In the Know, Episode 1 | August 13, 2019

This summer, the Mid Michigan Journal is introducing a new podcast called In the Know, hosted by Alma High School senior Eleanor Martin. Each episode will explore the week’s top news, share the details of upcoming events, and feature interviews with residents. News tips and ideas for future shows are always welcomed. Send them to or post them inside the Mid Michigan Journal forum under “In the Know.”

The Readout | Episode 3, July 20, 2019

Thank you for listening to this week’s episode of The Readout, featuring stories from the Mid Michigan Journal.

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Now, on to the news. Here are the top stories from the Mid Michigan Journal for Saturday, July 20, 2019.


Improvement Projects underway at the Shepherd Train Depot

The Shepherd Train Depot will be seeing several improvements this summer. Currently, a gazebo is under construction, and the caboose is being repainted. There are also plans to repaint the […]

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Dream Works Re-Sale Shop opening in August

Image Posted Cindy Taylor Miller: We have the keys and we are moving in! Dream Works Re-sale Shop will be opening in August. We are taking ALL donations for re-sale! […]

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Mid Michigan Journal introduces live audio chat via Zello

Visitors to the Mid Michigan Journal are now able to listen to live voice discussion from the news website. To listen, click the speaker icon displayed inside the widget located […]

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Battle of the Food Trucks to take place August 24

Save The Date! Don’t miss the carnival and Battle of the Food Trucks which will take place at the Ithaca High School on August 24 from noon until 9 p.m. […]

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Rock for Restoration concert to take place August 16

The New Life and Thrive Churches will be hosting “Rock for Restoration” on Friday, August 16 starting at 6 p.m. at the New Life Church, 7989 E. Broomfield Rd., Mount […]

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The Readout | 7/14/2019

Welcome to this week’s episode of The Readout. Here is a selection of top headlines from the previous week. If you have news that you would like to share, send information or completed articles to

Information needed for online business directory

Published July 3 2019

The Mid Michigan Journal is collecting information for businesses and organizations from around the central Michigan area. Interested participants can use the form here to submit their information and have it published on the Mid Michigan Journal site for free.

Anybody with questions can contact Jon Morgan, editor/publisher of the Mid Michigan Journal at or by phone at (989) 488-8207.

Summer time safety tips for children and vehicles

Published July 6 2019

It’s summertime, which means we, as parents and caregivers, need to be extra cautious when traveling with children. Unfortunately, the country has seen 17 deaths due to Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke already this year, and that number is bound to climb. Here are some tips to on how to keep your child safe this summer, as suggested by

  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle. not even for a minute !
  • If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle call 9-1-1.
  • Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies.
  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. teach children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • If a child is missing, always check the pool first, and then the car, including the trunk.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in the carseat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver. or place your purse, briefcase or cell phone in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.
  • make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
  • Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.

Get answers to your pet care questions

Published July 6 2019

Share your questions or suggested topics related to animals and pet care by clicking on the “Pet Questions” link on the Mid Michigan Journal website, or sending an email to Dalis Hitchcock will be responding to your questions via a new series of articles.

Driver taken to hospital after rolling car during stock car race

Published July 13 2019

Gabrielle Susdorf is in the hospital for injuries sustained after crashing her car during the 4 cylinder stock car competition at the Mount Pleasant Speedway Friday night. Chris Ryan, who attended the race, said that Susdorf’s car flipped approximately six times during the crash. Susdorf is currently being treated at Saginaw Covenant Hospital for injuries.

The Mount Pleasant Speedway posted photos of Susdorf’s car and a message asking its racing family to wish Susdorf a speedy recovery.

“Sending this young lady and her family thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery,” Ryan posted on his Facebook profile. “One thing I always count on is seeing Gabrielle’s smile every Friday at the pit booth.”

Susdorf is among the youngest drivers to compete in the 4 cylinder class for stock cars.

And, finally

Annual Shepherd Area Historical Society Ice Cream Social and band concert attracted large crowd

Published July 13 2019

The Shepherd Area Historical Society held its annual ice cream social on the lawn between the Powerhouse Museum and the Village park on July 8 at 6 p.m. Afterwards, the crowd which had gathered was treated to a live performance by the Central Michigan Area Concert Band.  See photos on the Mid Michigan Journal website.

Thank you for listening. Future episodes of The Readout can be found on both the Mid Michigan Journal website and  Spotify.