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Neighbors, business help fix-up Pyles family home

Neighbors, business help fix-up Pyles family home

THOMPSONVILLE — Friends, neighbors and total strangers helped with minor repairs to Amy Pyles’ house in Thompsonville during several work days held in August. Pyles recently became a widow when her husband, Zachariah Pyles, was killed in a head on collision on US 31 and Fairway Lane on July 10. According to the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office, Pyles […]

Dine Out With BACN announces fall line up

Dine Out With BACN announces fall line up

BENZONIA —  Benzie Area Christian Neighbors will be continuing the Dine Out for BACN fundraiser in the fall of 2014. A new fall line-up of dine-out dates and participating restaurants has been released. Dine out For BACN raises money for the organizations food pantry and adult education and general education diploma programs. During the dine-out evenings, two […]

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore unveils updated fleet 

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore unveils updated fleet 

EMPIRE — The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore celebrated the successful implementation of a Clean Cities National Parks Initiative project on Aug. 25. The accomplishments were celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and technical assistance from the Clean Energy Coalition, a non-profit organization based […]

State Police participate in national motorcoach safety effort

State Police participate in national motorcoach safety effort

LANSING — Michigan State Police motor carrier officers are joining the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for the National Motorcoach Safety Initiative aimed at ensuring passenger bus safety and compliance through inspections.  This national initiative is currently active, and will run through through Sept. 8. During this time, MSP motor carrier officers will focus on promoting safety […]

Judge denies Stapleton’s attorneys’ request to withdraw from case

Judge denies Stapleton’s attorneys’ request to withdraw from case

BENZONIA — Benzie County’s 19th Circuit Court Judge James Batzer denied attorneys Heidi Hodek and Brian Johnson’s request this week to withdraw as Kelli Stapleton’s legal counsel. The decision came at an emergency hearing held on Aug. 26, with Stapleton’s trial scheduled to begin on Sept. 3. Hodek and Johnson are attorneys for the Traverse City based firm, […]

Morales pleads guilty to manslaughter

Morales pleads guilty to manslaughter

BENZIE COUNTY — The mother accused of killing her newborn child at a Benzie Campground pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 19th Circuit Court of Benzie County on Aug. 26. The charge of open murder will be dropped. Morales was orignially charged after a series of events starting with Morales giving birth on July 22, […]