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Past articles by Whitney:

Traverse City's Table Health Helps You Work Off Your Paczki on Fat Tuesday

“Don’t do it every day but I say if these days are few and far between, enjoy it,” said health coach and personal trainer at Table Health Doug Petersen. Many of us indulged in a paczki for “Fat Tuesday” but what does it take to work off those hundreds of tasty calories? We talked to a physician, dietitian and personal... → Read More

Mental Health Issues Addressed for Grand Traverse County Jail

“We’ve had some unfortunate tragedies, we’ve had multiple suicide attempts, jail is an unpleasant environment,” said Captain Todd Ritter, jail administrator. Changes have come to the Grand Traverse County Jail after years of problems. The county formed an ad hoc committee last March, to address the need of care for inmates that came in with a mental health issue. That... → Read More

Government Shutdown Could Delay Your Tax Refund

If the government shutdown continues through the end of January, that tax refund you plan on could be late. Tax season is right around the corner and it’s almost time to start filing your taxes but filing early this year might not do you any good. “During the shutdown, the IRS will only be funded for about 12.5% of their... → Read More

Suttons Bay Celebrates Bay Community Theatre Grand Opening

The doors will stay open and the lights will continue to shine bright at the beloved Suttons Bay movie theater. It’s been several weeks since the announcement that the owners of the Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay planned to close the doors at the end of 2018. But the community decided they weren’t going to let that happen. When the... → Read More

Lawmakers Approve $10M in State Funding to Create Northern Michigan Sports Commission

Up to $10 million in state funding is now going to promote sports, recreation and tourism across our region. Creating a Northern Michigan Sports Commission was part of a supplemental budget bill approved by state lawmakers. It will create a Northern Michigan Regional Tourism and Sports Fund, which will focus on improving or developing athletic and recreational facilities, along with... → Read More

Kalkaska County Doctor Appointed to Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect

A Northern Michigan doctor was just appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. Doctor Cynthia Smith is a physician at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, a consultant with the Traverse Bay Child Advocacy Center, among many other positions. Smith has spent her entire career dedicated to being a voice for children and families who are struggling. She... → Read More

Pugsley Correctional Facility Will Soon Transform, Cutting Edge Startup Company

The property that used to house inmates will soon be home to a cutting edge technology startup company. The Pugsley Correctional Facility shut down in September of 2016. Many jobs were lost but it won’t be long before jobs come back. The facility used to provide 230 jobs and house around 1,300 inmates, but for the last two years it’s... → Read More

Kalkaska Family Saved Due to Carbon Monoxide Detector

A carbon monoxide detector likely saved the lives of a family of four and their two dogs. The Kalkaska Fire Department got a call on Saturday for a carbon monoxide detector going off. The family thought it was just a problem with the battery but when firefighter Mark Holston got there, the CO concentration was up to 120 parts per... → Read More

Traverse City Central High School Student Creates Safety App, Recognized Nationally

A Traverse City Central student created an app for her semester long research project. That app is now being recognized at a national level. “I’m involved at a program here at Central called SCI-MA-TECH and one of the requirements for the program is to do a semester long research project,” said junior Elizabeth Saunders. Elizabeth did her project on coding... → Read More

Thousands Celebrate Beginning of Christmas in Traverse City

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Traverse City… “This is just a really special event, it really brings the community together and the whole goal is just for them to have fun and to make memories and kick off that holiday season,” said Colleen Paveglio, communications and marketing director for the DDA. The Grand Traverse Show Chorus... → Read More

Nub's Nob Opens for Season, Third Earliest Opening in History

Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs had their first skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes on Saturday. They say it’s the third earliest opening in their history. Smooth Sailing, Smokey and Big Time are just a few of the hills that opened up. People were out all morning, taking advantage of this early start. “It’s just good to be back out,”... → Read More

Papa J's Pizzeria and Diner Opens Their Doors for Thanksgiving Dinner

While most restaurants shut down on Thanksgiving, one local diner in Honor is opening their doors and welcoming you into their family. Papa J’s Pizzeria and Diner has been serving the Honor community Thanksgiving dinner for the last 10 years. Every year, owners Debbie Hurd and her husband, and their entire family, wake up early to start prepping a Thanksgiving... → Read More

Northwestern Michigan College President Retiring After 18 Years

A big announcement at Northwestern Michigan College. The current president of 18 years just announced his retirement. Timothy Nelson is the longest-serving president of the college, leading the college to earn many recognitions over the years. He has led the development of multiple programs like freshwater studies and maritime technology. As well as being committed to helping veterans, where… → Read More

Hook & Hunting: Power Island Opens For Bow Hunting

For all the hunters out there, you have the chance to hunt on Power Island in just a few days. The Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation department says they are opening the island for bow hunting, to control the deer population by recommendation from the DNR. They say there isn’t enough vegetation on the island, so they open it... → Read More

Former Grand Traverse Co. Daycare Owner Arrested for Child Abuse

A Grand Traverse County woman and former in-home daycare owner was arrested for first-degree child abuse. Deputies say it happened back in December of 2016, but the prosecutor just authorized a warrant for the woman and she turned herself in Monday. The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office says the abuse happened in the South Creek subdivision in Blair Township at... → Read More

Changes for Northwestern Alpine Ski Academy Coming; Merge with Crystal Mountain Unsuccessful

“There’s a large racing community up here in Northern Michigan and we’re trying to give everybody equitable time to train and advance their skills,” said director of public relations at Crystal Mountain, Brian Lawson. With just a few more weeks before skiers hit the slopes, a well-known ski club is left without a home. North Coast Ski Academy and Northwestern... → Read More

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Hosts Job Fair, Filling 100 Jobs

The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is looking to fill 100 jobs for their busy fall and winter season. While most consider these months to be the “off season”, the resort says they never slow down. On Wednesday they held a job fair to fill a wide range of positions from part time to salaried. Interviews and tours were held... → Read More

Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting 3-Year-Old in Grand Traverse Co. Takes Plea Deal

The man accused of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old in Grand Traverse County took a plea deal. Victor Brigham was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and was supposed to head to trial, but now he has admitted to the sex crime. Brigham was taking care of the 3-year-old victim. The victim’s mother noticed something was unusual. Brigham admitted to inappropriately... → Read More

Tom's Food Market Donates $50,000 to TART Trails

Tom’s Food Market just made a huge donation to TART trails to complete their trail around Boardman Lake. The project, which is expected to break ground next fall, will complete the 5.5 mile trail around the lake. But in order to do that they needed help from the community. Tom’s Food Market just donated $50,000 to help our area be... → Read More

Traverse City Light & Power Board Votes To Use 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2040

Traverse City is now one step closer to running on 100 percent renewable energy. In a five to one vote, The Traverse City Light & Power board voted on a goal to be 100 percent renewable by 2040. For months, the board has been working to update their strategic plan which didn’t have any renewable energy goals; something most board... → Read More