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Splash Pad
4:16 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

TC Splash Pad Needs Major Repairs -- According To Preliminary Report

Credit Laura Herberg

The Traverse City splash pad needs major repairs, according to a preliminary report by consultants hired by the city.

The report details 18 different issues -- including safety hazards. It also says the splash pad at Clinch Park doesn't meet state code in several areas.

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Michigan Healthcare
2:07 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Pro-Fluoride Group Wants Public Vote In Boyne City

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A Boyne City group wants fluoride back in the public water supply. That’s after Boyne City leaders ended the 40-year fluoridation program in May.

The group “Citizens United for Dental Health” is organizing a petition-drive to get the question on the November ballot.

Tom Veryser, the President of Michigan Community Dental Clinics, is a dentist and Boyne City resident. He supports fluoridation. He says he's seen anti-fluoride activism in the past, but was still shocked with the city commission's vote.

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Crime
5:43 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Former County Prosecutor Accused Of Plotting Murder

Credit David Cassleman

A former Grand Traverse and Leelanau County prosecutor is behind bars – accused of conspiring to murder another Traverse City lawyer in a murder-for-hire plot.

Attorney Clarence Gomery faces one count of solicitation for murder. Grand Traverse County alleges Gomery tried to hire a hit-man to kill attorney Christopher Cooke.

Deputies arrested Gomery early Monday morning in Leelanau County.

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Homelessness
12:03 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Traverse City Defines Rules For Homeless Shelters

In a split vote Monday, the Traverse City Commission gave final approval to new rules governing homeless shelters. The move paves the way for formal debate over a specific emergency shelter proposal. Safe Harbor, which is made up of a consortium of churches that take turns housing the homeless in the winter months, wants to open a 100-bed facility off Eighth Street on Wellington.

Leaders of Safe Harbor say they believe their plans will pass muster under these new rules, and they hope to open Traverse City’s first homeless shelter before the end of the year.

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Transportation
2:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Voters Will Consider Bus System In Wexford County

Voters in Wexford County will get to decide whether to continue supporting their bus system.

The county commission unanimously undid a vote from May that would have kept bus funding off the ballot.

But some commissioners still question whether taxpayers are getting their money's worth from the service.

Karen Carey took the bus to the Wexford County Commissioners meeting, where a driver helped her off with a wheel-chair lift.

Carey says she depends on these buses.

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