Rep. Kelly named Michigan House assistant whip

State Rep. Tim Kelly has been selected as an assistant whip for the 2013-2014 Michigan House legislative session. “I am proud to have been given a leadership role in the House as we begin our work to encourage economic growth and fight for hard-working taxpayers,” said Kelly, R-Saginaw Township.  “Communication certainly will be key as…

Berrien County Youth Fair Association receives state improvement grant

Rep. Pagel says lighting update will save money The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced today that the Berrien County Youth Fair Association will receive a $20,000 state grant to help upgrade lighting fixtures at the Berrien County Fairgrounds. The grant is part of the County Fairs Capital Improvement Program, which provides Michigan…

Montcalm County 4-H Fair Association receives state improvement grant

Rep. Outman praises project for focus on agriculture State Rep. Rick Outman today announced the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Association will receive a $20,000 state grant to help make improvements on the 4-H livestock barn. The county is participating in the County Fairs Capital Improvement Program, which provides Michigan’s county fairs with funds for proposed…

Rep. Wayne Schmidt announces local office hours

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt today announced updated office hours that will take place throughout the 104th District. Schmidt is inviting residents to attend office hours to discuss issues of local and state concern.  The lawmaker will have office hours on the second Monday of each month, starting Feb. 11, at the following times and locations:…

Branch and Hillsdale counties awarded state grants to help improve fairgrounds

Branch and Hillsdale counties will each receive a state grant to help upgrade its fairgrounds as part of a new statewide agricultural grant program, state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz announced. The counties are participating in the County Fairs Capital Improvement Program, which provides Michigan’s county fairs with funds for proposed enhancements to the fairgrounds across the…

Missaukee fair awarded state grant for improvements

The Missaukee Agricultural Youth Show will receive a state grant of almost $15,000 to help pay for a building project as part of a new statewide agricultural grant program, state Rep. Bruce Rendon announced today. The County Fairs Capital Improvement Program will provide $14,840 toward construction of a pole building with a total cost of…

Iosco awarded fairgrounds improvement grant

The Iosco County Agricultural Society will receive a $20,000 state grant to help pay for a building project as part of a new statewide agricultural grant program, state Rep. Peter Pettalia announced today. The County Fairs Capital Improvement Program will provide the money toward restroom renovation expenses estimated at $110,487. “County fairs help keep Michigan’s…

Cheboygan awarded fairgrounds improvement grant

The Cheboygan County Fair will receive a $20,000 state grant to help pay for a building project as part of a new statewide agricultural grant program, state Rep. Peter Pettalia announced today. The County Fairs Capital Improvement Program will provide the money toward restroom renovation expenses estimated at $50,800. “County fairs help keep Michigan’s agricultural…

Port of Calcite opening doors to the public

Area residents are invited to attend the Feb. 8 unveiling of the Port of Calcite Collaborative economic development project at a public meeting in Rogers City. The event at the Rogers City Senior and Community Center, 131 E. Superior, begins at 10 a.m., with vehicle tours from the center to the port available following the…

State grant to help improve Shiawassee County Fair

The Shiawassee County Fair will receive a special $4,108 grant to help build additional restrooms at its fairgrounds in Corunna, state Rep. Ben Glardon announced today.  The improvement project, known as Whitley’s Bathroom project, honors former Corunna High School student Whitley Gwisdalla, who died of an asthma attack in October 2010.  Whitley, who participated in…

State grant to help improve fairgrounds in Chesaning

The Saginaw County Fairgrounds in Chesaning will receive a special $16,051 grant to help create handicap accessible paths to livestock barns, state Rep. Ben Glardon announced today.        The county is participating in the County Fairs Capital Improvement Program, which provides Michigan’s county fairs funds for proposed enhancements to the fairgrounds. “The improvements to the fairgrounds…

State grant to help improve Shiawassee County Fair

The Shiawassee County Fair will receive a special $4,108 grant to help build additional restrooms at its fairgrounds in Corunna, state Rep. Ben Glardon announced today. The improvement project, known as Whitley’s Bathroom project, honors former Corunna High School student Whitley Gwisdalla, who died of an asthma attack in October 2010.  Whitley, who participated in…