Grand Traverse County

Grand Valley State University

Beginning in the 2021 fall semester, qualifying low-income students can receive free tuition through the Grand Valley Pledge. A program removing financial barriers.

“Focus on families with incomes of less than $50,000, adjusted gross income, and make sure that these prospective learners have a great opportunity to come to Grand Valley State University.”

Students from six Michigan counties; Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Grand Traverse, Calhoun and Wayne.

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A state grant will help connect 14 rural homes in northern Michigan to a municipal water system after their wells were found to be contaminated with potentially toxic chemicals.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said Tuesday it had awarded the grant to Blair Township in Grand Traverse County.

The state is paying $74,520 of the project's cost, which totals $93,150. The township was required to match 20% of the state's contribution.

More than $1.5 million in federal funding will support three projects intended to protect against invasive species and boost water quality in Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters say the grants were awarded under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a wide-ranging environmental cleanup program. 

Husband, wife charged in northern Michigan stabbing death

Feb 1, 2017

A husband and wife are charged in the stabbing death of the woman's father in northern Michigan. Forty-seven-year-old Brian Degroot and 27-year-old Jessica Degroot are jailed on $10 million bonds after being arraigned Tuesday on charges including open murder.

For the first time, federal regulators are designating a bee species in the continental United States as endangered. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tells The Associated Press the rusty patched bumblebee is on the verge of extinction. The bee once was common in the East and Upper Midwest but its numbers have fallen sharply since the late 1990s. Only scattered populations remain in 13 states and one Canadian province.

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Michigan is closing one of its 32 prisons to save $22 million in the next fiscal year.

The Pugsley Correctional Facility in Grand Traverse County will close in September.

The prison has more than 1,300 beds and 230 employees.

The Corrections Department made the announcement Tuesday, a day before a legislative committee is expected to endorse the closure in the next state budget.

Corrections Director Heidi Washington says it is a "difficult day" for the staff at Pugsley, but closing a prison is the result of hard work to reduce Michigan's prison population.