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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 16NOV18


The Tawas Police Authority have new equipment in their patrol cars.  The Tawas Police Authority recently had Mobile Data Terminals installed in their patrol cars. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the terminals will allow officers access to the Law Enforcement Information Network, which provides driver's license information and outstanding warrants. The terminals also have a printer to produce a copy of a citation or other documents and that citations can be sent digitally to Iosco County's 81st District Court. The new units cost $22,070 dollars with $8,723 covered through the Tawas Police Authority's drug fund account.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is encouraging Alcona County hunters to get deer checked for Bovine Tuberculosis. In October, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced that a large beef herd in Alcona County was infected with Bovine Tuberculosis. Deer and cattle health continue to be a concern in Alcona County. The DNR says it’s important for successful hunters to bring their deer to a check station. The only way to know if your deer is positive is to have it tested. Visit Michigan Dot Gov Slash Deer Check to find the location and hours of deer check stations near you.

The Mio AuSable School District recently received grant money.  The Safety Grant is from the Michigan State Police. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the $16,000 dollar grant will be used to update the school's internal lock systems. Funds will also be used to purchase new barricades that will greatly improve the fortifications of each classroom. Mio AuSable Superintendent Paul Ciske said the district applied for the grant last summer in the hopes of continuing to improve the safety of the building. The new security features are set to be fully implemented within the next six months.

State Representative Sue Allor will hold office hours on Monday. Allor, of Wolverine, will be at Karsten’s Restaurant, on West Third Street in Rogers City from 11am until noon. No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend but would like to talk with Representative Allor can call her Lansing Office at 517-373-0833.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 15NOV18

Firearm deer season begins today and hunters are being reminded a “Do Not Eat” advisory has been issued on deer within a five mile radius of Clark’s Marsh near Oscoda. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services high levels of the contaminant PFOS, a type of PFAS was reported in a deer shot near the marsh. For more information call the East Tawas Office of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at 362-0300.  Visit www.michigan.gove/mdhhs.

A proposed change to weight restrictions on roads in the state could affect local roads.  The Senate Bill would create an exception to seasonal load restrictions for vehicles transporting forest products on an unpaved road. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Iosco County Road Commission Manager, Bruce Bolen, the absence of weight restrictions for timber haulers could destroy roadways and cost the road commission and county townships and municipalities funding. Bolen said currently the road commission and area loggers have a good working relationship. He said one factor in the proposed legislation is whether timber haulers would limit loads during weight restriction periods voluntarily. The bill has yet to be passed and Bolen and road commission members are working to get resolutions passed to send to the state to oppose the legislation.

The Ogemaw County Friends of Extension were recently honored.  The Friends of Extension received the 2018 Key Partner Award from Michigan State University Extension. according to the Ogemaw County herald, the Key Partner Award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to supporting and promoting MSU Extension Programs. The Friends of Extension was formed to advocate, fundraise and create awareness for MSU Extension Programs in Ogemaw County. The group was responsible for raising money to keep the program functioning after two millage proposals for funding were defeated in 2016, and were credited for helping get a funding proposal passed in August of this year. Michelle Warner, MSU Extension District Director, nominated Ogemaw County Friends of Extension for the award.  You can visit their website at ogemawfox.wordpress.com.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Dam Management Grant Program is providing $350,000 dollars to address Michigan’s failing dam infrastructure. The money will support dam removals as well as critical repair and maintenance. The DNR is accepting applications through tomorrow, Friday, November 16th. For application information visit Michigan.Gov/DNR Grants.

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 14NOV18


Police are investigating the source of two pipe bombs found inside logs in Tuscola County. According to M-Live, On Friday a resident in Arbela Township was splitting logs when he found an apparent pipe bomb inside one. Sheriff's deputies, along with the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad and ATF personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the device was an actual bomb capable of exploding. The Bomb Squad deactivated the explosive. Tuscola Deputies report a second device was recovered in another log on Monday and that the incidents are isolated to a single residence in that area. Anyone with information as to the bombs' origins is urged to call Detective Jim Hook at 989-673-8161, extension 2234. (photo WNEM-TV)

The Alcona Chapter of the Michigan Townships Association is working to add a classroom component on local government.  The Alcona Chapter has been working with Alcona Schools, the County Board of Commissioners and Michigan State University Extension to bring a local government class component to the school. According to the Alcona County Review, starting this semester, Alcona Middle School students at the eighth grade level are learning how local government functions. Students will also tour the county building to see how the various offices function as well as emergency services that are a part of local government. Discussion will also soon start about creating youth positions on certain county and township boards. 

The Harbor Beach City Council approved a request to stop a dangerous situation at the school.  The decision came at the request of Harbor Beach police Chief Todd Bucholz. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, Chief Bucholz received a letter from Harbor Beach Community Schools seeking help with parking signs for the school's bus loop. The letter requested signs prohibiting parking between 7:15 and 8am and 2:30 to 3:15pm on school days. The Council approved the request and instructed Bucholz to go ahead with the signs. Council members also noted the school board must also officially approve the measure. 

State Representative Sue Allor invites people to get their voices heard during office hours tomorrow. Allor, of Wolverine, will be at the Alcona County Courthouse, in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 106 5th Street in Harrisville from Noon until 1pm. And at the Tawas Bay Big Boy, 1222 South U.S. 23 in East Tawas from 2 until 3pm. Allor said office hours are the best way for her to connect with people living in Northeast Michigan. No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend but would still like to talk with Allor, may contact her Lansing office at 517-373-0833.

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LOCAL NEWS for TUE 13NOV18

Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-Op Communities First Fund Board recently awarded $8,000 dollars in grant money. Cheboygan County United Way received $3,000 dollars to purchase food and personal hygiene products for distribution to attendees of two Project Connect events. Tri-Township Fire Department in Montmorency County received $2,500 dollars to assist with the purchase of a washer extractor machine to clean personal protective equipment worn by firefighters. The Friends of the Ocqueoc Outdoor Center in Presque Isle County received $2,500 dollars to assist with the purchase and installation of a washer and dryer. For more information on the grants visit www.pieg.com.

There was a fatal accident in Ogemaw County Saturday.  A 52 year old Lupton man is dead after his vehicle rolled over Saturday. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the Sheriff’s Department reports that Brian Douglas Benjamin was traveling northbound on Deckerville Road, near the intersection of Oyster Road, when his vehicle left the roadway. The vehicle eventually went airborne and rolled. It is unclear what time the accident occurred but deputies report the vehicle was found and reported by a passerby at approximately 8am Saturday. It was later reported that Ogemaw county sheriff's deputies said that a medical condition could have contributed to the accident.  The accident is still under investigation.

A Flint man is facing misdemeanor breaking and entering charges in Tawas City.  Antwann Suggs, 18, of Flint faces a misdemeanor count of breaking and entering and a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Suggs faces the charges after the Tawas Police Authority investigated a breaking and entering on October 13th at the Crow's Nest Inn of Tawas City. Suggs and a female allegedly entered one of the rooms without a key and were staying there. The Tawas Police Authority confronted Suggs who allegedly stated that he broke into the room to take a shower and hang out with his girlfriend. Suggs is scheduled to appear in 81st district Court for a pre-trial Tuesday, November 27th.  

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LOCAL NEWS for MON 12NOV18


The Iosco County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday at approximately 8:40am, a deputy responded to a single vehicle rollover accident on M-55 near Dean Road in Tawas Township. A seventeen year old Reno Township man was traveling to church when he lost control of his vehicle on the icy roads. He suffered serious injuries but is expected to recover. A combination of icy roads and bald tires appear to be contributing factors in the crash. The Iosco county Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Michigan State Police, Iosco County EMS and Tawas City Fire Department. 

The Tawas Area Schools Board of Education will meet tonight. On the agenda is a review of election results and approval of the electrical engineer and construction management contracts. Board members will also discuss the hiring of a school social worker and educational assistant. The meeting will begin at 7pm this evening in the boardroom of the administration office in Tawas City.

Iosco County Officials donated two retired ambulances to the Iosco Regional Educational Services Agency.  The decision comes after the county received two new ambulances. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Scott Kiernicki, Operations Manager at Mobile Medical Response said IRESA students wanted to turn an old ambulance into a food truck or warming shelter potentially as a multi use tool or for first aid purposes. Kiernicki said one of the rigs donated to IRESA had been in use since 2012 and couldn't serve MMR properly anymore. The two new ambulances Iosco County received in May were inspected by the state and put into use this past summer.

Three Thumb Area schools will receive grant money.  The three schools will receive a portion of $25 million dollars in state grants. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the state grants are to purchase equipment and technology to improve the safety and security of school buildings, students and staff. Elkton Pigeon Bayport, Caseville and Zion Lutheran School in harbor Beach were among those receiving grants. Laker received $91,728 dollars, Caseville $7,500 dollars and Zion Lutheran $5,974 dollars. Laker also recently received a Federal Security Grant of $111, 542 dollars for the school's security officer and two additional Stop Violence Educators. The schools have until September 30th, 2019 to use the grant funding. 

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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 09NOV18

On Thursday, State Senator Jim Stamas was named by Senate Majority Leader elect, Mike Shirkey, as the next chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Stamas was elected to a second term as State Senator on Tuesday for the 36th District and he will begin his tenure as Appropriations Chairman when the 100th Legislature takes office in January. Stamas currently serves as Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and chairs the General Government Subcommittee on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Stamas, of Midland, said he is honored to be entrusted with leading the process to once again pass a balanced budget that holds state government accountable, supports our students and fixes our roads.

The AuSable Township Board of Trustees recently voted on new equipment for the Children's Park.  The AuSable Children's Park will be receiving new fitness equipment after the unanimous vote by the AuSable Township Board of Trustees. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Superintendent Leisa Sutton said the township was awarded a Michigan Passport Recreation Grant in 2016 that will cover the cost of the project. Sutton said the equipment will cost $9,539 dollars and will include a variety of fitness equipment including a self weighted rower, leg press, strength and stretch bars, back extension and a single elliptical machine. Installation of the new equipment at the AuSable Children's Park will take place next spring. 

The Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union recently held a Strategic Planning Session and Financial Reality Fair.  Recently  Alpena Alcona Area Credit union's volunteer Board of Directors, Credit Committee, Supervisory Committee and team members participated in a two day strategic planning session. The session allowed team members and volunteers to set goals and make plans for the future of the credit union. The credit union also partnered with the Michigan Credit union League to host a Financial Reality fair for students from the Alpena Community College Oscoda Campus. The Reality Fair teaches students about budgeting, saving money and finances by having students select a career they would like to pursue. Students then visit twelve lifestyle stations that focus on various expenses they would face. Each of the lifestyle stations had credit union team members, school employees and community volunteers that worked with students. Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union serves members in Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency and Iosco County. Learn more at aaacu dot com.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 08NOV18

The Michigan State Police West Branch Post reports that troopers were dispatched to south Fifth Avenue in Tawas City for a report of a disorderly person. Matthew Zastrow, who lives with his mother and step-father entered the house allegedly intoxicated and began to threaten the couple. He was attempting to gain access to a firearm by prying open a gun safe with a crowbar when troopers arrived. Zastrow is currently on probation and one of the terms was not to possess or consume alcohol or controlled substances. He refused a preliminary breath test although he showed several signs of intoxication and was found to be in violation of his probation. The case has been sent to the Prosecutor’s Office.  

Oscoda County will be seeing an increase in revenue.  The county's taxable value increased by four million dollars over the past year. According to the Oscoda County Herald, that increase will lead to an increase in revenue for the county. County Equalization Director, Casey Guthrie, said the increase is due to a combination of factors including sales, new construction and inflation. Guthrie said the increase is a positive thing for the county as the more taxable value the county has, the more money the county has to operate and work with throughout the year. Guthrie added that this is the second year in a row that Oscoda County has increased its taxable value.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 16NOV18

A body found in a house fire on Detroit's west side last month is now believed to be that of the son of Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer. The fire happened on October 26th in a vacant house on Bramell, although the body was discovered two and a half weeks after the blaze occurred. Michael Dwyer's body was identified using finger prints, and the cause of death is pending a report from the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.

More charges have been filed against a Marquette area doctor, Jonathan Robertson, who's charged with exchanging narcotics for sexual favors. WLUC reports he's already charged with eight counts of criminal sexual conduct third degree. 22 new counts have been added including: criminal sexual conduct first degree, and delivery of a controlled substance resulting in death.

The U.S. Senate has passed a provision to create a team to study the effects of possible oil spills in fresh water, like the Great Lakes. It would establish a U.S. Coast Guard National Center of Expertise for the Great Lakes in Michigan. Sponsor Senator Gary Peters says they'd like to see this close to Line 5 and have experts who understand how to clean up oil in fresh water. The bill now goes to the House.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded grants to the cities of Detroit and Warren to help improve their recycling collection infrastructure. Warren will receive 500-thousand-dollars to support the purchase of 25-thousand recycling carts, while Detroit will get 75-thousand-dollars for 7-thousand carts. The DEQ says the grants will result in greater recovery of recyclable material, get more residents involved and boost opportunities for recycling education.

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STATE NEWS for THU 15NOV18

A man is being held in the Roscommon County Jail after he allegedly assaulted a Michigan State Police sergeant outside the post in Houghton Lake. Police say the man walked into the lobby with a lit cigarette and the desk sergeant asked him to take it outside and an argument began. The sergeant went outside with the man and the man allegedly pushed the sergeant several times before another officer came out and arrested him. Police say the man had two loaded pistols on him. The man was given a mental health exam.

This seems crazy, but Arthur Township in Clare County will no longer have emergency fire services next year. 9and10 News reports a ballot proposal to pay for fire services was rejected last week. The township no longer has a contract for services from Harrison. The Arthur Township supervisor says they're considering some options, including a "pay-per-use" fire response plan.

A Vicksburg man was killed in southwest Michigan's St. Joseph County Tuesday in Leonidas Township. Police say 30-year-old Bryan Smith crashed his pickup truck into a tree. He was not wearing a seatbelt .

Two teens have been arrested for having meth in northern Michigan's Wexford County. 17-year-old Gage West, of Lake City is charged with making meth and conspiracy to deliver meth. 19-year-old Grace Arnold is charged with having meth and conspiracy to deliver. If convicted they could face 20 years in prison.

This should get people in west Michigan in the Christmas spirit. The Art Van Santa Parade will be held in Grand Rapids this Saturday. Miss Michigan Emily Sioma is the grand marshal of the parade. It is the second largest parade in Michigan, second to Detroit's Thanksgiving parade.

 

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STATE NEWS for WED 14NOV18

Detroit developer Dan Gilbert is selling Greektown Casino in Detroit to Penn National Gaming and a real estate investment trust for one Billion dollars. The Detroit News reports the sale comes after months of speculation that the Quicken Loans chairman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner was trying to sell some or all of his gaming properties to investors. The sale is being called a "redirection" of Gilbert resources, mainly into Detroit redevelopment projects.

A dispute over last week's shooting in Saint Clair Shores that killed a Detroit man and a police K-9 still being investigated by the Macomb county Sheriff's Office. The family of Theoddeus Gray is upset that more is being made over the death of a police dog than the 29-year-old man. Police say Gray was armed when he was confronted by police outside the Lakeland Manor banquet center and refused to drop his weapon. When he tried to flee, police turned the K-9 on him. Police say Gray shot the dog at which point officers returned fire. A memorial is being held today for Axe. Visitation and a funeral for Gray will be this weekend.

There could be a fee on liquor in Traverse City next year. Traverse City commissioners are considering an annual liquor license fee. 9 and 10 News reports the fee would cover costs for enforcement issues related to alcohol. The fee could range from 500 to 15-hundred dollars a year. More talks are planned.

John Schon has resigned as the CEO of Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain. Schon will transition to a consulting role according to a statement as the hospital goes through organizational restructuring. The hospital has been on the verge of bankruptcy since two potential buyers backed out.

A Reed City woman who passed away has left the city 60-thousand dollars for rails and trails in the city. Florence Diak (dee-Ak) reportedly wanted to the city use the money to add a bench and a light post near where her and her late son would go for walks. She also donated money to the Osceola Animal Shelter, Reed City food pantry, and a church.

Every student in the Constantine Public schools is expected to be given an electronic device for the school year after receiving a one and a half million dollar grant from the Robert and Ellen Thompson Foundation. WOOD TV reports about half of the students in the southwest Michigan school district have tablets now, but it will be all of the students next Fall.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 13NOV18


A jackknifed semi truck is causing travel problems in west Michigan this morning. The right lane of northbound US-131 is blocked by the crash after 142nd Avenue near the Allegan-Kent County line. The first significant snowfall of the season leaving as much as three inches of snow around parts of southeast Michigan. In northern Oakland county, National Weather Service spotters in Lake Orion area reporting 2-point-6 inches of ground cover this morning, while White Lake is checking in with 2-point-2 inches. Just over an inch of new snow overnight fell in Garden City and in Flint. Up north, Stutsmanville--near harbor springs--is reporting 5 inches of snow this morning.

As the wildfires rage on in California, some Red Cross volunteers from west Michigan. 15 volunteers are on standby and could get assignments by tomorrow. 42 people have been killed and many homes destroyed in those wildfires.

A 71-year-old Marquette man was rescued early Monday on the North County Trail. WL-U-C reports Stephen Nason went to do maintenance work on the trail Sunday, but when he didn't return home on time, his wife called 911. A search and rescue team found him after two Monday morning, and he appeared to have hypothermia. He was taken to a hospital to be checked out.

A teacher in Grand Rapids is back on the job after he allegedly choked a student. The Kent County Prosecutor's office and the Grand Rapids Public Schools have reportedly decided that the allegations against Kent Hills Elementary teacher Robert Spaeth were unsubstantiated. The mother of the eight-year-old boy allegedly choked by Spaeth, Passionelle McBride, tells WOOD TV there's a lot of anger. She has had her son moved to another classroom. Spaeth was suspended last year for allegedly grabbing another student around the neck, but police and the district decided there wasn't enough evidence to show that it was assault.

A holiday food drive is being held in Gaylord this week at N-A-I. Food is being collected for Thanksgiving baskets. 9 and 10 News reports the company says it's an effort to give back to the community. The food will be distributed on Monday.

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STATE NEWS for MON 12NOV18

A murder investigation is underway in metro Detroit. Waterford Township Police say it happened overnight, but are not releasing more details yet.

An investigation is underway in Port Huron in an apparent murder-suicide. A 53-yearold woman was found dead Saturday afternoon with her 79-year-old mother on the floor next to her. Police say a handgun was used in the incident.

We may learn the next step this morning in the criminal case against former Democratic state Senator Virgil Smith. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office withdrew a plea deal for Smith, accused of the destructive shooting of his ex-wife's car three years ago. Earlier this year, the state Supreme Court ruled a plea deal that barred Smith from running for public office violated public policy. A judge may decide how the case will proceed in this morning's hearing.

A new memorial has been unveiled in Superior Township in Chippewa County for Veterans Day. The oldest veteran in the county, 98-year-old Purple Heart Recipient, Russell Hoornstra, attended the ceremony. He fought in France during World War Two. He says it's a nice monument and was was nice that people came out for the event.

 

Falling oil prices have gas prices at their lowest level since March in the Triple-A gas weekly survey. The price at the pump has dropped 41 cents in the last 46 days, ten cents in the past week. Self -serve regular is averaging $2-61 a gallon across Michigan. Analysts say we're not done yet: Gas prices could still drop beneath prices a year ago on Thanksgiving.  A drop of another 10 to 20 cents a gallon is possible by the end of the year.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 09NOV18

Members of the Michigan Senate have elected state Senator Mike Shirkey of Clarkelake to lead the Republican caucus from 2019 through 2022. Meantime, the new Speaker of the House is State Representative Lee Chatfield of Levering. He will take over the position from outgoing Speaker Tom Leonard. The Emmet County Republican has been serving as Speaker Pro-Tem. The 30-year old will be the youngest Speaker of the House in Michigan history.

Officials in St. Clair County say it's the sheriff's biggest drug bust ever. A pulled over a car along I-69 in Riley Township on November 2nd. He asked for a police dog, who sniffed out $125-thousand worth of meth. The 38-year-old driver from Port Huron, was arrested at the scene and is expected to face charges of possession with intent to deliver illegal drugs.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says his legislative priorities before leaving office include pushing through fee increases to pay for environmental cleanup, water infrastructure and recycling needs. The Republican governor met with GOP lawmakers Thursday -- the beginning of the "lame-duck" period. It's a final chance for Republicans to enact bills before Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer takes office in January.

A Muslim group is suing the city of Troy after officials refused their request to build a mosque. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, says Troy is "apparently guided by Islamophobia," and violating a federal law that is intended to accommodate religious groups. Troy's attorney Lori Grigg Bluhm says there are many reasons why a community center and mosque doesn't fit an area near residential neighborhoods.

The Montcalm County Commission is turning to youth as an 18-year-old has been elected as a commissioner, Brendan Mahar. He reportedly says he likes to think that he's representing his generation, that we're going to be living in the decisions we make for ourselves. Mahar received 65 percent of the vote, beating out an opponent who is 50 years older than him.

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STATE NEWS for THU 08NOV18

Chesterfield Township trying to get a handle on recreational marijuana following passage of Proposal 1 Tuesday. A five-member committee is being created under a new requirement to review and amend ordinances that criminalize recreational marijuana. The committee will include Chesterfield's Directors of Planning and Public Safety and a board trustee. Township Supervisor Dan Acciavatti says they want to comply with the proposal's requirement and maintain community values.

A 54-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy have been arrested for allegedly vandalizing a church and school in Montcalm County near Carson City. Police reportedly believe the pair , including Anna Morris, spray painted buildings, signs and church vans at the church & Carson City Fish Creek School because of the church beliefs. Some church members' homes and cars were also targeted. Morris has been charged with malicious destruction of a building and destruction of property.

A substitute teacher in Battle Creek has been charged with possessing child pornography. 56-year-old Stephen Bridges was arrested after evidence was found on electronic devices that allegedly belonged to him. Police reportedly say Bridges has no criminal record, so a criminal background check by Lakeview Schools didn't show anything. Schools Superintendent Blake Prewitt sent a letter to parents , saying that Bridges had worked as a substitute teacher at Prairieview Elementary, but there's no evidence that any Lakeview students were harmed.

The third time was not the charm for a bond issue for the Mesick Consolidated Schools. 9and10 News reports the money would have been used to add a wing to the middle and high school building to make room for elementary school students. Schools Superintendent Scott Akom (ay-come) says the elementary school is falling apart and he's not sure what they will do next.

Sometimes buying into the office lottery pool pays off. It did for a west Michigan group of 21 people in the Bus Busters lottery club....The workers at SoundOff Commercial Vehicle Solutions in Hudsonville won one million dollars in the October 23rd historic megamillions drawing. Each will receive about 47-thousand-600 dollars before taxes.

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 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 2018

WOMEN'S ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY
 
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF TOLERANCE

U.S. SUPREME COURT MEETS IN PRIVATE CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS CASES AND VOTE ON PETITIONS FOR REVIEW
 
TOY AND GAME INVENTOR AWARDS
11th annual Toy and Game Inventor Awards aka TAGIE Awards. Part of Chicago Toy & Game Week, the TAGIEs celebrate toy and game inventors and innovation from around the world.
 
105TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY IN CHICAGO (7PM ET)
 
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17th, 2018

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE CONTINUES TRIP TO JAPAN, SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA AND PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Vice President continues his on behalf of President Trump, with agenda including representing the president at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Singapore and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Papua New Guinea, as well as participating in meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong, Indian PM Narendra Modi, Papua New Guinean PM Peter O'Neill, and Australian PM Scott Morrison, and holding other bilateral meetings.
 
CHICAGO TOY & GAME FAIR (11/17-11/18)
The largest toy and game fair in North America, targeting families with thousands of new toys and games, celebrity inventors and interactive entertainment.
 
GREAT AMERICAN COMIC CON (LAS VEGAS, 11/17-11/18)
Two day event featuring exhibitions from comic book writers, artists and professionals.
 
NATIONAL DOG SHOW
National Dog Show Presented by Purina, featuring over 2,000 of the top American Kennel Club sanctioned dogs from across the country. Over 180 different breeds and varieties compete for Best of Breed, First in Group and Best in Show.
 
15TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'WASHINGTON SNIPER' CONVICTED - John Allen Muhammad convicted in Virginia. Muhammad was executed in 2009 for the three-week killing spree that left 10 dead.
 
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS RECORDED
Annual ceremony recognizing the best in soul, R&B and hip-hop, hosted by Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold. H.E.R. and Bruno Mars lead the nominations with six each, followed by SZA with five. Erykah Badu receives the Legend Award and Faith Evans receives the Lady of Soul Award.  Show airs on BET November 25th.
 
BRIDAL GOWN FROM SHARON TATE'S WEDDING TO ROMAN POLANSKI GOES UP FOR AUCTION
'Property From The Collection Of Sharon Tate' auction, featuring Tate's ivory silk moire mini wedding dress, as worn at her London wedding to film director Roman Polanski in 1968, and the black floral lace Christian Dior mini dress worn by Tate to the London premiere of Polanski's film 'Cul-de-Sac'.
 
NATIONAL UNFRIEND DAY
Annual National Unfriend Day (NUD), holiday instigated by Jimmy Kimmel dedicated to giving Facebook users the opportunity to 'unfriend' people on the social networking site without guilt or reprisal.
 
WORLD VASECTOMY DAY
To raise awareness of the male sterilization technique. The idea was inspired by documentary-maker Jonathan Stack and Dr. Doug Stein, who wanted to 'set the stage for a global conversation about the social, cultural and ethical issues of an ever-increasing population and the effect it has on the planet's finite resources'.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, 2018

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE CONCLUDES TRIP TO JAPAN, SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA AND PAPUA NEW GUINEA  - Vice President concludes his trip to Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, on behalf of President Trump, with agenda including representing the President at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Singapore and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Papua New Guinea, as well as participating in meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong, Indian PM Narendra Modi, Papua New Guinean PM Peter O'Neill, and Australian PM Scott Morrison, and holding other bilateral meetings.
 
BARACK OBAMA HOSTS SECOND OBAMA FOUNDATION SUMMIT (CHICAGO, 11/18-11/19)
Hosted by former President Barack Obama, for 'young leaders to come together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world'.
 
FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON VISITS GERMANY
 
NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY
National effort to raise awareness of over 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent families.
 
32ND ANNUAL DC ADOPTION DAY CEREMONY (WASHINGTON, DC 10AM ET)
32nd annual DC Adoption Day ceremony, co-hosted by DC Superior Court and the DC Child and Family Services Agency, to celebrate the 'joys of adoption and encourage area residents to consider adopting or fostering a child in the District’s child welfare system'. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser acts as keynote speaker.
 
40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 'JONESTOWN MASSACRE' - Guyana, South America, when over 900 members of Californian cult the People's Temple Christian Church, led by the Reverend Jim Jones, committed mass suicide after reportedly consuming a soft drink laced with cyanide and sedatives.
 
15TH ANNIVERSARY OF MASSACHUSETTS HIGH COURT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE RULING
15th anniversary of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling 4-3 that the state constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry.
 
90TH ANNIVERSARY OF MICKEY MOUSE
90th anniversary of the New York premiere of Disney's 'Steamboat Willie', the studio's first cartoon with synchronized sound, and the first to feature the characters of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
 
WORLD DAY OF THE POOR
Awareness day requested by Pope Francis in August. Subtitled 'This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him'. The pontiff offers Mass and a luncheon for hundreds of people inside the Vatican.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, 2018

WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE PRESENTED TO THE FIRST COUPLE (3PM ET)
Official White House Christmas Tree presented by the 2018 winners of the National Christmas Tree Association national tree contest to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump. This year's tree is a 19.5-foot Fraser fir from Larry Smith's Mountain Top Fraser Fir. The tree arrives at the White House by horse and carriage, and will be displayed in the Blue Room.
 
U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND SYRIA (2PM ET)
 
NATIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION AND DISPLAY (ASHEVILLE, NC)
26th annual competition and display, with contestants from around the country showing their sugar-and-spice creations.
 
FORBES TOP-EARNING WOMEN IN MUSIC LIST ANNOUNCED
 
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE START OF IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS AGAINST PRESIDENT CLINTON
20th anniversary of House Committee on the Judiciary starting impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, with independent counsel Ken Starr outlining his case against the president.
 
WORLD DAY FOR PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE
 
INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY
This year's theme is 'Positive Male Role Models'.
 
WORLD TOILET DAY
Promoting awareness of those without access to proper, clean sanitation.
 
85TH BIRTHDAY OF TV AND RADIO HOST LARRY KING
 
80TH BIRTHDAY OF MEDIA MOGUL/ CNN FOUNDER TED TURNER
 
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
 
SENATE ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20th, 2018

20TH ANNIVERSARY OF INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION LAUNCHED - The assembly of the International Space Station (ISS) beginning with the launch of the first bus-sized component, Zarya, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
 
NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURS' DAY
Held during National Entrepreneurship Month
 
TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
Commemorating those who have died due to anti-transgender prejudice. Established in memory of transgender African-American Rita Hester, who was murdered November 28th, 1998.
 
NATIONAL CHILD'S DAY
Universal Children's Day, also known as National Child's Day.
 
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
 
SENATE ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21st, 2018

MACY'S THANKSGIVING PARADE BALLOON INFLATION NIGHT - Offering spectators the chance to see the giant balloons being inflated ahead of Thursday’s parade.
 
THANKSGIVING EVE
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said this day has become one of the biggest drinking days of the year.
 
WORLD HELLO DAY
Celebrated by greeting 10 people to demonstrate the importance of personal communication in preserving peace. Observance began in response to the 1973 conflict between Egypt and Israel.
 
WORLD TV DAY
In recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by bringing attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security, and through raising awareness of economic and social issues.
 
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
 
SENATE ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd, 2018

THANKSGIVING
 

MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE IN NEW YORK (9AM ET)
92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring floats, giant inflatables, and marching bands.
 
NFL THANKSGIVING DAY FOOTBALL
Annual series of three games played over the Thanksgiving holiday, with the first two traditionally hosted by the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys. This year features Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints.
 
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES' 'WHITE ALBUM'
50th anniversary of The Beatles releasing their self-titled ninth studio album, also known as 'The White Album' due to its blank white cover. The album hit the top of the charts in both the UK and the U.S. and is often cited as one of the most influential in the history of modern music. Notable tracks on the double album include 'Back in the U.S.S.R.', 'Dear Prudence', 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da', 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' and 'Helter Skelter'.
 
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
 
SENATE ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd, 2018

BLACK FRIDAY

Traditional beginning of the Christmas shopping season on the Friday after Thanksgiving, when retailers offer big savings to entice shoppers. Many retailers open at midnight to take full advantage of the day.
 
EXPECTED BIGGEST SHOPPING DAY OF THE YEAR - Busiest shopping day of the year expected to fall on Black Friday, as predicted by shopper analytics providers ShopperTrak.
 
INTERNATIONAL BUY NOTHING DAY
Encouraging people to take a break from shopping for 24 hours to highlight the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism.
 
PHIL MICKELSON AND TIGER WOODS PLAY FOR $9 MILLION IN LAS VEGAS
Golfers Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods face-off in an 18-hole match play event in Las Vegas, titled 'The Match', where they compete for $9 million in prize money.
 
NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY
As part of Native American Heritage Month.
 
NATIONAL FLOSSING DAY
 
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
 
SENATE ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26

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