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Now, all the stories from The Durand Now Network of local news websites are in one place. Welcome to The Shiawassee Exchange.


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Conversations about Shiawassee County, Michigan
with influencers, leaders and community members.

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01. Sheriff BeGole's Farm

Josh Strickland talks with Sheriff BeGole about his barn project along with a variety of items of "Sheriff business."






A body believed to be that of a missing woman from Lansing’s Moores Park neighborhood was found in the Grand River by a dive team. Shalyn Manson, 45, had been reported missing two days prior. Authorities say there were no signs of fowl play.

Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert is now the owner of and His company, Rock Holdings, made a deal with the Oakland-based Wordsmith sites.   

The jobless rate in Michigan fell by one-tenth of a percent according to the latest figures from the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. For October, the unemployment rate stood at three-point-nine percent.  

A group of economists at the University of Michigan say a slowdown in the economy may begin in 2019. The forecast from the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics says this year will end on a positive note. 

Crashes caused by deer are on the rise according to the Kent County Sheriff's Office. Officials say deputies are responding to about 12 to 15 deer-car crashes a day.   

Detroit ranks among the top most bed bug-infested cities in the United States. Pest control service Terminix released the list ahead of the booming holiday travel season, and the Motor City snagged the No. 13 spot.   

An advisory group created by Gov. Rick Snyder to address issues related to Flint water may have met for the last time. An executive order that created the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee in April 2016 expires when Snyder leaves office. 

One of Mid-Michigan's largest homeless shelters has a new name. What used to be the Volunteers of America shelter on Larch Street in Lansing is now Holy Cross Services - New Hope Community Center.  

Commercial flights in and out of Pellston Regional Airport were cancelled until technicians could repair a critical piece of weather-reporting equipment. The airports' automated weather condition reporting system was experiencing mechanical problems.  

A former UAW official charged in a bribery conspiracy with Fiat-Chrysler officials has been sentenced. Virdell King was the first African-American woman ever elected to lead a local union chapter.   

Ford Motor Company is teaming up with Walmart to explore how self driving vehicles can deliver groceries, diapers, pet food and personal care items. Ford has already spent a year testing a business model for its self driving fleets. 

Deer hunters are being warned over a deadly disease infecting the animals. According to the Department of Natural Resources, more than 60 deer in seven Michigan counties, have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.   

Phase two in a 45-million-dollar Gateway Transformation Project is getting underway. This phase will impact those picking up and dropping off travelers at Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.   

Downtown Detroit market is up and running for the upcoming holiday season. Local entrepreneurs have the opportunity to test market their business concepts in spaces in Cadillac Square and Capitol park.   

A WWII veteran receiving recognition after accomplishing a major milestone. Wednesday, Willard Ryckman, celebrated his 100th birthday with nearly 200 friends and loved ones. He is the oldest living veteran in Kalkaska County. 

The Southeast Michigan region of the American Red Cross is in severe need of blood and platelet donors. It's searching for donors who can help the organization overcome a blood shortage. 

More than a dozen volunteers with the Red Cross of West Michigan are expected to find out soon if they'll be sent to California to help battle the deadly wildfires. Executive Director Tiffany Page says their team already has several members helping out in California.   

City leaders in Muskegon are weighing options for odd-even winter parking rules. The even-odd parking rules mean you can park on certain streets between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. depending on if it's an even day or odd day of the week.  

A new stop is being added to Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. Allegiant Air announced a non-stop flight from Ford airport to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Florida.  

Fire Crews in River Rouge are working to determine the cause of a commercial building fire. The blaze broke out at International Precast Solutions near Coolidge and Jefferson.   

Bishop Airport is getting more service to Chicago on United Airlines. The airport announced in a news release that United will add a fourth daily flight from Flint to the Windy City starting in April. 

Dozens of people now own a piece of Michigan Capitol history. The state hosted a public drawing Tuesday, selling 50 pieces of carpeting from the Governor's office. The carpet was removed as part of renovations. 

Officials will take input from the public on Petoskey’s proposed $29.8 million city budget for 2019 at next week’s Petoskey City Council meeting. The regular council meeting will begin at 7 p.m., at Petoskey City Hall. 

Detroit Lions legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lem Barney is suing Happy's Pizza. Barney claims a manager at a store in Commerce Township refused to serve him and his wife because they are African-American. 

The American Legion Post 311 in Grand Rapids says it's seeing a decrease in membership. The post is one of several across West Michigan experiencing a decline in veterans joining.   

The Rockford High School Marching Band is among the top ranked in the nation. The school band competed in the 2018 Bands of America National Championship which was hosted in Indianapolis.   

A study is detailing the possible need for a commuter train between Grand Rapids and Holland. The study was called for by the city of Hudsonville to determine if it would be a good idea to build a train along Interstate 196.   

An investigation is underway after multiple Detroit police officers were injured on a call. Police attempted to arrest a 24-year-old man for assault, battery and domestic violence when he physically assaulted the officers.    

Foster Coffee will become the first tenant along Albert Avenue in the Center City District Development. The $125 million multi-generational, mixed-use development includes the Landmark on Grand River, Newman Lofts, Target and public parking. 

The company NAI, new to Gaylord, is giving back to the community this holiday season. The company is taking food donations all week at its location on Old 27 to provide dinners for families on Thanksgiving. 

Sixteen inmates at the Barry County Jail are getting out early due to overcrowding issues. Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf issued a state of emergency because of the overcrowding.   

The Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has been removed after allegations of violent hazing. The incidents reportedly took place during the fraternity's new member process.   

Renovation work on the Michigan Central Train Station will begin before the end of the year. Ford Motor Company purchased the historic building in Detroit's Corktown area earlier this year for 90-million dollars.   

Kent County's new sheriff has officially been sworn-in. Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young took her oath of office after starting her new job at the start of the month. She is the daughter of former Shiawassee County Sheriff James LaJoye. 

More Detroit residents went to work in September than any point this decade, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly 2,500 more Detroiters were employed in September than in August. 

The West Court Street Church of God in Flint, announced that they are re-opening their water distribution Saturday, November 24th at Noon. You can line up on Beecher Road to receive water. 

Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at an agricultural business in Ingham County. Eaton Farm Bureau Co-op at the Mason location is located at 104 S. Lansing St. No other details are available. 

Communities around northern Michigan celebrated Veterans Day, which marked the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice to end World War One. In Boyne City, a small crowd gathered to see the city's historic clock tower bell ring 21 times just after 11 a.m.