Charlevoix property controversy paused: Decisions deferred until December 2024
CHARLEVOIX COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A controversial property in Charlevoix will be out of the spotlight for a year. This comes after voters rejected both competing land use proposals a few weeks ago. The city council voted to halt any decision-making on the land until December 2024. For now, city...
Charlevoix officials: Housing group illegally used city logo on campaign flyer
CHARLEVOIX — Last week, the Charlevoix City Council sent a cease-and-desist letter to the housing ballot initiative group for their inappropriate use of the city’s logo on a campaign flyer. The flyer was one of three city-wide mail drops sent by the housing group in their campaign for a housing development on the vacant...
Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital expands access to robotic surgery
CHARLEVOIX — Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital has expanded their access to robotic surgery with the arrival of the state-of-the-art Da Vinci XI Surgical System, an advancement in minimally-invasive surgery, according to a release from the hospital. Expansion of robotic surgery and outpatient access is part of Munson Healthcare’s larger plan to increase...
Community rallies behind Mancelona students injured in car crash: Pie in the face fundraiser raises spirits and funds
ANTRIM COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Mancelona School community has come together to support three students who were involved in a car crash earlier this month. Mancelona High School students and staff cheered as Jaden Grutsch, and his two older sisters Alison and Jasmine made their way into the school’s gymnasium.
Midnight snack? Black bears steal from bird feeders across Charlevoix
CHARLEVOIX — Charlevoix residents on both the north and south side of the bridge have reported seeing black bears raiding their bird feeders this month. When southside Charlevoix resident Pam Kentala opened her dining room window at around 3 a.m. on Nov. 5, the last thing she expected was to find herself face-to-face with...
Michigan’s Oldest General Store is About to Turn 90 Years Old
One of the oldest General Stores in America is in a tiny Michigan town near Lake Michigan. You'll find the Good Hart General Store in the "downtown" area of Good Hart, Michigan. The Good Hart General Store actually has a Harbor Springs, Michigan address. Harbor Springs in Emmet County, is a tiny town with an estimated population of less than 1,300 residents. We were unable to find population estimates for the Good Hart community. According to the Good Hart General Store website, this adorable little store has only had 2 owners in the last 90 years,
Man charged with cashing almost $15,000 in checks that weren’t made out to him
WEXFORD COUNTY —Michigan State Police say a downstate man was arrested after a year-long investigation for cashing thousands of dollars in checks that didn’t belong to him. The three checks cashed in Wexford, Antrim and Kalkaska County were worth almost $15,000. The investigation started in November 2022 after a local credit union contacted MSP about a non-member presenting checks from a business account that wasn’t theirs. The business owner had called the credit union after noticing the transactions, totaling $14,843.70, while balancing his account. Troopers believe Steven Richard Morrison from Allegan County stole the checks from a mailbox, erased the “pay to” name and wrote in his own. The credit union provided troopers with surveillance video and a copy of his driver’s license. MSP learned that Morrison had two warrants out for similar charges, and another arrest warrant was issued on May 8.
Beaver Island secures $10M in federal infrastructure funding to build new ferry
The Beaver Island Transportation Authority will leverage $10 million in federal funding to support building a new ferry to service the Lake Michigan island community. Currently, the island is serviced by two ferries, including one that is more than 60 years old, that run the 32-mile route from Charlevoix to the island village of St. James. The authority previously commissioned designs for a replacement vessel in 2012, but lacked funding to build the ship.
Looking Back: Charlevoix's first commercial boat builders and a Chicago canal
CHARLEVOIX — One hundred and fifty years ago, the Nov. 29, 1873 Charlevoix Sentinel reported the “South Arm is frozen over.” The western, narrower portion of Pine Lake (later named Lake Charlevoix) was already locked in for the winter by late November, and would probably stay that way until the following spring. ...
Northern Michigan Town Has a Garden That is Famous as the Butterfly-friendly Garden
A town in Northern Michigan has been named Michigan’s newest “Monarch City USA” because it works hard to protect monarch butterflies. The award was recently given to Charlevoix County’s Melrose Township by the non-profit organization Monarch City USA, which is based in Washington state and encourages cities and towns to help monarch butterflies by spreading milkweed and nectar plants all over their areas.
Embattled Grand Rapids developer goes north with two new projects
A former Grand Rapids developer who is still paying off debts tied to a 2019 bankruptcy and at least 12 related lawsuits says he will use the lessons he learned from those mistakes in two new projects in Northern Michigan. Derek Coppess — whose former flagship firm 616 Lofts LLC...
Trail connecting 2 Northern Michigan towns gets MDOT funding to add 3-mile segment
A new segment of a trail that will connect two Northern Michigan towns is fully funded and local officials have approved a construction bid, WPBN/WGTU reports. Construction of phase three of the Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail, along the shore of Lake Charlevoix, is planned for spring 2024, the report said. It’s expected to take about four months.
Ferocious defense among main takeaways as Cheboygan boys top East Jordan, improve to 2-0
CHEBOYGAN — When you fall behind by 10 early, it can feel a little deflating. But that wasn’t the case for the Cheboygan boys basketball team, which saw itself trailing 20-10 to East Jordan in its home opener Friday night. Instead of letting the deficit grow, the Chiefs showed resiliency, flipped the switch and improved to 2-0 on the season with a hard-fought 51-47 victory over the Red Devils. ...
MI harbor springs's Most Loveable Kittens Eagerly Awaits Forever Homes Today!
Interested in adding a furry friend to your family? Even if you're just keen on viewing some of the cute critters available for adoption nearby, there are ample pets waiting for their forever homes in animal shelters throughout and around harbor springs.
Health department: HIV infections on rise in Northern Michigan
CHARLEVOIX — Health officials recently reported that regional cases of HIV are on the rise, and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan is encouraging residents to be proactive and get tested. According to the health department, the increase in cases was determined by comparing information collected from 2019 through...
Advent Series begins at Greensky Hill
CHARLEVOIX — At 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, "The Gift of Being Present: Being Present with Hope" features Advent Candle lighting, carols, songs, and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, music with the Drum Voices of Greensky Hill, worship pastor Sharon Osterhouse, and others, a reflection on the First Nations Version of Mark 13:24-37 by the Rev. Jonathan Mays, a video by The Work of the People, and open table Communion. All are welcome!
A Happy Accident: Baabaazuzu At Three Decades
It all started with an unfortunate accident. Sue Burns and her husband Kevin had a busy life in 1993, raising two young girls and figuring out their next steps after several years of running the Riverside Inn in Leland. Without thinking, Kevin threw a load of Sue’s fine wool sweaters in the dryer, with predictable results.
Community group launched to advocate for Health Department of Northwest Michigan
GAYLORD — A group has been formed by community leaders in the four counties served by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to raise public awareness of the agency’s services and to correct any misunderstandings that have challenged the department’s ability to carry out its work. Charlie...
Lake effect snow showers to bring varied accumulations, followed by fast-moving clipper late night
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY today in Chippewa, Mackinac, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Mason, Lake, Oceana, Manistee, Wexford, and Charlevoix Counties. Roads are snow covered. Travel speeds are slower than normal. Today we'll get more snow showers. It's a lake effect pattern, so some people will see a...
The Ultimate Candy Quest: Discovering Charlevoix's Top 3 Candy Shops
In this article, we explore three delightful candy stores in Charlevoix. Have you had the pleasure of visiting any of them yet? If yes, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!