Arrest in breaking and entering

On Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:11 PM, MCSO deputies were called to the 6900 block of Lake Street in the Tallman Lake area of Branch Township for a reported breaking and entering. While checking the area, Deputies found 3 additional break-ins of cabins.  Foot tracks were follower for about ½ mile to another residence. There deputies located two suspects. After securing a search warrant, deputies recovered nearly 50 pieces of suspected stolen property including TV’s, power tools, propane tanks, yard tools and household appliances. Deputies arrested a 34 year-old Lee Hamilton Colby, from Fountain MI and 26 year-old Chad Fredrick Collins.

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The charges are as follows:


Growth Alliance Opens Uncommon Spaces Grant

The Mason County Growth Alliance will be accepting proposals for the spring Uncommon Spaces Placemaking Grant Program. The Growth Alliance will award up to $5,000 to support community-driven placemaking projects in Mason County. This grant is intended to support projects which capitalized on Mason County’s assets, inspiration, and potential, contributing to the area’s unique “sense of place” for residents, businesses, and visitors.


Last years’ grant was awarded to the City of Ludington to support the West End Revitalization Project, which will transform the west end of Ludington Avenue into a pedestrian plaza with access to Lake Michigan. Unlike last year, this year’s program will be divided into two funding rounds: one in the spring and one in the fall. Each round will award up to $5,000 to support placemaking projects. The Growth Alliance will be accepting grant proposals through Friday, April 6. For more information on the Uncommon Space Grant Program and how to apply, visit


WMCMH Chosen in pilot

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced the pilot sites for the state’s Section 298 Initiative last week.
Selected pilots are:

  • Muskegon County Community Mental Health (HealthWest) and West Michigan Community Mental Health in a joint pilot

  • Genesee Health System

  • Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority

The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical and behavioral health services in Michigan.  The focus is on payer-level integration of Medicaid-funded physical and behavioral health services. The pilots are expected to be implemented by Oct. 1, 2018.

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