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Feature Story Local business leaders and innovators gathered together at the Courtyard by Marriott.

MMDC Annual Meeting celebrates business and innovation leaders in Mt. Pleasant region

The Middle Michigan Development Corporation hosted its first Annual Meeting recently, celebrating the accomplishments of businesses and individuals who have shown innovation and commitment to the region.

Feature Story Jessica Blewett and her husband, Joe, moved back to the area in 2014.

Boomeranging back: Jessica Blewett returns to serve Isabella County and beyond

Culture, job opportunities, and community values are just some of the traits that drew Jessica Blewett and her family back to work in the Isabella County area where she was raised.

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Accessory Dwelling Units are diversifying Mt. Pleasant’s housing market

Accessory Dwelling Units in Mt. Pleasant offer more low-income housing options and supplemental income for real estate owners, a win-win scenario that the city intends to encourage.

Feature Story Broadway Central 2021 in downtown Mt. Pleasant.

Downtown Mt. Pleasant’s Broadway Central set to reopen with new hybrid approach

Downtown Mt. Pleasant reopens Broadway Central for the summer of 2022 with new amenities and accommodations to adhere to previous requests of citizens and local businesses.

Feature Story Before taking off, pilots give children a tour of the plane and explain each part with its function.

Mt. Pleasant children take flight on Young Eagles Day

As Maverick returns to the big screen, local children celebrate Young Eagles Day at the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport by learning about aviation and taking to the skies.

Feature Story Courtney Jerome, small business owner and Epicenter contributor

Finding home: The Jeromes' journey back to Mt. Pleasant

After several years away from the Mt. Pleasant area, small business owner and Epicenter contributor Courtney Jerome and her husband had a big decision to make: where to live. With remote careers allowing them to be choosy, the Jeromes ultimately said yes to the many perks of living in Mt. Pleasant.

Feature Story 301 East High Street Home

Newly settled Mt. Pleasant residents find their historic forever home

Once a residence of two former Central Michigan University presidents, the historic property at 301 E. High St. is now home to a newly relocated Mt. Pleasant couple.

Feature Story Once complete, Paint the Pavement leaves three intersections along Broadway St. with unique art.

Intersections along Broadway St. prepare for a facelift as Paint the Pavement nears

Art Reach's annual Paint the Pavement event will take place on June 4 this year, and painters of all ages and talents are encouraged to help spruce up the streets downtown Mt. Pleasant.

Feature Story Preventing Suicide in Michigan Men (PRiSMM), a CDC grant-funded program, is now mid-way through its 5-year funding cycle with a goal of reducing suicide in Michigan men by 10%.

CMU collaborates on statewide program to reduce suicide in Michigan men

Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine & Interdisciplinary Center for Community Health & Wellness is collaborating on a statewide project led by MDHHS’s Injury and Violence Prevention Section to reduce suicide in Michigan men. Preventing Suicide in Michigan Men (PRiSMM) is a CDC grant-funded program – the first of its kind – that began in 2019 and is now mid-way through its 5-year funding cycle with a goal of reducing suicide in Michigan men by 10%.  

Feature Story Dr. Benjamin Cox holds the 88th Annual Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Championship trophy while standing in the Sun Bowl stadium in El Paso, Texas on Dec. 31, 2021.

Dr. Benjamin Cox shows care, empathy, and integrity through medical practice in Mount Pleasant

After years of schooling and experience with athletes, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Cox is now providing world-class, individualized care to the Mt. Pleasant community.

Feature Story HopeWell Ranch is located at 6410 W. Leiter Rd.

HopeWell Ranch adds a new member to their herd family

HopeWell Ranch adds Stormy to their family, an equicizer that helps newcomers gain the confidence needed to transition to a real horse.

Feature Story Letter to the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Liz says farewell, welcome Jennifer Veitengruber as new Managing Editor

It is my honor to share with you that Jennifer Veitengruber is the new Managing Editor of Epicenter Mt. Pleasant. Thank you all for your support and readership during my time with Epicenter, I look forward to seeing the incredible work ahead for Epicenter under Jennifer's leadership!

Feature Story Kay's Way collected large quantities of personal care items during their 2021 supply drive.

Kay’s Way seeks community help collecting necessities for Isabella County women and girls

Last year, Kay’s Day, a Women’s Initiative social event, transformed into Kay’s Way, a women’s supply drive. This year, the drive continues, accepting donations of new, unopened women’s items from May 9-25.

Feature Story Cindy Williams Schrauben

Local children’s book author releases new book and introduces Books for Kids – Partners in Literacy

Mt. Pleasant-based author Cindy Williams Schrauben recently released “This Could Be You” and introduced a new program intended to increase accessibility to books.  

Feature Story Two Mount Pleasant Middle School eight-graders pose with a tree they helped plant.

Mt. Pleasant middle schoolers help environment through tree planting effort

Mount Pleasant Middle School students helped grow the environment this Arbor Day by planting trees with Trees NOW Isabella.

Feature Story Give Local Isabella

Give Local Isabella returns May 3 for 24 hours of fundraising to support nonprofits

On May 3, the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation is hosting its annual Give Local Isabella event - 24 hours of communitywide fundraising supporting local charitable organizations.

Feature Story Owners of Sleepy Dog Books Riley and Jennifer Justis curate the selection of the bookstore with the community's interests in books that they would like to read.

Sleepy Dog Books prepares for grand opening in downtown Mt. Pleasant

Riley and Jennifer Justis of Sleepy Dog Books prepare for the bookstore’s grand opening on May 6, becoming downtown Mt. Pleasant’s first bookstore.

Feature Story Eileen Jennings has been named the 2021 Citizen of the Year by the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce.

Eileen Jennings honored as 2021 Citizen of the Year

Eileen Jennings has been named the 2021 Citizen of the Year by the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce at its 65th annual banquet.

Feature Story Holly Nelson & James Green

SwoleConnect and TruthMap collaboration bring mental health services to the MMA cage

SwoleConnect and TruthMap are the new owners of Total Warrior Combat MMA, offering personal development and mental health services in the MMA space. 

Feature Story Jimmy Fleishman is one of the many local pilots who help foster a love of all things aviation with youth like Emma Hubble.

Mt. Pleasant girl finds her future in the clouds

Local volunteers in Mt. Pleasant’s Experimental Aircraft Association foster a love of aviation with Young Eagles.

Community Calendar

Join in for a nine-hole scramble with friends followed by a meal. All proceeds benefit United Way’s Stuff the Bus program! The event will take place Thursday, August 4th at Maple Creek Golf Club in Shepherd. Registration starts at 11:00am with a shotgun start at ...
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