Preschool Funding Largest in MI

Michigan receives the largest preschool funding in 2013. The Education Commission of the States released the figures yesterday... showing that the $65 million put towards expanding preschool access in Michigan was the largest spending increase across the U.S. Governor Snyder also expanded the Great Start Readiness Program by about 60% which added an additional 10,000 spaces for low-income preschool students. If approved by lawmakers, another $65 million expansion can be expected for 2014. Overall, the country spent $5.6 billion on preschool funding.

Flood Advisory for Mason County

A flood advisory is in effect for Mason County. The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued the flood advisory for the P.M. River near Scottville, until late Thursday night. Flood stage is 5.5 feet and as of 7am this morning, the stage was at 4 feet. The river is expected to rise to 4.6 feet by tomorrow evening. High water is likely to cover campground roads in Scottville Park. 

Child Abuse Suspect Arrested



Troopers from the Michigan State Police, Hart Post have arrested a 26 year old Howard City man in connection with the abuse of a 13 month old child. 

Troopers responded to Gerber Memorial Hospital in Fremont Saturday night (Jan 11th) at the request of Child Protective Services (CPS) to investigate serious injuries to a child.   The baby was brought to the hospital by her mother after she observed injuries that occurred while the child was left  in the care of her live-in boyfriend.  Medical evaluation showed that the child suffered three (3) broken ribs and significant bruising to the head, face and abdomen.  Doctors  identified the child’s injuries as being the result of abuse.

Investigation by troopers identified the mother’s live-in boyfriend as a suspect, and ultimately led to his arrest.    

The suspect was charged with one (1) count of child abuse 1st degree and was lodged in the Montcalm county jail pending arraignment.

Child abuse in the 1st degree is a felony offense,  punishable by imprisonment for life or any term of years 

Oceana County Man Drives Car Into Dollar Store

A Mears man crashes his car into a local business. According to WZZM, the incident occurred Wednesday evening when a 91-year-old man drove his car into the Family Dollar store in Hart.  Police say the man was attempting to park his car when his brakes failed. His driving privileges are currently being examined. No one was hurt in the crash.

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