Weekly Safety Report: Fire, Drug Paraphernalia, and Drug House Arrests in Traverse City
This week in Traverse City, Michigan, there were three incidents that required investigation and police intervention. These incidents include a fire at a car dealership building, the arrest of two individuals found sleeping in a car with drug paraphernalia, and the arrest of a man for running a drug house.
Antrim County approves $17M affordable housing project amidst rental struggles
ANTRIM COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- An Antrim County workforce housing development is moving forward. The Antrim County board of commissioners voted 4-to-1 to approve the $17 million Bellaire Lofts project. Rebirth in Leland: Long-closed Bluebird Restaurant set for transformative revival. The Lofts is a 50-unit development for those with income...
Rebirth in Leland: Long-closed Bluebird Restaurant set for transformative revival
LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- More Northern Michigan communities have a staple place. A bar, a restaurant; someplace that keeps everyone connected. Folks in Leland say they lost that place a year ago, when after almost a century in business, the Bluebird Restaurant shut down. This week, those same folks...
Up North Lowdown, Ep. 36: Court, crude and composers
In an Antrim County courtroom on Thursday, two men were sentenced for roles in the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. And we break down a recent decision to advance the controversial Line 5 tunnel project beneath the Straits of Mackinac, after a crucial — but not final — approval on Dec. 1.
2 men sentenced in 2020 Governor Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Two men have been sentenced for their involvement in a plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer, capping off a remarkable investigation that broke into public view on the eve of the 2020 presidential election. Brian Higgins was sentenced to 36 months of probation. Higgins pleaded guilty...
Man bound over for trial after allegedly sinking barge illegally in Lake Michigan twice
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said 88-year-old Donald Lewis Balcom, from Traverse City, has been bound over to face trial on seven charges related to the sinking of an industrial barge that Balcom owned.
Dudes’ Night Out in Traverse City
Grab your best guys and shop downtown TC businesses for your holiday gifts at Men’s Night on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5-9pm. Be sure to stop by the J Smith Walkway, between Pangea’s and Kilwins, where Evergreen YASC (that’s Young Adult Social Club) will provide hot chocolate and be your guides to downtown. Special discounts and savings are decided by each business; visit downtowntc.com/mens-shopping-night to see what some of them have in store.
Savor the Flavor: Top 6 Must-Try Mexican Restaurants in Traverse City
This article presents a curated list of six Mexican restaurants in Traverse City. Have you had the chance to visit any of these yet? If you have, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!
A Night on the Town
The impact of events like Ladies’ and Men’s Night in the holiday season. Along with festive parties with friends and goofy Christmas sweaters, the annual shopping sprees often known as Ladies’ Night or Men’s Night have become traditions during the holiday season. Northern Express checked with several northern Michigan communities to see how these events are celebrated and what kind of impact they make on local downtown communities.
The City's Search For The Perfect Tree
It was a scraggly little thing, the blue spruce that the Goudey family picked out from Robinson’s Tree Farm over on Herkner Road. They were building a house in the late fall of 1996, and before the home was even finished and the family moved in, the tiny tree was in the ground.
Open Your Homes and Hearts: The Cats Of traverse city, MI Need You!
Interested in adopting a pet — or just looking at some adorable pets near you up for adoption? There are dozens of endearing pets up for adoption at animal shelters in and around traverse city..
Today the gas price is close to $3.19 in Alba as of 2023-12-10. Find the available station near you.
Photo from Unsplash and unrelated to the city. For most people, it is a constant necessity of life to manage gas prices. The national average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas on Sunday is $3.158, a week ago the price is $3.243 , according to AAA.
Charlevoix approves $15,014 for deer cull
CHARLEVOIX — Within the next three months, Charlevoix city officials hope to execute a long-planned deer cull. The cull was developed due to several complaints from residents about garden destruction and an increasing rate of deer-car traffic accidents within the city limits. According to Charlevoix Police Chief Jill McDonnell,...
Elk Rapids Residents: DDA TIF Planning Committee Meeting Scheduled for December 12, 2023
The Elk Rapids DDA TIF Planning Committee will meet on December 12, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will take place at the government center, 315 Bridge Street, Elk Rapids, MI 49629. To view the packet, CLICK HERE.Visit here for more details.
bigLITTLE Wines' Open Road Rose
Something special has shown up in our stocking this year. (Yes, we’re on the nice list. Obviously.) It’s the Open Road Rosé from bigLITTLE Wines. We know what you’re thinking: rosé in December? Absolutely. When red wine and dark beer feel too heavy, this crisp pink drink will have you feeling refreshed and ready for another round of caroling…without forgetting the words. Plus, some wine experts actually recommend lighter, brighter wines to balance out hearty winter meals. No matter the season, Open Road is sure to please just about every guest at the party. This semi-dry wine is made up of Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Marechal Foch grapes fermented in stainless steel, and its flavors bring to mind some of our favorite summer fruits like strawberry and watermelon. Find the 2021 edition at bigLITTLE Wines, 4519 Elm Valley Rd in Suttons Bay (next door to sister winery MAWBY) or order online at biglittlewines.com.
Discover Holiday Celebrations and Dining Options in Traverse City
As the festive season approaches, communities come alive with an array of holiday events, creating a magical tapestry of joy and celebration. Whether it's cozying up with loved ones at a local restaurant, or attending a grand community celebration, these events have a little something everyone will love. Where to see Santa: Other holiday happenings: When it comes to holiday dinners, some of us would much rather do the eating than the cooking and cleaning. Here's a list of places offering dinner options.Visit here for more details.
The Holiday Spirits
Local distilleries share their origin stories and seasonal recipes. These days, cocktail menus are moving from vodka-laden lemonades and beach-friendly rum punches to sharper drinks, pairing gin and whiskey with citrus and syrup to create concoctions more appropriate to sweater weather and tree stand sipping. Winter is coming on quick, and while you’re pulling the hats, scarves, and gloves out of the closet, have you considered the holiday status of your home bar? Or thought about what might be the best bottle to gift this season?
Looking Back: The Sentinel's editor Willard Smith continues to entertain
CHARLEVOIX — One hundred fifty years ago, Charlevoix Sentinel editor Willard A. Smith was not averse to injecting a little humor into his weekly Local and General news column. Dec. 6, 1873: “The peal of a rich-toned organ is very affecting, but the peel of a high-toned onion will...
Elk Rapids moves to 2-0 with victory over Alpena
ELK RAPIDS - The Elk Rapids Elks erased an early deficit to earn a 42-22 non-conference win over visiting Alpena on Thursday evening. The Wildcats led 7-5 after a low-scoring first quarter, but the Elks’ offense got to work in the second quarter, as they out-scored Alpena 16-4 to take a 21-11 lead at halftime. In a funny coincidence, the Elks would also out-score the Wildcats 21-11 in the second half to provide the final margin. Kendall Standfest led the Elks with 16 points. Morgan Bergquist scored 12, and Hunter Shellenbarger chipped in with 10 for Elk Rapids.
First employed police recruits graduate Dec. 9
TRAVERSE CITY — Students in NMC’s first 16-week condensed Police Academy program will graduate Saturday and head immediately to jobs around the state, exiting an enrollment- to- employment pipeline that will ultimately improve community safety in Michigan. Nine of the 10 graduates are employed, or sponsored, recruits whose...