Prosecutor jobs open due to competition, burnout

PROSECUTORS: County prosecutors are facing a shortage of assistant prosecutors, a problem that can lead to delayed trials and hearings. Major reasons are higher salaries in private practice and some state agencies, burnout and fewer law school enrollments. The prosecutors in Eaton County, who heads the state Prosecuting Attorneys Association, and Alger County discuss. By Hope O’Dell. FOR MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, LANSING CITY PULSE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! SAULT STE. MARIE and ALL POINTS.


Delhi teen center Building Twentyone rising from ashes

DELHI TOWNSHIP — When Building Twentyone burned down in October 2018, the owners had no question it would be back. This week, the Delhi Township Planning Commission approved Journey Life Church’s final site plan to rebuild the teen center in the place it once stood. 

 Lead Pastor Jared Stepp said he knew the church would find a way to continue the building’s mission in a video update posted on the church’s Facebook page after the fire,

“We’re going to figure something out because our vision hasn’t changed …” Stepp said in the update. “We lost a building. We lost a lot of stuff. But the passion is still there.

Delta Crossings brings stores, people, traffic

The second phase of the Delta Crossings project is almost completed. Construction began in November 2019. The project brought T.J. Maxx, Hobby Lobby, Sierra, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Texas Roadhouse and BJ’s Wholesale Club to the community in the past few months. At Home, a home décor store, and Olive Garden are set to join the community in the early fall. The next phase includes a 369-unit multifamily residential area.

Library’s story machine dispenses stories, togetherness

A glowing sign greets patrons entering the Delta Township District Library, inviting them to “press, read, enjoy!” The sign is mounted on a short-story dispenser. Acquired just before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the library to shut its doors for several months, the dispenser is finally getting some action. Jack MorelandThe short story I received from the dispenser titled “The Treatment” by Jonathan Stars. Since tFebruary, the library has been taking advantage of the dispenser to host a short story contest. Interested readers can press one of two buttons on the machine to receive either a story for “young readers” or a story for “everyone.” The “everyone” button dispenses one of several contest submissions from the library’s website.

Waverly Community Schools plan to improve virtual learning

Vivian BarrettNurse Sue Ruegsegger receives a round of applause for her work throughout the COVID pandemic. Waverly Community Schools plan to introduce a new online learning option for ninth and tenth grade in the 2022-23 school year. The school of choice program will be similar to previous years but will offer a more robust learning experience. The Board of Education unanimously passed the motion on March 21. The program will use current Waverly teachers and has spots available for Virtual Academy and current Waverly students, said Superintendent Kelly Blake.

Alana Chriest

Delta Township trustees hear familiar argument over farming

Delta Township officials have gotten used to hearing the voice of Alana Chriest. Since the summer of 2020, Chriest has been offering public comments at various township meetings, speaking out against farming that is taking place in the township’s Hawk Meadow Park. 

Chriest lives and works at the Capital City Bird Sanctuary across the street from the park and pays close attention to the area. She argues that many of the actions being taken in relation to farming harm the surrounding environment. Jack MorelandAlana Christ speaks at a Delta Township Board meeting on Mar. 21

“This industrial farming has got to stop, this is not conservation,” Chriest said.

Woman applies eyelash extensions

Delta native returns home to expand beauty business

Vivian BarrettEsthetician Alyssa Misner applies eyelash extensions to a client. At Skin Studio 211, Misner specializes as a lash tech. Local business owner Lorin Cumberbatch founded Skin Studio 226 in Long Island, New York. Today, she works in her hometown of Delta Township at her second location: Skin Studio 211, named in honor of her late grandmother. After moving back to Delta to support her son through surgery in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic kept Cumberbatch in Michigan for longer than she planned.

Restaurants take over Delta Township

Delta Township held its second annual Restaurant week this month. The goal is to help local businesses in the community. Around 81 restaurants participated in the event this year. Restaurant week took place from March 14-21, with each day representing a different type of dining option. They included Middle Eastern, Mexican, BBQ/steakhouse, Asian, Seafood, Italian, fast-food and breakfast dining.  Residents could also receive special discounts from restaurants for mentioning restaurant week.

Grand Ledge schools praise students for helping bus driver

Grand Ledge students have been recognized for quick, heroic actions on a school bus. The Grand Ledge Board of Education honored them March 14 for assisting a bus driver who had a medical emergency while driving. 

Superintendent Dr. Marcus Davenport said, “I understand that there were multiple children that assisted a bus driver that was in a medical state of need. But these two young men are the two young men that we’re going to honor at this time.” 

On Feb. 24 around 6:45 a.m., a bus driver taking students to Grand Ledge schools started to experience a medical condition and had to pull over, but was unable to tell dispatch what was wrong. One student on the bus called 911 while another alerted dispatch that something was wrong. 

“Kai Trey is a young man who assisted a bus driver who was going through a medical emergency,” Davenport said.

Man standing by firetruck

Delta Township Fire Department faces ongoing staff shortage

Vivian BarrettDelta firefighter paramedics leave in response to a call. A nation-wide shortage of firefighter paramedics is hampering the Delta Township Fire Department, leaving it eight people short. Several times, two of the township’s three fire stations have closed due to staffing issues. Delta has been struggling with the shortage since 2019. EMS/Training Capt. Brian Hatfield said the ongoing issue is a lack of people interested in the occupation. 

“The general amount of people going into this profession overall is much lower than it has been in the past,” Hatfield said.