteor showers of the year, and one you won’t want to miss.

“The estimate is that there can be between 120 and 160 meteors per hour, so that’s more than one per minute. That’s a lot of activity.”

Adams said despite the shower’s greater quantity of meteors, some light pollution from the moon may hinder peak viewing hours.

She said, “We are at the last quarter moon when the meteor shower comes to it’s peak, and the last quarter moon can still shed a great deal of light into the sky. So we might not be seeing those numbers just because of the light of the moon, but it still should be a magnificent show this year.”

She said since the geminid typically appears earlier in the evening, anytime after 10pm should be fine for viewing.

The next meteor shower, Ursid, takes place around the winter solstice December 21st.

National Premature Birth Awareness Month

baby Health advocates say a problem that has been on the decline in recent years, now only affects one out of every nine babies instead of one out of eight . That problem: preterm or “premature” birth. Continue reading

Redhead duck poaching case is resolved

redhead ducksTwo Kawkawlin men are facing charges for poaching redhead ducks.

Conservation officials said the men have been sentenced with $4,000 each in restitution fines, $625 each in court fines and five days of jail time.

The two admitted to shooting 20 redhead ducks while hunting last month in Arenac county.

The bag limit for redhead ducks is two per hunter.

Students protest the Michael Brown verdict on CMU campus

20141125_112033Following the announcement of the grand jury’s decision on the Michael Brown verdict, protests have sprang up across the country.

One took place on the campus of CMU today.

A crowd of more than 70 students gathered to show solidarity with the protesters in Ferguson. Students held signs and chanted things like , “Hands up, don’t shoot!”.

Kim Raymond, a senior at CMU, attended the protest.

She said, “I think it’s sad but seeing all the violent protests in Ferguson I think that’s even sadder. I feel like they should practice non-violence like Martin Luther King did and not light things on fire or hurt people.”

CMU Senior Hannah Mollett helped organize the protest.

She said she’d like to see a couple of changes in society.

“I think one is underlying racist culture. I think that the exponential amount of young black boys and men that are killed by police in this country is absolutely disgusting. I also think that relates back to violence and gun violence in our culture, the police misuse of power, so I think it’s kind of a combination of factors.”

Another protest also took place in front the University Center on campus later in the afternoon.

The family of Michael Brown and President Obama have called for protests to be peaceful in the wake of the verdict.

House bill to protect late night gas station attendants heard in Committee

11 07 Michigan VisitLate night gas station attendants in Michigan may see increased security at their workplace under a bill making its way through Lansing.

The move would require gas stations to staff at least two employees between 11pm and 5am, or have security cameras installed.
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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

10641207_10152857893583799_1387017803333480468_n November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is a group of related disorders characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures. Around 1% of the population worldwide, or around 65 million people, have epilepsy.

Jeff Popovich sat down with Amanda Smith, a Central Michigan University senior who has epilepsy, to learn more about this neurological disorder. Continue reading

What changes with marijuana decriminalization in Mount Pleasant

potLaw enforcement officials in Mt. Pleasant say the decision of voters earlier this month to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, won’t have much of an impact on their operations.

Under the city’s charter, adults 21 and older may use, possess, or transfer less than one ounce of marijuana on private property. Continue reading

Time for shots, flu season is underway

flu shotsWith the temperatures starting to drop, it’s time to bundle up…and get your flu shot. The flu season is underway.

Flu activity commonly peaks between December and February. But health officials say it can begin as early as October and last until May. Continue reading

Michigan strategic fund approves investment plans for Bay County corporation

Stack of MoneyThe Michigan Economic Development Corporation is stepping in to help a Bay County company expand its business, and create jobs.

The Mando America Corporation facility in Monitor Township is receiving a $200,000 grant from the state to help with the expansion. Continue reading

Congress to consider new legislation aimed at improving health care for Veterans

veterans 11-13-13Veteran’s Day will be fresh in the minds of congress as they return to work this week and consider legislation that aims to improve the health care system for the growing number of vets.

With veterans returning home in unprecedented numbers, veteran care officials say health care issues for veterans need to be addressed. Continue reading