Articles written by: Malachi Barrett

Metro / Mount Pleasant / Politics
City Commissioners approved City Manager Nancy Ridley's contract on Monday night.

(Taryn Wattles | Staff Photographer)

City manager contract approved despite one objection

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30. An employment agreement with City Manager Nancy Ridley was passed by a 5-1 vote, with commissioner Kathleen Ling being the sole vote against. Vice Mayor Jim Holton […]
Mayor Sharon Tilmann spoke in favor of Mount Pleasant and Central Michigan University's parking enforcement agreement.

(Taryn Wattles | Staff Photographer)

City Commission Notebook: Parking enforcement agreement with CMU approved

The Mount Pleasant City Commission passed several motions Monday as consent agenda items, including approval of a parking enforcement agreement with Central Michigan University. In a January session, commissioners endorsed a proposal to expand parking enforcement on a trial basis with CMU […]

CMU shows off innovation, imagination with students showcase in Detroit

Central Michigan University students will be among more than 400 “makers” showcasing ideas, inventions and solutions at the 5th annual Maker Faire in Detroit. Hosted by the Henry Ford Museum, the award-winning event celebrates technology and the arts from talent […]
Facilities Management / University
Construction crews continue work on the $95 million Biosciences Building project.

(James Wilson | Social Media Coordinator)

General summer construction near completion, many projects still in the works

  A large slate of parking lot repair, general maintenance in the halls and work on the $95 million Biosciences Building are continuing Central Michigan University’s ambitious summer construction initiatives. Most of the maintenance will be completed by the Fall […]
Facilities Management / University

Summer construction projects making progress on campus

A number of summer construction projects have made great strides in giving Central Michigan University a facelift before students arrive, according to Facilities Management officials. The first of the underground concrete support structures will begin in the next two weeks […]

Art Walk Central aims to add growth in third way

For the third year, downtown streets and businesses across Mount Pleasant will feature manifestations of the imagination by local artists through Art Reach of Mid Michigan. Art Reach of Mid Michigan, which was founded in 1981, helps to facilitate and enrich […]
Metro / Mount Pleasant

Harley Day to offer motorcycle rides for people with disabilities

Despite 12 years of organizing motorcycle rides for people with disabilities, Edi Bowerman easily identified her favorite Harley Day moment. “In the first year, one of our consumers had been in a wheelchair his entire life,” Bowerman said. “At the […]
Metro / Mount Pleasant

City officials award bids for street maintenance

Mount Pleasant roads battered by the harsh winter are being treated to two maintenance initiatives authorized by the City Commission this summer. At a July 14 session, contracts were awarded to two construction companies to seal cracks and clean streets […]
Metro / Mount Pleasant

United Apartments offers reward for information on arsons

United Apartments is offering a $1,000 reward for information that would lead to an arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the dumpster fires at Yorkshire Commons, Tallgrass Apartments, and The Forum Apartments. According to files obtained by Central […]
CMU senior Ashley Drake was killed in a motorcycle accident July 5. Drake was headed home with her boyfriend from a trip to Tennessee. (Courtesy|Bill Knapp)

Ashley Drake remembered for spontaneity, enjoyment of life

A showing was held this past weekend for Ashley Drake, a Central Michigan University senior who was killed in motorcycle accident over the Fourth of July weekend. Drake, 22, of Six Lakes, was described as “bubbly, spontaneous” and even a […]
Crime Log / Metro

Suspects of assault on Blanchard man due in court July 17

A man and a woman arraigned on a laundry list of charges are being lodged at the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department and are awaiting a preliminary hearing at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Seth Johnson, 21, of Blanchard and […]
Enrollment / University
Wheeler Hall and Kulhavi Hall are seen from the 8th floor of Carey Hall. (Katy Kildee | File Photo)

Estimated students living on campus in 2014-15 up from last year

Estimates for students living in Central Michigan University residence halls are up from the 2013-14 school year but within range of what was seen before last year’s decline. Last year, nearly 10 percent fewer students were living in residence halls […]

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