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Feature Story Nicole Frost, Isabella County administrator/controller

Q&A with Isabella County administrator/controller, Nicole Frost

In this Q&A with Isabella County administrator/controller, Nicole Frost, discover an update on the new sheriff’s office and correctional facility being built in Union Township, and her hopes for what the building left behind may become. Plus, the area could potentially have more curbside recycling pickup. Regionally, Isabella County could become a hub for recycling, and have a big statewide impact. Learn more about what’s in the works to make this happen.

Feature Story Michigan Potash & Salt Company facility rendering

New potash mining facility: Creating an economic impact on Evart and surrounding region

What could be the first potash mine in the state of Michigan, and one of the largest union-supported economic development projects in the country, Evart Township is one step closer to being home to a brand-new potash (potassium chloride) and salt production plant and processing facility – creating well over one thousand jobs in the area, along with local, statewide, and international impact.

Feature Story Eastman kids and grandkids hamming it up for the camera.

Foster care fosters hope for Michigan’s most vulnerable children

Michigan's community mental health agencies, CMHs, provide mental health care for the roughly 10,000 children in Michigan’s foster care system. Here is how Genesee Health Systems and Sanilac County CMH are working hard to help foster children in their counties thrive.

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GreenTree Co-op celebrates 1-year in new location, continuing tradition of community-building

It’s been just over a year since GreenTree Co-op Market moved into their new location downtown. Let’s celebrate with a recap of their successes and forecast the future with solutions they’re providing the Mt. Pleasant community.

Feature Story Call line staff working in the team room at Summit Pointe’s First Step Urgent Care.

Community mental health agency call lines connect Michiganders with local crisis care

A call to a local community mental health crisis line can sometimes be more direct and offer services that may not be available when calling 988 or MiCAL.

Feature Story Broadway Theatre VHS Night 2022

VHS Night: Downtown’s Broadway Theatre celebrates nostalgia and nerdiness with film series

Broadway Theatre’s VHS Night welcomes tapeheads and lovers of retro video formats for an exclusive lineup of cult classics shown in the VHS format. Films from “Scream” to “Gremlins” to “The Thing” and “Miami Connection” draw in nostalgia for all ages in the Theatre’s series.

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Issue Media Group launches new publication ‘The Helm’’ serving Greater Sandusky Region

Issue Media Group is excited to announce the company’s latest online news platform – The Helm Sandusky. This publication will tell the stories of investment, innovation, entrepreneurship, and individuals that are shaping the Greater Sandusky Ohio region.

Feature Story Robert Sheehan, executive director of the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan

Here’s good news for Michiganders’ mental health: Community mental health delivers cutting-edge care

Michigan's community mental health agencies lead the nation in innovation, serve all 83 counties, and help Michiganders of all ages access the mental health supports they need.

Feature Story Ginger Kaufman, Owner of Ginger's Cookie Jar in Mt. Pleasant

Owner of Ginger's Cookie Jar spreads her love of cookies to aspiring bakers at Mid Michigan College

“I’ve made 363 cookies so far this week and I’m not done yet!” shares Ginger Kaufman before her December Royal Icing Cookie Class at Mid Michigan College’s Lifelong Learning program. Discover more about Kaufman and how she helps dozens of aspiring bakers every month learn how to frost beautiful cookies.

Feature Story Kilte Marching Band, Alma College Homecoming 2023

Kiltie Marching Band’s centennial year continues tradition and teamwork under Dave Zerbe

This academic year at Alma College marks the 100th anniversary of the Kiltie Marching Band. Established in the fall of 1922 by students, the kilt-wearing band has welcomed generations of musicians under the leadership of numerous directors, including Dave Zerbe, who has led the band for the past 26 years. Learn more about the KMB.

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Local nonprofits find creative ways to help Isabella County residents in need with annual traditions

Non-profit organizations such as the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club and Christmas Outreach are focusing on ways they can creatively help those in need around the community with their annual holiday traditions. Read the story.

Feature Story Isabella Bank employees volunteer at East Side Soup Kitchen in Saginaw, Michigan

Tis the season to give back: How local organizations are supporting the community

The giving spirit is abundant in the greater Mt. Pleasant community. Isabella Bank, Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Mid Michigan College, Shoe Sensation, the Mt. Pleasant Chamber, and Krapohl Ford & Lincoln are a few local corporations that are giving back this holiday season. See how you can partake in their generosity.

Feature Story Young girl meets Santa at the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration

Downtown Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration kicks off Friday, Dec. 2

For almost three decades, the downtown Christmas Celebration has been a community tradition for Mt. Pleasant families. Join in the holiday spirit Dec. 2 and 3 with live music, holiday shopping, fun runs, sleigh rides, Santa visits, a lighted parade and more festive activities!

Feature Story Ladies Day Out 2022 Event Downtown Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Ladies’ Day Out 2022 brings shoppers out to support local businesses and win prizes

The 18th annual Ladies’ Day Out event was held downtown Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, Nov. 12. Unofficially the “kickoff to the holiday season” notes downtown development director, Michelle Sponseller, discover the event where people chose to shop local in this photo essay.

Feature Story Photo of Paul Hungerford, Gratiot-Isabella RESD superintendent

Creating student success: Paul Hungerford continues as Gratiot-Isabella RESD superintendent

In his second year as the Gratiot-Isabella RESD superintendent, Paul Hungerford remains committed to his mission of creating student success stories inside and outside of classrooms via services and programming. Read the story here.

Feature Story Portrait of New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth

New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth visits Mt. Pleasant

New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, well known for the “Divergent” series, spoke to an auditorium full of students, faculty, and community members about the role technology plays in our world and in personal creativity. Read the story here.

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Letter from the Editor: Meet Courtney Jerome

Issue Media Group welcomes Courtney Jerome as the new Managing Editor of Epicenter, after Kathy Roberts (Managing Editor of Route Bay City) has done an instrumental job as Interim following Jennifer Veitengruber’s recent return to freelance writing for our publications. Meet Courtney with this “Letter from the Editor.”

Feature Story Three Dogs Play at Hannah's Bark Park in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

The Lasting Legacy of Hannah's Bark Park

Hannah’s Bark Park continues the legacy of a young woman who wanted to give back after she was gone. The bark park sees dozens of visitors every day in Mt. Pleasant — discover your dog’s new favorite place to play.

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Get some outdoor exercise or take a class to end your 2022 on a good note

How you doing on those 2022 resolutions? Don’t worry. We’re not judging you. In fact, we’re here to tell you it’s not too late to start.

Feature Story ChristmasOutreachList

Volunteers are working now to make winter warmer for everyone in Isabella County

Donations are needed now for the Christmas Outreach of Isabella County. Registration for the program runs Oct. 31 to Nov. 11.