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Past articles by Charlie:

Tuscola leads upper Thumb in latest COVID surge as school outbreaks widen

Major increases in the Upper Thumb had a county health director pointing the finger at several emerging problem spots. → Read More

Charges re-filed in decade-old Saginaw murder

20-year-old Taylor Poling loved to rebuild BMX bikes and compete at the local Special Olympics. The Saginaw woman’s smile, friends and family said, could light up a room, a light that was snuffed out all too soon. → Read More

Northwood University COVID-19 outbreak makes statewide list ahead of Auto Show opener

The Midland business school found itself on top of the state’s list of new outbreaks over the more than two dozen cases it charted in recent days. → Read More

‘The angels were watching over her’: Burton man who says he helped with Cass River rescue describes heroic effort

“I didn’t know if somebody was dead. I just couldn’t think... just react.” That reaction may have saved a 20-year-old’s life. → Read More

Saginaw Township’s Nouvel Catholic Central goes virtual amid positive COVID tests

A Saginaw County school district just welcoming kids back into the classroom wound up sidelined right off the bat by resurgent case counts. → Read More

Midland firefighters on the ground in hurricane-battered Louisiana, aiding relief efforts

A pair of Midland firefighters were en route to Louisiana Tuesday to facilitate critical search and rescue operations taking shape in hard-hit communities. → Read More

Merrill Community Schools shuts down Monday over flooded school buildings

A bit of a messy start to the week for one Mid-Michigan school district. Merrill Community Schools had to shut down for the day after those weekend storms left a mess behind. → Read More

‘Without them, there’s no way’: Sanford woman floored by donation from local nonprofit

More than a year after the waters rose over Sanford, the progress is nothing short of inspiring, but plenty of work remains. A local non-profit’s latest effort aims to drive progress and go the distance. → Read More

Saginaw’s top cop addresses violence, crippling officer shortages in neighborhood meeting

A gathering meant to focus on virtually every aspect of life in the City of Saginaw saw the spotlight instead land squarely on recent violence. → Read More

Report: Nearly 90% of Michigan restaurants face staffing struggles

We’ve all waited for a table, or longer than normal to get our food. That’s because, as of August, 90-percent of restaurants said they didn’t have enough employees to operate fully, according to a new report. → Read More

High school sports resume restriction-free as COVID-19 case counts surge

Practices resumed for many Monday without mask mandates, weekly testing or restrictions on crowd size. → Read More

Saginaw advocates address rash of weekend violence

Some felt as though their prayers had gone unanswered as violence gave way to more violence. One advocate just had the crisis hit especially close to home. → Read More

Saginaw water shutoffs: city considering late fee changes, other solutions as locals apply for assistance

New developments surrounding water shutoffs in the City of Saginaw as city leaders put shutoffs on hold indefinitely. → Read More

‘It’s heartbreaking’: Saginaw advocates call for action after second shooting involving 4-year-old

It marked the third shooting involving a child in Saginaw this month. The latest, 4-year-old boy shot inside a home on the city’s west side just prior to 5:00 Monday evening, investigators said. → Read More

‘You can’t sell it fast enough’: Mid-Michigan farmers harried by wicked weather

Scorching heat, drought, floods and frost continue crushing crops and cratering the world food supply, sending prices at the grocery store soaring to their highest levels in about a decade. → Read More

Midland County adopts new rules allowing, prohibiting activities on overgrown Sanford Lake bottom

Hidden hazards have prompted a shift in thinking in several formerly lakefront communities left bone dry in the wake of that 2020 dam breach. → Read More

Flint family mourning after 4-year-old drowns during birthday party

He was out of sight for little more than a second, but that was all it took. → Read More

Multiple cars removed from Flint railroad crossing after ignoring construction zone, driving down tracks

Two cars had to be removed from the train tracks on Lapeer road in Flint after driving through construction barricades overnight Sunday. → Read More

Shiawassee River Fest kicks off in Linden

The Shiawassee River Fest kicked off in downtown Linden Saturday! → Read More

COVID-19 vaccine doses expiring by the thousands in Michigan amid slowdown

The state’s new vaccinations have slowed to a relative crawl. For some of its stockpile, renewed interest and additional appointments may come too late. → Read More