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Current State House Representative Michele Hoitenga says she will run for reelection for the 102nd seat. 


In a statement Republican State Rep. Michele Hoitenga says:


“Over my first year serving in the House of Representatives, I voted to reduce Michigan’s income tax, remove barriers on veteran benefits, expand skilled trades opportunities, appropriate money to fix roads without raising taxes, ensure car insurance is more affordable, make state government more efficient and transparent, protect Second Amendment rights, and expand broadband to rural areas,”

Hoitenga said. “I have a proven record of getting things done in Lansing and want to continue fighting for the good people in the 102 nd  district.”


Hoitenga will be on the August 7 th , 2018 primary ballot.




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Ferris State University men's basketball head coach Andy Bronkema has been chosen as the 2018 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year for his efforts in leading the Bulldogs to the most historic season in school history.


Along with Bronkema's national recognition, junior center Zach Hankins (Charlevoix) was also named to the Basketball Times All-America Second Team after previously earning first team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America kudos.


This season, Bronkema guided the Bulldogs to a second consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Regular-Season Championship, a fourth-straight league tournament title and the school's second-ever regional crown.


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Ferris State has never had a bigger season than the 35-1 record this season under Bronkema, including a 23-game winning streak.


Bronkema's route to the Elite Eight started 11 years ago when he began his coaching career as a volunteer coach at Ferris State, followed by assistant coach, interim head coach and then, five years ago, head coach of the Bulldogs.


Hankins earned All-America accolades for the second consecutive season this year after being a consensus All-America choice a year ago. He was the only player from a GLIAC member school chosen to the 2018 NABC All-America squad or any of the three Basketball Times All-America listings.


This year, Hankins has paced the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding while also leading the conference in rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots. He has compiled 31 double-figure scoring efforts to date this season for the Bulldogs and ranked among the national leaders in several statistical categories.


Previously, Hankins was tabbed to the NABC All-Midwest District First Team squad and also chosen as the NABC's Midwest Region Player of the Year. He's currently a finalist for the NABC Player of the Year distinction, which goes to the top D2 player in the country.


Ferris State will open play in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight as the nation's #1 seed on Tuesday, March 20, versus Barry (Fla.) in the national quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. (ET) in Sioux Falls, S.D.


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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking for the public's help in its investigation of a bald eagle death in Mecosta County. 



DNR officials say the eagle was discovered in a tree in Grant Township on March 1.


The bird was the victim of a traumatic injury.


Lab tests at Michigan State University could help determine the eagle's cause of death.


The penalty for killing a bald eagle is up to 90 days in jail, a fine ranging from $100 to $1,000, or both; and reimbursement to the state of $1,500 per eagle.


Anyone with information can call the DNR at (800) 292-7800.



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A missing Newaygo Co. woman who was last seen in Mecosta Township has been located by police.


Michigan State Police say 31-year old Becky Miller was located by authorities in Texas.


She was found in the area with a Texas resident, not the individual identified in a press release issued on Wednesday.


Police have determined Miller voluntarily left Michigan and no safety concerns were identified.



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We now know the names of those involved in the attempted murder/ suicide out of Isabella County. 


Sheriff Michael Main says 68-year old Brad Hatt shot his wife Janice multiple times before calling 911 and turning the gun on himself.


Main says they are still investigating what the motive could be.


Following surgery for her injuries, Janice Hatt is currently in critical condition at a Grand Rapids area hospital.




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One man is dead while one woman is fighting for her life in Isabella County.


Sheriff Michael Main says officers received a call from a man who said he shot his wife.


When deputies arrived to the scene, they found a 68-year old man on the floor dead and his 66-year old wife shot multiple times.


Police say a weapon was also on the floor next to him.


It happened south of Blanchard at the intersection of South Brinton Road and Jerseyville roads.


The woman was taken to a Grand Rapids area hospital, and her condition is unknown at this time.




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A busy weekend ahead with March Madness, St. Patrick's Day this Saturday as well as spring break for a lot of students.


Local police say they will also be busy with extra patrols on the lookout for drunk drivers as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement period through April 2nd.


The extra patrols being funded through federal grants to area police and sheriffs departments.


Officials say nearly 2,200 in Michigan were arrested for drunk driving during the NCAA tournament in 2015.



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A magical season continues for the Ferris State University men's basketball squad as the Bulldogs captured the 2018 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship on their home floor with an exciting 80-65 victory over the Findlay Oilers on Tuesday (March 13) night before a sellout crowd of 2,434 fans at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.


With the win, the Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight set for March 20-24 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The official seedings and tournament matchups for the national quarterfinals slated for next Tuesday will be announced soon by the NCAA.


The Bulldogs won their 23rd consecutive contest and avenged last year's regional semifinal setback to the Oilers with a strong effort fueled by the home crowd. FSU improved to a nation-leading 35-1 overall and finished unbeaten at 22-0 home this season.


Ferris State jumped out to an early lead and led 38-29 at halftime, but Findlay battled back and took a two-point lead with 7:56 remaining. Down the stretch, though, the Bulldogs made the big days and outscored UF 42-36 over the final 20 minutes to secure the homecourt win.


Senior guard Drew Cushingberry tallied a game-high 21 points and earned Midwest Regional Most Outstanding Player honors in leading FSU to the win. The Bulldogs also got a big performance off the bench from guard DeShaun Thrower, who finished with 20 points on seven-of-12 shooting.


Along with their performances, junior center Zach Hankins added 12 points and 12 boards along with three blocked shots. He also earned all-tourney honors along with senior forward Noah King.


Ferris State had to battle past a talented Findlay lineup led by standout forward Taren Sullivan, who finished with 16 points. He claimed all-tourney honors for the Oilers along with senior guard Martyce Kimbrough, but FSU was able to limit him to only six points on two-of-12 shooting in the regional final.


FSU shot at a 42.4% clip and hit seven-of-23 three's (30.4%) along with 17-of-22 (77.3%) free throws. The Bulldogs also outrebounded Findlay 49-35 and came up with 16 offensive rebounds, which led to a 13-6 margin in second chance scoring.


The Bulldogs limited Findlay to 38.9% shooting with the Oilers going four-of-26 (15.4%) and five-of-five (100.0%) at the stripe.


Ferris State hosted the D2 Midwest Regional for the first time in school history and will advance to the D2 Elite Eight for the second time and the first since 1988-89.


The win was FSU's second-straight over Findlay following a buzzer-beating win earlier this season in non-league action, but the first against the Oilers in national tournament play in three tries. UF had beat FSU in the 2005 regional final at Croy Gymnasium in Findlay.


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A new walk-in medical clinic will be opening next month to offer services in Big Rapids.


Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Walk-In Clinic will open April 2, offering immediate care without an appointment for those who feel ill or have minor injuries-- but don’t require emergency care.


The walk-in clinic will be located in the Medical Arts Building, 650 Linden Street, adjacent to Big Rapids Hospital.


The clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Officials say there are plans for adding Saturday hours at a later date.


For more information about the Big Rapids Hospital Walk-In Clinic, log on to




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The Newaygo Co. Emergency Manager will be holding a meeting to give area residents an update on the new flood warning system on the Muskegon River and what impacts it will have on current and future emergency notifications for their specific neighborhoods.


The Community Meeting will be staffed with representatives from various local, state, and federal agencies who will provide the most current information about flood monitoring and communications resources, flood warning, flood response, and mitigation resources.


The meeting will be held this Thursday from 6pm-8pm at Newaygo High School.



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A 25-year old Morley man accused of assaulting a police officer on Sunday has been identified and arraigned.


The Mecosta Co. Sheriff's office says Juan Maldonado is being held in jail on $100,000 bond.


During an investigation of a domestic complaint, Maldonado is accused of fighting deputies.


When police took him into custody they found a knife in his pocket.



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A Morley man is charged after he allegedly assaulted a police officer early Sunday morning.


Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say they were called to a residence to investigate a domestic complaint.


When officers arrived to the scene, they made contact with the 25-year old suspect.


The Morley man failed to comply with deputies.


While deputies attempted to take the suspect into custody, he began to fight with police. When a deputy deployed a taser, the suspect attempted to disarm the officer.


When the suspect was taken into custody, he was found to be in possession of a knife which was concealed in his pocket.


The Morley man is expected to be arraigned on multiple felony charges.



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The nationally second-ranked Ferris State University men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen for the second time in three years and reached the Midwest Regional Championship game as the Bulldogs beat league rival Lake Superior State 94-71 on Sunday (March 11) night inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.


The Bulldogs pushed their win streak to 22 consecutive games before a large crowd and beat the Lakers, who handed FSU its only loss this season, for the third time this year.


With the win, the Bulldogs will now square off against former Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Findlay in the regional title game on Tuesday (March 13) night in Big Rapids with a berth in the Division II Elite Eight on the line.


Depth and play on the glass proved to be a huge factor for the Bulldogs as they scored 35 points off the bench, including 16 coming from sophomore forward Jaylin McFadden. Ferris State was led by junior center Zach Hankins, who dominated the paint with 18 points and 18 rebounds in the contest to go with three blocked shots.


In the starting line up, senior guard Drew Cushingberry added 15 points points and seven assists while senior forward Noah King scored 14 points and had six rebounds.

Ferris State shot 48.7% from the floor in the opening half and held Lake Superior State to only 25% shooting from the floor behind a strong defensive effort.


They Lakers remained within striking distance as they shot 33 times from the charity stripe for the night.

However, the Bulldogs built a 14-point halftime lead and cruised to the victory while outrebounding the Lakers 52-36 for the game.


The Lakers were led by the 19 points of Ke'montrece Collins. LSSU's Malek Adams had 18 points with the points for both coming off the bench.


Ferris State led for 39:17 of the contest and the score was only tied once for the opening 43 seconds.

FSU's strength on the glass gave the Bulldogs a 24-14 edge in second chance production as FSU tallied 19 offensive rebounds. The Bulldogs also outscored the Lakers 36-26 in the paint in the fourth matchup of the year between the two schools.


Overall, FSU shot 47% for the night and went 10-of-28 (35.7%) from three-point range along with 14-of-22 (63.6%) at the line. LSSU finished 31.3% overall and made only four-of-18 (22.2%) three's along with 27-of-33 (81.8%) free throws.


The Bulldogs limited standout Lake Superior State guard Akaemji Williams to only eight points on two-of-13 shooting overall.


Ferris State's win was its nation-leading 34th of the season as the Bulldogs improved to 34-1 overall and stayed perfect (21-0) at home this year. FSU has now won 27-straight games at home dating back to last campaign.


The Bulldogs will square off against the Findlay Oilers in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship Game on Tuesday with tipoff set for 7 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.


The FSU Athletics Ticket Office will be open Monday from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) and will open again on Tuesday starting at 9 a.m. leading up to game time. Tickets can also be purchased online at Visit or call (231) 591-2888 for additional information.


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Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say a man was taken to the hospital after he hit a tree with his vehicle Wednesday in Martiny Township.


The accident occurred when a 63-year old Mecosta man left 110th Ave just South of 15 Mile Rd in Martiny Twp.


The man then traveled through a field for approximately a tenth of a mile before striking a tree causing the vehicle to stop.


The driver told police he had passed out from a coughing spell while driving and did not remember the accident.


The man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.


According to deputies, alcohol is also believed to be a factor in the accident.



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 In 43 years of varsity competition, Ferris State Hockey has a long-standing tradition of developing high-end defensemen. Many, including Andy Roach, John Gruden, Chad Billins, Zach Redmond, and Dave Karpa have played in the National Hockey League.


The tradition is set to continue when Cooper Zech steps foot on campus for the 2018-19 season. Zech, who currently plays for the Wenatchee Wild in the British Columbia League (BCHL), is the 2017-18 BCHL Top Defenceman Trophy winner.


"We are very proud to have Cooper Zech join the Ferris State Hockey Program," Ferris State Hockey Head Coach Bob Daniels said. "For Cooper to win the Best Defensemen of the Year award for the British Columbia Junior Hockey League speaks volumes of his potential to have an immediate impact in college hockey."

Recently, Ferris State has had great success with BCHL alums, including the current Bulldog captain.

"Our last major award winner from the BCHL (Canadian Junior Hockey Player of the Year) was Corey Mackin," Daniels said. "We believe Cooper will make the same positive contributions to our team. We look forward to having him in our lineup next season."


Zech amassed a towering 69 points in 58 games for the Wild in the regular season, 13 points more than the next highest scoring defenseman in the BCHL this year. His 58 assists led all BCHL skaters, as did his 22 power play assists. 


One would see where Zech fits in with the Ferris State blue print. The Bulldogs consistently finish in the top ten in the country in percentage of points by defensemen and were in the top five in 2017-18.

For the second consecutive year, the BCHL's Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy for Coach of the Year was awarded to Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. In Zech, Littler has a defenseman that has consistently led his team on the ice in games and in practice. 

"He basically is taking his power play unit and there's not much we have to say to those guys, he runs it," Littler said. "He'll have them out before practice, they'll work on certain things, it could be something he saw on TV, he's definitely taken control of his power play unit."


One area in which the Bulldogs have excelled is in developing more undersized defensemen. Prime example, US Olympian Chad Billins led the 2011-12 Bulldogs to the National Championship Game and won a Calder Cup in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins the following season.

"Oh I think Zech will have a chance to be a pro, I think that he's definitely a bit undersized, but what he has is his vision's uncanny," Littler said. "Outstanding puck skills, I think those two things and being able to make the first pass on the breakout and having the ability to make people miss when they're coming at him in the offensive zone, it's rare that he ever gets a shot blocked. He just makes a lot of really good decisions with the puck."


Though Zech shares a similar build to Billins, he brings to the table what many successful Bulldogs in program history, including current American Hockey League forward for the Iowa Wild Gerald Mayhew, displayed fervently.


"We knew he had good skills," Littler said. "But he's a kid that plays with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, he uses that as motivation, he's a very driven kid."


Zech figures to use that chip to his advantage. Though he had strong seasons in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Odessa Jackalopes, it seems his game has only continued to elevate as the level he plays at elevates. 


"He's had overall an outstanding year," Littler said. "From the first of the year on, he's just made huge strides. He's playing with so much confidence, he's got such good puck skills and stick skills that, he's just a lot of fun to watch right now."


A South Lyon native, Zech will come to a campus that has had more than it's fair share of success in the current decade on the ice. In six years, Ferris State has reached the NCAA Regional Championship game three times, won the MacNaughton Cup and Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA Regular Season and Tournament Champions, respectively, finished as national runners up in 2011-12 and has had a Hobey Baker Top Ten Finalist. Ferris State competed in the postseason for the 21st consecutive season in 2017-18.


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A man accused of breaking into several homes in Mecosta County is now charged.


33-year old Jonathan Preuss of Barryton, who is currently on parole from multiple felony convictions of home invasion and drug charges is now charged with 2nd degree home invasion  and 4th offense habitual offender.


He's accused in a number of home break-ins around Fork Township.


Mecosta Co. Detectives say additional charges are expected.


Preuss remains lodged in the Mecosta County Jail on $250,000.00 bond pending further court action.




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For the first time in school history, the Ferris State University men's basketball team has been selected to host the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament this coming weekend (March 10-13) at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
The top-seeded Bulldogs, who beat Lake Superior State in Sunday's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Championship Game for the program's fourth consecutive league postseason crown, will host eighth-seeded Ohio Dominican on Saturday (March 10) in regional quarterfinal round action starting at 6 p.m. (ET).  
The contest will be the third of four regional quarterfinal-round games on Saturday with the entire regional tournament taking place on the campus of Ferris State University.
The complete first round matchups and regional seedings are listed below:
Session 1:
12 p.m. - #3 Findlay vs. #6 Drury (Mo.)
2:30 p.m. - #2 Bellarmine (Ky.) vs. #7 Truman State (Mo.)
Session 2:
6 p.m. - #1 Ferris State vs. #8 Ohio Dominican
8:30 p.m. - #4 Lake Superior State vs. #5 Hillsdale
The winners will take part in the regional semifinal games on Sunday (March 11) with the first semifinal at 5 p.m. (ET) pitting the winners of game one and two in the quarterfinal round and the second semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. (ET) between the winners of quarterfinal games three and four. The Bulldogs would play in the second regional semifinal on Sunday with an opening-round victory.
The regional championship game is on Tuesday (March 13) at 7 p.m. (ET).
The single-elimination national tournament field includes eight regions of eight teams apiece. The Midwest Regional champion will advance to the NCAA Division Elite Eight set for March 21-24 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Tickets for the NCAA Regional will be $15 per session for adults and $10 for students. 
Advance tickets for the tournament will go on sale Tuesday starting at 12 p.m. (ET). Tickets will be available for purchase online at or at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. NCAA guidelines do not permit any complimentary tickets to be issued.
All seats are general admission and no regular-season passes of any type will be accepted per national tournament regulations.
The box office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) this week and starting on Saturday prior to the quarterfinal games beginning at 10 a.m. (ET) with the doors to Wink Arena opening an hour prior to the first session. The ticket office will also open on Sunday starting two hours prior to the regional semifinals.
For additional information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.
The Bulldogs will be making their 13th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and their fourth-straight appearance.
Stay tuned to for additional information regarding the NCAA Regional as it becomes available.


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Central Michigan University leaders are hoping to have more counselors at the school when students return from spring break next week.


Students, faculty and other workers were locked down in dorms and other buildings for several hours last Friday after a student shot his parents to death inside Campbell Hall.


James Davis Jr. faces murder and weapons charges.


He was arrested early Saturday morning and remains in custody at McLaren Hospital.


Formal arraignment could happen today.


James Davis Sr. and Diva Davis were shot inside their son's dorm room.


The gun used was registered to the older Davis who was a police officer in suburban Chicago.


University President George Ross says he is exploring additional counseling services in the days and weeks ahead. 



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The 20-2 Big Rapids Lady Cardinals advance to the District 61 Finals to face the 13-8 Clare Pioneers tonight at 7:00pm!
The Big Rapids Cardinals are red hot after a stunning upset of the undefeated #5 Central Montcalm Hornets in Round 2 49-34 and a statement 1st Round win over Alma 50-28.
The Clare Pioneers knocked off Chip Hills to open district play Monday (45-31) before sending the 6-14 Shepherd Bluejays home Wednesday night with a 49-32 victory.
Friday's broadcast kicks off with the Big Rapids Public Schools, Curries Towing, and McDonald Chrysler of Big Rapids Pre-Game Show at 6:45pm on Big Country 100.9 WWBR Big Rapids. 
The game is also streaming online at and via the Android/iOS WWBR app.
Be sure to follow Big Country 100.9 on Twitter for in-game updates:


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UPDATE: CMU Police have confirmed two people involved in the shooting this morning are dead. Police believe the situation started as a domestic situation. Suspect still at large. 


The campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant is on lock-down following a shooting of two people.


Michigan State Police say the suspect is armed and dangerous and still at large.


The shooting was at Campbell Hall, a dorm building, according to the school.


According to the Mount Pleasant Dept. of Public Safety, the suspect is a 19-year-old black male who is approximately 5 foot 9 inches tall.


He is wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie.


He may have taken off the blue hoodie.


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



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